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Nigel Thomas has been a Partner at Watson Farley & Williams since 1988. He is also Chairman of the firm. He specialises in international finance with an emphasis on shipping finance, commercial shipping and the offshore and cruise industries. He advises a number of players in, and financiers to, the shipping industry and has previously been Head of the firm’s offices in Singapore and Oslo.
Nigel continues to be ranked as an expert in Who’s Who Legal – Shipping 2015 and has most recently been described in Chambers 2015 as “highly regarded in the field of shipping finance”, “very fair and commercial” and “very experienced, never tries to score points and always tries to get the deal completed”.
Nigel has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars in the UK, Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America on shipping, offshore, cruise and finance topics, as well as contributing articles to various publications in the maritime, offshore and cruise sectors.
Nominated as one of the top three Transatlantic Finance Dealmakers of 2015 by The American Lawyer, Nigel is well-respected in the market. Recent commentators Legal 500 and Chambers have referenced that Nigel is “user-friendly and commercial”, “market sources are particularly complimentary” and “his clients appreciate his adeptness in dealing with the most sophisticated and difficult transactions”.
Nigel has led the WFW advice on each of the following “Marine Money Deals of the Year: