Jones Act Shipping Forum 2017


Sailing into a new era

The Jones Act Shipping Forum will tackle the key themes in markets facing a moment of change.

Regulatory experts will discuss the new reality in Washington and how the Trump administration might impact the trades protected by the Jones Act.

Shipowners will discuss their outlook for the Jones Act tanker, containership and offshore vessel markets, and shipyards will discuss the prospects for new orders after delivery of the wave of tanker newbuildings.

And financial experts will discuss the latest development in financing, restructuring and other money matters.

Please contact if you are interested in getting involved.

Speakers confirmed include:

Mark H. Buzby, Administrator, US Maritime Administration
Matthew J. Cox, Chairman and CEO, Matson
Pål Lothe Magnussen,
President & CEO, American Shipping Company
Robert Grune, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Petroleum Services, Crowley Maritime
Samuel A. Giberga,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hornbeck Offshore Services
Morten Arntzen,
Executive Chairman, Team Tankers & senior shipping industry advisor, Macquarie Specialised Investment Solutions
John J Reilly
, Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Clay Maitland, Chairman, MMPC
Jonathan Waldron, Partner & Chair, Maritime & International Trade Practice Group, Blank Rome
Charlie Papavizas, Chair, Maritime and Admiralty Practice, Winston & Strawn
Boriana Farrar, VP - Business Development Director, The American Club
Tom Allegretti,
Chairman, American Maritime Partnership
Brad Berman,
Head of Shipping-Americas, Norton Rose Fulbright
John F. Imhof Jr.,
Partner, Seward & Kissel
Randee Day,
Chief Executive, Goldin Maritime
Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen,
Chief Operating Officer, HMS Global Maritime
Matt Thomson,
Head of Transportation & Logistics, RBC Capital Markets
Mark Whatley,
Senior Managing Director, Evercore
Lance Gurley,
Managing Director, Blackhill Partners
Jorge Romero,
Of Counsel, K&L Gates


  • Mark H. Buzby

    Mark H. Buzby


    US Maritime Administration

    Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service.

    A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the US Navy in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University in Strategic Studies and International Relations respectively.

    Buzby commanded destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and Joint Task Force GUANTANAMO BAY. As a junior officer, Buzby served in USS CONNOLE (FF1056), USS ARIES (PHM 5), USS YORKTOWN (CG 48), USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) and USS SHILOH (CG 67) primarily in operations and combat systems billets. In 1985, he was the Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year.

    Ashore, he served on staffs of SIXTH Fleet, US Fleet Forces Command, the Navy staff, and the Joint Staff. Buzby served as the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command from October 2009 to March 2013.

    Buzby’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.

  • Matthew J. Cox

    Matthew J. Cox

    Chairman & CEO


    Matthew J. Cox is Chairman and CEO of Matson, Inc. He became CEO in June 2012, and served as President from 2008 to 2017. Cox is responsible for overseeing the entire Matson organization, which includes Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (ocean transportation), Matson Logistics, Inc. (logistics) and Matson Terminals, Inc. (terminal operations in Hawaii). He also serves on the board of directors of Matson, Inc. In addition to his Matson responsibilities, Cox is on the board of SSAT, a stevedoring joint venture in which Matson owns 35 percent.

    Cox joined Matson in June 2001 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In 2005, he became executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had a key role in the start up of Matson's China – Long Beach Express in 2006.

    Prior to Matson, Cox had 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, 12 of which were spent at American President Lines, Ltd. (APL). From 1999 to 2001, he held executive posts at Distribution Dynamics, Inc., a provider of outsourced logistics, inventory management and integrated information systems based in Danville, California; he was the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer at the time he joined Matson. From 1987 to 1999, Cox held positions of increasing responsibility at APL, covering both financial and operational aspects of the company, including vice president, refrigerated container market; managing director, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent Region Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and director, financial support services.

    Cox serves on the board of First Hawaiian Bank and the Standard Club. He is also a member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, Inc. and the Shidler College of Business Advisory Council at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Cox has a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified public accountant; he is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

  • Pål Lothe Magnussen

    Pål Lothe Magnussen

    President & CEO

    American Shipping Company

    Mr. Magnussen was appointed President and CEO of AMSC effective 1 January 2015. He previously served as the Company's CFO from 1 June 2014. A Norwegian national, Mr. Magnussen comes from the position as Director of the Investment Banking Division in DNB Markets where he has worked since 2007 focusing on the shipping and offshore sectors. Prior to that he worked for five years as Vice President of Corporate Banking in DNB Bank’s shipping and offshore division. He has significant experience from international shipping finance and has been based in in New York, Singapore and Oslo. Mr. Magnussen holds an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a Master of Science from the Norwegian School of Management, Oslo.

  • Robert Grune

    Robert Grune

    Senior VP & GM Petroleum Services

    Crowley Maritime

    Grune joined Crowley's Seattle office in January 1995 as director of strategic accounts, and in November 2001 was named vice president and general manager, ship assist and escort. In August 2005, he moved to Jacksonville as a senior vice president and general manager for Puerto Rico/Caribbean services. In January 2010, he was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of petroleum services.

    Rob launched his maritime career sailing for Texaco, Inc. as an officer on its U.S.-flagged tanker fleet from 1980 to 1986. He then served as economics and planning analyst with Texaco in Harrison, NY. In 1989, he took the post of a chartering manager at OMI Corp., an independent New York-based oil tanker firm. In 1991, Rob went on to work for Tosco Refining Corporation in Concord, CA, in the oil-trading division. Prior to joining Crowley, Grune worked three years as a manager of tanker chartering at Continental-Tosco Limited Partnership in Stamford, CT.

    Grune graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in 1980, and received a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, in 1986.

    Responsibilities include:

    Bulk petroleum and chemical transportation; articulated tug barge (ATB) fleet ranging from 155,000 to 180,000 bbls; U.S. Coastwise, Jones Act product tankers, ranging from 240 kbbls to 300 kbbls, capable of carrying refined products and easy chemicals

  • Samuel A. Giberga

    Samuel A. Giberga

    Executive VP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

    Hornbeck Offshore Services

    Samuel A. Giberga has served as General Counsel of Hornbeck Offshore Services since January 2004. Mr. Giberga was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer in June 2011. Prior to that time, Mr. Giberga served as Senior Vice President beginning in February 2005.

    Prior to joining Hornbeck, Mr. Giberga was engaged in the private practice of law for 14 years. Mr. Giberga was a partner in the New Orleans-based law firm of Correro, Fishman, Haygood, Phelps, Walmsley & Casteix from February 2000 to December 2003 and served as a partner at Rice, Fowler, Kingsmill, Vance & Flint, LLP from March 1996 to February 2000. During his legal career, Mr. Giberga has worked extensively with marine and energy service companies in a variety of contexts with a significant concentration in general business, international and intellectual property matters. He was also a co-founder of Maritime Claims Americas, L.L.C., which operates a network of correspondent offices for marine protection and indemnity associations throughout Latin America. From June 2005 through February 2007, Mr. Giberga served as a director of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association Inc. (the American Club), a mutual protection and indemnity association in which the Company’s principal operating subsidiaries were then entered as members. Mr. Giberga occasionally serves as an adjunct professor in intellectual property law matters at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.

  • Morten Arntzen

    Morten Arntzen

    Executive Chairman

    Team Tankers

    Mr. Arntzen has been involved in the global shipping industry continuously since 1979. He has served as Executive Chairman of Team Tankers since April, 2015. He is currently also on the board of directors of TBS Ocean Logistics Inc. and serves as Senior Shipping Industry Advisor to Macquarie Bank, Australia. Mr. Arntzen worked for 18 years at Chase Manhatten Bank (and its predecessor institutions) from 1979 to 1997, including running the Global Transportation Group from 1992-1997; was the CEO of American Marine Advisors Inc. from 1997 to 2003; and the President & CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group from 2004 to 2013. In addition, he has substantial board experience serving as a director for companies, including Chiquita Brands International, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Overseas Shipholding Group, Essar Shipping (India), IM Skaugen (Norway) and TBS Shipping. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Maine Maritime Academy and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

  • John J. Reilly

    John J. Reilly

    Senior Partner

    Squire Patton Boggs

    John Reilly is a trial lawyer with more than 35 years' experience. John serves as lead counsel in federal trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States involving antitrust, price-fixing conspiracies, monopoly, commercial and real estate disputes, RICO actions and class actions, as well as arbitrations in both US and global forums. In addition, John has been an arbitrator and counsel in numerous arbitrations involving commercial disputes, international disputes and New York Stock Exchange proceedings, including several FINRA arbitrations of claims relating to securities and other investments. He has also advised and counseled clients regarding joint venture arrangements in several industries, including airline and shipping, and with respect to re-sale price maintenance programs, as well as in grand jury antitrust investigations into the shipping industry. He has also served as a monitor in the New York City Integrity Monitoring Program and in the NY/NJ Port Authority Monitoring Program.

  • Clay Maitland

    Clay Maitland



    Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. Clay has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 37 years and is now a managing partner and an owner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry – the third largest registry in the world, and which is now one of the best-known yacht registries. He is President of the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI), the statutory Maritime Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Prior to the year 2000, Clay held similar positions with regard to the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia.

    Clay was born in London, England on December 28, 1942. His father was a pilot in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force, and was lost with his plane, a B25 Mitchell bomber in March of 1943. Clay’s mother was a native New Yorker, and he came with her to the United States in 1946, aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth.

    Clay was educated at schools in Connecticut and received his B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1964, and his law degree from New York Law School in 1968. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969 and became associated with the admiralty law firm of Burlingham Underwood & Lord, where he worked until 1974. After a brief stint as admiralty counsel at Union Carbide Corporation, he joined what is now International Registries, Inc. in 1976.

    At that time, IR managed the Liberian ship registry, which was, at the time, the largest in the world by tonnage in number of ships. Founded by former Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, who had been president of U.S. Steel, and during World War II, War Shipping Administrator and then Lend-Lease Administrator, the company included among its early investors, Allen Dulles, Esq., who was then a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Dulles went on to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. This company, under the name of Liberian Services Inc. included a bank in Liberia, of which Clay Maitland also became an officer after he joined the company in 1976. The genesis of the Stettinius family investments in Liberia arose when President Roosevelt flew from Casablanca, after the famous conference with Winston Churchill and their staffs, to Monrovia, Liberia in January, 1943, to observe the opening of what was to be a major air base, now Roberts Field. Mr. Stettinius himself flew to Liberia after the Yalta Conference in 1945.

    Since his early years as a Maritime lawyer, starting in 1969, Clay has been involved with a number of philanthropic and professional associations connected with the industry. In addition to those listed above, Clay is on the boards of the Maritime Industry Museum, at Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College) and the King’s Point Maritime Museum, at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is on the board of directors of the Sea Research Foundation, created by Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the wreck of RMS Titanic, and which operates among other things the research vessel Nautilus.

    Among his other affiliations: Member of the Executive Committee and Director of the Coast Guard Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Foundation; Member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and of the National Cargo Bureau; Founding Chairman of the North American Maritime Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA); Chairman Emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society (publishers of SEA HISTORY magazine); Chairman of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) Industry Advisory Council; board member of the Maritime Industries Academy Foundation (Baltimore Harbor School); a member of the New York City Bar Association and Maritime Law Association of the United States; former Chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society; former Chair of the Admiralty Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and of the Committee on Intergovernmental Organizations of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). Clay continues to serve as a delegate to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Clay has served on the Executive Board of the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Marine Society of the City of New York. He is currently Chairman of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce.

    He has been a delegate to a number of international maritime conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and at the International Maritime Organization in London.

    Clay received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2006, and was decorated with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2010, by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, ADM Robert J. Papp.

  • Jonathan Waldron

    Jonathan Waldron

    Partner & Chair, Maritime & International Trade Practice Group

    Blank Rome

    Jonathan Waldron is a Partner at Blank Rome LLP and Co-Chair of the Maritime and International Trade practice. He concentrates his practice in maritime, international, and environmental law, including maritime security and counsels clients both domestically and internationally. Mr. Waldron served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, attaining the rank of commander, and was senior counsel to the Marine Spill Response Corporation.

  • Charlie Papavizas

    Charlie Papavizas

    Chair, Maritime & Admiralty Practice

    Winston & Strawn

    Constantine (Charlie) Papavizas, based in Washington, D.C., is a partner in the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP and is the chair of its maritime practice group. The Winston & Strawn maritime practice group was named by the U.S. News and World Report’s - Best Lawyers as national “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law for 2011-2012. Mr. Papavizas is listed in a number of legal guides as a leading shipping lawyer including a listing in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as the Lawyer of the Year in Washington, D.C. Admiralty & Maritime Law. Mr. Papavizas advises a range of energy companies, financial institutions, vessel owners and operators and other companies on maritime financial and regulatory issues. Mr. Papavizas has published a number of articles regarding the Jones Act and other topics including “Public Company Jones Act Citizenship” in the Summer 2015 issue of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, “Does the Jones Act Apply to Offshore Alternative Energy Projects?” in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and “Is the Jones Act Redundant” in the 2009 edition of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal as well as numerous other articles in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin and other journals. Mr. Papavizas has been quoted in a variety of publications including TradeWinds, Bloomberg, Politico, American Shipper, The Baltimore Sun and Lloyd’s List and appeared on Platts Energy Week discussing domestic oil transportation. Mr. Papavizas is also the co-author of the Practicing Law Institute Maritime Law Answer Book (2014 & 2015 editions).

  • Boriana Farrar

    Boriana Farrar

    VP- Business Development Director

    The American Club

  • Tom Allegretti

    Tom Allegretti


    American Maritime Partnership

    Thomas Allegretti is President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. Headquartered just outside Washington, DC, AWO represents over 350 member companies and has regional offices in New Orleans, St Louis, and Seattle. AWO’s principal mission is to promote the long-term economic soundness of the industry through effective advocacy with the US Congress, the Administration, and the states; to promote a positive public image for the industry; and to develop and implement effective standards for increased marine safety and environmental protection. Mr. Allegretti has served as AWO’s president since 1994.

  • Brad Berman

    Brad Berman

    Head of Shipping-Americas

    Norton Rose Fulbright

    BRAD BERMAN is a Partner in the New York office of Norton Rose Fulbright and the Head of Shipping, Americas. Mr. Berman joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2013. His practice focuses on ship and corporate finance, offshore incorporation and Marshall Islands and Liberian law. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Brad was a partner at another firm in New York after serving as executive director of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry, the world's second largest ship registry and a 60-plus-year-old corporate registry, where he oversaw all aspects of the Liberian corporate and shipping program. Mr. Berman regularly advises owners, operators, private and public investors and lenders on corporate ownership structures, financing arrangements and vessel registration. In addition, he has advised issuers and financiers on domestic and international corporate and securities matters, including Initial Public Offerings on the New York, Oslo and Hong Kong stock exchanges, leveraged buy-outs and international private placements.

  • John F. Imhof Jr.

    John F. Imhof Jr.


    Seward & Kissel

    John F. Imhof Jr. is a Partner in the Maritime and Transportation Finance Group of Seward & Kissel LLP, a leading law firm in the area of maritime finance and investment.

    John has more than 20 years of experience as a transportation finance lawyer and represents leading banks, private equity funds, hedge funds and ship owners in connection with a variety of maritime finance transactions, including bilateral and syndicated senior loan facilities, subordinated loan facilities, sale-leaseback transactions and restructurings. He also advises investors in connection with a variety of investments in the maritime sector, including investments in shipping companies, shipping joint ventures and distressed shipping debt. Many of these transactions involve financing for the construction and acquisition of coastwise-eligible and coastwise-qualified (Jones Act) vessels.
    Before receiving his legal education, John worked at a major U.S. bank, where his principal responsibilities included the structuring and analysis of commercial loan workouts for the bank’s institutional asset recovery department. John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

  • Randee Day

    Randee Day

    Chief Executive

    Goldin Maritime

    A maritime professional with over 35 years of restructuring experience, Randee Day has been designated one of the world’s most influential global maritime executives. She has expertise in restructuring, executive leadership, corporate governance and maritime finance. Since 2011, Randee has been CEO of Day & Partners, LLC, a boutique advisory firm in the maritime space.

    Randee has extensive experience managing shipping entities and orchestrating deals relating to distressed shipping portfolios, including various classes of vessels and other maritime assets. Notably, she advised General Maritime Corp., one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil tanker companies, on its restructuring in bankruptcy. She was previously the interim CEO of DHT Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded owner/operator of crude oil tankers, and before that, Head of Maritime Investment Banking at the Seabury Group, CEO of her own advisory firm, Day & Partners, Inc., and Division Head of JP Morgan’s Shipping Group.

    Randee has sat on the Boards of Directors of TBS International, Ltd., Ocean Rig ASA, Excel Maritime and Eagle Bulk. In these positions she served on numerous committees, including as Chair of Audit (DHT) and Governance (DHT and Eagle Bulk).

  • Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen

    Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen

    Chief Operating Officer

    HMS Global Maritime

    After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation, safety and security, and mechanical operations, as well as ensuring that the company continues to produce industry leading financial results while bringing new ideas and ways of doing business that improve satisfaction and team member involvement.

    Prior to joining HMS Global Maritime, Captain Jaenichen was appointed by President Obama and served as Maritime Administrator since July 2014. He previously served as both Deputy and Acting Maritime Administrator from 2012 to 2014. Captain Jaenichen was a career naval officer, who retired after 30 years as a nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy from 2010 to 2012.

  • Matt Thomson

    Matt Thomson

    Head of Transportation & Logistics

    RBC Capital Markets

    Matt Thomson is the Head of Transportation Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada. Previously, he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, also covering the transportation sector. Matt has worked on a variety of mandates over his career, including providing strategic advice for numerous clients, and he has raised over $50bn for clients through the capital markets. Matt is focused on the Jones Act sector and has completed deals for Kirby, Matson, American Commercial Lines, American Petroleum Tankers, US Shipping, and United Maritime Group, amongst others. Matt began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co before joining Merrill Lynch in 2001. He received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

  • Mark Whatley

    Mark Whatley

    Senior Managing Director


    Mark Whatley is a Senior Managing Director in the firm’s corporate advisory business in New York. He is a highly experienced advisor to companies worldwide and has significant experience representing corporate clients and special committees on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising alternatives, and restructuring transactions.

    Since joining Evercore, he has helped to develop a global, industry leading Transportation and Infrastructure investment banking franchise and has primarily focused on the shipping and aviation industry verticals. At Evercore, Mr. Whatley has advised on many large corporate M&A transactions, and global business and capital structure restructurings. In addition, Mr. Whatley continues to advise clients on capital raising transactions and has extensive capital markets experience representing clients on over 50 public and private transactions for equity, equity-linked and high yield, including providing structuring advice on many of the existing shipping Master Limited Partnerships.

    Mr. Whatley began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. and joined Evercore in 2009. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Whatley helped develop the Gaming, Leisure and Transportation Group into a market leader of advisory and underwriting services across industry verticals. Over his 10+ year career he has advised on over 100 successful transactions aggregating more than $50 billion in transaction value.

    Mr. Whatley is a Board Member of The 52nd Street Project, a NYC non-profit organization, and a Member of the Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Science in Finance Program at the McCombs School of Business. He received his B.A. in Economics and Finance from Trinity University and his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Lance Gurley

    Lance Gurley

    Managing Director

    Blackhill Partners

    Lance is a managing director at Blackhill Partners, where he advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, complex restructurings and private placements of debt and equity securities. He regularly represents public and private companies, and advises their respective boards of directors and senior management on developing solutions for reorganizing capital structures and business operations. Lance’s clients include companies in a range of industries, including energy, maritime, manufacturing and consumer products/retail.

    While at Blackhill he has also advised private equity funds, distressed investors and commercial banks on a range of mergers and acquisitions and restructuring initiatives.

  • Jorge Romero

    Jorge Romero

    Of Counsel

    K&L Gates

    Mr. Romero is in the Finance, Transportation, and Restructuring and Insolvency practice groups. He has extensive experience in international and domestic U.S. financial transactions in the maritime industry, focusing on asset-based structured financings and related capital markets transactions. In that context he has represented borrowers, lessees, hedge funds, and institutional investors and banks. He has also represented shipping company debtors and creditors in restructurings and bankruptcies.

    Mr. Romero’s commercial experience includes a broad variety of contracts and transactions involving maritime assets, such as bareboat and time charters, contracts of affreightment, shipbuilding contracts, vessel sale and purchase agreements, and contracts for private marine security services, and related regulatory matters.

    An important part of Mr. Romero’s practice focuses on advising investors and target companies on compliance with U.S. maritime laws relating to ownership and operation of vessels, such as the Jones Act and similar laws.

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