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LeasePlan launches euro & sterling securitisation backed by UK fleet

LeasePlan launches euro & sterling securitisation backed by UK fleet

Independent fleet lessor LeasePlan has announced a €700m securitisation backed by its UK leasing portfolio. The Netherlands-headquartered firm has placed £582.1m (€706.8m) in securities in two tranches: €445.8m denoted class A1 and £212.1m denoted class A2.

The burden of office

The burden of office

Office equipment leasing is a €16bn business in Europe and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is the dominate force in the market. Grant Collinson talks to the French lessor this vital sector With one new office equipment leasing transaction started every working minute, resulting in 100,000 new contracts each year, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions holds the envious position of dominating the European market in office equipment.

Scorecards sharpen competitive edge

Scorecards sharpen competitive edge

An increasingly effective way to speed up decision-making and reduce risk for asset finance providers. The asset finance niche has to find new ways to evaluate risk in order to close more business profitably, and asset finance organisations worldwide can no longer base credit decisions solely on one or two criteria such as mere credit bureaux scores.

Releasing cash against invoices and assets

Releasing cash against invoices and assets

Asset-based finance can open the door to much needed capital as banks remain cautious to lend, says Evette Orams

New communication tools in vendor finance

New communication tools in vendor finance

Société Générale Equipment Finance (SGEF) France was a forerunner in 2004 with its decision-making tool Flashlease.com. Installed at its vendor partners’ premises, Flashlease allowed users to get a prompt answer, in just a few clicks, about the feasibility of financing an operation.

50% sales growth for MAN FS

50% sales growth for MAN FS

Des Evans, UK chief executive of MAN Truck & Bus, described the German manufacturer’s Financial Services division as “a bank that likes to sell trucks,” and running that bank is the job of Peter Collins, managing director of MAN Financial Services (MAN FS). As the truck and bus company celebrated its 20th anniversary in London, Leasing Life took the opportunity to speak with Collins and get a closer look at its leasing and finance arm.

Coming to a Close

Coming to a Close

Close Asset Finance will be 25 on April 13th, 2012. Its CEO and co-founder, Roger Stone, retired on March 31st, passing the reins to colleague of 18 years Mike Randall. Stone, 64, feels he is leaving at the top of his company’s performance.

UTB builds broker base for expansion drive

UTB builds broker base for expansion drive

Commercial finance provider and NACFB patron United Trust Bank has announced growth intentions in Asset Finance, spearheaded by the recruitment of Former IBJ Leasing sales director Martin Nixon. While he joined UTB last July as senior manager for asset finance, he has spent the last eight months building a broker base for the lender, and now plans to lead an introducer-driven expansion drive for the department.

Lombard speaks out at EEF conference

Lombard speaks out at EEF conference

While restricted access to finance is a fading concern for UK manufacturers, reluctance by businesses to invest in new equipment, plus a lack of appropriate financial support from the government, is a growing worry for producers of goods. This was the mood among delegates of EEF’s national manufacturing conference, held last month at London’s Queen Elizabeth II conference centre and featuring speakers including Ed Miliband and Vince Cable.

More than the sum of its parts

More than the sum of its parts

Fred Crawley discovers how recessionary change turned Shire Leasing into a more complex business. One criticism that is often levelled at leasing companies – especially large ones – is that they have too much inertia. They are too slow, perhaps, too inflexible and too cautious to innovate.


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