The global asset finance group has over 30 years’ combined experience in cross-border and domestic leasing and financing of big-ticket transportation assets and related infrastructure. There are approximately 70 dedicated asset finance lawyers with detailed product and industry knowledge, led by over 25 specialist partners, working in core teams in the world's major financial centres and supported by the firm's international network.
An international, full-service practice
We are part of the firm's finance and capital markets practice and we work closely with our corporate, tax, insolvency, litigation and regulatory practices, to provide a sector-focused offering and full service capabilities.
Our practice encompasses the aviation, maritime, rail, defence and infrastructure industries and we act for banks, leasing companies, operators, manufacturers, arrangers, private equity houses, investment vehicles, export credit agencies, government divisions and development banks, giving us a clear insight into the threshold requirements of transaction parties and industry fundamentals.
We have extensive experience of all transaction types within the sector, including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Operating leases
- Commercial debt financing
- Capital markets products, including EETCs, asset backed securitisations, secured term loans, "E-notes" and other debt and equity issuances
- Export credit agency supported financing, including ECA bonds
- Operating lease financings, on a limited or full recourse basis
- Secondary debt trading, including loan portfolio acquisitions, disposals and restructurings
- Asset sales and novations
- Restructurings and work-outs
- Receivables financing and risk transfer programmes
- Manufacturer support programmes; residual and asset value guarantees
- Remarketing and asset management
- Project linked financing (such as Private Finance Initiative/Public-Private Partnerships ("PFI/PPP") transactions
- Long-term construction financing
- Warehouse facilities
- Islamic financing
- Tax leasing
- Structured finance products, including establishing debt and equity funding platforms
- Joint venture programmes
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