Frank Dunne



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Frank Dunne

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Frank Dunne has been a partner at Watson Farley & Williams since 1984. Frank’s practice involves a broad range of ship finance work for major international shipping finance lenders and commercial shipping transactions for major international shipowners, including joint ventures, charter structures, new building contracts, and ship (and corporate) acquisitions. He has been closely involved in assisting Private Equity institutions investing in shipping. Having worked in Greece during the 1980s, Frank is well known in Greek shipping and finance circles and maintains a close working relationship with the Greek market. Frank has been involved in a number of high-profile restructuring, workout and dispute resolution situations.


Experience Open

    • Complex newbuilding contracts and refund arrangements.
    • Acting for fund managers and investors on substantial shipping investment funds.
    • Advising Russian shipping companies on substantial and complex debt transactions.
    • Acting in distressed shipping transactions.
    • Advising acquirers and financiers on substantial corporate acquisitions in the maritime sector.
    • Advising a development bank on ship finance in emerging markets.
    • Advising a major ship owner on LNG vessel acquisitions and charter arrangements.

Education Open

  • Downing College, Cambridge University MA

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lloyds List Maritime Lawyer of the Year 2011

Employment Record Open

  • 1984-present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner (including establishing and Heading the firm’s Piraeus office 1984-1989)
  • 1982-1984: Watson Farley & Williams, Associate
  • 1978-1980: Norton Rose, Trainee

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