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.

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 since 2005, 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.

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:

 

Aeroméxico
Representation of Aeroméxico as lessee in connection with the JOLCO financing of three 787-9 aircraft with three different debt and equity syndicates. The first JOLCO was named "Tax Lease Deal of the Year (2016)" by Airfinance Journal.

CIT Aerospace
Representation of CIT Aerospace in connection with the sale and leaseback transaction of four Airbus A320 aircraft to All Nippon Airways.

Avianca
Representation of AVIANCA in connection with the JOLCO financing for a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This was Avianca's first JOLCO financing and also required obtaining an FAA registration using a head lease/sublease structure to a US Owner Trust company, a structure not previously seen in the JOLCO market.

Skymark
Representation of various international leasing companies including CIT Aerospace in connection with the Skymark restructuring using the Japanese Civil Rehabilitation Procedure.

 

Maritime:

 

Mitsubishi Corporation
Representation of Mitsubishi Corporation in connection with a joint venture with Empresa Naviera Elcano, S.A to purchase two LNG vessels from Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for charter to Gas Natural Fenosa. We handled all aspects of the project and finance documents for the construction, chartering, management, ownership and financing of the vessels.

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 the JOLCO financing of 12 container vessels subleased to various shipping companies including Maersk, Yangming and MOL.

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.

 

 

Others:

 

Sprint Telecom
Representation of the senior lenders, BTMU, Mizuho Bank, SMTB and SMBC in connection with the multi-tranche US$2.2 billion (senior portion is US$1.4 billion) refinancing of indebtedness for Sprint Telecom, a US-based telecoms operator with Sprint leasing back its network equipment.

 

Publications

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

Awards & Recognition

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

Banking & Finance: International Asset Finance — Japan

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global

Aviation: Finance – Asia-Pacific Region