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International trade and commodities

Our team present in London, Singapore and Hong Kong advise players in various commodity markets including oil and gas, grains and soft commodities, metals, coal and LNG.

Our team has an in depth understanding of the day to day trading operations from the underlying trading contracts, hedging, shipping and logistics, financing and insurance arrangements including marine, contingency and political risk cover. We also advise on regulatory matters including sanctions and our dedicated Contentious Regulatory team advises on regulatory interventions, investigations and enforcement action.

Our team also has extensive experience in the mining sectors. The team has worked closely with several mine owners and suppliers and are keenly aware of the feasibility, financing, legal and regulatory issues operators in this field face; in particular in the Southeast Asian region. This experience allows the team to offer commercially-sound and practical solutions to mitigate the potential issues and risks industry players face.

When things go wrong, as they invariably do from time to time, our in depth experience enables us to provide urgent "fire fighting" advice and guidance and to assist you in seeking to achieve a positive, commercially acceptable outcome without the need for litigation or arbitration.  However, when it is necessary to "go legal" we have a wealth of experience in handling complex cross border disputes and international arbitrations whether they be in relation to the underlying physical trades, derivative transactions, shipping and other logistic contracts, insurance or financing arrangements including letters of credit and performance guarantees.

On the transactional side we have represented clients, particularly in the mining and other resource-related sectors, in relation to a wide range of transactions, ranging from supply chain and logistics contracts to M&A transactions involving mining companies and their assets.

The Team