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Stephenson Harwood LLP

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6 ranked lawyersBand 2SingaporeAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Outstanding shipping finance team with an impressive bench of experienced shipping practitioners. Regularly acts on the full range of financing matters and is particularly active on restructuring work. Also offers a strong litigation practice which is especially well placed to handle shipbuilding and commodity-related disputes. Ability to offer a one-stop shop for English and Singapore law advice through its joint venture with Virtus Law LLP. Clients include international banks and creditors, shipping companies and ship leasing companies.


One client states: "They are very professional and have some of the best lawyers in the industry. They are responsive, efficient and commercial, and are also very good at coming up with solutions and getting things done."

Another client says: "They are sophisticated in drafting legal documents and know all about the commercial practice in this area."

Work highlights

Acted for BCLC on the USD185.2 million financing of two container ships chartered to Maersk Line, the logistics company, through a JOLCO structure.

Notable practitioners

Gregg Johnston is widely acknowledged as a top choice and market leader for ship finance work. One client reports: "He is quite exceptional and is an incredibly smart guy who works harder than anyone I know." The same source adds: "He is a problem solver and has more experience than anyone at his level; he has done so many deals and transactions."

Kwan Huay Yee is a rising star who is making a name for herself in the ship financing market in Singapore. Attracting strong praise from referees, she is described as "one of the best shipping finance lawyers I have met and she is quite helpful in analysing complex matters."

Iain Young receives high praise from clients, who say: "He is very experienced, calm and focused, and he knows his business very well. He delivers real quality work and he is clear in his communications." He acts for major banks and ship owners on a range of financing work, including restructuring matters.

John Simpson is held in high esteem by clients, with one describing him as "very reasonable, experienced and senior and able to just give us the right answer." He is widely viewed as a prominent figure in the shipping litigation market and regularly assists clients with both wet and dry shipping work.

Martin Brown is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience in shipping transactions, advising on work ranging from ship leasing to advising on shipbuilding and acquisition finance. Clients say: "He is very clever, sophisticated and also has competency for the granular details."

Martin Green has forged a formidable reputation as one of Singapore's leading experts on vessel and offshore financing. Clients say: "He is technically and commercially sound, and the great thing about him is that he can explain complex legal concepts to the layman."

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Stephenson Harwood is recognised as having one of the world’s leading shipping and offshore practices and its lawyers are consistently ranked as best in class. We are consistently instructed by most of the major shipping and offshore companies, energy service companies, oil and gas businesses, shipyards, insurers, commodity companies, sponsors, lenders and private equity providers. 

In shipping and offshore our lawyers advise on services spanning:

  • Finance: senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt and covering corporate finance, ship and offshore finance, blended corporate and asset finance, export credit agency backed, leasing, project finance, limited recourse and derivatives
  • Corporate: mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, debt for equity swaps, group reorganisations and restructurings, joint ventures, private equity investments and general corporate advice on a range of matters including regulatory compliance, equity incentives, competition issues and succession planning
  • Commercial: project tender processes, project documents, building contracts, pooling arrangements, conversion contracts, sale and purchase and charterparty agreements 
  • Disputes: risk mitigation, litigation, arbitration and mediation, international sanctions and arrests and enforcements
  • Restructuring: debt restructuring and refinancing, debt for equity swaps, schemes or arrangement, judicial management, chapter 11 and insolvency


Johnston, Gregg (Head of Department)

Brown, Martin

Gan, Justin

Green, Martin J

Kwan, Huay Yee

Norton, Pedram

Seah, Matthew

Simpson, John

Tanner, Jeffrey

Xu, Gregory

Yong, Michelle

Young, Iain


Marine and International Trade

Shipping and offshore finance

Shipping: International

Stephenson Harwood LLP


1 Raffles Place

#18-61 Tower 2


Singapore Island



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Shipping: International: Finance

Gregg Johnston
Band 1
Huay Yee Kwan
Band 3
Martin Brown
Band 2
Martin J Green
Eminent Practitioners

Shipping: International: Litigation

John Simpson
Band 2