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Rovine Chandrasekera

T: +44 7825 943 076 +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | vCard Office: Dubai, London

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Rovine Chandrasekera Partner

Contact details

Rovine Chandrasekera

T: +44 7825 943 076 +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | vCard Office: Dubai, London

Rovine is the former managing partner of the firm’s Dubai office (between 2012 and 2020). He is a commercial litigation and international arbitration partner. Rovine advises on a broad range of commercial disputes with specialisms in fraud, asset recovery, sanctions and cross-border enforcements matters.  Based between London and Dubai, Rovine remains focused on disputes with a Middle Eastern link whether litigated in the UK, Dubai or the GCC region.
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Rovine has been consistently named as one of the  leading shipping and dispute resolution lawyers for the last decade by various international legal directories including Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Global, Top 250 by Lawyer Monthly and Legal’s Finest 200.

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Marine and international trade
  • Fraud and asset recovery

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125m multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

Advising David Haigh, the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club on a DIFC claim initiated by the DIFC branch of a major Bahrain based Islamic investment bank for AED23 million on account alleged of breach of trust and money laundering.

Acting for a leading salvage company in connection with a dispute it has with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MOO) in relation to the performance of a contract between 2013 and 2014.

More: Commercial Litigation

Recently advised Owners on the purchase of 4 newbuild VLGC's from a leading Korean shipyard. The total project value was US$390 million.

More: Marine and international trade

Advising David Haigh, the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club on a DIFC claim initiated by the DIFC branch of a major Bahrain based Islamic investment bank for AED23 million on account alleged of breach of trust and money laundering.

Acting for a leading UAE based fund in relation to US$10 million UAE proceedings brought against it, due to the alleged actions of a rogue employee said to have misappropriated client funds.

Acting for the State Trading Corporation the transport arm of the government of Mauritius. The case relates to the countries previous and future transportation contracts and involves a review of contract terms, potential breaches of local procurement rules and potentially setting aside contracts because of undue influence / fraud.

More: Fraud and asset recovery
  • Shipping
  • International Trade

Recently advised Owners on the purchase of 4 newbuild VLGC's from a leading Korean shipyard. The total project value of the project was US$390 million.

Acting for a leading salvage company in connection with a dispute it has with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MOO) in relation to the performance of a contract between 2013 and 2014.

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125 million multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

More: Shipping

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125m multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

Advising Platinum Corporation FZC on a number of supply contracts entered into with various suppliers. This dispute required us to address whether or not the contracts had been frustrated and/or whether a force majeure event had occurred.

Advising Toba Toba Trading FZC on a Commercial Court case in London, acting for the defendants in relation to sale and purchase contracts for gasoline products to Azerbaijan.

More: International Trade
  • The Middle East
  • UAE
  • Iraq

Acting for NITC in its successful challenge in the General Court of the EU against the asset freezing measures adopted against NITC by the Council of the EU in October 2012 as well as the on-going legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

Advising David Haigh, the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club on a DIFC claim initiated by the DIFC branch of a major Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank for AED23 million on account alleged of breach of trust and money laundering.

More: The Middle East

Advising David Haigh, the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club on a DIFC claim initiated by the DIFC branch of a major Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank for AED23 million on account alleged of breach of trust and money laundering.

Acting for NITC in its successful challenge in the General Court of the EU against the asset freezing measures adopted against NITC by the Council of the EU in October 2012 as well as the on-going legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125m multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

More: UAE

Acting for a leading salvage company in connection with a dispute it has with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MOO) in relation to the performance of a contract between 2013 and 2014.

Advised an oil and gas development company in connection with a joint venture with the Free Zone Authority of Iraq to develop an oil and gas hub in Al-Zubair in Southern Iraq.

Acting for the Ministry of Electricity and Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq on a wide range of matters. At the moment we are assisting with the MOE in relation to its programme of IPP projects being launched across the country.

More: Iraq

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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