22 March 2011- Leading global law firm Mayer Brown announced the hire of senior asset finance partner Stuart McAlpine as part of its continued growth plans for London Banking & Finance. The hire will also enhance the Firm’s global asset and project finance capabilities.

Stuart joins from Orrick where he was a partner in their Global Finance Group. He works mainly on complex cross-border asset and project finance transactions with a focus on the shipping, offshore and energy industries. His deal experience also encompasses leasing, commodities financing and export credit structures. He is an experienced lawyer, having spent more than 20 years practising in these areas and, over that period, he has worked (as a partner) in London, Singapore and Paris.

Dominic Griffiths, head of the London Banking & Finance group at Mayer Brown
, said: "In Asia, Mayer Brown has one of the leading aviation and shipping finance practices in the region and we also have strong practices in France and Germany- Stuart is the right person to build a strong presence in the London asset finance market and develop our global practice."

Stuart McAlpine said: "Mayer Brown's high quality Asian asset finance practice combined with the global firm's overall strength in banking and finance give me a great opportunity to take my practice to the next level and to help put Mayer Brown firmly among the top drawer asset finance firms in the market. I am immensely excited by this opportunity."

The following are a sample of Stuart's notable transactions:
  • Advising the Lenders in relation to the restructuring and related export-credit backed refinancing of a series of cruise ships, owned and operated by a European cruise line, involving a senior debt facility in excess of €1.1 billion and advising the same lenders on a related facility for  €500 million in relation to the construction and post-delivery financing of a new cruise vessel for the same cruise operator.
  • Advising the Lenders in relation to a senior, secured facility of up to US$1.1 billion in relation to the pre and post delivery financing of eight containerships, constructed for a major European liner company at an Asian shipyard.
  • Advising a major African oil and gas company and one of its affiliates, in the negotiation and implementation of a series of joint ventures with Japanese entities to construct and operate a fleet of LNG tankers.
  • Advising the Lenders/Lessors in relation to the senior debt and lease financing (in the aggregate sum of €550 million) of up to 150 solar power installations in Southern Europe providing an aggregate installed capacity of 125 MW.