Marine and international trade

Our world leading marine law practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest shipowners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers and IG P&I clubs, energy services companies, oil and gas business and commodities traders.
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Our practice is international and is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. Lawyers in our Dubai, Greater China, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul and Singapore offices deliver market-leading maritime expertise to a truly international clientele.

The size of our team and the depth of our experience means we are well positioned to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern, from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim.

We also offer our clients a wide range of ancillary legal services that includes corporate, competition, environmental, intellectual property and tax advice.

“They are a standout firm; they are very active and are experts.”
Chambers UK 2021

Mercuria – commodity repo dispute

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

Container ship casualty

We advised in relation to an explosion and subsequent fire on a container ship situated in the Indian Ocean, including providing rapid response by our market-leading casualty team.

Yamal LNG project

Advised Stena LNG on a bid for the construction and chartering of ice-classed LNG tankers for use in the Arctic Circle.

Major Chinese offshore project

Advised Prosafe on a US$540 million Chinese offshore project - a series of semi-submersible units for operation in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion relating to a major international navy.

On-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds dispute

We acted for a major East Asian bank in an ICC arbitration in relation to on-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds with a value of approximately US$95 million. 

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project

We advised a leading international EPIC contractor in the contracts for a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project worth in excess of US$10 billion offshore Africa.

Swiss-based oil trader

Advised our client on two attempts made by an oil major to escape from its obligations under an unprofitable sale contract to purchase 40,000mt of vacuum gas oil (VGO).

Pirate attack off the West coast of Africa

We advised the shipowner in relation to a pirate attack on a vessel off the West Coast of Africa.

The "B ATLANTIC"

Advising War Risks underwriters following the detention and confiscation of the vessel "B ATLANTIC" in Venezuela following the discovery of drugs below the waterline. Representing underwriters in the English High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and successfully establishing that the loss is excluded under the terms of the policy.

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Alex Davis Practice group leader

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Michael Kim Office managing partner

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

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Daryll Ng Managing partner at Virtus Law

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M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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Andrew Rigden Green Partner

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

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