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John Middleton

Assistant General Counsel

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International Air Transport Association (IATA)
33 Route de l'Aeroport,
Geneva, 1215
Geneva, Switzerland

T. +44 22 770 2002



John is Assistant General Counsel for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), based in Geneva, Switzerland. He serves as IATA’s bankruptcy specialist, leading the legal response and support for all airline bankruptcy and (non-sanction) suspension cases worldwide, managing the claims process for IATA in multiple jurisdictions, and protecting IATA’s interests in bankruptcy and suspension cases in over 50 countries.

John is also Regional Counsel for IATA’s Europe region, providing the first point of contact for IATA’s local and regional offices and leading the legal department’s response to local and regional issues including antitrust investigations, travel agent litigation, and corporate compliance. He also is responsible for legal support for the IATA Worldwide Airport Slots team, including participation in Slots Policy Working Group and Joint Slot Advisory Group meetings, antitrust review for multiple Slots Conferences, and key involvement with advocacy and regulatory campaigns.

Prior to joining IATA, John was an associate with the bankruptcy and restructuring group at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas. While with Haynes and Boone, he was involved in multiple cross-border transactions and bankruptcy cases – focusing on bankruptcy litigation – and served as external global bankruptcy counsel for IATA. He was also named a Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star in 2013 while with Haynes and Boone.

John has spoken and written on a variety of bankruptcy and aviation topics, including recent presentations on competition law and slots coordination, in Vancouver, Washington D.C., and Lisbon, and on the aviation insolvencies, in Bangkok, London and Paris. He is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas, where he earned both his J.D. and B.A., each magna cum laude.

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