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Stephenson Harwood LLP

Shipping (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Leading ship finance team, well reputed for its expertise in a range of transactions. Frequently services prominent banks and leasing companies through its offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China, particularly on complex sale and leaseback transactions, syndicated and asset-backed loans and contracts of affreightment. On the litigation side, highly sought after for cargo and contract disputes, and bill of lading and restructuring cases. Also regularly instructed by insurance companies and offshore institutions looking for full-service shipping advice.

Strengths

One market commentator appreciates the team's "full preparation and detailed communication" and lauds that it is "diligent and target-driven; meanwhile, it also focuses on the acceptance and satisfaction of the client."

The group receives high praise from a client, who remarks: "They are very knowledgeable and experienced. They are specialised in the areas of shipping and provide personalised and timely services."

Work highlights

Assisted CMB Financial Leasing with a leasing deal to CMA CGM for its purchase of five 15,000 TEU containerships from China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Rigden Green is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for his work in the field of shipping. He frequently acts for banks, P&I clubs and ship owners on a variety of contentious matters regarding cargoes, contracts of affreightment and charter parties.

Up-and-coming practitioner Elton Chan is "reasonable and capable," according to market observers. A client appreciates his "balanced mindset" and "prompt and timely" expertise in the shipping finance sector.

"Professional and diligent," Evangeline Quek offers in-depth expertise in a wide range of matters including cross-border litigations, ship arrests and lease contracts.

Zhou Hongkai is a department co-head and offers a wealth of experience in asset finance. He is noted by one client as a "hard-working and professional" practitioner who is "really experienced" in COAs, ship sales and leasing agreements.

Jason Toms is noted as a "very sensible and experienced" practitioner by an interviewee. He is skilful in the shipping litigation field, especially for matters in relation to collisions, casualties and salvages.

Vincent Xu is a well-experienced consultant in shipping finance. He is acknowledged for his expertise in handling financing and contractual matters.

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Overview

Shipping Finance:


Regarded as one of the leading asset finance firms in the region, our team consisting of ship finance specialist lawyers based in Hong Kong and Shanghai is recognised for its commerciality and ability to solve problems using innovative financing structures. Our reputation is based on a strong track record of transactions for clients, who include nearly all major international banks which are active in the market as well as large and major finance leasing companies from China and Europe. Our lawyers have experience acting for commercial lenders, export credit agencies, lessors, owners and operators. We are familiar with our clients’ needs and how the industry works.

Shipping Litigation:


Stephenson Harwood’s marine and international trade team focuses on resolving disputes efficiently which often means thinking beyond traditional dispute resolution methods. Appropriate use of injunctive relief, insolvency jurisdiction and negotiation and mediation can provide creative and effective effective solutions. On the commercial side of shipping, our clients have praised our practical approach to drafting contracts as people who really know the industry and not people who are bound by precedents. The real advantage our clients find is that we are part of a genuine full service firm that supports their needs in different aspects of their business and that our teams work together seamlessly across different geographical and legal areas.

Shipping (International Firms)

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China

Shipping: Finance (International Firms)


Elton Chan
Up and Coming
Hongkai Zhou
Band 2

Shipping: Litigation (International Firms)


Andrew Rigden Green
Band 2
Evangeline Quek
Band 4
Jason M Toms
Band 3