Simon Collins | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Simon Collins
Simon Collins

Simon Collins

Partner, Tokyo

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Simon is ranked as a Band 1 Leading Lawyer for Asset Finance in Japan by Chambers Asia-Pacific, and as a Leading Lawyer for Banking in Japan by IFLR1000.

Overview

Simon advises clients on complex cross-border finance transactions, with a focus on the aviation and maritime sectors. He helps clients navigate the strategic intricacies of a wide range of deals, including asset and project finance, structured lending, leasing and commercial shipping transactions.

Simon offers clients the benefit of his international experience; he has resided in Japan for over nine years, previously practiced in London and Singapore, and has also worked in the United Arab Emirates.

Simon has been commended by legal directories and industry journals such as Legal 500, Chambers, and Airfinance Journal, particularly in relation to aircraft and ship finance transactions. He has also been named a leading individual for Banking in Japan by IFLR 1000.

Bars and Courts

  • Registered Foreign Attorney in Japan (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
  • England and Wales

Education

  • LLB, University of Bristol
  • LPC, College of Law, York

Languages

  • English

Experience

Aviation:
BNP Paribas

Representation of BNP Paribas in connection with the JOLCO financing of three new A320-200 aircraft for ICBC Leasing. The transaction won Global Transport Finance's "Aircraft Leasing Deal of the Year 2014 - Asia".

Minsheng Financial Leasing Corporation

Representation of Minsheng Financial Leasing Corporation in connection with its portfolio acquisition of 13 aircraft from Ryanair, China Eastern Airlines, Norwegian Air, SAS, and Iberia. Currently the sale and novation of 5 aircraft has been closed. The transaction won "China Deal of the Year" Award from AirFinance Journal 2014.

Copa Airlines

Representation of Copa Airlines in a series of JOLCO financings of new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, this being an expansion of the JOLCO product in to the Latin American markets.

Century Tokyo Leasing (CTL)

Representation of CTL in connection with a series of lease finance transactions for various aircraft, engines and spare part inventories, in collaboration with its US based partner, G A Telesis.

CDB Leasing

Representation of CDB Leasing in connection with the acquisition of five aircraft from GECAS, including the transfer of JCAB registration structure for Japanese registration and ownership requirements, and subsequent JOLCO financing of three aircraft. This transaction was a rare example of a JOLCO financing (i) for an operating lessor, (ii) involving an operating lease to a Japanese airline and (iii) involving the JCAB registration structure with title held by a separate SPC. This deal won Airfinance Journal’s "Tax Deal of the Year" in 2012.

Maritime:
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Representation of JBIC and the commercial lenders in the financing of two LNG tankers, constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, owned by Mitsubishi Corporation, and chartered to Chubu Electric for use on the Gorgon LNG and Ichthys LNG projects in Australia (TPS 1 and 2).

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha/ Chuba Electric

Representation of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and their joint venture partner Chubu Electric, in regard to the formation of a joint venture to acquire, own, operate and charter a new build LNG ship and project financing of the acquisition (TPS 3).

Seaspan Corporation

Representation of Seaspan Corporation in connection with JOLCO financing of two container vessels. This transaction is a rare example of a cross-border maritime JOLCO financing.

Aozora Bank

Representation of Aozora Bank in connection with mortgage enforcement and financing restructuring during the Chapter 7 liquidation of Eastwind Maritime, in relation to 12 refrigerated cargo vessels.

Publications

  • LNG's bright future, SinoShip In Focus, August 2013, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global

Banking and Finance: International Firms: Asset Finance – Japan

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global

Aviation: Finance – Asia-Pacific Region

Leading Lawyer, IFLR 1000

Banking – Japan