K&L Gates’ Transportation Finance lawyers help satisfy the capital needs for the transportation industry globally, focusing on finance and leasing transactions for the aviation, maritime, and railroad sectors.
Our transportation finance lawyers work closely with their counterparts in our cross-disciplinary Aviation and Maritime industry practice groups. They also partner with lawyers in other finance-related practices such as Corporate, Acquisition and Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Restructuring and Insolvency, and Securitization.
As part of the largest fully integrated network of law offices and law partners of any global law firm, we draw regularly upon the comprehensive resources of the firm to address the full scope of related regulatory, legal, and other issues that arise in complex multi-jurisdiction finance, leasing, and restructuring transactions for the aviation, maritime, and rail sectors.
K&L Gates’ aviation finance lawyers reside in offices across Asia, Europe, and the United States. They work closely with the firm’s aviation industry practice professionals, including lawyers who focus on the unique tax and regulatory issues affecting aircraft.
Our aviation finance lawyers have extensive experience representing financial institutions, leasing companies, and airlines around the globe in connection with aircraft operating finance and leasing transactions. They provide clients with guidance and assistance on structuring, documenting, and negotiating aircraft finance transactions, including cross-border aircraft finance transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Additionally, our aviation lawyers regularly assist financial institutions on restructuring, workouts, and repossession matters.
Working closely with our colleagues in the Tax, Regulatory, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups, we are uniquely qualified to advise and assist financial institutions, leasing companies, and airlines with their aviation needs.
Air Finance Journal ® ranked K&L Gates as Law Firm of the Year in 2012.
K&L Gates’ maritime finance practice includes lawyers throughout the United States, Asia, and Australia. They work in conjunction with professionals in the firm’s maritime industry practice, including admiralty law, international trade, and tax lawyers. Our maritime finance lawyers also collaborate with lawyers in the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency and Public Finance practices, among others.
We have extensive experience in maritime asset financings, including negotiation and documentation of secured credit facilities, leveraged lease transactions, international structured finance transactions, and public financing of maritime projects. We also have experience in ship and fleet mortgage enforcement (including arrests), workouts, restructurings, insolvencies, and judicial sales through private treaty or public auction and distribution of proceeds. Additionally, we regularly advise lenders on legal issues relating to maritime asset finance, including re-flagging and insurance coverage issues.
K&L Gates’ rail finance practice includes lawyers in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe who act for lenders, borrowers, lessors, lessees, manufacturers, investors, public transportation authorities, and private and state-owned operators on domestic and cross-border railway projects.
We have a proven track record in rail finance and advise on all types of secured and unsecured loans, residual value guarantees, covered bonds, and project finance structures as well as a wide range of lease financings, including structured lease financings, leveraged leases, operating leases, and sale and leaseback transactions.
We routinely deal with the relevant regulatory authorities and advise on all types of rolling stock, in particular passenger transportation, light rail, trams, metros, heavy rail, locomotives, freight, gas, and tank wagons. We also have experience in enforcement of security, workouts and restructurings, and insolvencies.
K&L Gates is recommended for Asset Finance & Leasing in the rail industry by Legal 500 and by Chambers Global 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2010,rail finance team advised a lessor in a deal that was named “Rail Finance Deal of the Year 2010 – Europe” by Jane’s Transport Finance.