Finance

Our award winning finance team is highly regarded by clients for its excellence, broad experience and versatility. We work on demanding and innovative deals globally and strive to build deep relationships with our clients which mean we are first in mind when you wish to instruct.
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We act for many leading UK and international banks, investment companies, other corporates, lessors, funds and other stakeholders on challenging transactions which often involve novel instruments or structures.

We can help you with:

  • ship and offshore finance including for LNG, FPSO units and other offshore equipment
  • aviation finance
  • rail finance
  • equipment and vendor finance
  • real estate finance
  • restructuring and insolvency matters
  • Islamic finance
  • trade finance
  • project finance
  • corporate lending and acquisition finance, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions
  • structured products, including arrangements designed to meet specific tax, accounting or regulatory objectives
  • derivatives of various types and forms, including interest rate, currency, credit, equity, commodity, insurance and other swaps and options, repos and stock lending.

Operating as a seamless team, our lawyers are based in London, Paris, Piraeus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Greater China, Seoul and Singapore. Whatever your challenges and wherever your needs arise you are guaranteed the right advice.

“They do a really good job of managing complex transactions…they manage the process well and have a good handle on all the things that I should be looking at.”
Chambers UK 2015

Deutsche Bank AG, $1.2 billion loan for 12 container ships

Advised on a multi-tranche syndicated K-sure backed loan facility for the partial financing of seven 14,500 and five 18,800 TEU container ships for wholly-owned subsidiaries of United Arab Shipping Company.

Wells Fargo, £200 million WELPUT mixed use refinancing, West End

Acting for Wells Fargo on the £200 million refinancing of WELPUT, Schroders’ West End of London Property Unit Trust, secured against six mixed use properties valued at £700 million.

Alliance Laundry Systems, European vendor finance and $400 million securitisation

Advised US commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Alliance Laundry Systems LLC on the establishment of a European vendor finance programme as well as the English and French aspects of its securitisation.

Japanese multinational bank

Advising financiers on JOLCO financings for multiple aircraft.

Restructuring of Monarch Airlines

We advised the Pension Protection Fund on this major restructuring, advising in connection with the restructuring of the very substantial pension deficit to facilitate the sale of the business. We also advised one of the main aircraft lessors.

Middle East finance company

We advised on the finance of the acquisition of shares in an English company involving a mix of compliant and non-compliant investment structures in England and Luxembourg.

Rolling stock leasing transactions

Advising a wide range of financiers on their bids to procure, finance and lease rolling stock, both for new-build fleets as well as existing fleets, including advising a bidder for the world's largest rolling stock project to date – the £5 billion+ PPP project to provide 3,600 vehicles to PRASA in South Africa.

Export-import Asian bank sale and leaseback deal

We acted on a $1 billion post-delivery loan to a subsidiary of a financial leasing company for the acquisition of 51 vessels to be bareboat chartered to the Bourbon Offshore Group of France.

Global banks, entries into European market

Advising a significant number of financiers on their entry into the rolling stock leasing market, ranging from initial sector legal due diligence to portfolio acquisitions and financings.

Lavendon Group plc, extending and re-negotiating revolving credit facilities

We advised on the existing £50 million and €60 million revolving facilities and in issuing new loan notes by US Private Placement with a value of €35 million, involving close co-ordination with lawyers across the US, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Alain Gautron Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 72
M:  +33 6 40 49 21 99 Email Alain | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Martin Green Managing Partner

T:  +65 6226 1600
M:  Email Martin | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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Susan Moore Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2111
M:  +44 77 6997 6929 Email Susan | Vcard Office:  London

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Mark Reed Partner

T:  +852 2533 2888
M:  +852 9353 1359 Email Mark | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Latest news & insights

05 Sep 2016

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Airfinance Journal ranks Guy Espitalier-Noel as a rising star in aviation finance

Guy Espitalier-Noel, a senior associate in Stephenson Harwood's aviation finance practice, has been recognised as a rising star by leading industry publication, Airfin..

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05 Jul 2016

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23 June 2016: a day which will go down in history as the day Europe and the UK changed forever. Since the "First Railway Package" of legislation was introduced in the ..

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24 Jun 2016

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02 Jun 2016

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We provide a helpful one-page summary diagram of the current expected timetable for Great Britain's passenger rail franchises and concessions.

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11 Apr 2016

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on US$216 million K-Sure backed post-delivery financing for FSRU BW Singapore

International law firm Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, advised a subsidiary of BW Gas on an export credit agency backed US$216 million post-delivery financing..

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25 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood, Bond Dickinson and CMS advise on first of its kind £200 million-plus rail finance deal

Stephenson Harwood LLP, Bond Dickinson and CMS advised on the £200 million-plus financing of a replacement suburban train fleet for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

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24 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood – proud sponsors of The Marine Money Conference, 25 February 2016

Ship finance partners Jonathan Ward, Julie Clegg and Nigel Bowen-Morris look forward to meeting delegates at the industry leading conference.

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02 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood boosts its contentious and non-contentious trade finance practice in Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood has appointed partners King Tak Fung and Ivan Ng from Eversheds in Hong Kong. They have been joined by a further five associates.

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25 Jan 2016

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Sue Moore listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100

Our head of finance is among the lawyers included in the finance category.

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25 Jan 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises DVB

A London aviation finance team has completed the second DVB Airbus A320neo PDP financing.

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04 Jan 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises Acadia on acquisition of Priory Group

Stephenson Harwood has advised Acadia Healthcare on the acquisition of Priory Group, a leading provider of behavioural healthcare facilities in the United Kingdom.

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24 Sep 2015

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La loi Macron vient d’introduire une nouvelle exception au monopole bancaire pour permettre les prêts entre entreprises.

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08 Sep 2015

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06 Jul 2015

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1 November 2015 – Effective date for Cape Town Convention in the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey and the UK

We outline some of the significant points that will affect the application of English law to aircraft finance transactions.

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04 May 2015

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Media coverage: Compliance Monitor - CASS The grand finale

Richard Small writes for Compliance Monitor on the Financial Conduct Authority's overhaul of its client asset regime.

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03 Apr 2015

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Media coverage: Rail Professional - Get on board with the risks of ERTMS

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