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John F. Imhof Jr.

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John F. Imhof Jr. is a Shareholder and a member of the firm’s Global Transportation Finance team.

Mr. Imhof focuses his practice on maritime and transportation finance. He has more than twenty-five years of experience advising lenders, lessors, investors, borrowers and lessees in the domestic and cross-border financing of transportation and logistics assets, including ships, shipping containers, aircraft, railroad rolling stock and related infrastructure. His experience involves a variety of facilities and financing techniques, including syndicated senior secured loan facilities, mezzanine and subordinated loan facilities, letter-of-credit facilities, single-investor leases, leveraged leases, sale-leaseback transactions and restructurings. Mr. Imhof also advises investors in connection with a variety of investments in maritime and transportation assets, including investments in existing companies, the formation of joint ventures and the acquisition of distressed debt. His clients include leading banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, ship owners, airlines and rail transportation companies.

John F. Imhof Jr.

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Experience

Mr. Imhof’s recent experience includes advising:

  • a New York based shipping company in connection with a US$81 million sale-leaseback transaction involving a Chinese leasing company and two newbuild 25,000 DWT ECO-class Marshall Islands flagged stainless steel chemical carriers;
  • an affiliate of a New York based private equity fund in connection with its sale of two Airbus A320-232 aircraft and the novation of leases in respect of both aircraft;
  • an affiliate of a major European bank as agent, mandated lead arranger, book runner and lender in connection with a US$190 million syndicated revolving credit facility for a leading container lessor and secured by a segregated pool of containers and related assets;
  • HSH Nordbank AG as secured creditor in connection with the U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of Nautilus Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates, and the acquisition by HSH Nordbank AG’s nominees of five container vessels and related agreements from affiliates of Nautilus Holdings Ltd. pursuant to its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization;
  • the lenders, agents and joint lead arrangers in connection with the US$365 million syndicated senior secured pre-delivery financing of four 49,600 DWT coastwise-eligible (Jones Act) product tankers for operating companies owned by New York based private equity funds;
  • Alterna Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm, on the establishment of a joint venture with Mid Ocean Marine LLC to purchase a partially built 49,000 DWT coastwise-eligible (Jones Act) product tanker from the bankruptcy estate of AHL Shipping Company;
  • New York based private equity funds in connection with a US$500 million joint venture to build five 49,000 DWT coastwise-eligible (Jones Act) product tankers, and the subsequent restructuring of the joint venture and related offering of US$285 million in first-priority senior secured notes in a transaction that won Marine Money International’s 2010 Deal of the Year Award for U.S. Public Debt;
  • a state-owned electricity network operator in connection with the collateralization of obligations owed by a major U.S. insurance company in relation to, and the subsequent restructuring and early termination of, cross-border leases involving power transmission equipment with an aggregate appraised value of approximately US$1 billion;
  • the project sponsor in connection with a US$488 million loan facility provided by a leading multinational development bank and a syndicate of commercial banks to finance the construction and operation of a semi-submersible drilling vessel for use in Brazilian territorial waters; and
  • a major French bank in connection with a €100 million leveraged lease facility for New Jersey Transit Corporation involving approximately fifty new Bombardier multi-level commuter rail passenger cars.

John F. Imhof Jr.

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Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • Duke University, B.S., 1985

John F. Imhof Jr.

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Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1991
  • Connecticut, 1990

John F. Imhof Jr.

Shareholder