Keystone Law lands leading Marine and Shipping expert
Simon focuses on all aspects of banking and finance, with a particular emphasis on asset, project, structured and trade finance. His 17-year career has seen him advise on a wide range of aviation, marine, shipping and other transportation projects for sponsors, financiers, charterers, regulators and other stakeholders, at all stages of the commercial and operative life of the asset/project. Most recently he has advised on a variety of non-traditional asset finance models along with European vessel arrests and restructuring arrangements. Simon’s expertise lies in both domestic and international matters, having acted for clients across the UK, Europe and Asia.
Throughout his career, Simon has held roles at a range of established law firms including Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Mayer Brown, and Norton Rose. He also practised in-house at Barclays Bank.
In addition to being qualified in England & Wales, Simon is also a solicitor (non-practising) and notary public in Scotland. He is qualified to practise and advise on Kiribati law and also authorised to provide legal advice on Tuvalu law.
James Knight, Managing Director of Keystone Law, said: “Simon has a well-earned reputation as a sophisticated banking and finance lawyer. His expertise, particularly within the marine and shipping sectors, will significantly enhance not only the firm’s finance platform but also its burgeoning marine practice.”
Simon said: “I am very excited to be joining such an innovative and commercially-minded firm as Keystone Law. The provision of legal services is a constantly changing marketplace, particularly in the asset finance sector. Keystone’s dynamic and incredibly client-centred business model, coupled with its extensive depth and breadth of very senior and highly respected individuals, will allow me to provide an even better, more efficient and attentive service for my clients.”