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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 sector, and has strengths in the aviation, transport and energy sectors. Practice head Philip Ruttley led the team acting for NYK in respect of the long-running European Commission investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector and, together with managing associate Solange Leandro, continues to provide compliance advice to Air New Zealand. Alison Marriott joined the team from Simmons & Simmons as a consultant.

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

Ince & Co

The ‘very good’ three-partner team at Ince & Co is particularly strong in the energy, insurance and shipping sectors; joint ventures is a speciality. Alongside practice head Stephen Jarvis, Mona Patel, who made partner in May 2016, advised new client China Merchant Holdings on its formation of a joint venture with the Netherlands-based Overdulve Offshore Services International Group to handle the engineering and construction of two semi-submersibles. She also acted for new client Advent International on the maritime aspects of its acquisition of V.Ships, and advised GasLog, also a new client, on its $400m joint venture with a Greek entity to operate several floating storage regasification units. Matthew Stratton acted for Global Reach Partners on its £35m acquisition by Inflexion, and assisted the Oslo-listed Subsea 7 with its $279m purchase of a 50% stake in Seaway Heavy Lifting. Danaos, Inviqa, Newpark Resources, Ocean Yield and PVM Oil Associates are also representative clients.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

Ince & Co has ‘extensive experience of handling large, complex fraud cases’, and is best known for its strengths in the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Highlights included acting for HDI Global in a major marine insurance case regarding fraudulent conduct in the presentation of insurance claims, a €3.2m claim with significant industry sector impact, and representing Novoship (UK) before the Court of Appeal in a long-running dispute concerning bribery and secret profits. Ben Ogden heads the team, where insurance expert Joe O’Keeffe is the other key figure.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Ince & Co

Highly rated for its shipping expertise, Ince & Co’s dispute resolution work extends to acting in disputes in aviation, construction, employment, energy, and fraud. The practice is also noted for matters involving insolvency, insurance and reinsurance. Ben Ogden specialises in contentious insurance work and commercial disputes, and Jeremy Biggs has 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 ‘service-minded and commercial’ team at Ince & Co is noted for its representation of operators on financing and leasing matters within the shipping sector. The ‘very responsive and pleasantBeatrice Russ is particularly accomplished within the LNG and FSRU space and has handled numerous sale and leaseback transactions for Golar LNG. David Baker is global head of the firm’s ship finance practice; as well as new money financings for banks and owners, he has been particularly active of late (given the moribund nature of the shipping industry) on numerous restructurings. Baker has been active for H.I.G Capital on the financing associated with its recent shipping investments. The team was strengthened by the arrival in September 2016 of Spencer Gold from HFW. Other clients include Gaslog, Nordea Bank and SHL Holding.

Leading individuals

David Baker - Ince & Co

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co is ‘a go-to firm for commodities disputes thanks its good industry knowledge and a solutions-oriented approach’. The firm is known for ‘highly responsive, to-the-point and pragmatic advice’ and one client remarks that it is ‘particularly strong on oil and gas disputes’. ‘Bright, technically strong and user-friendly’ global head of trade Will Marshallleads a well-honed team’ and is described as ‘a polymath and a committed and commercially pragmatic performer with fantastic judgement’. Jonathan Goldfarb acts for leading trading houses and has a strong presence in the LNG market, while Ted Graham leads the firm’s metals and mining team and advises numerous steel, nickel and iron traders, as well as clients in the oil and soft commodity sectors. Nuno Frota joined as a partner from Trafigura and Spencer Gold, formerly a senior associate at HFW, joined as a partner with a specialist focus on cross-border debt financings in the shipping, energy, commodity and mining sectors. Newly promoted partner Carl Walker has international trade and shipping expertise that includes commodity trading matters. The firm counts Trafigura, ED&F Man and Gerals Metals among its clients.

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

Excellent’ in marine insurance, Ince & Co’s caseload includes P&I work, builders’ risks, and owners, charterers and ship repairers liability insurance. Simon Todd leads the marine and energy insurance group with global insurance practice head Joe O'Keeffe, who acted for HDI Global in a disputed insurance claim made by the assured in relation to the DC Merwestone’s flooding, which went to the Supreme Court; this case was particularly significant as it changed how the law treats fraudulent claims made by policyholders across all business lines. Chris Jefferis previously led the practice and is bringing a contribution claim against AXA and AIG on behalf of XL Catlin, which alleges that the defendants failed to pay into a compensation fund following a train crash in California. Captive insurance work increased for the firm, with insurance group managing partner Johanna Ewen representing Holdac in industrial disease claims brought by former gold miners in South Africa against the client’s owner Anglo American plc. Brit Insurance, Alpha Travel Insurance and Travelers are other key clients. Allan Hepworth, who became a consultant, retained an active practice in reinsurance disputes with Kiran Soar, who also ‘has an excellent grasp’ of property and liability insurance and various specialty lines, including bloodstock and health. Senior associate Elle Young is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Elle Young - Ince & Co

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

The ‘professional and well-established’ practice at Ince & Co is ‘very well regarded in the insurance industry’, and has notable expertise in the insurance capital markets space, advising on a range of insurance-linked securities and the management of longevity and pensions deficit risks. The group’s client roster includes a mix of insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates, intermediaries and brokers, and the team also advises equity banks and other financial institutions on developing insurance products. Recent work included advising International Underwriting Association on the review of its standard contract clauses in relation to the newly-implemented Insurance Act 2015, a matter involving revision and policy re-wording, and acting for East Coast Capital, Munich Re and various other clients on a range of corporate and regulatory issues. Transactional specialist Jennifer Donohue heads the practice, and Simon Cooper is ‘experienced and clear in his advice, providing expert knowledge on issues within the insurance and reinsurance markets’.

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

Ince & Co

Ince & Co is singled out for its work within the marine, offshore oil and gas, transport and aviation industries. The firm advises major operators and their insurers on public and employers’ liability, and handles claims related to workplace and construction accidents, health and safety issues, asbestos liability and deafness. Department head John McGowan has expertise in silicosis claims by miners and construction cases involving mesothelioma.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Ince & Co

Insurance specialistsInce & Co regularly defends professional negligence claims brought against professionals and their insurers, and has a focus on the legal and insurance brokerage industries, as well as acting for ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence cases. The team is acting for individuals insured with Chubb in a a dispute pertaining to a $16m claim against two former directors, relating to the liquidation of the South of England P&I club. The Griffin Insurance Association, Ed Broking, Meinl Bank, International Transport Intermediaries Club and Lamp Insurance are also clients. David Rutherford is experienced in defending solicitors in professional negligence cases, and Simon Cooper is noted for his expertise in acting for insurance brokers. Ben Ogden and insurance department head Chris Jefferis jointly head the team.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Ince & Co

The ‘excellentInce & Co has a strong track record in disputes, but has recently made efforts to expand its transactional practice with the recruitment of Nuno Frota from Trafigura and Spencer Gold from HFW. Jonathan Goldfarbis very easy to deal with’ and is praised by clients for his ‘quick response times and excellent industry knowledge’; he acted alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery for Golar on its joint venture with Schlumberger. In other highlights, practice co-head Jeremy Farr acted for Bluewater on its deal with Hurricane Energy to operate an FPSO vessel in the North Sea. On the disputes front, Charles Lockwood defended an international oilfield service provider in Commercial Court proceedings in connection with the use of submersible pumps in the North Sea, and Clare Kempkens acted in an arbitration arising from the termination of a drilling contract. Simon Hems heads the practice with Farr.

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

Ince & Co

Ince & Co’s power practice primarily focuses on the construction and financing aspects of offshore wind projects and onshore developments in emerging markets. Martin Sandgren hasconsiderable experience in the industry having previously occupied a position as co-head of legal at Siemens Wind Power. He is supported by Chris Kidd, who jointly led the team overseeing the tenders and contracts for the supply, transportation and installation of the foundations of a major UK offshore wind farm on behalf of several contractors and developers. Other highlights included acting for Deugro on the contractual aspects of a novel wind turbine logistics concept, and advising Ziton on a contract for the decommissioning of a facility at the Ytte Stengrund wind farm. Associate Antony Brook joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co’s ‘excellent team’ is ‘thoroughly trusted by clients, particularly the insurers’, and is praised for its ‘responsive’ and ‘tailored service’. It handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, employment, commercial contracts and competition mandates. The team is retained by several major airlines, including Ryanair and Vueling Airlines, on UK passenger claims. Bristow Helicopters, flydubai, Emirates and Jet2.com are also clients. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham is ‘masterful, tactically astute and commercially savvy’. She is ably assisted by Anna Anatolitou, who advises on aviation disputes, regulatory and commercial matters, has a strong Middle East practice; and Philippe Ruttley and managing associate Solange Leandro, who handle aviation-related competition matters. Consultant Chris Walsh is also recommended. Employment specialist Rebecca Thornley-Gibson joined from asb law LLP in 2016.

Leading individuals

Gillie Belsham - Ince & Co

Neil McGilchrist - Ince & Co

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Ince & Co

A market leader for shipping work’, Ince & Co has ‘deep industry knowledge allied with first-class legal knowledge; it provides quick, accurate and succinct legal advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues’. The practice handles the full range of wet and dry shipping work, with expertise in high-profile casualties and maritime disputes, in addition to offshore, yacht, and regulatory and compliance mandates. It is acting for the owners of a bulk tanker in a $10m dispute with charterers, and represented the Norwegian hull and machinery indemnity insurers, Gard, and the protection and indemnity insurers, West of England, in a $170m Supreme Court case. It is also acting for Visemar and insurer Gard, in disputes relating to a 2014 fire on board the Norman Atlantic. Paul Herring and Faz Peermohamed lead the team, which includes Duncan Bateson, who handles superyachts and commercial shipping matters; shipping litigation specialist Jeremy Biggs; Ian Chetwood , who is ‘excellent on commercial disputes’; Simon Spark , who ‘always sees the big picture’; Kevin Cooper, who is noted for large-scale casualty cases; admiralty team head Christian Dwyer; Jonathan Elvey, who is focused on the Greek market; the ‘experiencedFionna Gavin; and Will Marshall, who handles shipping and shipbuilding disputes. Also recommended are David Richards , who specialises in shipping and trade work. the ‘formidableMichael Volikas, Chris Kidd, who leads on shipbuilding mandates, and consultant James Wilson.

Leading individuals

Faz Peermohamed - Ince & Co

James Wilson - Ince & Co

Michael Volikas - Ince & Co

Paul Herring - Ince & Co

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Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Ince & Co

Ince & Co handles a range of regulatory, transactional, and employment matters in the travel sector. The team assisted The Emirates Group with travel regulation matters, including issues arising from recent changes to the regulation of package travel (at an EU level). flydubai instructs the team on a range of regulatory and commercial matters. Prima Tours, Magic Rooms Accommodation, Ryanair and Vueling Airlines are also clients. Team head Anna Anatolitou is ‘very experienced’, and handles travel law projects and regulatory matters. The ‘brilliantRebecca Thornley-Gibson, who heads the employment team, recently joined from asb law LLP.

Leading individuals

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