Banking & Finance

Asset & Aircraft Finance

Pre-eminent practice in asset and aircraft finance

As the industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace the asset and aircraft finance sector requires cutting-edge and practical solutions.  

Our renowned full-service team partners with the world's leading financial institutions, lessees, operators, arrangers and end-users to provide complex financing structures on some of the most significant, challenging and transformational transactions in the market.  Supported by our indomitable tax and financial services regulation team to provide our clients with a comprehensive service offering.  

Cross-border intelligence with solution-focused advice

With significant recent changes to asset and finance regulation, we work with our clients on navigating the regulatory landscape by way of efficient solution-focused advice.  Having on-the-ground Asset Finance teams in Australia, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Europe, we can document transactions under Australian law as well as English law, providing our clients with seamless cross-border capabilities.

The King & Wood Mallesons Asset Finance team has been at the forefront of the international market for many years, working on projects for clients under English law in Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Mongolia, The Philippines and the PRC.

Supporting clients on a full range of transformational transactions

Working with corporates, lenders and governments means we advise on the full range of asset finance transactions. Recognised for our exceptional experience and deep relationships within the aviation industry we partner with clients to deliver efficient and innovative aircraft finance solutions in some of the largest and most significant matters to date.

Our law firm’s experience in the asset and aircraft finance industry, includes:

  • Deutsche Bank/Castlelake/Virgin Australia Airlines: a financing of five Boeing 737 Aircraft and two 777 Boeing Aircraft – financed sale and leaseback for Aircraft for Australia Airlines.
  • Rex Airlines: negotiated and documented the operating lease (with financing) for its first 737 Aircraft to enable its debut in the golden triangle of Sydney – Melbourne – Brisbane to create a competitive landscape with Qantas and Virgin.
  • BNP Paribas/Goldman Sachs/Castlelake: financing 11 Boeing 737 Aircraft via sale and leaseback for Aircraft for Australia Airline.
  • CBA: on largest ever privately funded UK rolling stock procurement, a £1.1 billion.
  • Japanese bank (Hong Kong): refinancing facility for eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Macquarie Bank: vendor loan note arrangements on sale of Digitek.


They are able to advise on complex transactions, and what we can and cannot do. They are very commercial and give good-standard advice, getting the right transaction structure.


They devote themselves to the work. They consider and take into account all factors, thinking in a well-rounded way. They have a good grip of areas that clients are not familiar with.

Chambers & Partners

The team is noted for its broad reach and its ability to service cross-border matters, one client commenting: We worked with the Hong Kong and China offices and that gave us good cross-cultural and cross-border capability; their main strength is having the diverse range of skills, being able to do both Australian and international fund structures.

Chambers & Partners

The advice is always well set out and very easy to understand in a very complex area. The law isn't always particularly clear and the team are really good at breaking it down into digestible advice that is practical and pragmatic with the suggestions regarding compliance with the requirements.


They're top-notch: on the technical detail and command of the field, they're right at the top. But they also really throw everything at the work: we ask them to do something and they have relevant people ready to go straight away.

Chambers & Partners

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