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White & Case Releases New Report on Marine Industry

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Despite Significant Challenges, Growth Opportunities Exist in Sector

NEW YORK, June 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global law firm White & Case LLP has 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.

The report can be downloaded here.

“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 US 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 US bankruptcy law on the global shipping business

Our 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).

About White & Case
White & Case LLP is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 39 offices across 27 countries. Among the first US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence, we provide counsel and representation in virtually every area of law that affects cross-border business. Our clients value both the breadth of our global network and the depth of our US, English and local law capabilities in each of our regions and rely on us for their complex cross-border transactions, as well as their representation in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Contact:
Francine Minadeo
Media Relations Manager
New York
T: + 1 646 885 2218
fminadeo@whitecase.com
Source: White & Case

Written by asiafreshnews

June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

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