• District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Ohio State University, BS, summa cum laude
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Brett M. Esber


Washington, DC v. +1.202.944.3059 f. +1.202.572.8367

Brett Esber practices in the areas of international and domestic commercial transactions, corporate law, and finance, with a particular emphasis on representing companies involved in the maritime industry.  His experience related to the maritime industry includes:

  • vessel construction and finance
  • vessel charters and contracts of affreightment
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • vessel acquisitions and sales
  • corporate structuring and transfer pricing issues

He also represents shipping companies before the U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

Mr. Esber is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to the maritime industry.


  • Oil major in risk assessment of shipping activities related to crude oil and chemical trading activities.
  • Vessel owner and operator in negotiation and closing of $250 million asset-backed revolving credit facility.
  • U.S. flag operator in $275 million leveraged lease financing of container vessels.
  • U.S. shipyard and leasing company in $850 million transaction to build and charter product tankers for operation in the U.S. domestic trades, including negotiation of senior secured credit facility.
  • Privately-owned tug/barge operator in all commercial and finance aspects of fleet renewal and expansion program, including negotiation of shipbuilding contracts, financing and charter agreements.
  • International liner shipping company in investigation before the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
  • U.S.-based auto parts manufacturer in joint venture with German auto parts manufacturer to jointly manufacture and sell auto parts in Europe.
  • German-based diesel engine manufacturer in joint venture with U.S. defense contractor to submit bid to re-engine the M-1 Abrams tank.
  • Non-U.S. based fruit company in U.S. transfer pricing audit.
  • Bermuda-based shipping company in $250 million transaction involving construction and cross-border lease financing of refrigerator cargo vessels.
  • Bermuda-based shipping company in joint venture with Danish shipping company to establish and operate eight-vessel Trans-Pacific service.