Helvetic Marine Capital SA

Your trusted partner and advisor in ship finance and maritime investments

Helvetic Marine Capital is the ship finance & investment advisory arm of IFCHOR. Established in Lausanne in July 2017, HMC delivers bespoke solutions to shipping and industrial companies with activities in the dry bulk and tanker markets.

Our team consists of experts with complementary long standing experience in banking and investment services. We strive to provide Swiss quality services with an entrepreneurial mindset, a global perspective, agility and discretion.


Debt & Equity financing on project + corporate level

  • Bilateral loans
  • Alternative capital raising (mezzanine finance, sale & leaseback structures, preferred equity schemes)
  • Equity raising
  • Business planning
  • Debt and investment advisory
  • Hunting licenses
  • Export Credit Agency (ECA) financing schemes
  • Debt restructuring and resolution

Investment services

  • Origination and development of shipping investment opportunities (from A to Z)
  • Business planning and investment material (teasers/memos)
  • Full-scale advisory services on shipping investments/structures
  • Private Banking and Wealth Management (in collaboration with selected family offices)


 Article in TradeWinds, September 28th, 2017 
 Article in LeTemps, February 20th, 2018 

Meet the team

Régis Cazé (46y old) – Director

French/Swiss: born in Africa and raised in the Middle East, in Switzerland since 1993, married with 2 children

  • Studied finance and marketing in Paris, Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG)
  • 25 years in ship finance: started 1994 with Paribas in Geneva, then BCV, BNPP and Credit Suisse
  • Last 12 years at CS as Head of Ship Finance for South Europe/MEA and India (portfolio size: U$ 2.5 billion)
  • Special emphasis on Turkey & Italy, markets followed during last 20 years w/o interruption
  • Instrumental in expanding the portfolio to its all-time high from 2005 to 2017, w/o losses
  • Some clients managed for decades, dealing with families from generation to generation

Contact :

Place Pépinet 1, Lausanne 1003 – Switzerland
TEL : +41 21 310 31 31 // MOBILE : +41 78 691 97 00

Kosmas Theofilopoulos (38y old) – Director

Greek: born in Athens, has worked in 5 countries in Europe and the Middle East, in Switzerland since 2009, married with 2 children

  • MBA at IMD (Lausanne), BSc in Economics from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • 17 years work experience in shipping finance & technology
  • 8 years with a Greek shipowner on the financial & commercial fronts
  • 5 years with shipping technology companies
  • Joined IFCHOR in 2014 as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development
  • Expertise in investment analysis & business development
  • Envisioned HMC and launched HMC as a subsidiary of IFCHOR with Régis Cazé


Contact :

Place Pépinet 1, Lausanne 1003 – Switzerland
TEL : +41 21 310 31 31 // MOBILE : +41 78 817 43 64