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Asset Finance

Global Asset Finance

The global asset finance group has a wealth of experience in cross-border and domestic leasing and financing of big-ticket transportation assets and related infrastructure.

There are approximately 125 dedicated asset finance lawyers with detailed product and industry knowledge, working in core teams in the world's major financial centres and supported by the firm's international network.

How can we help you?

An international, full-service practice

As part of the firm's finance and capital markets practice, 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 and rail 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.

An experienced team

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, repossessions, 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 and joint venture programmes.



Beyond pure legal advice

As well as delivering outstanding technical legal advice we will offer you our market insights, judgement and advice in a commercial context, providing invaluable guidance in your decision-making, planning and management of risk.


Financial Markets Toolkit

Access the Clifford Chance Financial Markets Toolkit for a 24/7 online resource that gives you the cutting edge knowledge you need for your financial markets business. Aimed at all professionals working across the global financial markets, the Toolkit comprises a collection of publications, guides and transaction tools from across our network. It has been designed to be compatible with smart phones and tablets and its resources are available to you on demand, whenever you need them.

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Recent client highlights

Nordic Aviation Capital on its c.$6.3bn debt restructuring

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world’s largest regional aircraft lessor, on the successful restructuring of approximately $6.3bn of its secured and unsecured debt. Clifford Chance has advised NAC since the outset of its restructuring process, with discussions first beginning in March 2020.

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CK Asset Holdings on the US$4bn sale of AMCK Aviation to Carlyle Aviation Partners

CK Asset Holdings on the sale of AMCK Aviation’s portfolio of aircraft to an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners. The deal has a headline price of over US$4 billion and involved the sale of over 120 aircraft as well as an order book of 20 committed aircraft.

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Avolon on world's largest eVTOL aircraft order

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, with respect to its ground-breaking aircraft order with Vertical Aerospace Ltd. (Vertical), an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) manufacturer.

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GE on AERCAP's acquisition of GECAS

The General Electric Company (GE) with regards to AerCap Holdings N.V.'s (AerCap) acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services business (GECAS). The combined company will be one of aviation leasing’s leading franchises, bringing together complementary portfolios across aircraft, engines, and helicopters.

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Goshawk Aviation, NWS and CTFE on sale of Goshawk Aviation's commercial aircraft leasing platform

Goshawk Aviation (as seller), NWS Holdings and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (each as seller's guarantor) on the sale of Goshawk Aviation's commercial aircraft leasing platform to SMBC Aviation Capital Limited. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, substantially all of Goshawk Aviation's assets, liabilities and contracts for the commercial aircraft leasing platform will be sold to SMBC Aviation Capital for cash consideration of approximately US$1.6 billion at an enterprise value of approximately US$6.7 billion.

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GE Capital on the sale of PK AirFinance and its $3.6 billion aviation loan book

GE Capital, the financial services arm of GE, on the sale of the PK AirFinance aviation lending business to Apollo Global Management (together with its consolidated subsidiaries) and Athene Holding Ltd.

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