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Blank Rome LLP ‘provides consistently excellent service’ to lenders and borrowers in high-value finance transactions and has considerable expertise in maritime bankruptcies. The highly regarded Brett Esber and Anthony Salgado lead the department from the Washington DC office and are involved in multiple maritime-related bankruptcies. The team is acting as special maritime counsel to a group of bond holders in the workout and debt restructuring of Tidewater, and is acting for a group of bond holders in the bankruptcy of Odebrecht Oil & Gas. In the traditional finance space, the department advised PNC Equipment Finance on an $85m lease financing agreements for the construction, acquisition and chartering of a Jones Act-qualified articulated tug barge.

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Cozen O'Connor stands out for its ability to ‘anticipate issues and find solutions to any impasse’. Based in New York, Geoffrey Ferrer handled a number of fleet acquisitions and ABS transactions in 2017, and also acted as borrower counsel to Navios Maritime Partners on a $405m term loan secured by vessel mortgages and assignments. In Washington DC, Anne Mickey (a ‘really standout attorney’ with experience of maritime bankruptcies, vessel sales and restructuring) has been involved in a high-value transaction involving flagged mobile offshore energy assets.

Jones Walker LLP has well-known expertise in secured ship financing, capital markets issuances and maritime bankruptcy, and is ‘committed to developing more junior lawyers in order to maintain that expertise’. Kelly Duncan has acted for lenders and borrowers in high-value refinancing and lease transactions. Amy Garrity Scafidel (a ‘very responsive deal-maker’) advised Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation on a revolving credit and security agreement and has noted strength in bank lending and private placement transactions. Other key figures include William Baldwin, who has been involved in a high-profile maritime debt restructuring, Marshall Page, who handles vessel portfolio transactions, and John Broders, who is singled out for yacht finance matters.

Holland & Knight LLP acts primarily as lender-side counsel in maritime bankruptcy, restructurings and vessel and offshore energy finance transactions. New York-based department head Jovi Tenev acted as Liberian counsel to the Export-Import Bank of Malaysia in relation to several ship mortgage transactions connected to offshore drilling rigs. Tenev also advised the administrative agent in a $300m refinancing facility secured by more than 50 US-flagged vessels, among other assets. The team is also acting for bank-side clients in multiple Chapter 11 proceedings, including those filed by Pacific Drilling and Seadrill. Richard Furey is another key contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s New York-based maritime finance team works in conjunction with the firm’s worldwide maritime team and is regularly involved in bilateral and syndicated vessel financing and refinancing transactions. Brian Devine advised ABN AMRO on a $230m fleet restructuring, and has been acting alongside the firm’s global network in a major maritime-related bankruptcy. Brad Berman and counsels Kassandra Lydia Savicki and Julie Pateman Ward are also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP’s maritime department has particular expertise representing private equity firms in JV arrangements for the purchase and financing of shipping vessels. Greg Chase has handled a number of matters for a major dry bulk shipping company and its affiliates in 2017, including providing Marshall Island advice to an affiliate in relation to a $200m bond issuance in Norway, and assisting another affiliate with a $61.2m credit agreement for the acquisition of nine second-hand dry bulk vessels.

Vedder Price’s global transportation finance department has an active maritime group in its New York office. Working alongside colleagues in the firm’s Singapore office, Francis Nolan acted for the lender on a multimillion-dollar vessel restructuring and sale transaction. John Bradley has been involved in multiple maritime arbitrations, including representing Touax Hydrovia in a case involving a breached vessel finance charter. Based in Chicago, Marc Klyman advised Triton Container International $376m 144A offering secured by more than 97,000 intermodal shipping containers.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s Washington DC-based maritime department has experience of maritime bankruptcies and vessel refinancing transactions. Gerald Morrissey and New York-based associate Brooke Shapiro advised Mizuho Bank on several lease refinancing deals involving inland river barge fleets. Shapiro and Allen Black acted as borrower’s counsel to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock in relation to a syndicated secured revolving credit facility. Practice head Charlie Papavizas has experience of vessel sales and restructurings in connection with Chapter 11 proceedings.

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