Finance leases—security and default termination
Produced in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright
Finance leases—security and default termination

The following Banking & Finance guidance note Produced in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Finance leases—security and default termination
  • Security
  • Default termination

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Security over the aircraft

The principal security in a lease financing structure will be the aircraft. Due to the valuable and mobile nature of an aircraft, it is paramount that the finance lessor can use a security and leasing structure which ensures that:

  1. the value of the aircraft is maintained to the greatest extent possible, and

  2. valid and enforceable security has been granted in respect