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Watson Farley & Williams

Shipping: International

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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent shipping finance practice with an outstanding bench of experienced lawyers. Handles the full range of finance matters, advising international banks and shipping companies on sale and leaseback transactions, sale and purchase agreements, restructuring and offshore transactions. Particular expertise in the financing of vessels involved in the offshore oil and gas industry, including FPSOs and LNG carriers. Offers notable expertise on JOLCO lending structures.


Clients report: "They offer excellent service and they offer very experienced legal counsel in a niche market providing expert advice in a timely manner."

Clients appreciate their ability to advise on complex mandates: "The work has tended to be of the more complex variety and has been at the higher-value end of the chain. We would usually tend to enlist support from WFW if the matter is unusually complex or involves high-value elements."

Work highlights

Advised MUFG Bank and Standard Chartered Bank on a USD185.2 million Japanese operating lease financing in respect of two 13,000 TEU container vessels for Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Nimmo is lauded by one impressed client for his "specialist sector knowledge of the FPSO space, which is hard to find and makes him the standout name in the market. He understands the commercial realities of the projects, and his experience in terms of both the commercial contracts and finance angle on offshore projects is very valuable."

Mehraab Nazir is labelled a "great team player who is fast to respond" by clients. He acts for several international lenders and is best known for his expertise in JOLCO lending structures. Clients also report: "He has good knowledge on lease structures and has worked on some complex deals."

Goh Mei Lin has well-established experience in the area of ship finance and refinancing, acting for an impressive array of multinational lenders. She is highly recommended by clients, with one reporting: "She has a vast network in the shipping community and abroad in Korea. She has been engaged in some deals with us and we have found she is great at managing clients' expectations."

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WFW has a reputation in Singapore and internationally as perhaps the premier legal service provider in the maritime sector, winning “Shipping and Maritime Law Firm of the Year” at the Asia Legal Awards 2018 and winning 6 Marine Money deals of the year in 2019 including 3 in Asia. We are one of the largest team of fee earners in Singapore who practice English law in the maritime sector. The shipping finance team acts on the full range of shipping matters, from highly-structured, award-winning financing transactions recognised in the market for their complexity, to restructurings, work-outs and wet and dry shipping issues. We have particular expertise advising on JOLCOs, Chinese leasings, sale and purchases, newbuilding contracts, vessel employment, transhipment agreements, pooling agreements, transactional and advisory services, newbuild and second-hand ship financing.

We are distinguished from other shipping firms as our practice goes beyond pure maritime transport and includes expertise in related sectors such as oil and gas, LNG, container boxes, ports and logistics and cruise & ferries. 

Further, the WFW team handles a range of dispute resolution matters including commodity disputes, ship arrests and maritime casualty cases. These include the investigation and subsequent handling of collision, grounding, salvage and piracy incidents and matters relating to security, jurisdiction, limitation, cargo damage, marine insurance, oil pollution and charterparty disputes.


Bank of America NA

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

BW Maritime Pte Ltd

Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Singapore Branch

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank AG

Dorian LNG Limited


Golar LNG Limited

Harvest Technology Pty Ltd.


ING Bank N.V

Korea Development Bank

MISC Berhad

MUFG Bank Ltd

Nord LB

NTT Finance Corporation

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited


PetroVietnam Technical Service Corporation

Precious Shipping Public Company Limited

Sapura Energy Berhad

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

Thoresen Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Tiger Group


Woori Bank

Yinson Holdings Bhd




Financial Services


Shipping: International

Watson Farley & Williams


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Shipping: International: Finance

Andrew Nimmo
Band 2
Mehraab Nazir
Band 3
Mei Lin Goh
Band 1