Transportation, Shipping & Logistics

In industry sectors characterized by globalization, market consolidation, and rising fuel costs, transportation, shipping, and logistics companies need new strategies to meet the growing opportunities and challenges. Mintz Levin’s attorneys are not simply transportation, shipping, and logistics lawyers. We are corporate lawyers with in-depth transportation, shipping, and logistics experience — a distinction that allows us to stay abreast of all your business issues and to import ideas and novel structures used in other industries.

We provide legal counsel to transportation industry clients as well as work with shipping companies in both the wet and dry sectors and logistics companies that are oceangoing and engaged in rail or river transport. We also provide services to traditional public shipping companies and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) in a number of areas.

Capital Market Transactions
It is our job to help your business achieve its objectives. We have represented the corporate interests of clients in the transportation, shipping, and logistics industries in complex capital raising as well as in contract negotiations. Our attorneys handle corporate transactions of all kinds, including IPOs and follow-on offerings, Rule 144A offerings, offshore offerings under Regulation S, private equity offerings, and structured finance and securitization transactions. We can also assist your company in becoming a US public company through a variety of ways, including IPOs, mergers into Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), reverse mergers, and public shells. We can also represent and advise your public company on stock exchange listings, SEC reporting requirements, and regulatory compliance.

Dispute Resolution
If a dispute arises as a result of a contract issue or another matter, our attorneys will help you resolve it in the most favorable way possible. We remain accountable to you throughout the entire dispute resolution process. Our litigators have a strong track record of success, including cases involving national consumer class action defense, securities litigation defense, product liability and toxic substance claims, insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, and bad faith litigation.

Government Relations
If you’re looking to win a public bid process or gain access to new ports or rights of way, our government relations consulting affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC, can help maximize the likelihood of your success. We have helped clients gain access to key airfreight terminals and truck loading docks. In addition, we have helped them win public bids, among other shipping and transportation matters.

Our immigration attorneys can guide you through securing work visas to bring employees to the United States or help you secure a US visa for yourself as an accomplished individual or investor. Our Immigration Practice is known for tenaciously representing companies, accomplished individuals, and investors in routine and extraordinary US immigration matters.

Insurance Coverage & Liability
With Mintz Levin, you know you have insurance attorneys with decades of experience and who will take a practical and pragmatic approach to your insurance or coverage issue. Our attorneys have handled the full range of commercial coverage and liability issues, including matters related to D&O coverage. We can advise you on risk management issues, policy review and negotiations as well as assist with due diligence for transactions.

We can provide you with the full range of legal services you need to operate within the United States, including real estate, employment, immigration, litigation, tax, and other services. We have represented shipping clients in Asia, South America, and throughout Europe.

We know the unique tax issues that transportation, shipping, and logistics businesses face from our experience representing our clients in these industry sectors. Our attorneys can advise you on the tax issues impacting your business, including providing guidance on such matters as qualifying for the 883 US tax exemption and Passive Foreign Investment Company (PVC) issues.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of a federal court suit filed by an ex-employer against three employees who left to join a competitor in the shipping industry.
  • Represent a railyard owner in the negotiation of a comprehensive agreement with an operator, the investigation of site conditions, and future cleanup and reuse.
  • Represented Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA.U) in its $90 million public offering in August 2010. Among the many offerings that we have done for Navios and its affiliates, in 2008, we completed Navios’s IPO of approximately $253 million, which made Navios the first SPAC initially listed on the NYSE.
  • Represented Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation in its $457.7 million acquisition of assets.
  • Secured local and state approvals for transit-oriented housing redevelopment of a historic waterfront industrial site in Salem, Massachusetts, on behalf of a major national rental apartment developer. The project involved significant coordination with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Highway Department to implement project pedestrian, bicycle path, and other waterfront recreational amenities integrated with the adjacent MBTA North Shore commuter rail line and station on one project boundary and a bypass road on the other project boundary.

Clients We Serve

  • Investment and commercial banks focused on shipping
  • NYSE- and Nasdaq-listed companies
  • Other participants in the shipping industry, such as individual vessel owners
  • Privately owned companies

Representative Clients

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
  • Massachusetts Port Authority