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Henry Burton

T: +44 20 7809 2517 M: +44 7818 513 869 Email Henry | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Henry Burton Senior associate

Contact details

Henry Burton

Henry Burton
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2517 M: +44 7818 513 869 Email Henry | Vcard Office: London

Henry is an associate who has advised on a broad range of commercial disputes. He specialises in the shipping, shipbuilding, energy and international trade sectors. His expertise includes dispute resolution, commercial negotiation and contract negotiation.
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Henry joined the marine and international trade group in 2012. Since then he has acted for a variety of clients on many different types of disputes as well as on a number of non-contentious matters.

Henry's experience includes advising owners, shipyards and financing banks in connection with shipbuilding and ship and rig conversion contracts. He also acts for owners and banks in connection with the enforcement of refund guarantees.

He regularly works with banks and other financial institutions in connection with the enforcement of problem loans, and he has experience of working with lawyers in jurisdictions all over the world.

  • Commercial litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Commodities
  • Marine and international trade
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction

Commerzbank loan enforcement

Two connected commercial court litigations acting for Commerzbank AG, seeking to recover monies due from security parties under a loan and related security, advising on complex issues relating to jurisdiction and governing law.

This case (Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Liquimar Tankers Management Inc [2017] EWHC 161 (Comm)) is one of great importance for banks and other parties involved in international finance as it decides a previously unclear aspect of European law relating to the enforceability of asymmetric jurisdiction clauses, a corner-stone of loan enforcement.

Maltese bank

Advising the bank on its enforcement options, bringing proceedings in the High Court in London and managing connected proceedings in PR China and Bulgaria.

KfW enforcement against a Russian underwriter

Representing KfW in action against Russian underwriter Rosgosstrakh in a dispute concerning an insurance policy.

More: Commercial litigation

Cancellation of multiple shipbuilding and offshore construction projects

Advising numerous separate buyers on their rights and seeking the repayment of instalments in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In each case the proceedings were successful and the client shipowners recovered all instalments paid with contractual interest. Most recently, running four sets of arbitration proceedings for European owners to recover US$100 million + of advance instalments paid.

Offshore supply vessels

Acting for owners in connection with claims arising from a number of contracts for the provision of offshore supply vessels into the Brazilian market. These claims required analysis of the effect of Brazilian law, with particular regard to the "REPETRO" exemption from importation taxes for vessels and equipment employed in the exploration and production of offshore oil and gas.

Italian underwriters

Acting for a syndicate of Italian underwriters against a French Classification Society. Successful jurisdiction challenge in London arbitration proceedings.

More: International arbitration

Brazilian soya bean producer and trader – sale contract disputes

Advising on more than 50 arbitrations under the GAFTA/FOSFA rules arising under FOB sale contracts.

Swiss metals trader – re-structuring of book of business

Advising in connection with the takeover of a book of Bolivian contracts for the sale of zinc and lead concentrates. Structuring and negotiating a complex agreement encompassing the transfer of a significant number of different contracts and the settlement and assignment of numerous disputes.

Indian purchaser of yellow peas

Advising on disputes arising under a CIF contract, including a claim for laytime and demurrage.

More: Commodities

Time and voyage charterparty disputes

Acting on numerous time and voyage charter disputes for both Owners and Charterers. This includes advising European owners in disputes arising in connection with the fleet of wind turbine installation vessels as well as AHTS, OSV and EERV fleets.

Brazilian soya bean producer and trader – sale contract disputes

Advising on more than 50 arbitrations under the GAFTA/FOSFA rules arising under FOB sale contracts.

Fraudulent sale of cargo of coal

Acting for the sellers of a cargo who found themselves involved in a series of contractual disputes arising out of the fraudulent failure of shippers to provide any cargo at the loading port.

More: Marine and international trade

Cancellation of multiple shipbuilding and offshore construction projects

Advising numerous separate buyers on their rights and seeking the repayment of instalments in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In each case the proceedings were successful and the client shipowners recovered all instalments paid with contractual interest. Most recently, running four sets of arbitration proceedings for European owners to recover US$100 million + of advance instalments paid.

Non-contractual termination of shipbuilding contract

Working as part of a team representing a prominent North European ship-owning group in major arbitration proceedings against a Chinese shipyard following a common law (non-contractual) termination of a shipbuilding contract for the construction of a large bulk carrier.

Polish shipyard advice concerning conversion contract

Acting in an advisory capacity for a Polish shipyard in connection with a contract for the conversion of a drilling rig into a floating production platform.

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Banks and banking
  • International trade
  • Shipping

Time and voyage charterparty disputes

Acting on numerous time and voyage charter disputes for both Owners and Charterers. This includes advising European owners in disputes arising in connection with the fleet of wind turbine installation vessels as well as AHTS, OSV and EERV fleets.

Advising state owned oil company in connection with termination of a drilling contract

Advising on complex issues arising in connection with the termination of a capital lease contract and drilling contract for a South American state owned oil company. 

Commerzbank loan enforcement

Two connected commercial court litigations acting for Commerzbank AG, seeking to recover monies due from security parties under a loan and related security, advising on complex issues relating to jurisdiction and governing law.

This case (Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Liquimar Tankers Management Inc [2017] EWHC 161 (Comm)) is one of great importance for banks and other parties involved in international finance as it decides a previously unclear aspect of European law relating to the enforceability of asymmetric jurisdiction clauses, a corner-stone of loan enforcement.

Maltese bank

Advising the bank on its enforcement options, bringing proceedings in the High Court in London and managing connected proceedings in PR China and Bulgaria.

KfW enforcement against a Russian underwriter

Representing KfW in action against Russian underwriter Rosgosstrakh in a dispute concerning a policy of insurance. 

Brazilian soya bean producer and trader – sale contract disputes

Advising on more than 50 arbitrations under the GAFTA/FOSFA rules arising under FOB sale contracts.

Swiss metals trader – re-structuring of book of business

Advising in connection with the takeover of a book of Bolivian contracts for the sale of zinc and lead concentrates. Structuring and negotiating a complex agreement encompassing the transfer of a significant number of different contracts and the settlement and assignment of numerous disputes.

Fraudulent sale of cargo of coal

Acting for the sellers of a cargo who found themselves involved in a series of contractual disputes arising out of the fraudulent failure of shippers to provide any cargo at the loading port.

More: International trade

Cancellation of multiple shipbuilding and offshore construction projects

Advising numerous separate buyers on their rights and seeking the repayment of instalments in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In each case the proceedings were successful and the client shipowners recovered all installments paid with contractual interest. Most recently, running four sets of arbitration proceedings for European owners to recover US$100 million + of advance installments paid.

Time and voyage charterparty disputes

Acting on numerous time and voyage charter disputes for both Owners and Charterers. This includes advising European owners in disputes arising in connection with the fleet of wind turbine installation vessels as well as AHTS, OSV and EERV fleets.

Non-contractual termination of shipbuilding contract

Representing a prominent North European ship-owning group in major arbitration proceedings against a Chinese shipyard following a common law (non-contractual) termination of a shipbuilding contract for the construction of a large bulk carrier.

More: Shipping

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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