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.