Importance Being an advanced investment tool, sale and leaseback is an important part of corporate finance governance. The research focuses on organizational and economic aspects substantiating the development concept of sale and leaseback. Objectives The research sets forth the concept for developing the practice of sale and leaseback. We analyze the existing definitions of leaseback and respective laws, identify signs of real/sham leaseback, characterize legislative and fiscal aspects of such deals. Methods The research relies upon general scientific methods (retrospective and comparative analysis, synthesis, induction and deduction), thus providing accurate and reliable findings. Results We present our own definition of sale and leaseback as an economic construct, determine signs of real or sham leaseback. We also describe legislative and fiscal mechanisms for sale and leaseback. The article shows the existing concepts of leaseback, its components that influence the choice and the reasonableness of leaseback as a financing option. Based on the organizational and economic aspects, we provide the rationale for concepts to be further implemented in Russia so to activate and develop sale and leaseback as a type of finance lease. Conclusions and Relevance Depending on the sale-and-leaseback concept chosen for the Russian Federation, law-makers will decide what should be undertaken to refine regulations on lease, as a whole, and sale and leaseback, in particular. It will boost corporate finance based on the leaseback mechanism. The findings can be used to take informed managerial and investment decisions on corporate finance, and to amend the lease legislation.
Keywords: finance lease, lease, leaseback, development concept, investment decision
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