Aran has worked for over 20 years in finance of which he spent 17 years at Lazard, specialising in the global shipping and offshore sectors.

Since 2009, Aran has advised on many significant shipping restructuring transactions, working extensively with senior creditors on deals such as Genmar, Torm, OSG, Clipper, Excel Maritime, Primorsk and Eagle Bulk.  In addition, Aran successfully closed many M&A transactions including UASC’s merger with Hapag Lloyd, Torm’s merger with Oaktree’s product tanker fleet, HMM’s sale of its LNG business, and the sale of VShips to Omers.

Before specialising in shipping, Aran was a generalist banker at Lazard, focused on Nordic and European M&A and restructuring.  He started his career in corporate finance at S. G. Warburg (UBS) before becoming a fund manager in Moscow with Prosperity Capital Management.

Aran studied at Durham University and holds a joint Honours degree in French and Russian.