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Equipment Financing/Leasing

Equipment Financing/Leasing
Equipment Financing/Leasing
Expertise / Practices / Financial Services / Equipment Financing/Leasing

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.

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Recent Experience
  • Numerous automobile captive finance companies and equipment leasing companies on modernizing their standard form lease and conditional sale agreements and ancillary documents.

  • Numerous foreign finance and leasing companies on 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.

Awards & Recognition

Blakes Financial Services lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Banking & Finance – Nationwide Canada, Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation – Nationwide Canada, Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Nationwide Canada, Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory – Nationwide Canada, Project Finance – Nationwide Canada and Transportation: Aviation: Finance – Nationwide Canada)

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Banking & Finance – Canada, Banking & Finance: Financial Services – Canada and Capital Markets: Securitisation – Canada)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Blakes is “Most Frequently Recommended” in Banking & Financial Institutions every year since the directory’s inception in 1997. Also, “Most Frequently Recommended” in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Asset Securitization, and Project Finance. Also recommended in Derivative Instruments.)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (“Most Frequently Recommended” in Banking & Financial Institutions, Asset Securitization and Project Finance)

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Financing)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms (Banking, Financial Services Regulatory and Project Finance)

  • Who's Who Legal: Banking (Finance, Fintech and Regulatory)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Aviation, Banking, Insurance & Reinsurance and Project Finance)

  • Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Who's Who Legal: Project Finance

  • Who's Who Legal: Transport – Aviation Finance

  • Euromoney’s LMG Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide (Banking, Insurance and Reinsurance, Project Finance, Structured Finance and Securitisation and Women in Business Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Banking and Finance, Insurance and Transport: Aviation)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Asset-Based Lending Practice, Aviation Law, Banking and Finance Law, Derivatives Law, Equipment Finance Law, Project Finance Law and Structured Finance Law)