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Ellen Sofie Løkholm

T: +44 20 7809 2530 M: +44 77 0214 0078 Email Ellen Sofie | Vcard Office: London

Ellen Sofie Løkholm Senior associate

Contact details

Ellen Sofie Løkholm

Ellen Sofie Løkholm
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2530 M: +44 77 0214 0078 Email Ellen Sofie | Vcard Office: London

An asset finance specialist with particular expertise in the shipping sector, Ellen Sofie has broad experience in acting for banks, owners and shipyards in relation to the cross-border financing, chartering and construction of ships and offshore units. Clients value her pragmatic advice and diligent approach in getting the deal done. 
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Ellen Sofie has extensive experience in advising international shipping companies and major shipping market banks in most aspects of ship finance and cross-border commercial shipping transactions, including syndicated ship and fleet financings,  sale and lease-back, long term charters, sale and purchase transactions, ship registration, shipbuilding contracts, refund guarantees and related  matters for a broad range of ships, including oil tankers, cruise ships, chemical tankers, LNG ships, cargo ships, bulk carriers, container ships, ferries and offshore supply ships.

She has advised drilling contractors in relation to the sale, purchase and registration of drilling rigs, drill ships and offshore units, and the negotiation of drilling contracts. 

She has advised shipowners in relation to the restructuring of financing transactions including Chapter11 issues, restructuring of long term charter arrangements and joint ventures.  

She has advised shipyards in relation to seller's credit facilities, shipbuilding contracts, novation agreements and refund guarantees.

  • Ship and offshore finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Fleet financings

Advising a Dutch bank on a US$525 million syndicated fleet financing for a major container company, and for an American bank in relation to other syndicated facilities for the same company.

Advising various Nordic and US banking syndicates in relation to several fleet and multi-ship financings for world major tanker company, as well as ongoing work with the re-flagging and sale of vessels under these facilities.

Advising European bank syndicate in relation to several fleet financings and associated newbuilding programme for major Ukrainian shipping company.

Construction financing

Advising a major European shipyard on a €700 million syndicated secured loan and guarantee facility for the part-financing of the construction of up to 5 cruise ships.

Advising Canadian ship-owner on various pre- and post-delivery financings of multi-purpose cargoship newbuildings, and related dual flag registrations.

More: Ship and offshore finance

Restructuring of finance facility

Advising a listed US shipping company on the restructuring of a US$150 million loan facility with a British bank led syndicate, including Chapter 11 issues.

Restructuring of lease

Advising a Dutch banking subsidiary on the restructuring of a long-term lease for a product tanker with related time charter arrangements.

Restructuring of seller's credit facility

Advising Dutch shipyard on the restructuring of a seller's credit facility and related security arrangements.


More: Restructuring and insolvency
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