A recent trend in port development has been the willingness of many port users to become involved as sponsor partners in port or terminal developments and to make equity investments in these projects. Port users have also shown themselves to be innovative users of structured finance facilities; we have advised on financing transactions where the regularity and reasonable certainty of the revenue stream are a basis of the transaction.

Our team has experience dealing with all of the key aspects in port development including:

  • Greenfield experience – advising on the design and construction stages.
  • Investment experience – advising on concession agreements, acquisitions and disposals, joint venture arrangements, financing needs (both debt and equity), shareholder agreement.
  • Operational experience – dealing with handling conditions, environmental and insurance issues, providing commercial support, assisting with standardised terminal documents.
  • Acquisitions and disposals – advising buyers, sellers, financiers and other involved in acquisitions and disposals of ports and terminals and related operations.