Ownership

The Turkish Yildirim holding guarantees the financial support with the Sealease mgt providing the charter market experience.

On April 19th 2011 The YILDIRIM Group, a Turkish-based family owned conglomerate, acquired 75,11% of the Belgian Company SEALEASE S.A. The other 24,89% stake remains in the hands of the three founders of the company who will continue the day-to-day management.

For YILDIRIM, this acquisition is the second investment in the shipping and vessels operation business in Europe since November 2010, after the injection of US$ 500 million into the French container liner giant CMA-CGM, which provided them a 20% share in the company.

The Sealease management has been seeking this agreement with YILDIRIM since it provides the company with substantial financial means to respond to the growing demand of leasing solutions and added-value services of the marine industry across the globe.

The new board of directors is a unique blend of financial strength and market expertise; as majority shareholder YILDIRIM has 3 seats (including Mr. Robert Yuksel Yildirim, CEO of Yildirim) whereas the Sealease day-to-day management will have 2 seats and votes to secure continuity. 

The growth potential is significant with a plan to boost the assets in the next few years, both in the existing segments as well as in new product lines. The Sealease management is proud of the acquisition since "it enables us to tap into YILDIRIM's credit lines in addition to the existing bank relation and endorse the Sealease credo -We Sea No Limit."

Managing Directors of Sealease and their contact details are as follows:

  • Mr. Philippe Wirtz (+32-476-520463) at philippe.wirtz at sealease dot com
  • Mr. Luc Verstraete (+32-470-528844) at luc.verstraete at sealease dot com

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