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
  • leasing and equipment 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
  • over-the-counter derivatives across all product classes, including interest rate, currency, credit, equity and commodity, as well as 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:  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

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