Mei Lin Goh
Partner

FINANCE

SINGAPORE

T: +65 6532 5335 or +65 6551 9188
D: +65 6551 9125
M: +65 9735 1522

EmailE: mlgoh@wfw.com

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Mei heads the Singapore office of Watson Farley & Williams and she leads the office’s Finance team. Mei specialises in cross-border asset, project and structured finance transactions in the maritime and logistics, offshore oil and gas and energy sectors.  Mei advises financial institutions, export credit agencies, lessors, lessees, owners and operators and also assists clients in the maritime and offshore sectors in the establishment, expansion and restructure of their businesses in Singapore and the region.

Experience Open

    • Advising lenders in a US$250 million facility provided to the First Ship Lease Trust, a business trust sponsored by Schoeller Holdings, HSH Nordbank AG and Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG and established in Singapore under the Maritime Finance Incentive Scheme in connection with its initial public offering which raised US$216m.
    • Advising a syndicate of banks led by NIBC Bank Ltd. in relation to a US$200 million facility to Essar Shipping & Logistics Limited (a Cyprus company with an asset base of approximately US$1.5 billion) to part finance the purchase of a VLCC, an Aframax tanker and two MR tankers.
    • Assisting Fred. Olsen Production AS, a leading operator of floating production installations, in relation to its corporate and finance restructuring which enabled it to complete a successful private placement of 44 million shares. It is anticipated that the company will be listed on the Oslo stock exchange.
    • Advising lenders led by UTI Bank Ltd. in relation to US$460 million loan facilities provided to a subsidiary of Aban Loyd Offshore Limited, an offshore drilling company listed on the Indian stock exchange. The funds were used to finance the purchase of approximately 39.5% of the voting share capital of Sinvest ASA, which is listed on the Oslo stock exchange.
    • Advising senior lenders providing debt financing of US$44.8 million in relation to the sale and leaseback of two ships acquired by First Ship Lease and bareboat chartered to Singapore subsidiaries of Siba Ships SpA.
    • Advising Brunei Gas Carriers and its sponsors, The Prime Minister’s Corporation, Shell and Mitsubishi on a unique US$129 million Islamic LNG-related project financing structured as an Ijarah lease. This included negotiating finance documentation and advising on existing shareholder and commercial documentation and the impact thereon of the proposed transaction.
    • Advising a Malaysian/Indian consortium in its bid for US$400 million worth of long term contracts for transportation of LNG in relation to the Petronet LNG project. This included advising on the project legal and commercial risks, advising on the project documents, the bid preparation and the bankability of the project.
    • Advising a leading German bank on a US$50 million container lease transaction involving lessees in China, the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. This involved advising on the structuring of the lease, regulatory issues and the preparation of all necessary documentation.
    • Acting for A.T. Biopower and its consortium of Thai, Finnish, English, Malaysian, Middle Eastern and Japanese investors in respect of the construction of up to four rice-husk fuelled power plants in Thailand, which represent the largest non-captive biomass plants in the country. This involved negotiating finance documentation, advising the project company in relation to commercial contracts such as the operation and maintenance agreement and power purchase agreement and advising the project sponsors on sponsor support issues.

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Winner “Maritime Law Award – Individual Lawyer of the Year” at Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2017, October 2017.
  • Named ‘Best in Shipping’ at Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards, November 2016.

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