Marstrat introduces ship finance specialist Raymond Ko as new partner. Trained as a shipping financier, Raymond has supported the development of many shipping companies in Western Europe, but also in Greece, the Middle East and Russia by structuring loans to clients’ needs and capabilities and advising on corporate finance and capital raisings. More recently he managed a sizable equity portfolio of non-public shipping investments on behalf of a large Dutch bank.
With 18 years of maritime financial services and investment experience Marstrat is very happy Raymond joined the team and will contribute to build-up Marstrat’s capabilities towards clients. Raymond: “I aim to help companies improve and grow their business by strengthening or establishing relationships with for example providers of funding and use my network to develop or execute new ideas.”
CEO Martin Bloem: “Within Marstrat we share the passion for everything that floats. We bring the various disciplines together and we are sure Raymond’s experiences as shipping banker and having learned from highly volatile markets and crises adds true value to the team.”
Raymond: “Now looking as an outsider to the banking industry whilst working with maritime entrepreneurs, I experience how the sector distrusts banks. It will take a long time to regain that trust and I believe both banker and ship-owner should invest more time to understand each other. I am sure this will open up the support for well thought proposals, whether for growth, complex restructurings or innovative projects.”
The Marstrat team is keen to help you to take important steps for the future.