Complete asset finance legal support
Our asset finance team supports banks, lessors, manufacturers and end users throughout a deal, helping them identify and implement the right solution to fit any asset category and financing product.
We advise on a wide range of asset categories, from big-ticket items (in particular rolling stock) to vehicle fleets, yellow goods and other general P&M. We also advise on leasing company and portfolio sales, the trading of lease receivables in the secondary market, and on asset-based lending transactions both on a stand-alone basis or, commonly, as part of wider acquisition financings or restructurings.
Advice for all stages of the finance, ownership and leasing cycle
Our breadth of transactional experience keeps us in contact with a wide range of sector-facing business units. We also work with teams focusing on all different stages of the leasing cycle, from origination and wholesale to portfolio optimisation and early-warning-light teams.
Our team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise across all stages of the finance, ownership and leasing cycle. Whether you're looking to fund or obtain finance for new kit, dispose of existing assets or to grow or reshape your balance sheet, our team can guide you through the process.
Eversholt Rail Group
Advised Eversholt Rail Group on over £1bn of new rolling stock financings, including the €600m procurement of two substantial new fleets of electric and diesel CAF-built Civity UK rolling stock multiple units, to serve the Northern passenger rail franchise.
Advised Siemens Mobility division in its role as manufacturer and maintenance provider in respect of a £210,000,000 order of new-build Desiro City multiple units, for Stagecoach South Western Trains Limited.
Advised on various Arriva train operating companies, including Chiltern Railways, Grand Central and CrossCountry in relation to a range of rolling stock leasing and maintenance matter, across multiple train fleets.
Advised Investec as ABL Provider in relation to the provision, alongside Senior Term Debt, of a revolving Inventory Finance Facility to Maplin Electronics, in connection with its acquisition by Rutland Partners.
Hitachi Rail Europe
Advised on an initial £361m order of 22 x 5-car and 7 x 9-car AT300 bi-mode multiple units from Hitachi Rail Europe, for operation by Great Western Railway, and the subsequent exercise of an option to acquire a further 7 x 9-car units for an additional circa £135m.
Eversholt Rail Group
Advised on a c.£110m order of 10 x 6-car CAF-built Civity UK intercity EMUs, for operation by First TransPennine Express.