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Ince & Co

ALDGATE TOWER, 2 LEMAN STREET, LONDON, E1 8QN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7481 0010
Fax:
Fax 020 7481 4968
DX:
1070 LONDON CITY EC3
Web:
www.incelaw.com

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Ince & Co

The 'excellent' practice at¬†Ince & Co¬†delivers strong expertise in the shipping and aviation sectors. Consultant¬†Alison Marriott¬†and associate¬†James Foley¬†successfully acted for Japanese shipping line NYK on EU proceedings concerning alleged ‚Äėpricing signaling‚Äô in the container shipping sector. ¬†On the aviation side,¬†Gillie Belsham¬†has been retained by Air New Zealand to advise on ongoing competition compliance work. Managing associate¬†Solange Leandro¬†is noted for her ‚Äėgreat experience and outstanding quality of work‚Äô. Clients of the practice outside of oil and shipping include RasGas and MSC Cruises.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co specialises in handling transactions in the shipping, aviation, insurance, energy and international trade sectors for domestic and international clients ranging from large listed corporates to family-owned private companies. Practice head Stephen Jarvis  and Mona Patel acted as co-counsel (alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) for Advent International, advising on the maritime law aspects of the acquisition of an 80% stake in London-based shipping services company V.Ships. Matthew Stratton assisted Acergy (Gibraltar), a wholly owned subsidiary of subsea engineering, services and construction company Subsea 7, with the $279m purchase of the remaining interest in Seaway Heavy Lifting (in which it already owned a 50% stake), and acted for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on its $367m acquisition of HEC Europe. Other key clients include Danaos, Global Research Partners, Newpark Resources and PVM Oil Associates; China Merchant Partners and GasLog are among the team’s new clients.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Ince & Co

Ince & Co¬†specialises in fraud allegations that include forensic discovery and litigation and focuses on the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Ben Ogden¬†heads the team. Joe O‚ÄôKeeffe¬†has left the firm to join Stephenson Harwood. The team has ‚Äėstrong dispute resolution expertise, especially with regards to insurance disputes, and also shows mastery of both case law and drafting‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Ince & Co

Ince & Co is widely known for its shipping law expertise but its dispute resolution experience also covers litigation involving the insurance, construction, aviation and energy sectors, as well as employment, fraud and insolvency issues. Ben Ogden is recommended for commercial disputes, predominantly connected to the acquisition of businesses, and contentious insurance work. Jeremy Biggs specialises in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on all aspects of shipping litigation, as well as international trade and general commercial disputes.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

Ince & Co

The 'client-focused' team at Ince & Co is particularly noted for its 'top-quality' advice to lenders and operators in the shipping and offshore sectors. Beatrice Russ handles a significant amount of finance work in the LNG space and recently acted for longstanding client Golar LNG on a $187m sale and leaseback of its LNG carrier. 'Knowledgeable' team head David Baker is 'very capable at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates', and recently represented private equity sponsor HIG Capital on the sale, purchase and financing of the latest addition to a fleet of chemical tankers. Will Cooper (who has now left the firm) continued to develop the firm's aviation finance offering and has handled numerous ECA-supported financings including on behalf of Atlas Air in respect of Performance and Improvement Packages for GE Engines.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

At Ince & Co, 'the standard of service is excellent, clients are always kept informed and feedback is provided within a realistic time frame'. The firm has 'a wealth of experience in high-value commodities disputes', which are a core element of its work in London alongside shipping and insurance. Trade and energy specialist Will Marshall leads the practice and acts for many of the world's leading trading houses including Trafigura and Glencore. 'He manages a broad practice area but is still responsive to clients', remarks one client, while another describes him as 'an outstanding intellect - icy cold under fire'. He acted for Trafigura in a $12m High Court dispute with Renbrandt Limited concerning a contract for the sale and purchase of gasoil. The firm has a deep bench of talent that includes metals and mining practice head Ted Graham (who retired from his partnership on November 1st), structured finance specialist Jonathan Goldfarb, former legal counsel at Trafigura Nuno Frota, and oil and gas trading expert Carl Walker. Senior associate and 'rising star' Ajay Ahluwalia specialises in trading disputes and relocated to London last year from the firm's office in China. He has 'excellent legal and commercial acumen, and carries a gravitas that significantly belies his PQ level'.

Leading individuals

Will Marshall - Ince & Co

Next generation lawyers

Ajay Ahluwalia - Ince & Co

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co specialises in marine and energy-related insurance, with around 50% of its insurance work coming from these sectors; the team also handles property, business interruption, political risk, trade credit, professional negligence, D&O, and reinsurance matters. The roots of the practice lie in marine insurance law, and the firm handles ship casualty investigations as well as advising on marine insurance coverage questions. Global head of insurance Kiran Soar is advising RSA and a large group of other leading London and international marine insurers on the $30m coverage dispute following the sinking of the bulk carrier Panamax Trader in 2015 - one of the most important marine insurance cases of the year. While Chris Jefferis and Johanna Ewan recently left the firm to join long-term client XL Catlin, the practice maintains a strong UK and international capability, with a network of overseas offices and a number of partners qualified to practice in more than one jurisdiction. Recently promoted Elle Young is a go-to name for contentious matters across a wide range of marine classes of direct insurance and facultative reinsurance business. In another recent highlight that demonstrates the firm's place in the market, Simon Cooper was instructed to prepare the single claims agreement to govern the model formed by Lloyd's and the International Underwriting Association to allow a single insurer to agree claims on behalf of the whole insurance market.

Next generation lawyers

Elle Young - Ince & Co

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Ince & Co

Ince & Co combines specialist industry knowledge, geographic reach and experience, enabling it to provide M&A and transactional advice in both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm acts for a range of insurers, reinsurers, brokers, run-off companies/discontinued businesses, and large financial institutions. For many of these clients a particular recent focus is Brexit planning. Kiran Soar is a noted member of the team; he primarily focuses on property and liability insurance, reinsurance and run-off claims, acting for clients based in London, the US, Bermuda and Europe.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

Ince & Co handles a range of public liability claims in the transport, trade and energy sectors. It also acts for construction firms in mesothelioma claims. Recent work includes acting for the insurers in a complex claim under a pilot's loss of licence policy in which the insured lost their licence to fly for a major airline as a result of the removal of a cancerous tumour. John McGowan heads the department.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

The ‚Äėhighly efficient‚Äô team at Ince & Co¬†regularly defends claims brought against professionals and their insurers, with a focus on acting on behalf of solicitors and insurance brokers. The team also acts for ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence disputes. Ben Ogden¬†represented individuals insured with Chubb in $16m-worth of claims brought against two former directors relating to the 2011 liquidation of the South of England P&I Club. Ed Broking, Griffin Insurance Association, International Transport Intermediaries Club and LAMP Insurance are also clients. Ogden and Simon Cooper¬†head the team and senior associate¬†Christopher Crane¬†is also a key contact. Chris Jefferis moved to an in-house role.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Ince & Co

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince & Co 'have an outstanding knowledge base of the industry and react quickly as the matters develop'. In recent highlights, the practice handled the sale and leaseback of an LNG carrier to Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO on behalf of Golar, and Jonathan Goldfarb - assisted by Mona Patel and Stephen Jarvis  - provided cross-border counsel to longstanding Gaslog with regards to an SPA to acquire 20% shareholding in Gastrade. On the contentious front Chris Kidd continues to lead the advice to a drilling contractor in connection with a claim against a shipyard arising from the severely delayed construction of a deep water drilling rig due to the shipyward's alleged failure to deliver the vessel on time. Simon Hems heads the practice and is also a key name to note alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery and Matthew Stratton . Clients also recommend 'remarkably driven and experienced' managing associate Phillippa Hook who 'ascertains the real issues quickly providing innovative but sound solutions instantaneously'. Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

Ince & Co 's power team has a strong track record in the renewables space, particularly in the field of offshore wind power projects, and practice leader Martin Sandgren was recently instructed by a leading Central European utility companies to advise on all the regulatory, due diligence and tender process issues arising from its proposed investment in the UK offshore wind market. A major Chinese power company also appointed Sandgren's outfit - which includes managing associate Nirada Griffiths - to intervene in its acquisition of a large offshore wind farm in Northern Europe. The group was also engaged by five different contractors and suppliers to intervene in four different tender and contract mandates with regards to a single UK offshore wind farm.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co‚Äôs ‚Äėsolid, approachable and personable‚Äô team provides ‚Äėgood response times‚Äô and is praised for the ‚Äėtechnical quality of its advice.‚Äô It regularly handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, commercial and competition matters, and also houses a specialist aviation employment practice. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham¬†is a ‚Äėmassively experienced commercial litigator who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and hugely respected‚Äô and advised on a dispute involving a fire on an aircraft while it was parked at London Heathrow Airport. The team is noted for its strong Middle East practice and travel head Anna Anatolitou¬†advises Emirates on a range of regulatory matters, and advises flydubai on commercial and regulatory matters. The team is also instructed by numerous airlines on uninsured UK passenger claims, particularly in relation to boarding, flight delays, and cancellations. Global Aerospace, Sri Lankan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling and Bristow Helicopters are clients. Managing associate Solange Leandro¬†leads on competition work and Rebecca Thornley-Gibson¬†handles employment matters for aviation-sector clients. Annabel Williamson¬†is also a key member of the team, as is¬†senior associate Ben Bright-Wood, who both recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Gillie Belsham - Ince & Co

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Ince & Co

Ince & Co¬†is a ‚Äėfantastic shipping firm‚Äô which boasts ‚Äėin-depth expertise‚Äô across wet and dry shipping. It handles major casualties, high-profile maritime disputes, regulatory matters and transactions. The team also stands out for its yachts experience. Headline work includes advising oil tanker Alnic MC, and its owner, Energetic Tank, in connection with a major collision that occurred between it and a U.S. Navy destroyer; representing Great Eastern Shipping and North of England P&I Club in $30m proceedings in the UAE and London as a result of ¬†a collision of an LNG carrier and another tanker in the Gulf of Oman; and representing Teekay LNG Partners on a $110m case involving the termination of six long-term bare boat charters and the repossession of the vessels.¬† The team also represented Gard in a high-profile $170m unsafe port claim, the Ocean Victory. Key figures include global shipping head Faz Peermohamed, who¬†has ‚Äėfantastic experience‚Äô; Michael Volikas, who¬†handles commercial disputes for shipping sector clients; Ian Chetwood, who handles contentious wet and dry work; Christian Dwyer, who¬†is global head of the firm‚Äôs admiralty and casualty response team; ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô litigator Jeremy Biggs; and Will Marshall, who¬†is global head of trade. Also noted are Duncan Bateson, who advises on superyachts and commercial shipping mandates,¬†Simon Spark,¬†Fionna Gavin¬†and Chris Kidd. Paul Herring¬†has relocated to the firm's¬†Piraeus office, while¬†Kevin Cooper¬†has joined MFB, David Richards has joined The North of England P&I Association and Jonathan Elvey has left the firm.

Leading individuals

Faz Peermohamed - Ince & Co

Jeremy Biggs - Ince & Co

Michael Volikas - Ince & Co

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Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co‚Äôs ‚Äėsolid‚Äô team is ‚Äėapproachable and personal‚Äô and the ‚Äėtechnical quality of its advice is very good‚Äô. It focuses on regulatory, commercial contracts and travel litigation; particularly claims arising under EU Regulations. It acts for a number of aviation clients; it advised Emirates on its proposed promotional activity and potential regulatory impacts; and advises numerous airlines uninsured UK passenger claims, primarily involving denied boarding, flight delays and cancellations. Magic Rooms Accommodation, ABTA , Amadeus Marketing (UK) and Arena Travel are also clients. Anna Anatolitou, who is experienced across travel and aviation regulatory work, as well as litigation and commercial matters, heads the team with Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, who handles employment matters for a range of travel sector clients.

Leading individuals

Anna Anatolitou - Ince & Co

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