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Graeme McLellan

T: +44 20 7809 2618 M: +44 7976 363 769 Email Graeme | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Band 1 for rail

Band 1 for rail

Rail finance firm of the year 2016

Rail finance firm of the year 2016

Rail finance firm of the year 2015

Rail finance firm of the year 2015

Graeme McLellan Partner

Contact details

Graeme McLellan

Graeme McLellan
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2618 M: +44 7976 363 769 Email Graeme | Vcard Office: London

An asset finance expert with a particular focus on the rolling stock and aircraft sectors, Graeme is well known for using his broad experience of complex, cross-border transactions to develop innovative structures. Clients value his highly commercial and pragmatic approach. Graeme heads the firm's award-winning and market-leading Rail team.  
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Graeme has broad experience of portfolio acquisitions and disposals, complex loan financings, Islamic financings, operating and finance leasing and structured tax leasing transactions. He advises major lenders, investors, lessors and operators around the world on financing structures involving aircraft, rolling stock, and other moveable equipment.

Chambers & Partners (2013) describe Graeme as "very commercial in his approach, he takes a sensible stance and is highly creative". His skills are applied in advising clients on the development of new structures and the successful delivery of initial proof of concept transactions.  

In the rail sector, Graeme advises on transactions internationally, including many new entrants to the market. He has been involved in the UK rail sector since privatisation and advised on many major rolling stock transactions, often applying his aircraft finance expertise and UK rolling stock experience to the development of innovative solutions. 

Graeme is a renowned aircraft finance specialist in the commercial aircraft and corporate / private jet sectors. He advises on a broad range of transaction structures, including lessor financings and Islamic financings.    

He is “extremely knowledgeable and pro-active" (Legal 500 2014) and his straightforward approach is appreciated by clients.

"An extremely capable operator who is quick to suggest innovative solutions"  
The Legal 500 UK 2013
 
  • Aviation finance
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  • Rail finance

Equity investors 

Advising equity investors on entry into the commercial aircraft financing sector. This includes their first transactions for the purchase, financing and leasing of wide and narrow body aircraft operating globally. 

Financing and leasing

Representing aircraft lessors and financiers on debt financings, operating lessor financings, Islamic financings and leases.  

Business jets

Acting for major financial institutions on the financing and operation of large business jets, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft. 
 
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Ferries

Advising leading financial institutions on developing innovative structures for the procurement, secured financing and operation of new vessels. EU transactions include subsidised lifeline ferry services subject to state aid rules.  

Renewable energy

Acting on the secured financing of specialist renewable energy equipment.

Corporate finance

Representing banks on facilities to major international corporates, including syndicated loan facilities and receivables financings.
 
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New financiers

Advising major financial institutions on entry into the rolling stock financing market. This includes jurisdictional due diligence, acquisition of multi-jurisdictional passenger and freight portfolios and third party secured financing. 

New structures

Representing financiers on the development of innovative new structures for the financing of rolling stock for operation in countries across the globe.

New rolling stock

Acting for financiers on their bids to finance new-build rolling stock that will be subject to a broad range of operating arrangements. 

More: Rail finance
 
  • Aviation
  • Rail

Aircraft trading

Advising lessors on portfolio and single aircraft acquisitions and disposals. 

Financing and leasing

Representing aircraft lessors and financiers on debt financings, operating lessor financings, Islamic financings and leases.

Business jets

Acting for major financial institutions on the financing and operation of large business jets, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft. 

More: Aviation

New financiers

Advising major financial institutions on entry into the rolling stock financing market. This includes jurisdictional due diligence, acquisition of multi-jurisdictional passenger and freight portfolios and third party secured financing. 

New structures

Representing financiers on the development of innovative new structures for the financing of rolling stock for operation in countries across the globe.

Portfolio trading

Acting for bidders on their bids to acquire rolling stock fleets, and the subsequent implementation of successful bids.

More: Rail
 
 

Awards

Band 1 for rail

Band 1 for rail

Rail finance firm of the year 2016

Rail finance firm of the year 2016

Rail finance firm of the year 2015

Rail finance firm of the year 2015

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Brand new trains being pushed off-lease: implications and options for financiers

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24 Jan 2017

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08 Jun 2016

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New entrants are tasting success in financing rolling stock

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25 Feb 2016

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25 Nov 2013

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