Asset/Equipment Finance & Leasing

Key Contacts

Bowman Stephen High Resolution Image Stephen W. Bowman
Toronto Managing Partner
T: 416.777.4624
Brennan Patrick High Resolution Image Patrick J. Brennan
Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
T: 403.298.3433

The sourcing of capital through asset securitization has grown exponentially in the last decade. Using creativity and intricate structures to create new asset classes and terms, lawyers and financial advisors are successfully implementing asset-backed lending to help companies survive and sponsors thrive.

Bennett Jones has been involved in asset-backed lending for well over a decade. Our specialized work with issuers, underwriters, investors, liquidity providers, credit enhancers, rating agencies and trustees includes developing asset classes, assisting with rating the respective products, and negotiating terms on collateral such as inventory, receivables, investment securities, intellectual property, equipment, title documents and real estate. We have acted on finance and leasing transactions involving aircraft, railcars, trucks, buses, mining equipment and heavy construction equipment and operating lease portfolio securitizations, commercial paper conduits, enhanced corporate credits, synthetic leases, and the packaging and repackaging of asset-backed debt. We leverage our understanding of the financial services market to provide strategic insight to this nuanced, highly complex area of lending.

Of particular note is our aircraft finance and leasing experience, which includes cross-border arrangements and some of the most complex arrangements in the aviation industry for Canada's major airlines.

Select Experience

  • ME Global BV on its $450 million senior debt financing with a syndicate led by Mizuho.
  • Acted as counsel to Superior Coring Systems Inc.'s purchase of Technicoil Corporation's Hybrid Drilling Rigs, and its financing of same. 
  • Jazz Aviation LP in connection with the financing of 15 Q400 Aircraft with Export Development Corporation.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Toronto
  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, most frequently recommended, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Calgary
  • 2015, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, most frequently recommended, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing

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