John Benson
Partner

FINANCE

NEW YORK

T: +1 212 922 2200
D: +1 212 922 2235
M: +1 917 574 9199

EmailE: jbenson@wfw.com

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John Benson

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John specializes in shipping finance where he regularly represents financial institutions, private equity and other investment funds as well as foreign and domestic owners and operators in the international shipping markets, with an emphasis on the negotiation and documentation of cross-border asset-backed structured transactions and joint ventures.

John is admitted to practice law in New York and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He advises and issues opinions relating to entities formed in the Marshall Islands and Liberia.

John is listed as an up-and-coming individual in maritime finance by Chambers USA.

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Experience Open

    • Advising a major European bank in connection with the financing of a number of shipbuilding contracts with shipyards in Korea and China.
    • Advising a lender in respect of a US$120,000,000 term loan facility to finance the acquisition of Jones Act qualified tankers.
    • Advising a lender in respect of a Sinosure backed US$23,100,000 senior secured post-delivery term loan facility to finance the delivery of a 37,000 DWT chemical carrier.
    • Advising a lender in respect of a US$60,000,000 senior secured post-delivery term loan facility to refinance the acquisition of 5 chemical tankers.
    • Advising a large U.S. private equity fund on the sale of a vessel acquired through bankruptcy proceedings, being the third such sale in a series of 5 vessels, with two more to be completed.
    • Advising the lender to a large U.S. private equity fund in respect of a US$89,600,000 senior secured post-delivery term loan facility to refinance the acquisition of four 49,999 DWT product tankers.
    • Advising a lender in respect of a US$51,000,000 facility to partially finance the acquisition of two MR product tankers registered under the Chilean flag.

Education Open

  • 2002: J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • 1999: B.A., Villanova University

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Speaker at the New York Bar Association (NYSBA) conference in Paris, October 2016.
  • Co-Author – Citizen Ship: Ocean-Going Vessels and the Flags they Fly Acquisition International
  • Speaker, Lloyds Alternative Ship Finance North America Conference “Sourcing private equity and hedge funds: Identifying and evaluating current sources of public equity”
  • Moderator Maritime Transactional Legal Session, CMA

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce

Employment Record Open

  • 2014-present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams, New York
  • 2005-2014: Associate, Watson Farley & Williams, New York
  • 2004-2005: Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLP
  • 2002-2004: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrsison LLP

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