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Commodity Trading & Shipping

We advise on a variety of legal aspects of physical commodity trading, with a particular focus on energy-linked commodities, iron ore and fertilisers. In addition to a number of companies that produce, extract, trade, finance and transport commodity products, we represent a number of project investors or private persons specialising in trade finance for commodities ventures and financing schemes, as well as shipping companies that charter, operate and own vessels. Our expertise covers, among other things, commodity sale/purchase agreements, joint ventures and participation arrangements, energy management agreements, vessel and barge chartering and contracts of affreightment, trade finance (letters of credit and other payment instruments) and receivables based lending, prepayments and offtake arrangements, storage facility agreements and insurance-related advice.

Through our extensive international network of advisors we offer a full range of services for the purchase, financing and sale of vessels (commercial and private), including creation of suitable offshore corporations, arranging acquisition finance, registration of vessels and yachts worldwide, their administration, transfer of ownership and change of name. We can also advise on aspects of freight and carriage-related disputes, salvage, collision, financing and security-related issues.