Watson Farley & Williams


Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Outstanding regional ship finance firm, especially renowned for its prowess in China and Singapore, together with its noted Thailand office. Its talented practitioners provide expertise to leading financial institutions and ship owners on sale and leaseback transactions, loan facilities and debt restructuring, particularly on matters pertaining to FPSOs and other offshore vessels. Increasingly active advising Chinese leasing companies, and regularly advises international banks. Active on matters across the oil and gas, logistics, and cruise and ferry industries.


An interviewee enthuses: "They are dedicated professionals who are committed to serving their clients in a timely manner, understand our need to prioritise deal closing and are great at avoiding protracted negotiations."

"The lawyers are professional," one client says, highlighting its ability to "provide high-quality work."

Another client appreciates the "excellent cooperation" with the group and its global network, adding: "In terms of capacity and effectiveness we are very happy."

Another source commends the team's "professionalism and expertise in the ship financing space."

Work highlights

Acted for a syndicate of lenders led by Bank of America on the financing of over USD550 million to SK Shipping for the construction of LNG carriers.

Assisted MUFG Bank Hong Kong Branch and Standard Chartered Bank Tokyo Branch in the USD182.5 million Japanese Operating Lease to Bank of Communications Financial Leasing.

Notable practitioners

Madeline Leong in Hong Kong and Goh Mei Lin in Singapore are key points of contact for the firm's regional practice.

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WFW has the largest dedicated maritime practice of any law firm in the world, with 200 lawyers (50 of which in Asia) in 15 global offices. With bases in all key shipping centres, including well-established offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, WFW is a leading legal powerhouse across much of the Asia Pacific region’s maritime operations.

Our sector focus distinguishes us from the shipping practices of other firms; our expert lawyers work in the maritime industry daily, enabling us to provide our clients with innovative and commercially savvy advice. In addition to a thriving ship finance team, our dedicated practice goes beyond pure maritime transport and includes legal expertise in related sectors such as offshore oil and gas, LNG, container boxes, ports and logistics, cruise and ferries.

Whilst being integrated geographically (meaning we’re able to advise cohesively on complex cross-border deals), our teams are also structured to collaborate vertically. In this way, our acclaimed shipping practice works in partnership with our specialist practitioners in asset finance, competition and regulatory, sanctions, corporate, commercial contracts, disputes, tax and employment law, to ensure we are equipped to advise across the entire maritime value chain.




Bank of America

Berge Bulk Ltd

BNP Paribas

BW Maritime Pte Ltd

China Merchants Bank

CMB Leasing

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Credit Suisse


Export Import Bank of China Ltd

Golar LNG Limited

Greathorse Chemical Limited

ICBC Financial Leasing Co. Ltd

ING Bank N.V.

Korea Development Bank

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Nord LB

Standard Chartered Bank

Woori Bank




Financial Services

Mining & Metals



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