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K&L Gates

Transportation

1 ranked lawyersBand 1GermanyEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Particularly popular with public transport companies, the team regularly works with the firm's public law department to advise on procurement and tender procedures. Stands out for its strength in the rail sector, assisting rail operators and financial sector clients with syndicated loan financing and acquisition financing, as well as lease transactions. Also advises on notable M&A transactions in the rail market. Active for lenders on aircraft finance and for aviation companies on leasing transactions as well as sales and acquisitions of aircraft.

Strengths

Recommending the firm wholeheartedly, one client states: "I am very impressed by the team and the advice they have given us so far. The firm is very experienced, knowledgeable and flexible as well as constructive."

Work highlights

Advised Rock Rail on its market entry into Germany, including the incorporation of its first German entity as well as a number of public tenders for regional passenger trains.

Notable practitioners

"Very experienced rail practitioner" Frank Thomas is renowned among European rolling stock investors and a favoured adviser to private and public transport companies in Germany. He assists with the financing of trains and locomotives and the purchase and financing of rail portfolios, as well as public tenders for regional passenger trains. Thomas has further experience in the aviation sphere, including with finance and lease agreements.

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Germany

Transportation: Rail & Aviation Asset Finance


Frank Thomas
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