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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 APPOLD STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2HB
England
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Work Department

GLOBAL MARITIME SECTOR CO-HEAD AND HEAD OF THE ASSETS & STRUCTURED FINANCE GROUP

Position

Lindsey specialises in structured finance and leasing within the maritime space, with a focus on transactions benefitting from export credit support and project financing transactions across a variety of maritime and offshore assets and in the ports and infrastructure space.

She advises both borrowers and financiers and is especially highly regarded for her expertise in the cruise and LNG sectors.

In June 2021, Lindsey was named Women in Business Law’s ‘Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year’ and in 2019 was named one of leading maritime sector publication Lloyd’s List’s Top 10 Maritime Lawyers 2019, a highly prestigious ranking spanning private practice lawyers, in-house counsel and barristers worldwide.

Lindsey is recognised as a leading shipping finance lawyer by The Legal 500 UK. In addition to being highly experienced, commercial and solution-orientated, she is great fun to work with”, while Legal 500 styled her “very pragmatic and solutions-oriented”.

She joined the firm in 1997 and led its English law finance practice in Paris for four years.

Career

Trained Watson, Farley & Williams, London; qualified 2001; partner 2009.

Languages

English, French, German, Greek.

Memberships

Law Society of England and Wales.

Education

University of Essex (1997 LLB Hons); Kings College London (1998 LLM Commercial and Corporate Law); College of Law Guildford (1999 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

(Leading individuals)

Lindsey KeebleWatson Farley & Williams LLP

‘Very well-resourced, experienced and efficient’ across the panoply of transportation asset classes, both out of London and globally, Watson Farley & Williams LLP has the underlying sector knowledge and the financing expertise to be able to provide ‘commercially pragmatic’ advice to stakeholders across a tremendous range and volume of deals. Unsurprisingly in light of recent market headwinds, a good deal of the recent work has been in the context of restructuring matters, where the firm has not only been at the forefront of transactional work but also provided a useful and well-received online tool – Global Aviation Restructuring Index – which delivers a comparative index of restructuring processes, enabling creditors and debtors to view in advance of instructing a law firm which restructuring procedure/jurisdiction would be most beneficial. The ‘bright, very commercial and pragmatic’ Jim Bell continues to succesfully guide the firm’s aviation finance team, picking up work for lenders and lessors who are impressed by his ability to provide ‘creative and sui generis solutions’. ‘Experienced, very practical and easy to deal with’, Chris Mitchell is also a key resource in the aviation sector, particularly in relation to complex, structured cross-border deals, including asset-backed securitisations, warehouse financings and portfolio transactions. George Macheras now heads the shipping group, following Lindsey Keeble‘s recent appointment as managing partner, and continues to successfully guide banking and operator clients through a challenging market. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘responsive and efficient’ Louise Mor, who is the firm’s primary contact for rail finance matters; ‘very pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ Patrick Moore, who excels in drafting complex, often bespoke structures to facilitate financings in the aviation and maritime sectors; and Kavita Shah, who ‘provides sound legal advice, while keeping commercial considerations in mind’ on international, structured, asset and project finance and leasing transactions in the maritime sector.