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Asset Finance

Our Structured and Asset Finance practice is a recognised leader for its ability to structure complex transactions.

But we also have extensive experience at other levels and across all sectors of the asset finance industry. Whatever we’re handling, our lawyers have the breadth and depth of experience to help our clients find the most commercially beneficial way to structure a deal.

We advise on both domestic and cross-border asset financings including all types of debt, lease (both tax- and non-tax-based, including UK tax leasing, Spanish operating tax leases, Japanese operating leases) export credit and capital markets driven products, securitisations, receivables financings, vendor programmes and retail finance. Our lawyers help clients to buy and sell leasing companies and portfolios of assets, and structure regional and global leasing business networks. They also advise on aircraft repossessions and have  extensive experience on airline and ship restructurings and insolvencies.

We act for banks, financiers, airlines, lessors, manufacturers, captive finance companies, operators, borrowers, lessees, export credit agencies, and governmental and international organisations.

With a range of experts throughout our worldwide network, we’re able to cover all types of vessel and offshore installation from LNG carriers and drilling rigs to VLCCs and luxury yachts. Similarly, we advise on the full range of aircraft financing including all types of pre- and post-delivery financings, ECA backed financing, operating leases, sale and purchase of new and used aircraft and structured financing, and give advice on general aviation matters such as regulatory and maintenance. Our expertise in domestic and cross-border asset financings covers everything from rail, manufacturing plants, water treatment facilities and pipelines to vehicle fleets, mining equipment, films, satellites and computer hardware/software.

We have a track record for advising clients on transactions that become market firsts and award winners, helping us to cement our position at the forefront of the market.

Recognition for our work

  • Shipping law firm of the year – Global Transport Finance 2016

  • Best aviation law firm in the Middle East & Africa – Airline Economics 2017 & 2016

  • Tier 1 in asset finance – Chambers UK & Legal 500

  • A syndicate of lenders on the USD3.5bn Ijara lease financing of Airbus A330 Aircraft on lease to Saudia. Best Structured Finance Deal EMEA, Operating lease Deal of the Year.

  • BOC Aviation on their USD1.5bn bond issuance. Asia Pacific Deal of the Year. 

  • Aldus Aviation on their acquisition by Nordic Aviation Capital. European M&A Deal of the Year.

  • Floreat Aviation Fund in relation to setting up its fund and securitisation programme focussed on the aviation sector with its first issuance of up to US$175m of notes for the financing of a portfolio of aircraft. Aviation ABS Deal of the Year.

  • Stellwagen on the innovative structured Islamic sale/lease back of an A380 for Emirates. Middle East & Africa Deal of the Year Innovative Deal of the Year.

  • BNP Paribas Bpifrance, SACE and US Bank on the world’s first Euro denominated, ECA-backed bond issuance for ATR aircraft for Avianca.

  • UKEF on  the aircraft finance and Islamic structuring aspects of the world’s first UKEF Sukuk for Emirates involving the purchase of Airbus A380-800 aircraft. This was also the largest ECA-supported capital markets offering in the aviation space. Middle East Deal of the Year.

  • THY on their first Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate (EETC) issuance for a Turkish Airline. EETC Deal Of The Year.

     

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