Maritime - Financial Services

Knowing the Ropes


"A great group for vessel financing, and its lawyers
are easy to get along with.  When you see Blank Rome
on the other side you know that the deal is going to run smoothly."

"They are absolutely great and are fully responsive 24 hours a day." 

—Chambers USA

Blank Rome Maritime prides itself on giving strategic advice and bringing added-value to your business.  Our maritime commercial transactions and financial services team helps identify and take advantage of funding sources—including government grant programs and private equity—and the most favorable financing terms, including:

  • government credit-enhancement programs
  • lease financing options
  • public and private debt
  • equity financing

We represent lenders, borrowers, and underwriters in a wide variety of financial transactions.  We have helped take companies public, guided strategic and financial buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of ships and companies (including conducting due diligence for buyers), and structured international joint ventures from both commercial and tax perspectives.  Given our experience and depth in the industry, we often bring commercial opportunities to our clients.

Our attorneys are experienced in ship finance documentation for the United States, Panama, Bahamas, Liberia, Cyprus, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, and other registries.  Based on this experience, we frequently issue legal opinions under United States, Liberian, and Marshall Islands law as to corporate and maritime issues.

Blank Rome Maritime offers full-service commercial and financial legal advice in connection with a wide array of transactions, including:

  • charters
  • commercial loans
  • private debt and equity placements
  • government grant programs and credit-enhancement programs
  • joint ventures
  • labor agreements
  • lease finance transactions for vessels, oil rigs, and other equipment
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • operating and management agreements
  • public offerings and SEC compliance
  • ship construction contracts
  • ship mortgage loan financing
  • ship purchase and sale agreements
  • tax and regulatory issues
  • U.S. and international financing