Transportation Finance

Global Reputation

Shearman & Sterling has long been recognized as a leading firm in transportation finance, with a history of covering a wide range of financing matters with respect to aircraft, rail, shipping and other industrial machinery. Our preeminent position in transportation finance has been acknowledged by prominent legal publications throughout the world, including The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, Chambers USA–America's Leading Business Lawyers, Euromoney Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Legal 500 and AirFinance Journal.


The strength of our aviation finance practice is unparalleled, and we are frequently involved in structuring new products. Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers in New York, London, Brussels and Tokyo advise on a broad spectrum of transactions, including public offerings and private placement of securities (equipment notes and portfolio securitizations), acquisitions, leveraged leasing, secured and unsecured lending, export credit aircraft financings, structured financings, syndicated credit facilities, pre-delivery payment and warehouse facilities, bank loans, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged financings, joint ventures and sale/resale transactions. Our team also represents both debtors and creditors in transportation-related bankruptcies and has advised on workouts, restructurings and repossessions of equipment throughout the world.

Members of our team have been involved in historic transactions including developing (i) modern-day export credit capital markets products, EETCs and aircraft securitizations; and (ii) several of today’s lease structures, including US tax-based leveraged leases, complex foreign and US double-dip tax leases and Japanese and Spanish operating leases.


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