Are Capital Markets Open for Shipping?



TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014, 11:00 AM ET

(4:00 PM LONDON) (5:00 PM PARIS) (6:00 PM ATHENS) (11:00 PM HONG KONG)



  • Overall market: IPO and follow on offerings overview
  • Shipping : Capital Raising Activity by Instruments: 
    • Equities
    • Debt
    • MLPs   
  • Identifying the Investor base; Investor attitudes; Recent deals and what to expect for the future
  • Capital raising possibilities for
    • US listed big, mid and small cap companies
    • non-US listed shipping companies
  • Requirements for a successful capital markets offering
  • IR - Maximizing the potential of the US capital markets 



   Sofia Kalomenidis
   Partner, Central & Southeast Europe - Markets Leader

Sofia is the Central and Southeast Europe Accounts/Business Development Leader and Capital Markets Leader within EY. She has over 28 years of experience in audit services.

She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and member of the Institute of Certified Auditors-Accountants in Greece. Sofia has been working with other regional offices as US GAAP expert and is the Capital Markets Leader for CSE.

Sofia has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and International Business from New York University and a MBA in International Finance from Baruch College.


   Jeffrey Pribor
   Managing Director & Global Head of Maritime
   Jefferies LLC

Jeffrey D. Pribor is Global Head of Shipping Investment Banking at Jefferies LLC Previously, Jeff was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Maritime Corporation, one of the world's leading tanker shipping companies, from September 2004 to February 2013. Major accomplishments during his tenure at General Maritime included successful hostile takeover defense, a leveraged recapitalization with a $500 million special dividend to shareholders, a major financial restructuring in 2011 involving replacement of existing secured debt held by 20 banks with approximately $1 billion of debt and common equity. Most recently, Mr. Pribor guided General Maritime through a pre-arranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding which resulted in substantial reduction in total debt from $1.4 billion to $800 million and annual debt service reduction from $175 million to $44 million, anchored by a $200 million new money equity investment from Oaktree Capital Partners.

Prior to General Maritime, from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and President of DnB NOR Markets, Inc., the U.S. investment banking division of DnB NOR Bank ASA, one of the world's leading shipping banks, responsible for mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory services and U.S. capital market activities for the bank's shipping, offshore, logistics and energy clients. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Group Head of Transportation Banking at ABN AMRO, Inc. where he was responsible for all commercial and investment banking activities for shipping and other transportation companies in North America. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Sector Head of Transportation and Logistics investment banking for ING Barings. He also worked for over 10 years in the mergers and acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch, and as an attorney in the corporate and banking law practice of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Mr. Pribor holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

   Wiley Griffiths 
   Managing Director, Investment Banking Division
   Morgan Stanley

Wiley Griffiths in an Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley's Global Shipping Team. Based out of Morgan Stanley's New York office, Wiley advises clients throughout the maritime and leasing industries. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2000, Wiley spent eight years at Ernst & Young as an Audit Principal, specializing in transportation

In his 14 years at Morgan Stanley, Wiley has completed numerous strategic advisory and financing transactions including the IPOs of Ardmore, Dynagas Partners, Navigator Holdings, Costamare, Baltic Trading, Scorpio Tankers, among others. Wiley and his team have led 18 capital markets transactions since the beginning of 2013

Wiley received his MBA with Honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver

   Eric Schless
   Managing Director, Head of Transportation and Logistics Investment Banking
   Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Eric Schless is a managing director in the Industrials Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities and heads the Transportation and Logistics practice. He is based in New York.

Eric joined Wells Fargo in 2005 and has more than 25 years of investment banking experience. He has focused on building a group to cover all aspects of the transportation and logistics industries. He has been responsible for numerous book-run debt and equity transactions and advisory assignments for domestic and international shipping companies, Class 1 and short line railroads, rail supply companies, trucking companies, equipment lessors, and logistics providers.

Eric previously worked at Bear Stearns and Schroders, where he established and built their transportation practices.

Eric received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was a contributor to and a member of the editorial board of the Law Review.

   Nicolas Bornozis
   Capital Link, Inc.

Since 1996 Mr. Nicolas Bornozis is the founder, President and CEO of Capital Link, Inc., an international investor relations and financial advisory group. It assists listed companies and capital markets related organizations to develop and maintain access to European and North American investors. Capital Link has offices in New York, London and Athens and is a leader in investor relations for listed shipping companies, U.S. Closed-End Funds and ETFs and international companies accessing the U.S. and European markets.

He also established and managed, Alexander Capital, L.P, a US broker-dealer firm, which developed brokerage and investment banking business in North America with the Greek, Egyptian and Russian markets. Sold the company at the end of 2003 to a group of US investors representing Russian interests. Between 1998 and 2002, he also established and managed Alexander Asset Management, Inc. which handled portfolios invested in the Greek and European equity markets.

Prior to Capital Link (1988-1995), he served as President and CEO of CCF International Finance Corp. (CCF IFC), the US broker/dealer subsidiary of Credit Commercial de France, now part of HSBC, and worked at the International Department of Bankers Trust Company in New York (1982-1984) and then at the Commercial Banking operation of CCF in New York (1985-1987) focusing on the financing of Wall Street firms and shipping.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1982) and a Law Degree from the University of Athens (1979), in Greece with specialization in commercial and corporate law and is a graduate of Athens College in Greece.

For a period of twelve years he was a Visiting Lecturer on International Banking and Finance at the City University Business School (Department for Shipping Trade and Finance) in London, United Kingdom. Also, he served as Chairman of the Investment Management Committee of the Harvard Business School Club in New York.


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Capital Link is a New York-based advisory, investor relations, and financial communications firm. Capitalizing on our in-depth knowledge of the shipping industry and capital markets, Capital Link has made a strategic commitment to the industry, becoming the largest provider of investor relations and financial communications services to international shipping companies listed on the U.S. and European Exchanges. Capital Link's headquarters are in New York with a presence in London and Athens. Capital Link is a member of the Baltic Exchange. In addition to the two recognitions from the Intercontinental Finance Magazine, Capital Link won in 2011 a Lloyds List Greek Shipping Award for its contribution to the shipping industry.

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