Shipping Finance Lawyer Joins Norton Rose Fulbright’s New York Office

Shipping Finance Lawyer Joins Norton Rose Fulbright’s New York Office

Oct 9, 2013

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A seasoned shipping and corporate finance lawyer joins the global legal practice of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US member firm as a partner.

Brad Berman focuses his practice on maritime and corporate finance, offshore incorporation, including Marshall Islands and Liberian law, and private wealth planning. He has represented ship owners, operators, investors and lenders in transactional ship finance matters, including capital markets, debt and equity, and mergers and acquisitions.

Kenneth Stewart, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US member firm, said:

“Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest teams of transport lawyers in the world. Expanding and developing our US shipping practice is a continued focus, and we are fortunate to add a lawyer of Brad’s capability and esteem to the group.”

Previously, Berman served as executive director at the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry, the second-largest in the world with nearly 4,000 ships, where he managed the corporate and shipping program.

Harry Theochari, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Transport, commented:

“With Brad’s appointment following the addition of leading ship finance partner Brian Devine to the New York office earlier this year, we now add to our renowned aircraft finance practice led by Jim Tussing, two of the best known and most highly respected ship finance practitioners in New York. New York’s world leading capital markets and debt capital markets and its unrivalled access to private equity have made it increasingly important to the global shipping industry, and it is very much our intention to continue to grow our practice both at the partner and associate level.”

Berman, who is recognized in Chambers USA and Chambers Global in shipping finance, said:

“Norton Rose Fulbright’s global practice is well-known in the shipping industry, and the New York office is well-positioned to work with clients in the US and worldwide. My shipping clients also seek a wide span of other legal services, from capital markets transactions to litigation and tax advice, and Norton Rose Fulbright's well-established teams in these areas are on point to provide that range of offerings.”

Berman is Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Associate Members Committee, President of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s 501 (c) (3) Education Foundation and a past Chair of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Admiralty Committee. He received his JD from New York Law School, his MBA from City University of New York Baruch College and his BBA from George Washington University. Berman is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Florida.