White & Case Publish New Marine Industry Report

Friday, June 14, 2013

Global law firm White & Case LLP announced the availability of a new report, "Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry's routes to safety." The report focuses on survival strategies for those affected by the industry's downturn as well as emerging opportunities for companies, banks and investors.

"Market equilibrium remains out of balance, and risks remain for the maritime sector," said Christopher Frampton, Partner and Global Head of the Asset Finance Practice of White & Case. "We have seen some contraction in the bank market. This, together with continued demand for capital, presents opportunities for alternate sources of finance. Private equity and the export credit agencies may bridge a part of the gap, but with portfolio composition evolving for other investors, we may see a fresh focus on the U.S. capital markets."

The report features insight from industry experts including Richard Haines, a ship broker at Howe Robinson; Paul Slater, chairman of First International; Erik Nikolai Stavseth, an analyst at Arctic Securities and Albert Stein, managing director at AlixPartners.

The report examines:
•Strategic and practical measures companies under threat might take to preserve their future
•How lenders and investors can support companies by continuing to deploy capital
•New opportunities for investors and new sources of capital
•The role of banks, private equity and, potentially, the capital markets in maritime financing
•Which sectors of the maritime industry may represent the best opportunities for recovery and growth
•The impact of U.S. bankruptcy law on the global shipping business

White & Case lawyers are responsible for handling the strategic legal work on some of the most prominent and complicated restructuring, refinancing and capital raising transactions in recent years in the maritime sector.  Examples include advising the creditors in connection with the successful restructuring of TORM (the Danish listed product tanker and dry bulk market operator) and the emergence of General Maritime from bankruptcy protection after just six months as well as representing the capital providers in structured financings for new delivery large container ships and various off-shore rigs (FPSO vessels and FSRUs).

The full report can be viewed online here.


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