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Mona Patel

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Mona is a Partner within the firm's corporate practice.

She is a transactional corporate and commercial lawyer with over 16 years’ experience. Mona advises on UK and cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, management buy-outs/buy-ins, restructurings and mergers including advising on applicable FCA compliance and regulatory matters. She has represented stakeholders in sophisticated acquisitions, group restructurings and complex joint venture shareholder arrangements. Mona also has a broad commercial practice assisting clients with their commercial contracts including distribution arrangements, complex and bespoke supply and outsourcing agreements, technology and intellectual property contracts, data exploitation, licensing, collaboration, sponsorship and online promotions.

Mona has worked for clients in several different business and industry sectors including insurance, shipping, energy, business and finance, aviation, software, technology, ecommerce, telecommunications and media. She acts for insurers and other financial institutions, shipping, technology, oil and gas companies in a number of market segments and jurisdictions.

Since 2001 Mona has completed two client secondments, the first with the insurers Royal & Sun Alliance and the second with Emirates Airlines, a Middle East based airline.

Mona is also a member of the firm's yacht group and has experience in drafting design agreements and other large commercial contracts such as distribution, procurement and sub-contracting agreements for our yachting clients.

Experience highlights


- Advised a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor on its agreement to acquire a 60% holding in a leading energy consultancy firm.
- Advised a leading operator of LNG carriers, on its joint venture with a Greek utilities entity for the construction and operation of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and an LNG terminal.
- Advised a global private equity house on its acquisition of a global provider of maritime services.
- Advised departing shareholders on the sale of their shares in a UK insurance MGA to its private equity backed management buy-out team. The transaction included a number of FCA/regulatory issues comprising aspects of financial promotion and FCA approvals.
- Advised a well know shipping company on a complex restructuring including the consolidation of multiple tiers of shareholders (involving trust structures and different classes of shares with enhanced rights) into a simple structure and placing those shares on the Oslo Bors Merkur Market.
- Advised an Italian shipping company on its €60 million joint venture with a subsidiary of a publicly listed Malaysian oil and gas company.
- Advised the shareholders of an international oil broker on the US$160m sale to a UK listed interdealer broker and the related £32.1 million vendor placing of shares.
- Advised on the terms of an English law joint venture between Dutch and Chinese entities for the construction and acquisition of a US$93 million semisubmersible accommodation platform to be built in China, and then towed to Brazil.


- Assisting a platform provider with its content licensing arrangements and co-production agreement relating to its live podcasts.
- Advised a US listed energy company on its collaboration with a Dutch software developer in respect of its IP and licensing rights in subsea diamond infused cutting technology.
-  Advising a producer of specialist chemicals on its logistics outsourcing involving 50 sites in 18 European jurisdictions.
- Advising a British manufacturer on its global distribution arrangements.
- Assisting a software developer on a framework agreement for the supply of software and maintenance services to an investment bank.
- Assisting a US relocation services company with its supplier agreements.



London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Ince 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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince '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 . Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

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