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Martin is recognised as one of Singapore’s leading transactional maritime lawyers having been based in the region since 2003.

Martin specialises in cross-border ship finance and offshore maritime transactional matters. These include debt financings, leasing, international joint ventures and both conventional and Islamic private equity investments. He has extensive experience advising a range of clients, including banks, private equity firms, funds and companies involved in capital raising, debt restructuring and rescheduling and distressed creditor and debtor advisory work.

He has particular expertise in advising companies on their project investment activities in the marine and energy sectors, including structuring, acquisition and asset employment and chartering, and brings an intrinsic understanding of the day to day operational challenges a maritime company faces.

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms

At Ince,  Harry Hirst advises on all aspects of admiralty law including collision, salvage, pollution, cargo shift, and loss and damage, among other matters. Another name to note is Maureen Poh for contentious and non-contentious issues arising from the trading and transportation of commodities. Martin Brown and John Simpson departed to Stephenson Harwood LLP in November 2018 and May 2019, respectively; Nicholas Lum has moved to Clyde & Co LLP.

Arguably one of ‘Singapore’s pre-eminent shipping practices‘, Stephenson Harwood LLP fields a team of ‘top-tier lawyers‘ with wide-ranging expertise in wet and dry shipping, ship finance and marine-related disputes. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of Gregory Xu from Clifford Chance, a banking partner with experience in shipping and offshore oil and gas financing, particularly for FPSOs, FSRUs and LNG vessels. The hire of former Ince managing partner John Simpson in May 2019 has significantly strengthened the firm’s bench strength in shipbuilding, charterparty agreements and dispute resolution, including subsea construction disputes. Head of shipping Gregg Johnston is particularly noted for his experience in English-law governed financings in Korea; Martin GreenIain Young, Martin Brown and Huay Yee Kwan are the other key partners.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP significantly strengthened its capabilities in cross-border ship finance and offshore maritime transactions with several key hires from Ince, including shipping expert Martin Brown, who joined in November 2018, and maritime disputes specialist John Simpson, who joined in 2019, along with four associates experienced in shipping, aviation finance and international trade. The team has broad-ranging expertise in aviation finance, including US and European ECA-backed financings, commercial debt financings and derivatives. Saugata Mukherjee‘s expertise in aviation finance includes secured lending structures, portfolio acquisitions, pre-delivery payment financings and operating leases. Shipping practice head Gregg Johnston is supported by Martin Green and Iain Young. Counsel Michelle Runagall-Orlić is a key name for cross-border aviation financing, acquisition and leasing transactions.

Philippines > Foreign firms

Major financial institutions, private equity funds and multinational corporations turn to Stephenson Harwood LLP in investments and finance transactions involving the Philippines. Transport finance is a particular strength. The team has expanded considerably through several recent hires; this includes the hire of Gregory Xu, who joined from Clifford Chance in 2018 and was promoted to partner in 2019, and the arrival of Martin Brown and John Simpson (and others), who joined from Ince in 2018 and 2019, respectively. George Cyriac  is another key contact; he advised AIGF, a Singapore-headquartered private equity fund, on its investment in Philippines-based co-working and flexible workspace provider KMC Solutions. Tom Platts heads the practice.