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Winston & Strawn LLP

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Charlie Papavizas

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Winston & Strawn LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: shipping - finance

Within: Transport: shipping - finance

Winston & Strawn LLP regularly acts for US and non-US entities in vessel-related transactions, including Jones Act financing, foreign investments in Jones Act vessels and companies, and vessel finance involving the US government’s Title XI guarantee and Capital Construction Fund programs. Department head Charlie Papavizas has ‘a very broad and deep knowledge of maritime issues’; he recently advised Harley Marine Services on a $455m asset securitization involving Guggenheim Securities, US Bank as indenture trustee, Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Bank as servicer, FTI Consulting as backup manager, and The Shearer Group as valuation agent. Bryant Gardner, Allen Black, Gerald Morrissey and associate Brooke Shapiro, who is based in New York, are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless indicated otherwise.

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Transport: shipping - litigation

Within: Transport: shipping - litigation

Winston & Strawn LLP has ‘good experience in dealing with maritime law’ and is praised for its ‘great depth of knowledge and experience’. In particular, the team is noted for its experience of contractual and regulatory mandates. Standout work for department head Charlie Papavizas included representing the American Petroleum Institute in litigation brought against US Customs and Border Protection agency by two US shipping and shipyard trade associations, examining the interpretation of the Jones Act; the client has become involved as a defendant in the case. Gerald Morrissey represented Santa Fe Discount Cruise Parking, at appeal, in a case involving discriminatory charging by the Galveston Port. Allen Black, Bryant Gardner and New York-based associate Brooke Shapiro are also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless indicated otherwise

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Transport: shipping - regulation

Within: Leading lawyers

Charlie Papavizas - Winston & Strawn LLP

Within: Transport: shipping - regulation

Based in Washington DC, the team at Winston & Strawn LLP is experienced across a broad range of regulatory work in the sector; US-flag compliance, federal investigations and offshore wind compliance work are among its key strengths. Department head Charlie Papavizas, who is noted for his Jones Act experience, advised Black Diamond Capital Management on citizenship issues relating to the reorganization of Harvey Gulf International Marine, and often advises Liberty Maritime Corporation on the protection and promotion of key government programs. Allen Black advised Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company on Coast Guard-related issues. Schuyler Line Navigation Company is also a key client. Also recommended are Bryant Gardner, Gerald Morrissey and associate Brooke Shapiro, the last of whom is based in New York.

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