Mark Johnson, a transactional lawyer, former naval officer and ship captain, has joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a London partner in the firm’s shipping practice.
Mr Johnson has advised on the construction, sale and purchase, financing, management, operation and ownership of all types of vessels.
“Mark’s considerable maritime and legal experience gained over 20 years will add significantly to the existing shipping practice of our London office. I am certain that his in-depth sector knowledge, acquired in acting for major oil companies, shipowners, offshore contractors and their financiers, will prove to be of great benefit to the firm’s shipping and offshore client base generally,” said Haynes and Boone senior partner Simon Curtis.
“In Simon Curtis, you have the person who literally wrote the book on shipbuilding contracts, and the firm has so many excellent complementary practices, including litigation, arbitration, and restructuring,” said Mr Johnson.
He was attracted to Haynes and Boone by its collegiate culture and dedication to providing tailored, personalised service to clients.
“The culture is similar to my previous employment in the Royal Navy, where one is a part of something bigger than oneself and success is achieved by working as a team for a common objective,” Mr Johnson said. He added “That ethos is important and in the legal sector can enable an external counsel to become a real member of the client’s team working to successfully achieve the client’s goals.”
Mr Johnson served 13 years in the Royal Navy, with a wide variety of posts including boarding office, navigating officer, and exchange officer (to the Royal Dutch Navy). He also served as a captain of a patrol boat through 2005 and 2006 – an appointment which included planning and directing the deployment of multiple patrol vessels in addition to his own.
Most recently, Mr Johnson handled a broad range of matters, including advising companies in connection with building, acquiring, and disposing of vessels and rigs in the offshore oil and gas sector as well as negotiating the workout and restructuring of shipbuilding contracts.
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