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Asset finance


Our global team of asset finance lawyers is widely recognized as a market leader in domestic and cross-border financings. Combined with our strength in transport, our asset finance practice has an extensive track record of advice to aviation, rail and shipping clients across the world.

We have asset finance lawyers based throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, enabling us to provide assistance to clients wherever deals are being done. We cover all types of aviation finance including pre-and post-delivery financings and leasing transactions, rail financing and supply of rolling stock, and shipping and offshore financing. We also advise our clients on aviation and shipping related restructurings.

We act for a wide range of borrower and lender clients including airlines, rolling stock leasing companies (ROSCOs), shipowners, lessors, financial institutions and export credit agencies, working closely with them to assist in the development of new and innovative legal and financing structures and techniques.

We deliver

  • Market-leading experience across all areas of asset finance and industry sectors.
  • A deep track record of innovation in asset financing techniques.
  • Guidance on establishing leasing structures that allow for tax and public sector accounting benefits.
  • Ensuring clients are protected from unacceptable obligations throughout the purchase, financing and leasing stages of transactions.

Our areas of work include

  • cross-border leasing
  • domestic and international tax
  • Export Credit Agency supported financing
  • procurement
  • structured asset and debt financing
  • structured and operating leasing
  • security arrangements
  • transaction structuring.

Our experience

  • Advising ING, DVB and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the secured financing of a fleet of over 370 rolling stock assets in a multi-jurisdictional cross-border transaction, through our offices in Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, Paris and Warsaw.
  • Advising DNB and a syndicate of international lenders on a secured term facility to finance the acquisition of two cruise liners for Genting Hong Kong Limited. The transaction was part of Genting Hong Kong’s acquisition of Crystal Cruises, representing a major expansion for Genting into the US luxury cruise market.


  • Tax Lease Deal of the Year 2015 - THY’s $200 million ECA-backed Italian tax lease
    Airfinance Journal, 2015
  • Export Credit Deal of the Year 2015 - Interjet’s $415 million SSJ100 ECA financing
    Airfinance Journal, 2015
  • South America Deal of the Year 2015 - Avianca’s $210 million French optimized lease
    Airfinance Journal, 2015
  • Maritime Lawyer of the Year
  • Lloyd’s List Global Awards, 2015
  • Shipping Law Firm of the Year
    Global Transport Finance Awards, 2013 and 2014
  • Aviation Deal of the Year – Amedeo
    Global Transport Finance Awards, 2014
  • Latin America Aircraft Debt Deal of the Year – Superjet International
    Global Transport Finance Awards, 2014
  • Tier 1: Shipping: Finance, Chambers Global 2015
  • Tier 1: Shipping: Finance, Asia-Pacific Region, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
  • Tier 1: Transportation: Aviation: Finance: France, Chambers Europe 2015
  • Tier 1: Transportation: Shipping: Finance: France, Chambers Europe 2015
  • Tier 1: Transportation: Rail & Aviation Asset Finance: Germany, Chambers Europe 2015
  • Tier 1: Shipping: Finance (International Firms): Greece, Chambers Europe 2015
  • Tier 1: Asset finance: Aviation Finance, Chambers UK 2015
  • Tier 1:Transport: Rail: Rolling Stock, Chambers UK, 2015
  • Tier 1: Asset Finance: Shipping Finance, Chambers UK 2015
  • Tier 1: Asset finance and leasing, Legal 500 2015