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About Us

RMK Maritime is an independent, maritime advisory and investment firm based in London and New York.

The maritime industry enjoyed an unprecedented boom amongst all major sectors during the last decade, which culminated in substantial global fleet growth. As a record orderbook began to deliver, demand slowed due to the financial crisis. It quickly became clear that the traditional capital structures and debt profiles were ill suited for the volatility of a highly cyclical industry.

As the maritime industry emerges from this downturn, it is the belief of RMK that this capital-intensive industry needs to consolidate, improve transparency and become more institutional investor friendly with a broader array of financing options.

RMK, with our 75 collective years of maritime finance experience, expects to be at the center of this next investment cycle and we look forward to advising our diverse client base on the most creative and sensible ways of investing in this essential global industry.


Services

Client Base

  • Deal Sourcing
  • Financing
  • Management
  • Monetizing (exit)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Institutional Capital (hedge funds, PE, family offices)
  • Ship-owners
  • Commercial End-Users
  • Commercial Banks
  • Commodity Traders

The Management

Richard Moore

Richard Moore is co-founder and Managing Director of RMK Maritime. Richard has worked in commercial shipping and finance for more than 20 years. He has worked in the ship owning, finance and broking industries, and previously sat on the Board of a Greek tanker company.

Prior to co-founding RMK Maritime, Richard ran SynCap Marine Limited a London based ship broking and investment company and its predecessor company Synergy Finance, established in 1999. The company structured over $3 billion of shipping assets under tax and non-tax reflected leases for ship owners and direct investments on behalf of private equity clients. SynCap Marine was set up to manage the vessels and investments on behalf of investors.

Richard originally trained as a tanker broker with Giles Pritchard-Gordon Ltd and as a sale & purchase broker with Hintz Lea Davis Limited and with Braemar Seascope PLC. He is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

 
 

Michael T. Kirk

Michael Kirk is co-founder and Managing Director of RMK Maritime. At RMK, he focuses primarily on financial analysis and structuring. He has worked in finance for more than 12 years, the last 9 of which have been in maritime finance.

Prior to co-founding RMK Maritime, he founded MTK Capital, LLC a US-based maritime advisory boutique that was active in helping match institutional investors with maritime opportunities, in the year before co-founding RMK, he raised $80M for DHT Holdings (NYSE: DHT), a crude tanker company and $32M for a private US-based drybulk owner-operator. Both transactions were led by large US-based funds.

Within the maritime financial sector, Michael has worked at Dahlman Rose & Co. as a Vice President and DVB Bank AG as an Associate Vice President in the London office. Prior to DVB, he worked at HSBC in London in the Energy & Utilities Investment Banking Group. Michael graduated from Columbia University with a concentration in Economics.

 
 

Alan Pinto

Alan Pinto is a Managing Partner at RMK Maritime. Alan has 20 years of experience in finance, most recently at Dahlman Rose and Co, where he helped establish and grow its institutional distribution platform, from the firm's inception in 2003.

While at Dahlman Rose, Alan advised the largest Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds in the industry on investments in Maritime, Energy, Mining, Agriculture, Commodity Chemicals, Ground and Air Transport and Precious Metals. Alan was also the sole individual on Dahlman's distribution team to place strategic, private investments in Maritime green-field private equity transactions, as well as structured, distressed investments. Alan graduated Georgetown University with a concentration in Economics.

 
 

Mark McCarthy

Mark McCarthy has spent over 25 years working in ship finance. Mark’s career commenced in the Royal Bank of Scotland in the 1980's where he was first introduced to the shipping industry. Following Royal Bank, he spent several years at Berliner Bank in London, charged with building up the bank's shipping portfolio and taking responsibility for a number of complex recovery cases within the legacy loan book.

Mark also worked for six years as a ship finance consultant and adviser at Eurofin and Seascope Capital (Braemar Seascope). In 2002, Mark joined Sovereign Finance (Alliance & Leicester) to build up a ship finance portfolio of UK tax lease and debt transactions, building the book to a peak exposure of US$3.5 billion, encompassing operating and finance leases, as well as bilateral and syndicated debt.

Most recently and prior to joining RMK Maritime, Mark was responsible for the Shipping Portfolio at Santander Bank (prior to acquisition by Banco Santander, Alliance & Leicester Bank) and ultimately winding down the shipping book following the banks' change in strategy. Mark dealt with numerous restructuring, including efficient exit of tax leases, debt restructuring and security enforcement.

The Team

Ben Cooke

Ben Cooke is an associate in the London office of RMK Maritime with a focus on Dry Bulk, Tanker and Offshore sectors.

Ben has worked at SynCap Marine where he transacted sale and purchase and chartering transactions for an exclusive client base. Prior to this, he trained at Cass Maritime, one of South Korea’s largest shipbrokers, in their London office.

Ben holds a BA Hons degree in Marketing and Management from Newcastle University and has recently qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, with a concentration in Shipping Finance and the Offshore Support Industry.

 
 

Bryan Guadagno

Bryan Guadagno is an analyst at the RMK Maritime New York office with a focus on financial analysis and structuring.

Prior to joining RMK Maritime, Bryan specialized in personal finance with Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC, where he aided in portfolio management of client net worth in excess of $225M.

Bryan holds a BS in Finance from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business and is an active member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a member of the Young Shipping Professionals of New York.

 
 

Kerry Kirk

Kerry Kirk is an analyst at the RMK Maritime New York office. She provides financial analysis in support of the Company’s investments, as well as marketing and communications for the New York and London offices.

Previous to working at RMK Maritime, Kerry worked at MTK Capital, LLC with a focus on public equities analysis and marketing. Prior to MTK she worked at Bummer Baskets, a New York based start-up, which she co-founded.

Kerry is an active member of the Young Shipping Professionals of New York and attended Purdue University where she majored in English Literature.

 
 

Harriet Dennison

Harriet Dennison is an analyst in the London office of RMK Maritime.

Before joining RMK Maritime, Harriet worked as a junior account executive at Story PR, a London based public relations firm. Prior to moving to London, she worked in the offshore support vessel market for Northumberland based Sure Wind Marine, an owner/operator of OSV's.

Harriet studied for 3 years in France where she has an BA in French from the University of London Institute in Paris.

 
 


Contact

New York Office
408 West 14th St.
2nd Floor
New York, New York 10014
United States
+1 646.762.7450

London Office
3rd Floor Moreau House
116 Brompton Rd.
London, SW3 1JJ
United Kingdom
+44 20.7186.2244


info@RMKmaritime.com