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The Rail Finance Group consists of partners, associates and paralegals well-versed in all aspects of rail finance transactions. For decades, this team has represented lessees, lessors and debt, equity and underwriter participants, including institutional investors and international leasing companies.

Our practice group’s extensive experience with rail companies includes three of the nation’s Class I railroads. We have represented clients in all types of lease and equipment finance transactions, including structured secured financings, project financings and leveraged leases (involving multi-tier, double dip and cross-border leases), tax-advantaged lease financings, synthetic leases, credit-tenant leases and other lease-related transactions such as equipment trust certificates, enhanced equipment trust certificates and lease portfolio securitizations. These transactions involved virtually all types of equipment and fixtures, including railroad rolling stock, rail lines, intermodal facilities and other rail assets. The Rail Finance Group is supported by nationally known tax practitioners who devote a major portion of their time to the structuring of transactions and various issues of tax ownership and indemnification that are critical to such financings. Given the ever-increasing complexity of many of the financing transactions we are retained to handle, firm attorneys are accustomed to working in cross-disciplinary teams in a seamless fashion. All resources of Chapman and Cutler LLP’s practice groups are available in connection with each financing transaction in which we are involved.

Representative Transactions

Rail Finance

Other Equipment Finance