Federal Maritime Regulatory

Foley’s highly experienced Federal Maritime Regulatory Practice has the resources necessary to serve the unique needs of our maritime industry clients and the broad range of regulatory and legal matters they face.

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Led by a naval architect and former naval officer with more than 35 years of experience in counseling U.S.- and foreign-based maritime industry clients, we practice before the Federal Maritime Commission, the U.S. Maritime Administration, and other federal agencies having jurisdiction over shipping and transportation.We regularly advise clients on regulatory issues affecting owners, charterers, shippers and consignees of cargo, and terminal operators on a broad range of maritime matters, including: 

  • Cruise line operations
  • Tariffs and service agreements
  • Freight forwarder and NVO licensing
  • Cross-border trade
  • State-owned carriers

In maritime transactional matters, we negotiate and structure maritime business ventures, financings, and acquisitions using our extensive experience in the maritime industry, including its technical and operational aspects, as well as our in-depth knowledge of the business of shipping.