Frank Dunne

Frank Dunne
Senior Partner



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Summary Open

Frank’s practice involves a broad range of ship finance work for major international shipping finance lenders and commercial shipping transactions for major international shipowners, including joint ventures, charter structures, new building contracts, and ship (and corporate) acquisitions. Frank has been closely involved in assisting private equity institutions investing in shipping and has also led on a  number of high-profile restructuring, workout and dispute resolution situations.

Having spent some years working in Greece during the 1980s, Frank is well known in Greek shipping and finance circles and maintains a close working relationship with the Greek market.

Frank relocated to New York in 2016 introducing English law capability to our offering and is ranked as an Expert Based Abroad in USA in Chambers Global 2017.  He has also previously been described by Chambers UK as providing “great support in dealing with syndicates of banks” and “…good at advising on complex issues with high interests at stake and is highly respected.”

Experience Open

    • Complex newbuilding contracts and refund arrangements.
    • Acting for fund managers and investors on substantial shipping investment funds.
    • Advising Russian shipping companies on substantial and complex debt transactions.
    • Acting in distressed shipping transactions.
    • Advising acquirers and financiers on substantial corporate acquisitions in the maritime sector.
    • Advising a development bank on ship finance in emerging markets.
    • Advising a major ship owner on LNG vessel acquisitions and charter arrangements.

Education Open

  • Downing College, Cambridge University MA

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lloyds List Maritime Lawyer of the Year 2011

Employment Record Open

  • 1984-present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner (including establishing and Heading the firm’s Piraeus office 1984-1989)
  • 1982-1984: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate
  • 1978-1980: Norton Rose, Trainee

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