Skip to Main Content
Our Commitment to Diversity

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Maritime Transactions and Finance

Advised the Port of Seattle on the formation of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a joint Port Development Authority (the first of its kind) with the Port of Tacoma, resulting in the third-largest cargo gateway in the United States. Our team advised on the structuring of the joint venture between two public port authorities, including research, tax advice, legislative assistance, open meetings assistance, public finance advice, drafting, negotiating terms, employment terms, integration advice, and regulatory issues for the Federal Maritime Commission.

Represented Northland Transportation Company, a Seattle, Washington-based provider of common carrier and contract barge freight transportation and logistics services between Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii and a portfolio company of Endeavour Capital, in its sale to Lynden Incorporated, a Seattle, Washington-based provider of integrated freight transportation services, via a merger transaction.

Represented Matson Navigation Company, a publicly traded company and one of the largest domestic U.S. shipping companies on new build contracts, environmental compliance matters, and vessel acquisition and financing contracts. 

Represented Gener8 Maritime Inc. in nearly US$500 million of second-hand vessel tanker sales prior to their acquisition by Euronav. Transactions involved review, negotiation, and drafting of memoranda of agreements; closing documents; mortgage release documents; outgoing and incoming vessel registries; pre-closing and closing meetings; and post-closing logistics.

Represented Portland, Oregon-based, Vigor Industrial LLC, the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, in connection with its acquisition of Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. Kvichak Marine is a worldwide leader in the design and construction of high quality, hardworking aluminum vessels.

Represented Portland, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial LLC, the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair, and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, in connection with its acquisition of Clackamas, Oregon-based Oregon Iron Works, Inc., a metal fabricator and systems integrator.

Represented Vigor Industrial LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary Vigor Alaska - Seward, LLC, in the purchase of substantially all assets of Seward Ship’s Drydock, Inc., a ship repair company operating in Seward, Alaska. Portland, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial is  the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Represented Vigor Industrial LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Vigor Alaska, LLC, in the purchase of substantially all assets of Straits Marine & Industrial, Inc., a topside ship repair company operating in the Port of Port Angeles, Washington. Portland, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial is the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Advised an Australian freight forwarding and customs company in relation to its acquisition by way of share swap of a minority stake in a Singapore-based freight forwarding business.

Represented the buyer of a tanker in a New York bankruptcy case which purchased the vessel as the named buyer pursuant to a stalking horse credit bid of the secured lender, National Bank of Greece. Handled Memoranda of Agreement drafting and closing documents, with focus on the bankruptcy issues and ensure client was protected, buying the vessel free and clear of all encumbrances.

Advised Beijing, China-based, China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd (SEHK: 3818), a leading international sportswear brand enterprise based in China, as an investor in a consortium that bought the Point Roberts Resort Marina, located at Point Roberts, Washington just south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Point Roberts Marina has well-served boaters traveling through the Pacific Northwest; offering a safe place to moor in its well-designed marina, perfect weather and ideal locale.

Represented the buyer of a yacht, managing the negotiation of the memorandum of agreement, closing documents, handling of closing meeting, interactions with vessel registries, and the corporate structuring of the buyer with respect to ownership by a trust. 

Return to top of page

Email Disclaimer

We welcome your email, but please understand that if you are not already a client of K&L Gates LLP, we cannot represent you until we confirm that doing so would not create a conflict of interest and is otherwise consistent with the policies of our firm. Accordingly, please do not include any confidential information until we verify that the firm is in a position to represent you and our engagement is confirmed in a letter. Prior to that time, there is no assurance that information you send us will be maintained as confidential. Thank you for your consideration.

Accept Cancel