OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

For businesses that require expensive equipment, the ability to obtain advantageous financing terms and leasing arrangements can mean the difference between success and failure. The Blakes Financial Services group has a top-ranked team of equipment finance and leasing specialists who advise on and document all forms of equipment finance, refinance and leasing transactions, including cross-border finance structures, multi-jurisdictional lease deals involving tax-based structurings, securitizations, large-ticket financing, sale-leasebacks and syndications, as well as developing small/mid-ticket lease and finance programs involving business and consumer customers across Canada.

Equipment lessors, financiers, manufacturers and suppliers retain us because of our reputation for creativity and our ability to address all of the issues related to their leasing and finance needs. In fact, as industry leaders, we have developed several innovative, tax-efficient financing and security structures currently used in Canada. With Canada’s largest and most highly regarded aviation law and aircraft practice, we represent most of the world’s largest aircraft and engine lessors and financiers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, and government agencies. While our unrivalled expertise enables us to offer depth and ingenuity when helping clients navigate complex, international aviation and aircraft financing transactions, our experience extends beyond advising the aviation industry. Clients retain us to advise on the leasing and financing of all types of equipment. We have negotiated leases for virtually every class of property, including consumer products, trucks, buses and other types of motor vehicles, ships, rail cars and other rolling stock, as well as large construction, manufacturing and technological equipment, making us familiar with the specific issues of each major asset class.

On the consumer side, Blakes has one of the largest groups of lawyers with specialized knowledge of consumer protection legislation. Team members have been retained by the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association (CFLA) to deal with numerous issues relevant to the Canadian equipment leasing and finance industry, including acting as national counsel to CFLA as the provinces and territories introduce new cost of credit disclosure rules for leases and loans. Serving in these capacities, we have gained expertise and insight into emerging issues, enabling us to offer clients proactive advice on upcoming challenges even before they become known in the industry.

With preeminent specialized Tax and Restructuring & Insolvency groups, we are able to provide our clients with comprehensive, cost-effective service required to successfully complete any type of equipment leasing or finance transaction.


Representative Matters

  • Acting for numerous automobile captive finance companies and equipment leasing companies in modernizing their standard form lease and conditional sale agreements and ancillary documents.
  • Assisted numerous foreign finance and leasing companies in establishing Canadian subsidiaries that are licensed to operate across Canada and in developing a complete set of standard form documents in English and French for use across Canada.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4247
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Real Estate Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3866
Areas of Expertise: Equipment Financing, Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2969
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2750
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Islamic Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equipment Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pension Fund Investment, Venture Capital, Investment Products & Asset Management, Power, Banking, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2929
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4324
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2987
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2443
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Lobbying, Government & Public Sector
Law Clerk | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4065
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4189
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Aviation/Aerospace, Project Finance, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2278
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2507
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Banking, Defence
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2788
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Law Clerk | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5075
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Aviation/Aerospace, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9791
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9664
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, LNG
Law Clerk | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4064
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2602
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Insurance, Equipment Financing, Fintech
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5080
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Infrastructure, Power, Private Equity, Africa, Europe, India, Middle East, Energy, Foreign Investment, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG, Defence
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3864
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2689
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
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