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John F. Imhof Jr.


Main Biography

John F. Imhof Jr. is a Partner in the New York office of Seward & Kissel LLP focusing on maritime and transportation finance. John has more than twenty-five years of experience advising lenders, lessors, investors, borrowers and lessees in the domestic and cross-border financing of and investments in transportation and logistics assets, including ships, shipping containers, aircraft, railroad rolling stock and related infrastructure. Most of his experience is in finance and includes working with 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. John 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 received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.


John’s recent experience includes advising:
  • a New York based private equity fund manager as administrative agent, and one of its funds as lender, in connection with a US$70 million senior term loan facility to finance the acquisition of a United States domestic air chartering company and secured in part by sixty-eight United States registered aircraft;
  • 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;
  • Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, in connection with the purchase of 25,000 Series B Convertible Preferred Shares issued by Euroseas Ltd.;
  • 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;
  • Alterna Capital Partners LLC and Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk AS in connection with the formation of a joint venture to purchase and manage dry bulk carriers of between 30,000 and 60,000 DWT;
  • 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;
  • a Japanese bank as creditor and mortgagee of twelve vessels in connection with the U.S. Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Eastwind Maritime Inc.;
  • a New York based hedge fund in connection with the exchange of US$254 million of 6.5% senior convertible debentures for 8.125% convertible debentures secured in part by U.S. and Dominica flagged offshore supply vessels and related collateral;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • New York based private equity funds in connection with their US$745 million acquisition of Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation, the former equipment leasing subsidiary of Pitney Bowes, Inc.;
  • a major U.S. bank in connection with the US$214 million leveraged lease financing of two McDonnell-Douglas MD11 aircraft for a major European airline; and
  • a major German bank in connection with the US$50 million lease financing of reefers and dry shipping containers for a South American shipping company.



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

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