John Sinders has played a significant role in developing investment banking for shipping and offshore oil services companies since the mid-1980's. He started his banking career at Howard Weil (MD and Director of Energy Investment Banking), then went to Jefferies & Company (Executive Vice President and Global Head of Transportation, Oil Service and Infrastructure Banking) and followed with a stint at RBC (Global Head of Energy Banking). In 1996, John founded the Maritime and Offshore Group at Jefferies and built it into one of the most prominent maritime specialists on Wall Street. Over his career, he has raised over $35 billion of capital in equity, debt and convertible securities transactions. He also pioneered the yield-oriented and sale-leaseback shipping structure on Wall Street that has seen so much success to date.
Mr. Sinders is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a Director of Mercator Lines Limited (listed on the SGX). Mr. Sinders is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Joint-bookrunner for TFS Corporation's $150.0 million senior secured notes and warrants offerings. TFS Corporation is the world's largest manager of sustainable Indian sandalwood plantations and a vertically integrated sandalwood products company based in Australia. Advised on private placement of preferred stocks for Project Shepherd.