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Originally advised Minsheng Financial Leasing on the bridge facility that DVB provided on a bilateral basis for the financing of the acquisition of certain aircraft (aircraft on lease to SAS, Iberia, Garuda and Aeroflot). The timing for completion of the purchases did not work well and the facility was amended, re-sized and used to finance existing aircraft on lease to Hainan, Europa and Pegasus – five aircraft in all.
This financing was structured through an orphaned entity as borrower, as it was intended to refinance the bridge through an ABS or capital markets offering. In fact, the bridge was refinanced through a syndicated loan arranged by DVB. A particular issue that arose in the transaction concerned stamp duty on aircraft mortgages registered in Turkey. As with all secured portfolio financings, the main challenge for us was managing the coordination and logistical issues that arise with multiple lessees in different jurisdictions and time zones. Drawdowns under both facilities were batched to match progress with the lessees.