Paul Slater, Chairman and CEO of First International Corporation.
Paul is a global financial advisor to the maritime and energy industries. He is recognized as a leading authority on international project finance, maritime economics and marine safety and is a regular contributor to trade and international press on such matters.
Paul brings significant experience to bear in connection with mergers and acquisitions, project finance, placements of debt and equity and troubled company matters, particularly in the maritime industry.
Paul also served as Senior Principal for Qorval, a nationwide organization focusing on corporate restructuring, renewal, turnaround, crisis and interim management needs and opportunities.
From 1980 to 2000, Paul was Chairman and CEO of First International Shipping Corporation, which focused on international project finance and investment for shipping and ocean transportation, including asset finance and leasing of ships and other transportation assets. In this capacity, Paul raised more than $5 billion in equity and debt for international shipping projects.
Early in his career, Paul formed the first maritime merchant bank, Oceanic Finance Corporation based in Bermuda. The equity came from four major Canadian corporations, including Power Corp and Great West Life, and debt from the leading Canadian Banks.
Paul received his education from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, where he is an Associate and a Fellow. He is a member of numerous maritime associations and served as Founding Chairman of The Maritime Industry Foundation. A past member of the Executive Committee of Intertanko, the worldwide organisation that represents the interests of independent tanker owners.
A Freeman of the City of London, Paul is a member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.