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Jeffrey is a senior associate who is recognised as a leading transactional lawyer known for his expertise in banking, finance and marine and energy transactional matters.


Jeffrey specialises in all aspects of banking and finance including asset finance, project finance, mezzanine finance, seller credit finance, corporate finance, ECA finance (with a particular focus on K-sure, KOBC, Sinosure and GIEK) and limited recourse finance.

He has over a decade of private practice experience and has built a strong reputation in the Asia Pacific region where he has been based since 2012.

Jeffrey has significant experience of advising on restructurings (including schemes of arrangement) and distressed debt matters, chartering, operation and maintenance, joint ventures, framework agreements, joint development agreements (including LNG-to-gas projects), loan portfolio sales, sale and leasebacks and JOLCO structures.

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

(Rising stars)

Jeffrey TannerStephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a lengthy history in big-ticket ship financings but has also built its presence in the aviation space in recent years. The Singapore team was especially active in major airline restructurings during the Covid-19 pandemic, including global restructurings working alongside colleagues in London and Paris. On the ship finance side, the firm boasts a sizeable team of both English law and Singapore law partners, three of which have been in Singapore for 20 years. The ship finance group operates primarily on the borrower side, along with Chinese lessor, international bank, and ECA and development bank clients. It is known for ECA-backed financings and its restructuring and insolvency expertise. Saugata Mukherjee is a leader in aviation finance, including niche areas such as working on the first Korean-private placements of aircraft-backed bonds. Gregg Johnston, Iain Young and Martin Green are among the most experienced ship finance specialists in the market, while Huay Yee Kwan is a key name for PRC leasing engagements. Michelle Runagall-Orlić and Gregory Xu are also key partners. Jeffrey Tanner, Clement Leung and Pedram Norton are all rising stars.

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP has one of the largest shipping teams in the market, covering ship finance through to traditional shipping disputes. The Singapore group has experienced a significant uptick in big-ticket disputes, including representing two major secured lenders on the collapse of Hin Leong Trading, its vessel ownership group Xihe Holdings and its bareboat charterer Ocean Tankers. The practice evolved from a largely bank-focused team to a more evenly balanced emphasis with growth in shipowner representation. It has also significantly expanded its engagements from Chinese lessors. The group is also noted for commodities-related litigation, including misdelivery claims. Gregg Johnston is a leader in international ship and offshore finance. Iain Young is another senior ship finance specialist and Huay Yee Kwan is the key name for China leasing engagements. Michelle Yong and John Simpson are noted for shipping, oil and gas and international trade disputes. Gregory Xu is recognised for offshore oil and gas financings, including FPSOs, FSRUs and LNG vessels. Pedram Norton and Jeffrey Tanner impress at senior associate level.