Asset Finance


For capital intensive industries and assets, maximizing the return on investments, addressing funding requirements for expenditure programs and managing risk require complex judgments about business needs, tax and accounting rules, and a variety of legal, regulatory and operating issues – often across multiple jurisdictions with conflicting legal regimes. Challenges and opportunities are further complicated by changes in the flow and availability of capital, continuing uncertainties regarding global growth, technological advances and continuing disequilibrium in particular industries. Our extensive experience in a broad range of industrial sectors and the depth of our resources in all primary markets give our clients a unique advantage on these matters.

Supporting our clients as they optimize their strategies
We are a recognized leader and innovator in asset-based and structured financing transactions. We have been involved in every significant development in asset-based finance, including in the cross-border market, and have pioneered many of the tax, legal and financial structures used in countries around the world.

Our global platform and substantial industry knowledge combine to put us in a unique position to navigate the complexities, challenges and opportunities our clients are facing. The products, transaction structures and commercial solutions we have developed give our clients a competitive edge in the implementation of their business strategy, whether in the optimization of their investments, gaining access to new and competitive sources of financing or in addressing the risks they face in an ever more complex legal, regulatory and operating environment.

The asset finance business and our role
We have substantial experience and knowledge in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Commercial aviation, private jet and helicopter financing
  • Shipping and maritime
  • Rail equipment and infrastructure
  • Energy and other facility financings
  • Mining and metals
  • Telecommunications and satellites

Our lawyers are recognized market leaders in the application of all products related to complex asset-based and structured financings, including: tax and operating leases (including all types of Japanese operating lease transactions); warehouse loan facilities and pre-delivery payment financings; export credit agency (ECA) and manufacturer-supported financings; and numerous bank finance and debt capital markets-based transactions (including enhanced equipment trust certificate “EETCs” and asset-based securitization financings). We advise and represent clients on capital market equity raises and in high-profile bankruptcies and restructurings. We also routinely advise
on acquisitions of and/or investments in leasing companies and asset portfolios, secured and unsecured bridge and revolving credit financings, and a wide range of regulatory and asset repossession matters.

We represent all the participants in asset-based and structured finance transactions – including asset owners, operating companies, manufacturers, financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, equity investors, lenders, lessors, lessees, investment advisors, corporate trustees, credit providers, joint venturers, debt and equity syndicates and multiple ECAs. Our understanding of the unique needs of all these participants allows us to craft specific strategies designed to help our clients reach their business goals and to address the challenges and opportunities they encounter.