Bernice Chia specialises in the financing of maritime and offshore oil and gas assets as part of the Commodities & Shipping Group.

    She has advised and represented syndicates of financial institutions, owners and lessors in a range of structured financing transactions in respect of maritime and offshore oil and gas assets and related projects. Her experience also includes advising the wider aspects of such transactions, including in relation to the construction and other project-related contracts, joint-venture arrangements, leasing and chartering, multijurisdictional sale and purchase, and restructuring and insolvency.

    She has also previously completed a six-month client secondment in the shipping finance team at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. In that role, she advised and supported the team by discussing bankability of transactions, negotiating, drafting and reviewing a range of legal documentation and ensuring compliance with internal bank policies.

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    • Advised China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co., Ltd on the joint-venture arrangements with Viking Cruises and the subsequent sale and purchase of a cruise ship to invest in and establish a luxury cruise-line in China, in line with China’s future cruise industry development plans. The joint venture is China’s first luxury cruise company and the cruise ship is the first luxury cruise ship that will fly the PRC flag.
    • Advised a syndicate of lenders on the construction, development and financing of two LNG vessels to be owned by an LNG infrastructure company backed by Helios Investment Partners (a leading Africa focused investment firm) and Gasfin Development SA (an LNG infrastructure developer). This financing was undertaken in parallel with the construction and development of the port infrastructure and onshore pipeline, which will deliver gas to shore in the port of Tema, Ghana. The combined project cost is approximately US$350 million.
    • Advised sponsors in relation to the competitive (and successful) tender process for procurement of LNG vessels in respect of the Mozambique LNG project and the subsequent joint venture arrangements and financing of such LNG vessels.
    • Advised a syndicate of lenders in connection with the restructuring of a Singapore-based shipping company, which resulted in the consensual sale of the drilling rig secured by the financing.
    • Advised a Chinese leasing company in establishing a joint venture with another Chinese leasing company, by way of share subscription and an intercompany loan agreement for up to US$41,900,000, for the purposes of holding six vessel-holding special purpose companies and part-financing the purchase price of six newbuild vessels with long-term charter contracts.
    • Advised a Chinese leasing company as owner and lessor in a sale and leaseback transaction with a well-known owner and operator in respect of four chemical tankers and the subsequent owner debt-financing by the Chinese leasing company in respect of such vessels.
    • Advised a Chinese leasing company as owner and lessor in a sale and leaseback transaction with a well-known owner and operator as bareboat charterer and lessee for a lease financing of up to US$132 million in respect of four chemical tankers. This was the first transaction between the Chinese leasing company and Navig8.
    • Advised a Chinese leasing company as borrowers in a financing from lenders in respect of a loan facility for up to US$637.5 million in respect of the financing and refinancing of 10 newbuild VLOCs. At the time of delivery of m.v. “Ore Tianjin”, which was built jointly by two Chinese shipyards, it is the largest VLOC ever built in China.
    • Advised a Chinese leasing company (in a joint venture with another Chinese leasing company) in a financing from a lender of over US$400 million for four VLOCs to be chartered to a Brazilian multinational corporation.
    • Advised CA-CIB on behalf of a syndicate of lenders in a US$326.628 million KEXIM supported loan to Teekay LNG Partners L.P with a bond take out option for a pre and post-delivery financing of two LNG carriers chartered to Bahrain LNG and BP Gas on delivery Marine Money, Export Credit Agency (West) – Deal of the Year 2017.
    • Advised a syndicate of lenders on two term loan facilities of up to US$152 million and US$153 million to two SPC companies controlled by MISC Berhad, a public listed company in Malaysia, to finance the acquisition of two LNG carriers under long-term charter employment to Petronas LNG Sdn. Bhd.
    • Advised a large syndicate of lenders on a US$676 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facility provided to BW Pacific Pte, Ltd. for the refinancing of 29 vessels Marine Money, Bank Debt (West) – Deal of the Year 2015.
    • Advised a large syndicate of lenders on a US$755 million limited recourse project financing of the “Armada Kraken” FPSO Project.

    Education

    • The University of Sydney, LL.B., 2013
    • The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, 2011

    Admissions

    • High Court of Australia, 2014
    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2014

    Languages

    • English
    • Mandarin
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