Equipment Financing and Leasing

  • Holland & Knight has extensive experience in the equipment financing and leasing field.
  • Our Equipment Financing and Leasing Team regularly handles domestic and cross-border transactions involving all types of leases and equipment across a wide range of industries.
  • We are committed to helping our clients achieve their business objectives through cutting-edge structures that maximize tax benefits and minimize risks.

Equipment financing and leasing can present numerous challenges, especially in a tough economy. Structuring the most effective and advantageous transactions requires the insight of skilled legal counsel. Holland & Knight's Equipment Financing and Leasing Team, recognized by leading industry publications as a worldwide leader in the field, has the knowledge and experience to help you with your full range of financing and leasing needs. We regularly handle "big ticket" as well as middle-market capital leasing transactions.

Proactive Representation on Behalf of a Diverse Client Base

Whether you are an equipment lessee or lessor, owner participant, synthetic lessor, operator, manufacturer, buyer or seller, lender, indenture or owner trustee or credit enhancement provider, our team is prepared to guide and advise you on issues surrounding complex commercial lease laws.

Sophisticated Transactions Structured to Leverage Your Opportunity

Our Equipment Financing and Leasing Team handles domestic and cross-border transactions, including those involving operating, finance, single investor, leveraged and synthetic leases, as well as other types of leasing and conditional sales. We have extensive experience in transactions involving letters of credit, interest rate options, currency and interest rate swaps, as well as syndicated transactions, intercreditor, participation and subordination agreements drafted on behalf of lead lenders.

Our team's corporate finance law attorneys work in conjunction with the firm's tax and banking law attorneys to structure transactions that meet your objectives, maximize tax benefits and minimize risk. In default and workout scenarios, we call upon members of our firm's Bankruptcy Team who have extensive experience in repossession, bankruptcy and restructuring.

All Categories of Equipment Across Multiple Industries

We represent clients in a variety of equipment leasing and financing transactions across multiple industries and a full range of equipment. We have handled transactions involving:

  • Aviation Equipment: l ease financings of commercial aircraft and engines for use by major international airlines and regional airlines based in the United States and more than 40 other countries; corporate jet aircraft for use by corporations and individuals in the United States and abroad; lease financings of groups of helicopters and flight simulators
  • Automobiles: automobile vendor leasing programs
  • Buses, Trucks, Tractors, Trailers and Chassis: leveraged lease financings of fleets of buses, truck tractors, dump trucks for use in copper mining, dredges and forklift trucks trailers and chassis
  • Computer Equipment: lease financings of computer equipment
  • Energy/Power Facilities: lease financings of solar, wind, cogeneration and hydroelectric facilities; multiple transfers of investor interests in lease finance transactions of power plants and turbines; lease financings of waste to energy and recycling facilities and water treatment facilities
  • Manufacturing Equipment: lease financings of manufacturing equipment and facilities for use by manufacturers of aluminum products, ammonia, automobiles, automobile parts, batteries, communications equipment, computers, electronic products, cable polymer plants, continuous caster steel works, electrolytic galvanizing processes, glass, graphic arts equipment, paint pigments, paper and newsprint, semiconductors, tires and other products
  • Maritime Equipment: leasing and financing of large commercial vessels, including LNG, petroleum and chemical product tankers and containerships; barges; marine cargo containers; offshore drilling rigs; container cranes and ship loading facilities; bulk carriers and roll-on/roll-off vessels for use by major oil companies, major shipping companies and the U.S. Navy
  • Mineral Processing Facilities: leveraged lease financings of a coal preparation plant and material handling and conveyor system, a coal washing facility and coal mining dragline and other heavy mining equipment
  • Office Equipment: established and helped implement leasing programs to finance general office equipment for use by major U.S. insurance companies
  • Petroleum/Chemical Product Production Facilities: leveraged lease financings of chemical production facilities, oil blending, MTBE and isobutene facilities and a portfolio of 50 service stations/convenience stores
  • Railroad Equipment: operating and leveraged leases involving locomotives, general purpose boxcars, covered hopper cars, tank cars, gondola cars, trailers and flatcars, mass transit and passenger cars; leases of a rail car storage yard and a New York City subway reconditioning facility
  • Telecommunications Equipment: lease financings of satellite transponders and optical and switching equipment for use by U.S. major entertainment and telecommunication companies

Industry Knowledge on Your Side

We have extensive industry knowledge gained through decades of hands-on experience. Members of our team have served on the board of directors and executive committee for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. We are also active in educational seminars on leading-edge issues in the industry. In addition, our team has been recognized to be among the leaders in the field by several national publications. The 2013-2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" guide placed our Equipment Finance Law practice in its first tier both nationally and locally (New York and San Francisco); Chambers USA 2013 gave our firm a No. 1 ranking in Banking & Finance: Equipment Finance & Leasing; and the 2013 Chambers Global Guide – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business named Holland & Knight among the world's leading law firms in the area of Asset Finance. The Legal 500 recognized Holland & Knight to be among the leading firms for Asset Finance and Leasing, and we had more lawyers recognized in the field of Equipment Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in America than any other law firm in the country in the publication's 2013 guide. William Piels was honored as "Lawyer of the Year" in Equipment Finance Law in San Francisco by The Best Lawyers in America 2013.