Practice

Asset Finance

Structuring and documenting asset finance transactions can be complex, involving a number of jurisdictions, often with competing legal and tax systems.

Our industry-focused team cuts through the complexity, working from our offices across Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia to deliver commercial solutions wherever your business takes you.

We represent operators, lessors, lessees, banks, funds, manufacturers, export credit agencies, and governments on complex, multiparty transactions. We develop innovative solutions for clients, and handle business critical "firsts,” both for clients and within the industry reflecting deep sector understanding and reputation as a strong commercially driven practice and trusted advisor.

Representative experience

Advised Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on its Aircraft Finance Insurance Co (AFIC)-backed financing of six B737Max8 aircraft, the first time Norwegian used AFIC financing.

Acted for Pembroke Capital on the sale and novation to Goshawk Aviation of a portfolio of eight aircraft on lease to a number of different airlines, including Norwegian, South African Airways, and Vueling.

Advised the UK Department for Transport on the refinancing of Phase II of its £7.2bn Intercity Express Programme for the procurement of rolling stock.

Advised SMBC on the procurement of new Hitachi trains for the Abellio Scotrail franchise.

Advised Société Générale and a pool of lenders on the restructuring of 14 financial leases and related loan financings to a major oil and gas operator.

Advised Lombard on the circa £170m procurement, financing, leasing, and maintenance of circa 75 CAF sleeper coaches for Serco Caledonian.

Advised DVB Bank on a US$400m warehouse facility for the acquisition of a portfolio of more than 20 aircraft on lease to a range of airlines.

Advised SMBC on US$47.65 of mezzanine financing for two LNG vessels for a European operator.

Advised Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation and Tufton Oceanic in relation to the establishment of the US$150m APICORP Petroleum Shipping Fund and the financing for and acquisition of five petroleum tankers.

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