Leasing and equipment finance

Highly experienced and pragmatic, our team has a deep commercial understanding of the market and underlying risks, working both in the UK and cross border. We build long lasting relationships with our clients and are able to help structure transactions to be efficient, to resolve issues effectively and make the most complex arrangements work.
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Our clients include lessors, financiers, investment funds, captives, banks and other financial institutions. We help them in relation to a range of products involving business critical assets including:

  • operating and finance leases - receivable purchases
  • loans for the purchase of equipment
  • establishment of vendor programmes across Europe
  • financing managed service contracts
  • acquisition of leasing companies and leasing portfolios
  • the formation of leasing companies.

We are familiar with a number of different industries and the type of equipment used in those industries – whether it is regulated like the rail or water industries or highly specialised like offshore oil and gas or renewables. We can offer real insight to these different markets from our industry specialists and regulatory experts.

This team has been awarded Asset Finance Legal provider of the Year at the Leasing Life awards in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

"The team provides a tremendous level of service and attention, they also have a willingness to problem solve."

Chambers UK 2024

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.

SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited

Acting for Guernsey based SQN Asset Finance Income Fund in relation to the due diligence aspects of its £150m IPO at the London Stock Exchange

FES Lighting Contracts

Advising FES Lighting Contracts on the financing of a supply of lighting and services contract with NCP to retrofit NCP car parks across the UK with new energy efficient lighting systems supported by a UK guarantee. This is the first transport (being car parks) infrastructure project to have qualified for a UK guarantee

UK financier

Advising a financier of its acquisition of a substantial portfolio of rail maintenance depots.

Lloyds Bank Plc

Advising Lloyds Bank in relation to the purchase of receivables from another bank. The receivables relate to the leasing of various items of subsea mooring equipment.

SQN Asset Finance Income Fund Limited

Acting for SQN Asset Finance Income Fund, a Guernsey fund, in relation to the sale and leaseback of temporary hotel accommodation and ancillary equipment.

Various financiers

Acting for a number of financiers in relation to the funding of the fit out of data halls to be used by several tenants, the financiers looking at the receivables under the tenancy agreements as security.

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