• Biography

    Mark Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime and legal fields, including time as a captain of a ship. Mark advises a wide range of clients operating across the maritime sector, including oil majors, owners, managers, banks, lessors, private equity and shipbuilders in negotiation and documentation of large scale and complex maritime and offshore projects as well as advising on ownership structures, construction, sale and purchase, financing, management, operation, pooling, repair and refit of all types of vessels, including offshore units, wind turbine installation vessels and superyachts.

    Mark is recommended lawyer in the shipping section of the 2021 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms who report ‘Mark Johnson is cooperative and proactive in his advice.’ Legal 500 go on further to say that ‘(Andreas Silcher} and Mark Johnson are highly experienced, personable and sensible. They follow instructions diligently, offer commercial and constructive suggestions and have a deep understanding of the market in which they are operating – and tailor their work accordingly. They are excellent at prioritising work within the team – and identifying/delegating the correct team-member to carry it out.’

    Experience includes:

    • Acting a leading owner/operators of jack-up installation vessels in relation to the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts with various builders for new jack-up installation vessels to service offshore wind projects.
    • Acting for the buyer in distressed ship sale and purchase (US$200 million plus) of a deep water pipelayer and construction vessel and associated remotely operated vehicles (including coordination of cross jurisdictional and bankruptcy risk matters).
    • Acting for an offshore drilling unit owner/operator in relation to the sale and recycling arrangements for its rigs.
    • Acting for an oil major in the disposal of its entire tanker fleet.
    • Acting for the buyer in the distressed sale and purchase (US$ 400 million plus) of a semi-submersible drilling rig from shipbuilder.
    • Acting for the vessel owner/operator in relation to provision of coal transhipment services to power stations in various jurisdictions (including associated shipbuilding and conversion contracts, financing and leasing arrangements).
    • Drafting pro-forma ship sale and purchase agreements for one of world’s largest container lines.
    • Acting for a commodities house in relation to numerous (new build and second-hand) ship sale and lease back transactions.
    • Advising a financier in relation to FPSO construction project.
    • Advising the owner/operator on various FPSO construction, conversion and charter matters.
    • Advising a ship owner in relation Yamal ice-class LNGC project (including shipbuilding, chartering and sale and purchase contracts).
    • Acting for a shipbuilder in respect of negotiation of a bespoke ocean mining vessel.
    • Acting for a government borrower in relation to export credit financing of various shipbuilding contracts.
    • Acting for the owner in the negotiation of refit arrangements for a superyacht.
    • Acting for a shipbuilder in the preparation of a pro-forma superyacht construction contract.
    • Represented a private client in the negotiations of the purchase (US$200 million plus) and later sale of one of the world’s largest superyachts.

    Mark also assists clients, has had articles published and has spoken at events on a diverse range of maritime related matters from Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) to heightened political tensions in the Middle East.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • LL.B., College of Law, 2008
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, 2007
    • B.Sc., Royal Holloway, University of London, 1998
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales
  • Languages

    • Dutch