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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
6 BATTERY ROAD, #28-00
SINGAPORE 049909
Singapore

Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's Singapore office fields a strong team of asset finance partners headed by industry expert Goh Mei Lin and including Charles Viggers, Mehraab Nazir, and Andrew Nimmo who are all well experienced in finance, transactions, and restructuring exercises in the shipping and aviation sectors. Viggers relocation from the Paris office has brought in new mandates for major multinational lenders and lessors; he recently advised a syndicate of lenders including Commerzbank, MUFG, and Bank of China on JOLCO asset financing of two A320 NEO aircraft for SAS Airlines. Nazir's practice covers finance and leasing all types of maritime assets. Nimmo specialises in the offshore oil and gas and maritime sectors.

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Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited No

Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) No

Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC)

European ECAs for Airbus exports (Euler Hermes, UK Export

Finance and Bpifrance Assurance Export)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Goh Mei Lin heads the restructuring practice at Watson Farley & Williams LLP, whose 'expertise is deep-seated and long-established' in the areas of maritime, offshore oil and gas, and aviation. The firm advises banks and borrowers on the restructuring of debt, bond, and leasing facilities in its sectors of focus. Lin has a strong following among Korean and East Asian clients.  

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Testimonials

‘WFW is very knowledgeable of the shipping industry generally and Korean developments specifically (including, Korean insolvency matters). Their expertise is deep-seated and long-established.’

‘Mei Lin Goh is particularly good to work with. Among all English lawyers based in HK or Singapore, she is probably the most knowledgeable of the Korean market. She frequently visits Korea to meet law firms, banks, and shipping companies. In addition to her unparalleled expertise in English law as a ship financing lawyer, her expertise in rehabilitation matters is a special asset, as demonstrated by her representation of numerous leading banks in the rehabilitation cases in respect of Korean shipping companies. ‘

Key clients

Société Générale

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

DVB Bank SE

ING Bank N.V.

Korea Development Bank

Korea Exim Bank

Nord LB

Precious Shipping Public Company Limited

Sabah International Petroleum FP SDN. BH

Bank of America, N.A.

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Focusing predominantly on the ship finance arena, Watson Farley & Williams LLP incorporates a strong team of finance experts who are well placed to advise on sale and leaseback transactions and restructuring and offshore transactions. Andrew Nimmo demonstrates niche expertise in the offshore oil and gas industry, including FPSOs and LNG carriers, in both finance work and commercial contracts. Practice head Goh Mei Lin is a top advisor for international banks in regard to ship financing and refinancing matters. Simon Petch advises ship owners and banks on all aspects of financing and security structures, ship construction and conversion, and sale and purchase.

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Bank of America NA

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

BW Maritime Pte Ltd

Credit Suisse

Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Singapore Branch

Deutsche Bank AG

Dorian LNG Limited

DVB Bank SE

Golar LNG Limited

HBA NAM DU Pte Ltd

Harvest Technology Pty Ltd.

ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Korea Development Bank, Seoul Branch

MISC Berhad

MUFG Bank Ltd

Nord LB

NTT Finance Corporation

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited

Petrofac

PetroVietnam Technical Service Corporation

Precious Shipping Public Company Limited

Sapura Energy Berhad

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

Thoresen Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Tiger Group

U-Ming

Woori Bank

Yinson Holdings Bhd

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's broader finance practice largely centres on aviation, maritime, and energy (including oil and gas). The Singapore office represents a range of financial institutions, ECAs, and corporate borrowers. While there remains a major component of asset financings, the team frequently advises on wider in-sector financings, including heavily structured facilities. Moreover, its lender clients also engage the firm for financings in other areas such as commodities-related loans. Head of the Singapore office Mei Lin Goh has extensive experience in energy and maritime financings, Charles Viggers has transferred to Singapore from Paris to reinforce the firm's standing in aviation finance. Mehraab Nazir is noted for asset and project finance, particularly in the transportation and offshore oil and gas segments. Former partner Shawn Er joined Air Products in 2020.

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Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

European ECAs for Airbus exports (Euler Hermes, UK Export Finance and Bpifrance Assurance Export)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Woori Bank

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America

Bank of Communications

BW Maritime

Credit Suisse

DVB Bank

ING Bank

Korea Development Bank

MUFG Bank

Nord LB

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

ANZ Banking Group

Mizuho Bank

Commerzbank

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong focus on energy and transport transactions, along with a fast-developing venture capital practice. The venture capital piece is principally driven by Damian Adams, who returned to the firm from Simmons & Simmons in February 2020. His work centres on fintech, healthtech, medtech, and proptech, while moving into the firm's forte areas, notably energy and transport (this includes sustainable shipping). Ivy Liu joined the team from the Bangkok office of DFDL Legal & Tax in November 2019 bringing additional expertise in China inbound investment; she is PRC qualified and a Mandarin speaker. Nick Dingemans has moved to Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

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Testimonials

‘The corporate team at Watson Farley & Williams has broad and deep knowledge of established and emerging markets around Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia and the CIS. That level of experience means that they can give solutions to complex cross-border structuring issues.’

‘The team is particularly experienced in the energy (renewable and conventional), infrastructure, and natural resources sectors but is able to provide sensible, pragmatic advice on general corporate issues. They put the client first and provide clear workable advice.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Copenhagen Offshore Partners

Coro Energy

Projects: foreign firms Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is active across the field of energy projects, including advising on off-shore wind, solar power, and oil and gas infrastructure. In addition to advising on the financing of projects, the team also provides advice on contracts related to tendering and construction. Nick Dingemans leads the Singapore-based team; a corporate lawyer, he focuses on joint ventures, contractual advice, and M&A deals related to energy projects. Andrew Nimmo is known for his work in oil and gas, particularly off-shore projects, while Jon Thursby advises on project financing.

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd

MISC Berhad

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Sapura Energy Berhad

Petrofac (Malaysia) Ltd

Copenhagen Offshore Partners A/S Taiwan Branch (COP)

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure)

ING Bank N.V.

Dedicated to client care, industry focus and investment in our people
We are an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.  We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate.

Our business exists to help our clients achieve their goals, partnering with them to meet the challenges they face today and will face tomorrow.

Our values rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values.

Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service locally and in combination across borders.

History: Sector focus has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened for business in 1982.  Having started life as an asset finance boutique focusing on the maritime and aviation industries, our Transport focus quickly expanded to other supply-chain led industries, most notably, Renewable and Conventional Energy and Real Estate and associate infrastructure across these industries.

Through our offices around the world, we provide a full suite of services within our core sectors enabling us to deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Facts

  • Founded 1982
  • 170+ Partners
  • 550+ Lawyers
  • 17 Offices
Photo Name Position Profile
 Damian Adams photo Damian Adams Damian has over 20 years of experience in structuring, negotiating, managing and…
 Mei Lin Goh photo Mei Lin Goh Mei specialises in cross-border asset, project and structured finance transactions in the…
 Ivy Liu photo Ivy Liu She has significant expertise in advising investors, lenders and contractors on deal…
 Mehraab Nazeer  photo Mehraab Nazeer Mehraab specialises in complex cross-border finance transactions with a particular focus on…
 Andrew Nimmo photo Andrew Nimmo Andrew specialises in the offshore oil & gas and maritime sectors, where…
 Charles Viggers photo Charles Viggers Charles’ practice focuses on the transport sector, with a special emphasis on…
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