Projects & Experience

    • Acted as maritime counsel for a lender faced with a requirement to quickly close a loan for a borrower coming out of bankruptcy, and within ten days placed first preferred ship mortgages and related security on 234 vessels registered under the flag of five different jurisdiction to secure a US$225,000,000 credit facility.
    • Acting for the buyer, handled the purchase of the DB60, a 34000 ton pipelay barge.
    • Acted for one of two joint venturers in connection with negotiation of a joint venture for the ownership and operation of large cranes and heavy lifting equipment.
    • Acting as maritime counsel to the lender, handled placing first preferred ship mortgages and related security on 57 offshore drilling vessels to secure a US$200,000,000 credit facility.
    • Acting as general co-counsel for a closely held consulting engineering company, successfully negotiated a settlement with its customer to avoid a company threatening indemnity claim as a result of an offshore fatality.
    • Acting as counsel for the operator, negotiated a transaction under which the client operated a deepwater drillship with limited exposure to liability and subsequently assisted the client in successfully navigating the bankruptcy of the owner.
    • Acting as counsel for the operator, negotiated a transaction under which the client operated an offshore flotel.
    • Acted for the buyer in connection with the acquisition of a business involved in large cranes and other heavy lifting equipment.
    • Acted as co-counsel for the organizer of a joint venture to own and operate a deepwater drillship in Brazil.
    • Routinely handle corporate maintenance activities for corporations, limited liability companies and other entities formed in Texas, Delaware, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and other jurisdictions.
    • Acting as counsel for the charterer, handled the chartering of offshore supply vessels in connection with the client’s cementing, acidizing and other downhole services.
    • Acting for either the buyer or seller, handled the purchase or sale of offshore drilling rigs in numerous transactions.
    • Acted as counsel for the operator in connection with negotiation of an offshore drilling contract for a jackup in Nigeria.
    • Acted as counsel for the operator in connection with negotiation of offshore drilling contracts for operations in New Zealand.
    • Acted as counsel for the drilling contractor in connection with negotiation of offshore drilling contracts in the U.S., Venezuela, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, U.K., Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Australia, China and other jurisdictions.
    • Acting for a Brazilian national, set up the structure for purchase of real estate in the U.S., including use of a Texas LLC owned by a BVI trust to avoid adverse potential tax consequences.
    • Acting for the buyer, handled the purchase of the CHEYENNE, a 7700 ton pipelay/derrick barge and support vessels.
    • Acted for an oilfield service company in connection with negotiation of cementing and other downhole services in India using offshore supply vessels chartered from the client to an oil and gas operator.
    • Acted for a Mexican drilling contractor in connection with the bareboat charter of jackup drilling vessels to a U.S. drilling contractor.
    • Acted for the seller in connection with the sale of a subsidiary to management of the subsidiary.
    • Acted for the buyer handled the acquisition of assets, equipment, real estate leases and related contracts including, cranes and other heavy lift equipment.
    • Acted for a European borrower with assets and operations in the U.S. in connection with the U.S. aspects of a €217,000,000 Euro credit facility.
    • Acted for the lessee in connection with a financing master lease of equipment.

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