The tenth annual Capital Link Greek Shipping Forum held in Athens last week attracted 1,200 key players in the shipping industry, including influential members of the financial community.
The Forum, established in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, focused on current trends and the outlook for the global economy as these relate to energy and shipping markets.
Nicolas Bornozis, the president of Capital Link, stated in his welcoming remarks “This year marks the ten-year anniversary for this forum, which we are delighted about. I would like to thank all our sponsors and especially our leading sponsor, the Bank of Communications. We established a presence in China four years ago and are proud of the friendships we have forged so far.”
Other subjects addressed during the Forum were the critical challenges the industry faces today related to geopolitical and regulatory developments, and the transformational impact of technology.
Maritime Finance was another core subject, with a special focus on bank finance, capital markets, alternative funding mechanisms and private equity. There was particular attention to Asian leasing alternatives including Chinese, Korean and Japanese leasing options. A panel of prominent Chinese leasing firms were present at the Forum.
In spite of volatile markets and economic downturns, Greek shipping professionals have consistently adapted to changing conditions, seeking outgrowth and opportunity rather than yielding to temporary circumstances.
Greek shipping remains vital to the maritime economy. Vessels from Greece constitute approximately 20 percent of the world’s total shipping fleet.
Founded in 1995, Capital Link is a New York-based firm which specializes in investor relations, financial communications and investor advising. It has a strategic focus on the maritime, commodities and energy sectors, as well as MLPs, Closed-End Funds and ETFs.
Based in New York City, Capital Link also has presences in London, Athens & Oslo.