Finance Lease

Practice Areas

Finance Lease

Ranked Band 1 in Banking and Finance (Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011-2017)

As one of the earliest Chinese law firms involved in bank financing and debt trading, Zhong Lun has provided in-depth and full-range legal services to many banks and financial institutions both at home and abroad, and has accumulated substantial practical experience in the process. Zhong Lun has been consistently recommended highly by industry watchers, such as Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000, for our excellence in asset financing, financial loan, structured financing and other financing related work.

Finance lease related legal services have always been our forte, and we have advised dozens of banks, financial lease companies and lessees on domestic, foreign and cross-border finance lease deals with a good variety of deal structures, including direct-financing lease, sale leaseback, entrusted lease, joint lease, leveraged lease, tax-oriented lease, sublease, transfer of leased assets and lease securitization.  We have handled cases involving transport, energy, telecommunication, resource development, electricity and other sectors, leasing airplanes, ships, large industrial equipment, transport facilities, vehicles, energy facilities and other subject matter. Over years of practice, we have developed close and effective cooperation with leasing and finance associations, competent authorities governing lease deals, appraisers of leased assets, lease insurance companies, secondary markets for leased assets and many other entities active in the industry, making sure that the services we render to our clients are comprehensive and instrumental in achieving their commercial goals.

Scope of Services

  • Providing general consulting in relation to lease compliance
  • Setting up lease company and its onshore and/or offshore special purpose vehicles
  • Assisting in purchasing special types of leased assets (such as aircraft and vessels)
  • Conducting due diligence investigation into leased assets, lessors and lessees
  • Designing deal structures for finance lease and security
  • Drafting and reviewing instruments for finance lease and assisting in relevant negotiations
  • Advising on and assisting in the types of financing (including bank loans, factoring, trust financing and asset-backed securitization)
  • Arranging the delivery of the leased assets and the closing of relevant financing
  • Advising on the disposal of leased assets