Frank Dunne

Frank Dunne
Senior Partner



T: +44 20 7814 8000
D: +44 7814 8009
M: +44 7917 373 7497

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. Frank has also led on a number of high-profile restructuring, workout and dispute resolution situations. Frank has advised vendors and purchasers on sale and purchase of loan portfolios (performing and non-performing).

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 has 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

    Frank’s experience includes:
    • Advising Private Equity Funds on acquisition of performing and non-performing loans.
    • Complex newbuilding contracts and refund arrangements.
    • Acting for fund managers and investors on substantial shipping investment funds.
    • Advising 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 on LNG vessel acquisitions and charter arrangements.
    • Advising vendors on the sale of loan portfolios.

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)
  • 2004 – 2015: Watson Farley & Williams, Chairman
  • 1982 – 1984: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate
  • 1978 – 1980: Norton Rose, Trainee

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