K&L Gates’ Banking & Asset Finance practice includes lawyers in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Middle East who represent lenders, borrowers, servicers, trustees, and other participants in an array of financing transactions, including corporate, acquisition, asset-based, project, real estate, transportation, and Islamic finance.
As part of the largest fully integrated network of law offices and law partners of any global law firm, we draw regularly upon the comprehensive resources of the firm to address the full scope of related regulatory, legal, and other issues that arise in complex finance transactions across industries, jurisdictions, and capital markets. We work closely with lawyers in our Debt Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Derivatives practices. Our clients benefit from our collaboration across borders, disciplines, and markets to provide the best possible advice efficiently and seamlessly.
Several of our lawyers worldwide have been recognized as leading practitioners in their respective specialties, and our Banking & Asset Finance practice has received numerous rankings:
K&L Gates’ Derivatives & Structured Products practice includes lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. We offer regulatory, enforcement, and transactional advice on a wide range of derivatives products, including swaps and security-based swaps, exchange-traded derivatives, derivatives clearing and execution facilities, over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives, securitized derivatives, and derivative products linked to interest rates, currencies, equity securities and funds, credit, and commodities.
We work frequently with the major master agreements (including the 1992 and 2002 ISDA master agreement forms, the MSFTA, the MRA, the 2000 and 2011 GMRA, and the IFEMA forms). We have significant practical experience with emerging forms of swap documentation such as the Ta’Hawwut form of Shari’ah compliant hedging master agreement; collateral arrangements under the ISDA New York law and English law credit support annexes, as well as with negotiating tri-party custody arrangements; and in most specialized swap transactions, including foreign exchange and currency option transactions, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, and energy/carbon derivatives (including renewable energy certificates and other green derivatives). Each of our transactional derivatives partners is very familiar with the specialized documentation for at least one – and often several – unique transaction types, including the full suite of relevant ISDA definitions, product annexes, and settlement matrices.
We have significant experience advising clients on regulatory issues relating to swaps and OTC derivatives, including reporting, recordkeeping, clearing, and business conduct compliance-related issues including under ISDA’s August 2012, March 2013, EMIR NFC Representations and EMIR protocols. We advise clients on the extraterritorial application of United States and European Union swaps regulations.
We work closely with lawyers in other practices, including Investment Management, Energy, Commodities, Enforcement, Litigation and Public Policy to advise clients on legislative and regulatory developments affecting swaps markets in the United States and in Europe and representing clients in enforcement investigations and actions concerning derivatives trading.
The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2014 survey ranked K&L Gates as a national first-tier law firm in the area of Derivatives and Futures Law.
K&L Gates has extensive experience in all areas of Islamic-compliant finance from its offices in the Middle East and beyond and is rated for its advice in Chambers and Legal 500. Located in Doha, Dubai, and London, as well as in offices in Asia, Australia, and the United States, the lawyers in this practice advise clients globally on raising and deploying capital in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah law. We regularly advise on a wide range of Shari’ah compliant structures including ijara real estate finance transactions, transactions structured using musharaka and murabaha partnerships and joint ventures, and Islamic bonds structured as sukuk. We also provide GCC derivatives regulatory counseling to clients.
Our Islamic Finance lawyers work closely with lawyers in other practices, including Project Finance, Investment Management, Dispute Resolution, Derivatives & Structured Products, and Real Estate Finance.
K&L Gates has extensive experience in all areas of real estate finance and serves a diverse client base across our global platform. We have a long history of representing both lenders and borrowers in all aspects of real estate finance transactions. We provide the full spectrum of services associated with financing real estate projects, ranging from straightforward acquisition, development, and construction loans, to bilateral and syndicated facilities, to mezzanine and other subordinated debt facilities, to transactions involving highly complex vehicles, structures, and financing techniques.
We represent banks and other financial institutions as well as private equity and debt funds, family offices, separately managed accounts, and other non-bank lenders and institutional investors in the financing of commercial, industrial, and residential developments. We have significant experience advising both lenders and borrowers in a variety of complex commercial mortgage finance transactions, including multi-property, cross-collateralized, and cross-border financings, as well as traditional single-asset mortgage financings.
We offer a full array of legal services to the mortgage banking/consumer finance industry, including regulatory compliance, acquisitions and dispositions of loan portfolios, loan servicing arrangements and acquisitions, and mergers of mortgage banking/consumer finance concerns. Our experience in representing sophisticated lenders and developers provides us with the proper tools to structure and effectively implement many forms of financing transactions.
K&L Gates has extensive experience in all areas of transportation finance transactions. Although the practice is multi-modal, each of our transportation finance lawyers concentrates in a particular area of transportation, whether aviation, maritime, or rail.
With lawyers in Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States, we provide clients with guidance and assistance on structuring, documenting, and negotiating transportation finance transactions.
We represent financial institutions and leasing companies around the globe in connection with aircraft operating finance and lease transactions. We advise large shipping concerns on corporate and vessel-specific tax structuring. Additionally, our transportation finance lawyers regularly assist financial institutions on restructuring, workouts, and repossession matters involving rolling stock, maritime interests, and aircraft.
Our transportation finance lawyers work closely with colleagues in the firm’s Aviation and Maritime practice areas, as well as with the Restructuring & Insolvency, Debt Capital Markets and Tax, Regulatory, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups. This cross-practice collaboration makes our transportation lawyers uniquely qualified to advise and assist financial institutions, leasing companies, airlines, shipping lines, and railroads with all of their financing needs.