Rail Executive Roundtable: Railcar Leasing on the Rise

Monitor gets a pulse on the increasingly popular railcar leasing segment in an industry spotlight roundtable. Element Financial’s David McKerroll, Railroad Financial Corporation’s David Nahass and First Union Rail’s Barbara Wilson discuss why, despite uncertainty due to pending federal regulations, this 100-plus-year-old industry’s assets are so attractive in the equipment leasing and finance space.... read more

Seamless Coordination: Rafkin Takes the Helm of Volvo Financial Services

When customers think of Volvo, they think of it as one entity, not separate parts of a whole, says Scott Rafkin, president of Volvo Financial Services. To develop and sustain long-lasting dealer and customer relationships, he notes the importance of seamless coordination throughout the Volvo Group. As president, he looks forward to continuing to support the legacy set by the Volvo Group’s brands.... read more

Commercial Finance M&A Market: More Sellers Come Out of the Woodwork, But Who Are the Right Buyers?

Houlihan Lokey’s Tim Stute discusses the increasing M&A activity in the financial services sector and the emergence of non-bank buyers in the space. Stute notes there is an abundance of potential buyers in the market, but the reality is it’s not quite as easy as simply calling a group of bank buyers and selling to the highest bidder.... read more

When a Prospect Goes Dark: 9 Tips to Engage an Elusive Lessee

What happens when your sure-thing prospect falls off the radar? Linda Kester provides nine tips for leasing salespeople to bounce back when a prospect goes dark. ... read more

Leading the Charge — DLL’s Stephenson Takes on Renewable Assets

As new CEO and chairman of the executive board, De Lage Landen’s Bill Stephenson brings 27 years of experience and a true understanding of what it means to partner with globally and culturally diverse clients. In the coming months, he looks to move the company into new segments while leading the industry in renewable asset management solutions. ... read more

Bridging the Gap to Turn the Economic Corner

The financial services industry is entering unchartered territory as the economy attempts to navigate itself out of recession and into recovery. Salisian | Lee LLP partner Neal Salisian and associate H. Han Pai discuss borrowers' search borrowers for new avenues as lenders became increasingly reluctant to extend credit in the face of increased defaults and bankruptcy filings.... read more

The Time of Capital Investment

Good times for equipment finance are just around the corner. Looking at the number of banks and their leasing affiliates that recently jumped into the market, one might conclude that good times are already here. NXT Capital's Michael Gay asks, 'Are they really?'... read more

Gaining Critical Mass: Navitas Lease Looking to be Dominant Market Player

Navitas Lease, launched in 2008 by industry veteran Gary Shivers, announced its first securitization earlier this year, issuing $92.3 million of notes. As he moves Navitas towards new and bigger opportunities, Shivers plans to gain “critical mass” in the marketplace in order to be a leading competitor in the field.... read more

Identifying Indemnity Issues

Kenneth P. Weinberg and Jennifer L. Howard collaborate to describe lease and loan indemnity issues by providing a detailed outline to help better identify indemnity clause concerns. They note that a careful review of the indemnity provision in an equipment lessors’ standard documentation can yield big results if an indemnity claim arises later.... read more

Supporting New Equipment Leasing Brokers

Leasing sales expert Linda P. Kester advises equipment leasing and finance brokers to lend a supporting hand to new industry brokers as a means to develop mutual beneficial relationships that will ultimately continue to improve the industry at large.... read more

U.S. Banks as Lessees & Lessors

As the FASB and IASB continue their work on the lease accounting project — and are most likely issuing separate lease accounting rules with key differences — Monitor contributor Bill Bosco notes that recent developments are good news for U.S. bank lessors, but not so for IFRS bank lessors.... read more

Case for Captive Tech Finance Companies

Kristine Snow imparts on our readers her knowledge of the Internet of Everything, which is valued by Cisco Capital as a $14.4 trillion global opportunity for the private sector over the next decade. She discusses the importance of taking advantage of this prospect by rethinking almost every facet of a business in order to realize all the benefits it has to offer.... read more

Banks’ Ascendance into Equipment Finance

With a recent surge of positive change in bank-owned equipment finance groups, Charles Wendel discusses major factors that are driving banks’ renewed interest in equipment finance and leasing divisions, while offering insight into the process of choosing whether to buy or build new, as well as advice on how to be successful.... read more

Equipment Finance’s Leading Women

Monitor asked the leading women of equipment finance to share their paths to success, guidance for future industry professionals and industry insights. We thank Laurie Bakke of Western Equipment Finance, Maureen Carr of CapitalSource Corporate Asset Finance and Diane Notch of Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Division for their participation.... read more

HVB Equipment Capital: S. Orenstein & S. Brown

Hudson Valley Bank announced in March 2014 the launch of its equipment finance and leasing entity HVB Equipment Capital. Group Head Steven Orenstein and bank CEO Stephen Brown spoke with Monitor about how HVB Equipment Capital will expand the bank’s Northeast footprint nationally with a service-oriented approach, all the while staying mostly in the small-ticket “sandbox.”... read more

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