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International trade

International trade is at the core of Stephenson Harwood’s global practice.  From raw materials to manufactured products, our multinational team of lawyers provide expert advice to businesses across the global supply chain. Combining strength in depth with extensive local knowledge of the jurisdictions in which we operate, we handle the most critical and complex of matters.
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Our lawyers in Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai, Singapore and Seoul have years of experience advising clients on transactional, advisory, regulatory and contentious matters relating to the production, trading, carriage, storage, financing and end use of commodities and manufactured goods.

We work closely with international organisations involved in international trade, and count banks, development banks, export credit agencies, oil majors, independents, major trading and mining companies, exporters and other market players among our clients.

We have extensive experience in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and our lawyers have represented clients in arbitrations under all the major international rules (ICC, LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, CIETAC and HIAC), as well as before commodity trade tribunals (including LME, GAFTA and FOSFA).

We can help you with:

  • sale and purchase agreements
  • futures and derivatives (including ISDAs and FFAs)
  • intellectual property
  • outsourcing and technology
  • data protection and information
  • insurance
  • trade and export finance
  • bills of lading, charterparties and COAs
  • cargo loss and damage
  • storage and warehousing
  • ports and logistics contracts
  • regulatory and compliance
  • competition law
  • fraud and asset tracing
  • sanctions advice
  • corporate and tax
  • export control
  • distribution, agency, franchising and sponsorship agreements.

“First class in every way, responding immediately, with impressive strength, and providing excellent value and deep industry knowledge.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015




Mercuria vs Citibank – commodity “repo” dispute

Acting for Mercuria in their successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim, relating to “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Industrial metals trading

We advised Traderight on investments by joint venture signatories, in order to secure membership of the London Metal Exchange (LME).

Metal concentrates – LCIA arbitrations

Advising mining group in a series of quality and other disputes with a major trading company relating to the supply of copper, lead and zinc concentrates.

Energy trading agreements

Providing advice on agreements for the supply and trading of coal including the SCoTA and EFET annexes, for coke, oil, and LNG.

South American bio – diesel dispute

We acted in a tri-partite dispute over the sale of bio-diesel between a major South American producer and two of the world’s largest commodity traders.

Sulphuric acid – quality dispute

Advising a major zinc producer in a quality dispute with one of the world’s largest fertiliser traders over a series of contracts for the sale of sulphuric acid.

Delivery and supply contract for a global oil trader

We advised on force majeure, delivery and novation issues under a delivery and supply contract in Colombia for a global oil trader.

Charterparty disputes

We have advised on a large variety of charterparty disputes in relation to the carriage of all kinds of commodities.

LCIA and ICC arbitrations

Advising on a series of LCIA and ICC arbitrations concerning coal, coke and steel.

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai


Barthélemy Cousin Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 04
M:  +33 6 61 33 93 10 Email Barthélemy | Vcard Office:  Paris


Michael Kim Office managing partner

T:  + 82 2 6138 4888
M:  + 82 10 2005 1690 Email Michael | Vcard Office:  Seoul


Mike Phillips Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2627
M:  +44 7824 814 433 Email Mike | Vcard Office:  London


Andrew Rigden Green Partner

T:  +852 2533 2761
M:  +852 6013 2520 Email Andrew | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

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