Transportation and trade

Our world leading transportation and trade practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the aviation, shipping, trade, rail and road sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest airlines, airports, shipowners, shipyards, financiers, lessors, commodities traders and private sector rail operators and owning groups.
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We work with a wide range of clients from the transportation and trade sector and advise on the following areas:

We can support clients throughout the full lifecycle, from financing and construction, through to operations and dispute resolution. Whether it's a complex matter affecting your entire business or a more routine matter, we have the knowledge and expertise through our international network to assist you.

We have particular expertise in:

  • Financings, including private wealth
  • Construction
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Litigation 
  • Arbitration
  • Casualty response
  • Infrastructure
  • Regulations

"They are outstanding, they have an excellent ability to understand and deliver on our specific needs and they are proactive."
Chambers UK 2022

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15 Apr 2024

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Stephenson Harwood advises on seven award-winning deals

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on seven separate deals which have been recognised at the Marine Money Deal of the Year Awards 2023.

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03 Apr 2024

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises BNP Paribas on sustainability-linked JOLCO Financing

Stephenson Harwood has advised BNP Paribas (BNPP) in relation to the financing of two sustainability-linked loan Japanese Operating Leases with Call Options (SLL JOLCO..

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20 Mar 2024

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Stephenson Harwood advises Cetus Maritime on acquisition of Nachipa Corp

Stephenson Harwood has advised longstanding client Cetus Maritime on its acquisition of Chile-based Nachipa Corp.

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20 Mar 2024

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Aviation safety: Analysing the 2023 IATA Annual Safety Report and 2024 accidents to date

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released its annual safety report and recommendations for air accident prevention by way of the IATA Annual..

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01 Mar 2024

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Aviation regulatory update 2023/2024

2023 has seen a raft of aviation-related consultations in the UK and we expect that the results of these consultations will start to filter into UK aviation regulation..

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21 Feb 2024

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Transportation and trade newsletter - Transportation finance

Welcome to the second edition of Stephenson Harwood’s transportation and trade update – our specialist newsletter for clients engaged in the aviation, marine, rail and..

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08 Feb 2024

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One small step closer: the UK's first fully licensed vertical spaceport

In December 2023, the UK Civil Aviation Authority ("CAA") issued a vertical launch licence to the SaxaVord spaceport in Shetland. SaxaVord now holds the very first ver..

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18 Jan 2024

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Stephenson Harwood advises MPC Container Ships on US$100 million credit agreement with Hamburg Commercial Bank

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised MPC Container Ships (MPCC) on a US$100 million four-year revolving credit facility agreement with Hamburg Commercial Bank (..

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16 Jan 2024

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19 Dec 2023

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MCA's new rules for remotely operated unmanned vessels come into force

On 13 December 2023, the Workboat Code Edition 3 ("Edition 3") came into force.

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18 Dec 2023

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Stephenson Harwood advises SGP as borrower on €1 billion loan for Grand Paris Express transport network

Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Société du Grand Paris (SGP) as borrower on the arrangement of a €1 billion loan to develop and build the Grand Paris Express transp..

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11 Dec 2023

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Stephenson Harwood advises National Bank of Greece on US$151 million facility to Star Bulk Carriers Corp

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised National Bank of Greece (NBG) on a US$151 million secured loan facility deal with Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Star Bulk).

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07 Dec 2023

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Two Stephenson Harwood partners ranked among top ten maritime lawyers

London-based maritime and international trade partner Haris Zografakis and Greater China managing partner Evangeline Quek have both been named among the top ten mariti..

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04 Dec 2023

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Keeping the railway moving: New legislation signals minimum services for passengers during strike action

By its very nature, strike action by railway staff is designed to be disruptive to passengers.

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16 Nov 2023

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Stephenson Harwood advises Societe Generale on financing of new-build LNG bunker supply vessel

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Societe Generale on the $35.9 million financing of a newly built 12,500 cubic metre LNG bunker supply vessel that was deliv..

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14 Nov 2023

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Stephenson Harwood rail team advises key client CAF on its €500 million contracts for a new train fleet

The Stephenson Harwood rail team has advised long-standing and key client Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A and CAF Rail UK Limited (together, CAF) on its..

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