Cozen O`Connor is known for his support on regulatory issues, U.S. sanctions related to maritime activities, as well as the Jones Act and other U.S. cabotage laws. The firm also has significant experience in major maritime litigation. As president of the transportation and commerce practice, Jeffrey Lawrence regularly works before Washington, DC-based federal transportation and trade agencies, as well as foreign governments and international organizations. Lawrence and his promising partner Robert Magovern are both praised by clients as “competent and very competent.” In New York, the firm`s vice president, Geoffrey Ferrer, is an expert on U.S.-flagged and non-U.S. flagging, while Christopher Raleigh covers maritime disputes. Other notable names include regulatory and investigative expert Wayne Rohde, Joshua Stein and Jeff Vogel, and Matthew Howell, all of whom deal with regulatory issues. All of these attorneys are based in DC unless otherwise stated.
Donald Kassilke retired from practice in October 2021. “This is a talented team that takes a proactive and hands-on approach to providing my firm with quality legal advice through aircraft financing contracts and negotiations.” “Dolly Brown is the best maritime law partner I`ve ever worked with. Their commitment and intelligence are second to none. She is always willing to go above and beyond for her clients and gives sound advice, whether negative or positive. She puts her clients first and consistently achieves good results for them. Lewis & Co AARPI specialises in shipping, international trade and insurance, advising on both English and French law. The team has been involved in high-profile maritime accidents as well as day-to-day commercial disputes related to ship contracts. Its “vast network of contacts in French-speaking Africa” has made it a name for maritime matters related to West African jurisdictions.
Lars Lewis and Peter Iglikowski are doubly qualified Anglo-French lawyers with solid cross-border experience. Leila Esnard is another important contact person. “I work with Lucy Goff. Their technical knowledge in the field of maritime transport is excellent. Reed Smith`s maritime activities include accident and admiralty, dry navigation, marine environmental law, international arbitration, ports and terminals, transactions, ship sanctions and superyachts. “The team has partners of different seniority and experience, but always with undeniable legal competence.” Although Addleshaw Goddard`s London offer saw rail finance expert Clive Smith leave Gunnercooke LLP in April 2022, the firm remains well positioned to leverage broader expertise from its regional asset finance practitioners. The most notable are Edinburgh-based partner Ed Watt, who handles a range of commercial, contract and financial work as part of his overall shipping practice, and Manchester-based Andrew Maskill, who handles some transportation-related work as part of his extensive finance and leasing practice. The arrival of Norton Rose Fulbright rail finance expert Simon Gwynne in May 2022 also quickly filled the void left by Smith`s departure a month earlier. K&L Gates` high-level team is regularly contacted for its U.S. and international marine industry and regulatory capabilities, advising clients on vessel and cargo arrests, seizures and seizures, as well as cargo claims, ship collisions, allions and groundings.
It also covers personal injury and death, transportation insurance claims, maritime contractual disputes and piracy. Jeffrey King, head of the Boston-based practice, focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration in maritime and transportation matters, while Emanuel Rouvelas has extensive experience advising CEOs of global shipping companies. The “brilliant strategist” Mark Ruge is also highly regarded; Michael Scanlon, Co-Head of Policy and Regulation; William Myhre, who has over 40 years of experience representing marine clients; and the “strategic and detail-oriented Darrell Conner. Elsewhere, George Kontakis of New York handles both commercial and criminal matters, Luke Reid of Boston covers marine investigations, litigation and environmental compliance, while Jorge Romero regularly assists with compliance matters. The associated pool includes Elle Stuart and Luke Steinberger as well as Ifigeneia Xanthopoulou in New York. All attorneys mentioned are the firm`s Washington DC office, unless otherwise noted. Vedder Price`s London team of four partners operates independently for clients it has successfully served and in partnership with the firm`s established U.S. offering, and continues to excel with clients primarily on the creditor side. While the company`s traditional work in this area – which includes the supply of new aircraft and aircraft trading between lessors – has been severely affected by the pandemic, it has managed to refocus its focus to include a significant volume of restructuring work, advice on deferral agreements and a significant number of distressed opportunities. Gavin Hill maintains close relationships with donors and banks, which he has recently been particularly active in advising in a context of distress. The “very competent” Neil Poland handles some of the airlines` work and advises the airline`s base of lessors and banks.
Derek Watson`s “unparalleled knowledge of aircraft leasing and financing” is valued not only in the context of commercial aviation mandates, but also in the field of business aircraft. The team at partner level is rounded out by the “very commercial” Dylan Potter, who also manages a significant portion of the ship`s financing. “Mark Moody is an exceptional person. Mark knows the industry inside out and we like to bounce business ideas and legal issues to him. Birkett`s LLP is frequently taught in dry and wet shipping, handling disputes ranging from cargo claims and charterparty disputes to ship collisions and arrests. Henry Adams, who specializes in dry shipping, international trade and marine insurance, leads the team with Alex Davey, General Counsel. Nicholas Woo is particularly knowledgeable about Far Eastern issues, while Sarah Holsgrove, a partner, regularly advises freight forwarders and logistics companies. Twenty Essex is considered a “leading supplier of shipping and raw materials with deep strength at all levels” and assists clients in disputes in all maritime matters. Timothy Hill KC, Alex Carless and Michal Hain all acted as part of the CMA CGM Libra, which went to the Supreme Court in 2021 and found that a faulty transit plan rendered a vessel unfit for navigation. Elsewhere, Timothy Young KC worked for the Spanish government in London Steam-Ship Owners` Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v. Spain v. Alexander Thompson; The case concerns one of the largest oil spills in Europe, caused by the sinking of the Prestige off the coast of Galicia in 2002.
Henry Byam-Cook KC and Philip Riches KC continue to receive instructions on high-profile litigation, the former being involved in two cases arising from the bankruptcy of a commercial company and a subsequent seizure of a vessel, which will be heard simultaneously by the Commercial Court. Oliver Caplin, who specializes in dry shipping, also had a good year, most notably as the sole defender of silk. “The K&L Gates team supports our trade association in antitrust advice, lobbying and legal transportation. They act like members of our team, almost as if they were our in-house lawyers. Villeneau Rohart Simon is recognized for its expertise in dry and wet shipping and handles a wide range of disputes, including vessel arrests, cargo claims, commercial litigation and marine accidents. The Marseille office team also has recognized expertise in yachts and superyachts. The company has been involved in major accident disputes, such as a dispute over alleged sulfur pollution in Marseille. Founding partner Patrick Simon heads the Paris office, Bertrand Coste leads the Marseille team. Charles de Corbière left the firm in January 2022.
“The two qualities of a legal team are experience and pragmatism, and CJC has both in abundance.” Nicolas & Associés represents leading shipping companies in litigation and non-contentious matters. Christophe Nicolas frequently received instructions for significant losses and represented the owners and insurers of the MV Grande America, which sank off the coast of France in 2019 after a fire on board. The team also regularly deals with damage caused by collisions between merchant and fishing vessels. Thomas Godener joined the HFW team in 2021. “Robert Pollock-Hill is very knowledgeable about maritime disputes, spares no effort in his investigation and trial preparation, and gives quick and very clear advice. Cozen O`Connor has a reputation for representing vessel owners and operators, as well as financial institutions and investors in vessel financing. The team manages asset-based lending, leasing and government-guaranteed credit facilities, and also advises publicly traded transport companies on the listing of publicly traded securities and private debt securities.