WE BRING TOGETHER RAIL OPERATORS, MANUFACTURERS, MAINTAINERS, TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES, INVESTORS AND OTHER FINANCING PARTIES.

WE SPECIALISE IN RAIL FINANCE, PROJECT, ASSET, AND LEASE MANAGEMENT WHERE WE COVER A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS.

WE HAVE PROVEN EXPERTISE AND A SOLID TRACK RECORD IN THESE AREAS AND ESPECIALLY IN FINANCING OF ROLLING STOCK AND RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE.

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ABOUT APEX RAIL

APEX RAIL ARE A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED ADVISORY TEAM. WE SPECIALISE IN THE RAIL AND THE RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR, WITH A FOCUS IN THE FINANCING OF NEW AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY.

THE TEAM DEVELOPS, STRUCTURES AND ARRANGES COMPLETE FINANCING SOLUTIONS FOR OPERATORS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES, INVESTORS AND MANUFACTURES, PROCURING OR SELLING NEW AND USED ROLLING STOCK AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE. IN ADDITION, THE COMPANY HELPS ITS CLIENTS TO OPTIMISE ITS CURRENT ASSET BASE
AND BALANCE SHEET THROUGH SALE & LEASEBACKS AND OTHER INNOVATIVE FINANCING SOLUTIONS FOR INVESTORS IN THE EUROPEAN RAIL SECTOR. APEX RAIL PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE PROJECT, LEASE, ASSET AND REMARKETING MANAGEMENT FOR ROLLING STOCK PORTFOLIOS, AS WELL AS INDUSTRY ADVISORY SERVICES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS.
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WE WORK WITH
We develop and implement customised financing solutions, identifying the most suitable investors and debt financing providers, and manage the sale and leaseback of rolling stock.
OPERATORS
We deliver efficient commercial management by delivering contractual compliance and more effective management of contract variations.
MANUFACTURERS
We not only provide all services of a financial advisor to PTA’s but we also develop and implement new financing solutions.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES
We cost-effectively manage rolling stock procurement and construction and support the owners in our role as asset manager, preserving the long-term asset value.
INVESTORS
OUR SERVICES
FINANCIAL ADVISORY
• STRUCTURING AND ARRANGING OF DEBT AND/OR EQUITY FOR ROLLING STOCK AND DEPOT FINANCINGS
• TRANSACTION STRUCTURING AND MANAGEMENT
• DEVELOPMENT OF OPERATING LEASE PLATFORMS AND ROLLING STOCK POOLS FOR PRIVATE INVESTORS OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES
• FINANCIAL MODELLING (REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT)
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BUSINESS ADVISORY
• FINANCIAL MODELLING (REVIEW, DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT)
• DUE DILIGENCE SUPPORT FOR M&A TRANSACTIONS
• MARKET ENTRY SUPPORT
• BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
• PROMOTE GREEN TECHNOLOGY AIMED TO INVESTORS
• PROVIDE 2ND OPINION ON ASSET VALUATIONS, LEASE RATES AND MARKET POTENTIAL
• DEVELOPING WHOLE LIFE COST MODELS FOR ROLLING STOCK ASSETS
• PREPARATION OF DESKTOP STUDIES (IN RELATION ROLLING STOCK FINANCING OPTIONS)
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INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
• PROJECT MANAGEMENT
• LEASE & ASSET MANAGEMENT
• CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
• COMPLIANCE REPORTING
• REMARKETING SERVICES
• ASSET VALUATION AND TECHNICAL AUDITS
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The future
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OUR TEAM
THE TEAM DEVELOPS, STRUCTURES AND ARRANGES COMPLETE FINANCING SOLUTIONS FOR RAIL OPERATORS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES, INVESTORS AND MANUFACTURES.
  • CHRISTIAN FORSTER

    Managing Director & Founding Partner

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    • Head of sales support finance for a major rail manufacturer
    • Developing financing solutions in Public-Private-Partnership projects for rolling stock and rail infrastructure
    • 10 years commercial banking experience, heading rail and infrastructure financing teams
    • Co-initiator + Advisory Board member of Railpool in 2009 and operating lease experience with ROSCOs
    • Led large debt financings from freight rail cars to high speed trains until 2015
    Email: cforster@apex-rail.com
    T: +41 41 220 24 51
    M: +41 78 720 55 33
  • MARKUS FRÖHLICH

    Managing Director & Founding Partner


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    • International Sales and Project Management of rolling stock for Siemens Transportation
    • Developing and implementing operating and financial lease solutions for various rail asset classes across Europe incl. senior management roles in Angel Trains UK and Societe Generale
    • Setting up a new rail finance advisory business in 2012 leading to extensive track record as financial advisor and asset manager for a wide range of rail transactions accross Europe
    Email: mfroehlich@apex-rail.com
    T: +41 41 220 24 57
    M: +41 78 759 11 70
  • MARTIN METZ

    Managing Director & Partner


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    • 30+ years in the banking industry
    • Global Head of Land Transport Finance, covering passenger and freight rail plus rail related asset finance clients in Europe, North America, and Australia
    • Set up and initiated a platform, incl. two international front office lending teams, asset research, advisory, equity and credit risk functions
    • 20+ years track record with prominent and award-winning transactions, and a debt portfolio of up to €3.5bn
    Email: mmetz@apex-rail.com
    T: +41 41 220 24 52
    M: +49 173 6511 958
  • BART VAN HORSSEN

    Associate Director & Partner

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    • Set-up, financing and management of single fleet SPV financing for German DMUs in Dublin
    • Successfully leading process to divest part of leasing portfolio by sale to European infrastructure fund
    • Negotiations of a sale-and-lease back of NS Locomotive portfolio
    • Contract management of lease agreements and purchase agreements for passenger rolling stock
    • Project management experience by on-time delivery of DMU fleet
    Email: bvanhorssen@apex-rail.com
    M: +31 6 14 33 34 72
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
  • "Apex Rail was mandated by Central Saxony Transport association (VMS) to provide a financing package for the procurement of 19 electric tram trains for the Stadtbahn Chemnitz, the construction of a new railway depot for the maintenance of these vehicles and any future fleet extension as part of the “Chemnitzer model” plus a refinancing of an existing depot. At the end of march 2022, corresponding to the financing for these capital goods totaling around €189 million the transaction was successfully completed with the participation of the European Investment Bank (EIB), KFW Ipex-Bank and Nordlb. the mandate included the use of suitable interest rate hedging instruments. We are very satisfied with the support and preparation of the financing solution and would like to thank Apex Rail for their ongoing commitment combined with a high degree of professionalism over the entire duration of the mandate."
    VERKEHRSVERBUND MITTELSACHSEN (VMS)
    [ CENTRAL SAXONY TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION ]
  • "Apex Rail advised Lineas in the structuring and realization of two major sale & lease back transactions for more than 100 T-77 locomotives and a portfolio of 4,000 wagons. With Apex Rail managing a competitive bidding process for us until the selection of the preferred investors, we were able to maximize the value of the transactions for Lineas in a way that would otherwise not have been possible. Their broad knowledge of the market, their extensive investor network and the professionalism in their approach have been instrumental in the success of this complex transaction"
    Jan De Raeymaeker
    [ CFO Lineas ]
  • "MTR Nordic benefited from Apex Rail's extensive experience of open access rolling stock financing from previous transactions across Europe. Apex Rail has a solid understanding of the full commercial risk profile (due to the global Covid pandemic the transaction had to be put on hold).
    Apex Rail has developed the financing strategy for the transactions, the detailed structuring and fundraising through a limited international auction amongst reputable financing partners with a track record in the rail sector.
    We have been impressed with the strong dedication that the Apex Rail team invested into our financing projects, their innovative approach to deal with challenging situations and yet their reliable way of handling the process and keeping deadlines. Most important of all, Apex Rail delivered what was promised and proved being able to successfully conclude the tasks... Continue →
    Håkan Nilsson
    [ CFO/Deputy CEO at MTR Nordic]
OUR CLIENTS