All articles by Brendan Malkin
SMBC bids for Thameslink
If it wins the bid for the project – which is currently being procured by the Department for Transport – the consortium will lease 1,200 new carriages over 20 years via a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to the operator of the Thameslink franchise
Should lessors and brokers re-tie the knot?
It has been two years since a number of bank-owned lessors cut their partnership ties with brokers. The first, and most important, reason is that brokers are excellent at sourcing new deals from SMEs
Lessors struggle to find SME deals
Many large lessors are still struggling to source investments in SMEs, as smaller companies continue to delay capital investments and key sectors such as construction remain under pressure, a Leasing Life investigation has revealed.
Dipping a toe in
In the first article of a special report on the Ukrainian leasing market, Brendan Malkin examines the international leasing companies looking to enter the countrys burgeoning market. Foreign leasing companies are once again showing interest in entering the Ukrainian leasing market, as signs emerge that the sector will return to full health next year following its battering over the last two years.
The year for real expansion
The new political and financial environment in Ukraine is throwing up both opportunities and barriers for lessors Despite this, most foreign-owned lessors based in the country expect growth as early as 2011.
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New rules iron out tax and lessee problems
Government shows commitment to general financial services reform The Ukrainian Union of Lessors (UUL) had good reason last month to pat itself on the back
Reforms tackle Ukrainian lessor’s tax problems
Ukraines tax system is rife with bribery and ambiguity and consequently remains a thorn in the side of most local leasing companies, despite efforts by local tax authorities to improve the system.
Davenham closes to new business
Following a lengthy battle for survival, the asset and trade finance specialist Davenham has decided to stop writing new business and expects to de-list from AIM following a strategic review of its business.
Hungary faces exodus of international leasing companies
Hungarys leasing market faces collapse as the countrys government pushes ahead with plans to introduce a crippling new tax on its financial services and banking sectors. The new tax is expected to cause an exodus from Hungary of international and foreign-owned leasing companies, which make up 90 percent of the countrys leasing industry. I think there will be international leasing companies which will depart from the Hungarian market because of the new tax, Lvai Gbor, head of the Hungarian leasing association, told Leasing Life.
International lessors scouting for business in Ukraine
A special investigation by Leasing Life into Ukraines leasing sector has revealed that a number of large foreign companies are planning to enter the market