概览

孖士打是少数几家配有全方位航运服务团队的国际律师事务所之一。本所提供全面的海商法律服务,尤以船舶融资以及航运诉讼和仲裁见长。我们的办事处遍及美洲、欧洲、亚洲及中东,兼具当地法律知识及全球法律服务能力。同时,凭借航运业务团队数十年的深厚经验,我们当之无愧地成为航运界的首选律所。

在亚洲最繁忙港口所处的香港、中国内地和新加坡等地,我们被公认为一家出类拔萃的航运业务律所,其中在香港更是有一百五十余年的法律服务经验。凭借出众的服务能力和业务深度,我们能够处理亚洲各地的相关交易,成为本地区航运市场主要参与者的首选律所。我们的客户横跨整个行业,既包括船舶融资银行、出租人、保险公司,也包括船东、造船厂、承租人、联营池运营商和船舶管理人。

本所不仅在船舶融资方面成绩卓著,而且拥有一支领先的航运争议业务团队,擅长处理租船合同仲裁及船舶抵押权益执行事宜。在航运经济周期下行期间,我们能够协助船舶融资和船舶租赁相关企业处理其客户违约事宜。我们曾代表银行和出租人处理众多船舶融资债务重组交易,涉及许多引人瞩目的航运公司破产清算案件。

船舶融资和融资租赁

我们向租赁公司、银行等金融机构及船东就各种融资和融资租赁活动提供法律服务,包括:

  • 审查融资、再融资和融资租赁结构及条款清单并提供法律意见
  • 起草和谈判以单艘船舶或整支船队为担保的各类信贷以及交付前和交付后融资文件
  • 起草融资租约并提供法律意见
  • 就涉及不同船旗的担保融资和抵押文件提供法律服务(包括在全球范围内通过代理机构网络进行船舶和抵押权益注册)
  • 就跨境安排、信托结构、表外交易以及由出口信贷机构支持的融资提供法律意见
  • 就航运债务购买和处置提供法律意见并起草文件

出口信贷融资

我们在涉及出口信贷机构的船舶融资交易领域经验丰富,从而令客户受益匪浅。本所经常代表大型贷款机构、安排行和借款人起草及谈判由中国进出口银行、中国出口信用保险公司、韩国贸易保险公司以及丹麦和挪威的出口信贷机构承保的融资文件。

液化天然气(LNG

我们向LNG项目的贷款人、发起人和其他参与者以及天然气的大型买家、运输商和配送商就天然气购买、储存、运输、配送和销售的监管和商业事宜提供法律服务。长期以来,我们也协助客户处理LNG运输船期租合同、造船合同、LNG接收站使用协议以及与LNG接收站运营相关的海事服务协议等事宜。

举例来说,本所经常担任法律顾问,向由本地区主要航运公司组成的发起人联合体就其LNG项目招标以及融资/再融资项目提供法律服务。

船舶贸易和注册

我们就船舶收购和出售的所有方面提供法律服务,包括:

  • 起草和审查买卖协议、拆除合同以及所有相关文件
  • 成立航运基金
  • 协助在香港船舶注册处以及巴拿马、利比里亚、马绍尔群岛等所有其他主要船舶注册地注册船舶

造船

本所的造船业务经验包括向造船厂、修船厂、保险商、拥有者和运营方就下列事宜提供法律服务:

  • 起草和谈判造船、修船和监理合同以及退款保函和履约保函
  • 处理由造船合同引起的争讼性海商法事宜,包括航速和其他保证索赔及争议、交付延误及取消、污染及环境事宜以及其他监管问题

在役船舶

此外,我们还就船舶受雇合同提供法律服务,包括起草、审查和谈判与下列事宜有关的商业合同:

  • 光船租赁合同、租购协议及租约
  • 班轮服务
  • LNG项目
  • 联营池安排
  • 定期及航次租船,包运合同租船

航运诉讼和仲裁

我们提供全方位的争讼性航运法律服务,涵盖:

  • 租约及提单
  • 买卖争议
  • 船舶扣押及抵押权益执行
  • 船舶管理协议
  • 燃油及修理索赔
  • 海运保险索赔
  • 人身伤害
  • 污染及环境事宜
  • 重组、破产及清算(包括债务重组以及涉及美国破产法第11章和第15章的问题)

 

奖项荣誉

  • Ranked Tier 1 for Asset Finance (Hong Kong) by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2010-2021
  • Ranked Band 1 for Shipping Finance (China) by Chambers Asia Pacific 2008-2016
  • Ranked Band 2 for Shipping Finance (China) by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017-2021

The practice is particularly renowned for its ship finance capabilities and has advised on numerous award-winning transactions, including:

  • Mayer Brown wins the “Deals of the Year 2018: Pacific Basin Shipping Secured Reducing Revolving Credit Facility 2018” by Asia-Mena Counsel
  • Mayer Brown wins the “Ship Finance Award” by Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia in 2015.
  • Mayer Brown wins the “Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year (International)” by China Law & Practice 2015.
  • ICBC Cross-border Vessel Leasing deal – “Asset Finance Deal of the Year 2011” by Asian Legal Business China Awards

What the directories say:

  • "Very experienced and professional in shipping finance." - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021)
  • "the firm is able to strike a fine and optimal balance between the commercial and legal perspectives," and praises that its excellent service is "conducive to highly effective and efficient commercial negotiations." - Chamber Asia Pacific 2021
  • The team is lauded for its "very straightforward and client-oriented solutions" by another client, who also finds the group to be "incredibly professional and very helpful." - Chamber Asia Pacific 2021
  • “The vessel acquisitions were handled with great ease and the in-depth experience of the partner was evident.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 
  • “They’re very efficient and have the ability to achieve optimal solutions considering both commercial and legal standpoints.” and “They are a good player in the market, and the partners are very hands-on.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 
  • “ They are excellent with leasing, solution-oriented, able to communicate effectively and great at managing their Chinese counterpart.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2019
  • “ Their understanding of the shipping and ship finance business and understanding the needs of banks.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2019
  • “They are responsive and able to provide commercial advice.”– Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • “excellent,” providing “good response times, business acumen and industry knowledge.”– Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • “They are excellent – professional, diligent, punctual, innovative – and they are problem solvers.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • "They are a top-class firm. They have a dedicated team that is very knowledgeable on shipping finance and they understand what we need." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2016
  • "one of the leading aviation finance teams in Hong Kong with depth of quality from partner to associate" – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
  • "It is a top-class firm. It has a dedicated team that is very knowledgeable on shipping finance and they understand what we need." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "They are efficient and very responsive. They provide good advice which is professional and practical." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "Mayer Brown has a powerhouse shipping finance offering, where it acts for some of the region's most prominent and active lenders. It also has niche expertise in LNG project financing, vessel time charters, and newbuild contracts, which makes it an attractive proposition for shipping companies such as Mitsui OSK Lines." – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015
  • "Mayer Brown is best known for its ship finance practice, which advises a number of the region's major lenders on new facilities and the renegotiation of existing facilities." – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014
  • "The lawyers' response times are 'unbelievable', and 'they always know exactly what the client needs'" – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014
  • "We do lots of business with them and I rate them highly; a very strong practice." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2014
  • "The 'experienced and reliable' team at Mayer Brown draws praise for its experience on aircraft, ship and railway project financings." – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013
  • "In ship finance they are definitely a go-to firm, with deep experience and good relationships with the bank. We have nothing to worry about when it comes to their abilities." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2013
  • "The firm is involved in many major deals in the region." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2013
  • "This Hong Kong-based practice is widely recognised for its impressive shipping finance practice, and receives instructions from various major lenders in the market." They are highly organised and demonstrate commercial sensibility. They have outstanding expertise and are able to meet unreasonable demands." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2012
  • "A force to be reckoned with in shipping finance." – Chambers Asia Pacific 2012
  • "This firm is home to the top shipping finance practice in Greater China." "I'm impressed by their knowledge and experience in dealing with Chinese companies, and by their ability to deal with Chinese structures. Their total offering is more comprehensive than many other practices" – Chambers Asia Pacific 2012