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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

REN Legal

REN Legal continues to ‘carve out a very good niche’ in the market, primarily for small to mid-ticket aviation finance and leasing work where it provides a ‘first-class service’ to lessors (AerCap, Infinity Transportation), lenders (DVB Bank, Erste Group Bank) and operators (Emirates, Transportes Aéreos Portugueses). Christopher Jackson and Norman Fraser have an ‘in-depth understanding of the aircraft leasing and finance business’, and are both noted for their expertise in aircraft engine leasing transactions. The ‘very bright and technically strong’ Adam Longney handles aviation finance matters and has made inroads into the rail sector, as illustrated by his recent work for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe and the syndicate of existing financiers in connection with the refinancing of debt provided to Ascendos Rail.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

REN Legal

REN Legal is probably best known for its real estate private equity practice, and the team continued to act for a major real estate fund on multiple transactions during 2016. Notable deals included an investment and joint venture in relation to two designer outlet centres in France, and acting for the sellers on a sale-and-leaseback of prime office space in the City of London. Key figures include head of practice Laurence Applegate, and Emma Bucknall, who focuses on corporate acquisitions and disposals.

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