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Commodities disputes in London

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co ‘continues to impress combining high-quality advice with practical application‘. International trade and commodities is a key market sector for the firm, which has a specialist trade global practice group focused entirely on addressing the increasingly complex business needs of commodity traders. It has a deep bench of specialists in hard and soft commodities, oil, gas and all other markets, many of whom handle disputes under GAFTA and FOSFA rules, as well as in the LMAA, LCIA, ICC and SIAC fora. Commodities specialist Marko Kraljevic leads the practice, in which Hatty Sumption is a key adviser to major international commodity trading groups. Commodities and dry shipping specialist Eurof Lloyd-Lewis ‘has a thorough knowledge of the law and knows the practical issues that play a role in dispute resolution‘. John Whittaker acts for commodity and natural resources companies in trading disputes, and Michael Swangard is a commodities arbitration specialist. International commercial disputes partner Eleanor Coates ‘provides legally detailed and commercially astute advice‘. Legal director Tara Smith has significant experience of the main arbitral fora, and consultant Clare Hatcher has a strong track record in ground-breaking projects in the trade and commodities space.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marko Kraljevic

Autres avocats clés:

Hatty Sumption; Tara Smith; Eurof Lloyd-Lewis; Michael Swangard; Eleanor Coates; John Whittaker; Clare Hatcher

Les références

‘Clyde & Co continues to impress combining high-quality advice with practical application.’

‘Solid, residual knowledge of the commodities trading industry and associated shipping matters.’

‘Flexibility when it comes to billing.’

‘Eleanor Coates is an excellent partner. She is user-friendly and provides legally detailed and commercially astute advice.’

‘We mostly work with Eurof Lloyd-Lewis and we are very pleased with the provided services. Besides a thorough knowledge of the law, he also knows the practical issues that play a role in dispute resolution.’

‘The team is highly experienced, and combines detailed legal knowledge with an incredibly commercially focussed approach to providing advice.’

‘The team is very user friendly, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Eleanor Coates: excellent Client Partner, ready to make herself available at short notice and diligent in her responses.’

‘Eleanor Coates is our key contact, an outstanding practitioner.’

Principaux clients

Vitol

Glencore

Stemcor

Freepoint Commodities

Ronly

Liberty House Group

HFW

HFW ‘is unique in combining sector expertise with deep knowledge and understanding of litigation and arbitration procedure‘. ‘You can rest assured that every issue and matter is handled perfectly‘, remarks one client. The firm represents some of the world’s largest energy and commodity trading companies and banks. The London team, led by Alistair Feeney, who ‘never fails to give prompt, clear and relevant advice‘, works closely with specialists in key trading centres such as Paris, Geneva and Dubai. Standout partner Brian Perrott ‘has a highly commercial mind-set‘. The ‘extremely hands-on, intelligent and efficientDamian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including in physical and financial sales and purchases, and disputes. Judith Prior ‘has an abundant knowledge of applicable law and trade practices which she applies very well in her advisory work‘. The firm has a deep bench of associates, among them Michael Buffham and Stephanie Morton, who handle both contentious and transactional matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Feeney

Autres avocats clés:

Brian Perrott; Judith Prior; Damian Honey; Michael Buffham; Stephanie Morton

Les références

‘Judith Prior has an abundant knowledge of applicable law and trade practices which she applies very well in her advisory work. At the same time, she also takes into account the commercial aspects of the matter.’

‘The Commodities Disputes practice at HFW is unique in combining sector expertise (in commodity trading, shipping, shipbuilding and related disputes) with deep knowledge and understanding of litigation and arbitration procedure.’

‘Alistair Feeney is a true commodity disputes expert. He is intelligent and understands what makes my company tick. I can discuss any dispute or potential dispute with Alistair and he never fails to give prompt, clear and relevant advice.’

‘The people that we deal with in commodities team at HFW are impressive.’

‘Damian Honey is an extremely hands-on, intelligent and efficient.’

‘HFW has a top qualified team that covers every aspect of legal advice possible; they are highly client orientated and enable the clients to base their decisions on profound legal recommendation however HFW always have a strong understanding for commercial decisions.’

‘HFW uses a broad network of own subsidiaries and partner law firms; the team of HFW is available nearly 24/7, works together with you as a team if issues arise and you can rest assured that every issue and matter is handled perfectly.’

‘Brian Perrott stands out: he has a high commercial mind-set in comparison to a over the top knowledge of international trading law and litigation; it is always a pleasure to work with Brian.’

Principaux clients

BP Oil International Limited

Qatargas

ADNOC Trading

ADNOC Global Trading

Vitol

OMV

Eni

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Louis Dreyfus

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for BP Oil International Limited in a $12m claim in the Commercial Court in London against Glencore Energy UK Limited.
  • Acting for Hartree in respect of a dispute that has arisen out of a long-term storage agreement that Hartree concluded with Eurotank Amsterdam B.V.

Hill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson LLP, ‘the team is super-professional, with profound knowledge in our business and honest advice on every problem presented‘. As, ‘the premier commodities team in London‘, it is highly active in disputes concerning grains, seeds, pules, edible oils, fertilisers, cocoa and, most notably, sugar, as well as a wide range of energy products. Jeff Isaacs is ‘great to work with and one of the best opponents‘, remarks one market source. He and Andrew Buchmann have ‘great knowledge on every impact of English Law on every step of the international trade of commodities‘. Clients appreciate the ‘well-thought and tactical approach‘ of Paul Taylor, who is qualified in both English and French law. Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall have extensive experience in physical and financial oil transactions. Darren Wall has ‘legal expertise combined with the necessary armoury for legal battles‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeff Isaacs

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Buchmann; Paul Taylor; Paul Sinnott; Mark Aspinall; Darren Wall

Les références

‘The team is super-professional, with profound knowledge in our business and honest advice on every problem presented.’

‘They are bright, sometimes with different views on the same matter which widens our possibilities, great knowledge on every impact to the English Law governing our business, as well as on every step of the international trade of commodities.’

‘They are always reachable, with very quick replies, and very kind persons.’

‘Andrew Buchmann is very creative, detailed analyst, most eloquent, great in negotiations.’

‘Darren Wall – legal expertise combined with the necessary armoury for legal battles – the guy you want to have next to you when going into battle.’

‘Paul Taylor – rich experience in and knowledge of the trading business, with well-thought and tactical approach.’

‘They are the premier commodities team in London, they show genuine strength in depth, provide excellent quality work with a quick turnaround time and these are the reasons it makes them our preferred lawyers. They are a highly collaborative team who’s lawyers are always available.’

‘Andrew Buchmann is very clever, very effective and very responsive. His written submissions in commodities disputes are excellent. One of the best’s commodities lawyer around at the moment.’

Principaux clients

Addax

ADM

ADNOC & ADNOC L&S

Alliance Grain Traders

BP

Bunge

Cargill

COFCO

Czarnikow

Gerald Metals

Gunvor

HDI Global

MS Amlin

Nibulon SA

Tate & Lyle

The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London

Wilmar

Aceteira General Deheza SA

Island Energy Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Prakash Industries Limited who issued converted corporate bonds and now faces an alleged event of default and counterclaiming early redemption amounts and interest in excess of US$12.1m and damages in excess of US$10m.
  • Acting for AGT Foods Switzerland in the High Court against international collateral and stock managers Katoen Natie for alleged breach of a stock monitoring agreement in relation to raw cashew notes stored in the Ivory Coast.
  • Advising Islands Energy Group (IEG) on the terms of its 12 month gas supply agreement with its prime supplier with an estimated value of £3 million to £4 million per annum.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP provides ‘immediate access to expertise and sound advice, based not only on law but also on commercial considerations‘. The firm is a major force in physical commodities transactions, commodity and energy derivatives trading, commodity and trade financing, regulatory and compliance matters, and major cross-border disputes. Among its clients are some of the largest banks operating in the commodities markets, as well as oil and gas majors, mining companies and major commodity trading houses. In the energy and natural resources practice, led by Prajakt Samant, Andrew Meads is a sector specialist who handles a broad spectrum of physical commodities work and has ‘an acute awareness of commercial considerations and strategy beyond the purely legal position‘. Experienced partners Vassia Payiataki, Paul Skeet and Richard Swinburn are ‘ some of the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in the field‘. Up-and coming partners Frances Furness and Elizabeth Farrell are ‘stars of the future‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Prajakt Samant

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Meads; Vassia Payiataki; Richard Swinburn; Paul Skeet; Frances Furness; Elizabeth Farrell

Les références

‘Reed Smith provides excellent support and honest advice across a broad range of topics. Having immediate access to expertise and sound advice, based not only on law but also on commercial considerations, is critical. This, in my experience, distinguishes Reed Smith.’

‘Andy Meads is a truly special commodities lawyer. I never tire of recommending him, and I recommend him above anyone else in his field (his only real competitor retired a few years ago).’

‘Andrew Meads is always available to help; has a vast knowledge and experience of our industry as well as those who operate within it. Combined with a friendly and respectful manner, Andrew has great professional pride and integrity.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the subject matter. Extremely experience, good on both the strategy for disputes (large and small) and also the detail of the disputes.’

‘Excellent commercial approach and focused on delivering what best suits the clients needs. Write widely on new/market developments. Huge knowledge of the sector.’

‘Reactivity. Whatever the complexity or urgency of the issue, one can count on Reed Smith to take over. Their large network is very helpful, they always have good recommendation in case their firm cannot manage a specific case.’

‘Technically superb and very responsive. Solutions driven. Sensible about fees. Flexible and creative. They get the job done quickly and at a competitive price.’

‘Responsive, easy to work with. Good at delivering the best work product on time and knowing how to get the best results for the clients. Junior Partners Frances Furness and Elizabeth Farrell are excellent and stars of the future.’

Stephenson Harwood

Clients of Stephenson Harwood praise the firm’s ‘availability, transparency and knowhow‘, as well as its ‘professionalism in mastering the commodities issues‘. Acknowledged as a leading firm in physical commodities trading and shipping, its expertise extends to contentious matters, including matters in the High Court and before the ICC, LMAA and LCIA. Haris Zografakis leads the practice, bringing to bear his extensive experience in hard, soft and energy commodities. Peter Bennett is a standout partner for commodity, energy and trading matters. Emma Skakle is ‘clear-minded, pragmatic and a good leader‘ and has ‘ a burgeoning practice with a particular specialism in soft commodities‘. Jonathan Spearing is ‘a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Haris Zografakis

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Bennett; Emma Skakle; Jonathan Spearing

Les références

‘Jonathan Spearing is a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice. I only tend to instruct three lawyers and he is one of them.’

‘Peter Bennett, partner – a very safe pair of hands, very experienced.’

‘Emma Skakle is a junior partner with a burgeoning practice with a particular specialism in soft commodities. She is clear-minded, pragmatic and a good leader.’

‘Jonathan Spearing is a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice.’

‘Allround competence.’

‘Availability, transparency and knowhow.’

‘Professionalism in mastering the commodities issues.’

‘Good knowledge of commodities.’

Principaux clients

Mercuria

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Stemcor

Macquarie Bank

Steag

PDVSA

BASF Intertrade

Elinoil

Mabanaft

Sahara Energy Resources

Mills & Co

Mills & Co is a specialist commodities and international trade firm that, though it is based in Newcastle, competes with larger London firms for roles in contentious matters. One client remarks that it ‘offers ex-City of London calibre lawyers with top-notch commodities expertise and service to boot, at regional prices‘, adding that ‘real partner engagement is another key bonus‘. The firm frequently acts for major commodities trading houses, as well as large energy companies and industry associations. In 2021, the firm handled a growing volume of commodities work from large multi-national trading groups and smaller players alike, with clients based in Switzerland, London, Germany and Brazil. The ‘innately thorough and user-friendlyNeville Hopper and Jonathan Green (who is ‘always very quick off the mark‘) are the lead partners. ‘Both are go-to lawyers for soft commodities, GAFTA and FOSFA disputes‘, remarks a client.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neville Hopper; Jonathan Green

Les références

‘For me the draw is its offer of ex-City of London calibre lawyers with top-notch commodities expertise and service to boot, at regional prices. Actual and real partner engagement is another key bonus.’

‘Both Jonathan Green and Neville Hopper are my go-to lawyers for soft commodities GAFTA and FOSFA disputes.’

‘Jonathan Green is always very quick off the mark, “gets it” straightaway, and commercially minded with deep industry knowledge.’

‘Neville Hopper is innately thorough, equally good at thinking on his feet, and user-friendly. He always inspires confidence that my issues and internal clients are in safe hands.’

‘Knowledge of trading, GAFTA contracts and the arbitration process’

‘Availability, pertinent answers.’

Principaux clients

Vitol

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘a fantastic commodities disputes practice with some market leading partners, and it is involved in some of the most high-profile cases‘. The firm ‘provides well-resourced teams that are very able to handle the most complex litigation in this field‘. In the disputes and litigation practice led by the ‘unflappable, disarmingly intelligentHolly Stebbing, commodities are a key focus. The firm provides legal advice across the commodities supply chain to financial institutions, commodity trading houses, national and international mining and energy companies. Stebbing focuses on disputes in the energy and natural resources sector, particularly on Africa, while Ruth Cowley, Antony Corsi, international arbitration specialist James Rogers and commercial litigator Harriet Jones-Fenleigh are among the partners for whom commodities constitutes a significant proportion of their caseload.

Responsables de la pratique:

Holly Stebbing

Autres avocats clés:

Ruth Cowley; Antony Corsi; James Rogers; Harriet Jones-Fenleigh; India Furse

Les références

Norton Rose is a real heavyweight in the field of energy and commodities work. They will go toe-to-toe with anyone on the planet and usually come out on top.’

‘Holly Stebbing is phenomenal. Unflappable, disarmingly intelligent, and an incredibly smooth operator. She encourages real trust in clients and rightly so. Her intuition is always on point and she has a real talent for seeing the wood for the trees and identifying precisely what it is that a case turns on.’

‘India Furse remains the best associate I have ever worked with. Unassuming, no nonsense, and invariably right. She is someone you desperately need alongside you in the trenches.’

‘Very commercial in approach, they focus on what the client wants and needs and how best to get it. No energy is wasted on unnecessary confrontation, but nor do they give ground unless it suits the client to do so.’

‘Holly Stebbing is very impressive as the manager of a litigation team; she keeps everyone focussed and sets the agenda very clearly.’

‘Great commercial knowledge of the industry context; well resourced; lovely to work with.’

‘Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is a highly experienced lawyer with a good eye for detail.’

‘NRF has a fantastic commodities disputes practice. It has some market leading partners, is involved in some of the most high-profile cases in this area, and provides well-resourced teams who are very able to handle the most complex litigation in this field.’

Principaux clients

Citibank N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Mercuria Energy Group

Barrick Gold Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted in a US$285m Commercial Court dispute concerning financing transactions entered into between CBNA/CGML and commodities trader Mercuria in respect of metal supposedly stored in warehouses at the Chinese ports of Qingdao and Penglai.
  • Advised Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) in relation to the framework arrangements entered into between Barrick and the Government of Tanzania (the Government).
  • Advising FBN on a multimillion-dollar cross-border dispute arising out of a trade finance facility provided to an African commodities trader.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the soft commodities market‘. The firm provides ‘good, strong and professional advice after weighing up all options‘. George Mingay (who is ‘always willing to discuss and explain situations in an easy friendly way‘) and Mark Sachs lead the international trade and commodities practice, which acts for a diverse roster of clients. Its work spans soft commodity, metals, mining, oil and gas, and trade finance cases. Mingay chairs the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the MMTA; Sachs is fluent in Mandarin and frequently handles arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm.

Responsables de la pratique:

George Mingay; Mark Sachs

Les références

‘Being involved in the soft commodity field there appears to be a wealth of knowledge in the practice.’

‘George Mingay is always willing to discuss and explain situations in an easy friendly way.’

‘PMC offer good, strong and professional advice after weighing up all options.’

Principaux clients

Czarnikow

British Coffee Association

Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

Piraeus Bank

National Bank of Greece

Commonwealth Bank

Bank ABC

Czarnikow

British Coffee Association

Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

Piraeus Bank

National Bank of Greece

Commonwealth Bank

Bank ABC

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is a litigation boutique that frequently acts for major energy and mining companies, as well as commodities traders, in high-value disputes. Key partner Ted Greeno has built up the energy and natural resources disputes practice, which handles a broad range of work that includes commodities and trading cases. It has notable strength in energy, mining and construction matters, and handles a growing flow of instructions concerning corporate investigations from leading trading houses and entities involved in the extraction and trading of resources. Nick Marsh led a claim for Gerald Metals against mining magnate Frank Timis and in an LCIA arbitration against his family trust.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ted Greeno

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Marsh

Principaux clients

Gerald Metals SA

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP ‘provides the most practical solutions‘ and clients praise its ability to take on ‘high-value, serious work, based all over the world‘. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams lead the dispute resolution practice, which is ‘very well resourced and able to take on the biggest opponents‘. Andrew Hutcheon is the key partner for contentious matters in the commodities, mining, oil & gas, shipping and aviation sectors. Rob Fidoe specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, and advises corporates and multinationals in industry sector such as energy, infrastructure and international trade.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Hutcheon; Rob Fidoe

Les références

‘Watson Farley and Williams’ dispute resolution group stands out by providing the most practical solutions to the dispute.’

‘All the law firms should provide such solutions like Watson Farley, but it’s surprising how many law firms are either incapable of, or afraid of providing the sharp analysis.’

‘Watson Farley gave some tough advice when other law firms were timid in doing so. Such advice was not easy to swallow at first, but it eventually saved my company from getting into the dispute only to lose later, so I did appreciate.’

‘High-value, serious work, based all over the world, very well resourced, able to take on the biggest opponents.’

‘Robert Fidoe – strategically confident, very good with clients, knows when to be robust, and when to be flexible.’

Principaux clients

JE Energy Ltd

PTT Public Company Limited

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully representing PTT Public Company Limited at all stages of its UK court proceedings against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology, in respect of claims and counterclaims arising in relation to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.  
  • Advising Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund in relation to its rights as the secured creditor regarding the energy administration of Bulb Energy Limited in the first ever use of the energy supply company administration regime.  
  • Advised JE Energy Ltd in respect of a multi-million dollar oil trading dispute against one of the world’s leading energy and commodity trading companies.  

DWF

DWF exhibits a ‘very pragmatic approach and very good understanding of client’s business by the partners‘. The firm frequently handles disputes for marine insurers, P&I Clubs, shipowners and cargo interests where theft or detention of cargo is a key aspect of the case. Head of the global risks team David Abbott and London managing partner Jonathan Moss, who leads the marine and trade practice, are the standout lawyers. They are ‘knowledgeable, experienced in various fields, and can communicate key messages to clients in the simplest form‘. Antony Woodhouse focuses on Bermuda Form Arbitration with underlying risks relating to marine trade and energy.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Abbott; Jonathan Moss

Autres avocats clés:

Antony Woodhouse

Les références

‘Effective communication as able to convey the required responses across to clients where the same is easily understood.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced in various fields, and could communicate key/important messages across to clients in the simplest form.’

‘Very efficient with their communication and well connected to other law firms when the scope of work is too wide for their own knowledge or outside of their jurisdiction.’

‘Very pragmatic approach and very good understanding of client’s business by the partners.’

Principaux clients

Vallis Group Ltd, previously Vallis Commodities Ltd

PS Maritime

Targray International

Nimex Petroleum

GP Global Group

Berkshire Hathaway Specialist Insurance

Commodities Management Company

Chaucer

UK P&I CLUB

Jackson Parton Solicitors

Jackson Parton Solicitors is a ‘streamlined firm where client matters received careful partner attention, supported by highly able associates who are given a significant degree of responsibility from an early stage‘. It has ‘a very strong team in all areas of commodities, particularly GAFTA and sugar disputes‘. Nicholas Parton, Alexander Askew (who is ‘level-headed and very commercial‘) and Jonathan Clyne lead the shipping and international trade practice, which can conduct its own advocacy without counsel in the Commercial and Admiralty Court. Askew and Parton are recognised experts in Refined Sugar Association and Sugar Association arbitrations. Managing partner Andrew Patrinos is ‘an experienced litigator with an instinctive grasp for the issues in a case‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicholas Parton; Alexander Askew; Jonathan Clyne

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Patrinos

Les références

‘A very strong team in all areas of commodities, particularly GAFTA and sugar.’

‘Jackson Parton (JP) is a small legal business firm, easy to develop personal relationships, always available 24/7 and easy to discuss and explore innovative arguments taking clients experience into account, including the possibility to tie the level of fees with success.’

‘Nick Parton – for his experience and legal mind. Jonathan Clyne – for his seagoing experience, legal mind and attention to detail. We also value both for their capacity and patience to take on board client demands and point of view.’

‘Alex Askew – level-headed and very commercial.’

‘Streamlined firm where client matters received careful partner attention, supported by highly able associates who are given a significant degree of responsibility from an early stage.’

‘Andrew Patrinos – an experienced litigator with an instinctive grasp for the issues in a case. Alex Askew – an up-and-coming partner who is very switched on and doesn’t miss a trick.’

‘Extremely attentive and punctual.’

‘Alex Askew is very good. He gives more advice than usually we receive from other law firms. Small and bright firm.’

Principaux clients

Compagnie du Ponant

Inversiones Titanio SRL

Gard P & I Club

Thomas Miller Defence

The Charterers Club

West of England P & I Club

The American P & I Club

Caribbean Shipping Line

Banque Internationale de Commerce-Bred (Suisse) SA

Sealogis SA

RIF International Plc

TOI Commodities SA

Villeneau Rohart Simon & Associes

Nippon Express (UK) Ltd

AGA Partners

Borealis Maritime

Tarin & Lemaire

Lydia Myers, Charles de Battista and Mark Jones of 36 Stone Chambers, London

Stream, Avocats, Paris

Toda & Co, lawyers, Japan

Hiratsuka & Partners, lawyers, Japan

Compagnie du Ponant

Inversiones Titanio SRL

Gard P & I Club

Thomas Miller Defence

The Charterers Club

West of England P & I Club

The American P & I Club

Caribbean Shipping Line

Banque Internationale de Commerce-Bred (Suisse) SA

Sealogis SA

RIF International Plc

TOI Commodities SA

Villeneau Rohart Simon & Associes

Nippon Express (UK) Ltd

AGA Partners

Borealis Maritime

Tarin & Lemaire

Lydia Myers, Charles de Battista and Mark Jones of 36 Stone Chambers, London

Stream, Avocats, Paris

Toda & Co, lawyers, Japan

Hiratsuka & Partners, lawyers, Japan

Principaux dossiers

  • For Simetra successfully reversed adverse first instance judgment in the Court of Appeal on the facts, in Simetra Global Assets Limited and Richcroft Investments Limited v Icon Finance Ltd and Others.
  • For Seamaster Shipping Inc and Seamaster Special Maritime Entreprise successfully reversed adverse arbitration award in the Commercial Court. Against Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.
  • For Galtrade fought Commercial Court action, in Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International Ltd.

Schjodt LLP

Schjødt LLP continues to grow its team of experienced commodities partners, who handle numerous large and complex commodities disputes in London arbitration and in the High Court. Will Marshall leads the trade and commodities practice and frequently handles complex and high-value disputes. He is currently acting for commodities trading company Trafigura in respect of a $76m claim relating to misdelivery of a high-value crude oil cargo. Carl Walker focuses on commodities disputes and his clients include two of the world’s largest trading houses, as well as numerous other commodities traders. Jeremy Biggs, who joined from Ince in late 2021, handles both both shipping and commodities matters, notably for major oil and gas traders.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Marshall

Autres avocats clés:

Carl Walker; Jeremy Biggs

Principaux clients

Glencore

Trafigura

Platinum Corporation FZE

ACT Commodities BV

Fertisa, Fertilizantes, Terminales I Servicios

Reybanpac Rey Banano Del Pacifico C.L.

Gaslog

Freight Trading Ltd

Petroineos

COFCO

BB Energy

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Freight Trading Limited defending a USD 32 million fraud claim in relation to traded derivatives contracts.
  • Acting for commodities trading company Trafigura in respect of a USD76m Charterparty letter of indemnity claim relating to a claim for the misdelivery of a high value crude oil cargo.
  • Acting for Glencore in High Court proceedings in respect of a multi-million-dollar claim relating to the alleged contamination of a crude oil cargo.

Wikborg Rein

The shipping and offshore practice at Wikborg Rein continues to build on its in-depth knowledge of the LNG sector, which sees it handle disputes concerning physical trade, transportation and storage. The practice is led by Chris Grieveson, who frequently handles disputes for clients in the oil and gas sector including cargo, fraud and asset recovery matters. Up-and-coming partner Eleanor Midwinter is ‘a star – super-responsive and a client favourite'. She handles disputes concerning crude oil, oil products, biofuels, fertilisers/additives and metals; her work encompasses matters arising from bespoke pricing provisions, sanctions considerations arising from trading with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and change-management clauses for longer-term contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Grieveson

Autres avocats clés:

Eleanor Midwinter

Les références

‘Eleanor Midwinter is a star – super-responsive and a client favourite.’

Principaux clients

Golar

PPD Global

Mitsui OSK

Elkem ASA

Yara International

Hydro

MET International AG

Pon Power AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising an international trade company, as offtaker from a Seller’s plant, in connection with deal documents under a long-term agri-commodities offtake arrangement.
  • Advising an international trading company in connection with the potential and actual impact of changes to the Belarussian and Russian sanctions regimes.
  • Advising a Norwegian manufacturing company in relation to the provision of materials and components to a shipyard for the use in the production of alternative energy storage solutions for vessels.