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Gregg is the head of the Singapore based shipping and offshore finance team. Gregg acts on many of the highest profile transactions in the Asia Pacific region and is one of a few “go to” international ship and offshore finance lawyers with a focus on Korea.

He acts for major ship financing banks and ship owners and has deep experience in all facets of shipping and offshore finance including syndicated lending, export-credit backed financings, FSRU financing, sale and leaseback transactions, loan portfolio sales, restructuring and workouts and enforcement work.

Lawyer Rankings

South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms

Maintaining its position as one of the top firms servicing Korean global corporates, international banks, insurers, shipping, shipbuilding and trading companies, Stephenson Harwoodfirmly stand out in the market.’ ‘Very impressive’ Michael Kim overseas the Seoul office and is a recognised authority on maritime law, ship finance, shipbuilding and litigation and arbitration matters. Stuart Burrell routinely represents Korean shipbuilding yards and construction companies in complex disputes. The office benefits from the support of Gregg Johnston in Singapore and Andrew Rigden Green in Hong Kong.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

(Hall of Fame)

Gregg JohnstonStephenson Harwood LLP

Fielding one of the ‘the largest, and most sophisticated’ asset finance teams in the market, Stephenson Harwood LLP is particularly well-suited to advising a balanced array of stakeholders, including banks, financial institutions, lessors, airlines, shipping companies, oil and gas businesses, and insurers, on large cross-jurisdictional deals across asset classes, most notably in the aviation, shipping and offshore spaces. Its aviation finance team, one of the largest in Singapore, is adept at handling the entire spectrum of matters, including US and European ECA-backed financings, bond private placements, operating leases, and ground-breaking hybrid flip-leases, to name a few. Helmed by Saugata Mukherjee, whose expertise covers derivatives and structured products, the group has handled a host of refinancings, complex workouts and rent deferrals as a result of the pandemic. Gregg Johnston heads a shipping and offshore sub-group that is emblematic of the eclectic nature of the firm’s workflow. In addition to providing advisory and risk mitigation services, the team is frequently involved in cross-border financings, sale and leasebacks, restructurings and corporate matters across all sub-sectors including containers, tankers, bulkers, rigs, cruise and specialist vessels. Iain Young is a reference in this sector, having led on some of the most high-profile shipping and offshore transactions in Asia. Banking and finance partner Gregory Xu has notable strength in the maritime industry, which is also a particular area of focus for Pedram Norton. Another key individual for shipping finance, Jeffrey Tanner leverages his expertise in banking, finance, maritime and energy transactional matters to advise clients in this segment. Clement Leung is regularly seen in cross-border aviation finance mandates, an area in which Michelle Runagall-Orlić excels.

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms

(Leading individuals)

Gregg JohnstonStephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a large team of long-term Singapore shipping specialists. It is highly rated for ship finance, shipping disputes and major restructurings and insolvencies in the shipping sector. It has built out its client base from a lender-oriented practice to one that has a much higher number of shipowners. It also represents a number of major Chinese lessors and is making a further impression in the commodities field. Gregg Johnston is a leading name in ship and offshore finance, along with distressed debt situations, restructurings and workouts. Iain Young is another senior practitioner in ship finance, along with younger name Gregory Xu, and Huay Yee Kwan is noted for PRC leasing matters. Michelle Yong and John Simpson are experienced practitioners in shipping and trade disputes. Pedram Norton was promoted to partner in May 2022. Managing associate Jeffrey Tanner also impresses.

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP has gained a significant presence in the shipping, commodities and aviation sectors, providing it with steady flow of restructuring matters. It continued to act for two major secured lenders in the collapse of Singapore oil trader Hin Leong Trading. Gregg Johnston is a ship finance specialist with a solid record in restructurings. The firm has a number of other partners and associates that are active in this field.