Alison Weal

Partner, London

Biography

“She manages her team really well – the service is seamless.”

Chambers UK 2016: Asset Finance

Overview

A partner in the London office's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group, Alison advises domestic and international clients on complex leasing and financing arrangements.

Clients to have benefited from her significant knowledge and track record in this area include financiers, borrowers and lessees operating in the aviation, as well as the shipping and rail sectors.

Educated in the UK and France, Alison's wide-ranging transactional experience has made her a valued resource for clients seeking to execute complex, international financings. Adept at navigating the legal intricacies of major cross-border deals, she is noted for her ability to provide shrewd advice on a broad spectrum of financing issues.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LPC
Nottingham Law School
LLB
Law Europe (French), Diplôme in French Law
Languages
English

Experience

Alpha Trains' rolling stock acquisition
Alison worked as part of the team of the Firm's lawyers which advised European rolling stock operating lessor Alpha Trains on the acquisition of 202 rolling stock assets from The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS), in a combined asset and share sale transaction. The assets had been managed by Alpha Trains on behalf of RBS since a consortium of investors acquired Alpha Trains from RBS in 2008. The transaction's financing, security package and sale mechanics were particularly complex, due to the number of assets involved and the cross-border nature of their operation.

Debt-financing transactions relating to aircraft
Alison acted for international financial institutions in debt-financing transactions relating to aircraft on both finance and operating leases.

Sharia-compliant financings with a Malaysian airline
Alison represented a Malaysian financial institution in sharia-compliant financings with a Malaysian airline, as well as in subsequent arrangements relating to a Sukuk issue.

Debt financings
Alison negotiated servicing and management agreements in relation to debt financings.

Aircraft financing arrangements
Alison represented export credit agencies in various aircraft financing arrangements.

A portfolio of debt financings
Alison acted for a financial institution in connection with a portfolio of debt financings (both refinancings and new deliveries), related to aircraft on operating leases.

Various aircraft securitisations
Alison advised on the English law aspects of various aircraft securitisations.

Various debt financings
Alison represented a financial institution in several debt financings, including in connection with an aircraft purchased by the relevant borrower, which was converted from a passenger to a freighter aircraft, and a number of portfolio deals.

The leasing and debt-financing of aircraft
Alison acted for a number of UK airlines in connection with the leasing and debt-financing of aircraft.

Operating leases and aircraft sale and lease novation documentation
Alison represented aircraft operating lessors in the preparation and review of operating leases and aircraft sale and lease novation documentation.

Islamic-compliant murabaha refinancing in respect of a shipping portfolio
Acting for a marine company in respect of the refinancing of a portfolio of vessels pursuant to an Islamic murabaha arrangement (including vessels registered in Nigeria and Tanzania).

Debt refinancing relating to shipping
Acting for a leading Northern European ship financing bank in respect of a US$1.7bn refinancing of a company’s existing debt, secured by the company's offshore vessels.

Awards and Recognition

Ranked "Up and Coming" – Chambers UK 2016: Asset Finance

Ranked "Rising Star" under 40s – Law360 2016: Transportation