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As a bank, owner, export credit agency, lessee, lessor, operator or portfolio manager, you face many challenges in financing assets. These challenges could include increased regulation impacting on funding availability, financial distress caused by global economic conditions and asset-specific considerations such as tax and government licensing.

Our team has expertise across the full range of debt and leasing products, including all major asset classes in various jurisdictions, and can help you deal with the unique challenges you face as a party to an asset-financing transaction.

We advise clients in shipping and offshore marine, aviation, renewables and rail financing and all associated procurement, leasing and operating arrangements.

Services we offer include: syndicated and bilateral bank facilities; capital markets financing; funds formation and investments; equity financing, joint venture and partnership formation; finance, operating and tax-based leasing; concession-based and project financings; sales and purchases; operational management agreements.

In short, whatever the product or asset, you can expect a service tailored to your needs.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in As­set Fin­ance in the UK
OSX Brasil SA on it entry in­to cor­por­ate in­solv­ency pro­ceed­ings in Brazil, the largest cor­por­ate in­solv­ency in Lat­in Amer­ic­an his­tory.Deutsche Bank on the USD 1.8bn seni­or se­cured term loan fa­cil­ity for the re­fin­an­cing of four drill­ships owned by Ocean Rig UDW Inc on charter in Brazil and West Africa.Bumi Ar­mada Ber­had, along­side its JV part­ner, Shapoorji Pallinji and Private Lim­ited, on its USD 202m re­fin­an­cing of an FPSO ves­sel loc­ated in the D1 O&G field loc­ated 200km west of Mum­bai.Ex­cel­er­ate En­ergy on its 10 year charter party agree­ment with Dubai Sup­ply Au­thor­ity.GasLog Ltd. on a USD 1.3bn ECA-backed fa­cil­it­ies agree­ment re­gard­ing the con­struc­tion and de­liv­ery of eight LNG car­ri­ers.China EX­IM Bank on its se­cured fin­an­cing for a sub­si­di­ary of CDB Leas­ing re­fin­an­cing the ac­quis­i­tion of two Air­bus A320 air­craft on lease to S7 Air­line.Er­ste Group Bank on nu­mer­ous lim­ited re­course se­cured fin­an­cings with air­craft in­vestors in coun­tries in­clud­ing Panama, Italy, Ukraine, Rus­sia, United States, China, Lithuania and Thai­l­and among oth­ers.ICBC Fin­an­cial Leas­ing on the ac­quis­i­tion and sub­sequent re-fin­an­cing of a port­fo­lio of 10 air­craft pur­chased from RBS Avi­ation leased to car­ri­ers in the UK, Rus­sia, Brazil and In­done­sia, among oth­ers.A Chinese air­line on Four Air­bus A319 and two A320 French tax leases.En­gine Lease Fin­ance Cor­por­a­tion on the ac­quis­i­tion of a port­fo­lio of more than 40 leased air­craft en­gines from Macquar­ie in a com­pet­it­ive bid situ­ation.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.
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4 May 2020
CMS adds key hire to As­set Fin­ance team and bol­sters Air­craft Fin­ance and...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Gwen Ed­wards as a part­ner in the firm’s As­set Fin­ance team. Gwen joins CMS from Hogan Lov­ells, where she was a seni­or as­so­ci­ate in the Fin­ance group.
07 July 2020
The Cor­por­ate In­solv­ency and Gov­ernance Act 2020 and Air­craft Fin­ance –...
The UK has in­tro­duced a new re­struc­tur­ing tool, the Re­struc­tur­ing Plan, which when coupled with oth­er pro­vi­sions of the new law cre­ates the pos­sib­il­ity of the man­age­ment of a com­pany in fin­an­cial dif­fi­culty...
7 April 2020
CMS UK signs up to the Wo­men in Avi­ation and Aerospace Charter
CMS UK is pleased to an­nounce that the firm has signed up to the Wo­men in Avi­ation and Aerospace Charter as a sup­port­ing or­gan­isa­tion. Read more here.
29 June 2020
The Cor­por­ate In­solv­ency and Gov­ernance Act 2020 and Air­craft Fin­ance
The new morator­i­um re­gime What are the po­ten­tial im­plic­a­tions of the new morator­i­um re­gime set out in the Cor­por­ate In­solv­ency and Gov­ernance Act 2020 (the “Act”) for air­craft lenders, lessors and...
27 November 2018
CMS ad­vises Shear­wa­ter on $650m cross-bor­der ac­quis­i­tion
CMS ad­vises Shear­wa­ter Geo­Services on $650m cross-bor­der ac­quis­i­tion of the mar­ine seis­mic ac­quis­i­tion as­sets and op­er­a­tions of West­ernGeco. Find out more.
18 May 2020
FCA ac­cel­er­ates di­git­al sand­box pi­lot to sup­port firms amidst the Cov­id-19...
The FCA re­leased a state­ment set­ting out its pro­pos­al to ac­cel­er­ate the di­git­al sand­box pi­lot in or­der to en­hance reg­u­lat­ory sup­port for in­nov­at­ive firms amidst the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic. The FCA states that...
17 January 2017
CMS fin­ance part­ner re­lo­cates to Hong Kong
CMS is pleased to an­nounce that Lon­don-based part­ner Tim El­li­ott has re­lo­cated to co-lead the firm’s Hong Kong of­fice to­geth­er with Ger­man CMS part­ner Nic­olas Wie­gand and to build out CMS’ fin­ance cap­ab­il­it­ies in the re­gion along­side its newly es­tab­lished
30 March 2020
ESMA and FCA cla­ri­fy su­per­vis­ory ap­proach on SFTR back­load­ing re­quire­ments...
This in­form­a­tion is cor­rect as of 11.30am on 30 March 2020 and will not be main­tained. The European Se­cur­it­ies Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) has cla­ri­fied its po­s­i­tion on the re­quire­ments for ‘back­load­ing’...
24/05/2016
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, today, we are launch­ing a series of eas­ily di­gest­ible check­lists cov­er­ing a broad range of in­dustry areas to guide you through what a Brexit could really mean for your busines
06 February 2020
UK/EU fin­an­cial ser­vices after Brexit - the new frame­work for reg­u­la­tion
This is the second in a series of art­icles look­ing at the reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for fin­an­cial ser­vices after Brexit. The new frame­work will have four main sources which we will look at in turn. These are:...
15/09/2014
CMS com­pletes OSX3 bond re­struc­tur­ing
CMS’ Lon­don and Rio de Janeiro of­fices have ad­vised OSX 3 Leas­ing B.V., the own­ers of a Float­ing Pro­duc­tion Stor­age and Of­f­load­ing unit (FPSO) in pro­duc­tion in the Tubarao Marte­lo field in Brazil, on the re­struc­tur­ing of $500m of its bonds, and the as­soci
03 February 2020
UK/EU fin­an­cial ser­vices after the UK’s exit from the single mar­ket– the...
In­tro­duc­tion This is the first in a series of art­icles look­ing at the reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for UK/EU fin­an­cial ser­vices after the UK exits from the EU’s single mar­ket. Fol­low­ing the UK’s de­par­ture...