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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'passionate about the defence of its clients; the team is also extremely efficient and business minded'. It is particularly experienced in international arbitration work involving the offshore and marine construction, energy (especially oil and gas) and construction sectors. Melanie Willems is London head of international arbitration and William Cecil heads the contentious department; the other key names are Markus Esly, Andreas Dracoulis and counsel Robert Blackett.

Practice head(s):Melanie Willems; William Cecil

Other key lawyers:Markus Esly; Andreas Dracoulis; Robert Blackett


'The team is dynamic, wonderful to work with and understands the big picture'.

'Melanie Willems is exceptionally driven, energetic and able to anticipate what clients want'.

'Markus Esly is intelligent, industrious and has his head on his shoulders'.

Leading individuals

Melanie Willems - Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

The oil and gas offering at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP recently underwent significant expansion through the arrival of Mark Johnson from Reed Smith LLP, Anna Nerush from Addleshaw Goddard and Myles Mantle from Jones Day. The team, led by Glenn Kangisser, advises oil field operators, contractors, suppliers and insurers on a range of contracts and disputes relating to the procurement of offshore equipment, including seismic vessels, drilling rigs, and ships (among them diving and other offshore support vessels). The firm is also noted for its substantial LNG capabilities. Australia-qualified associate Phoebe Anderson specialises in offshore E&P projects.

Practice head(s):Glenn Kangisser

Other key lawyers:Will Cecil; Mark Johnson


'Haynes and Boone has deep specialist industry knowledge and experience.'

'The attorneys at Haynes and Boone are very knowledgeable when it comes to LNG shipping with a broad understanding of both the legal and commercial aspects.'

'Will Cecil, Glenn Kangisser and Amanda Larrington are particularly notable.'

'Andreas Silcher is very open, direct and honest in his approach.' 

Key Clients

Seadrill Ghana Offshore Limited

TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd

Stolt- Nielsen

Stena LNG

Stena Drilling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a drilling contractor on a substantial dispute relating to a long-term drilling contract with Tullow Ghana Limited for the "West Leo" semi-submersible drilling unit.
  • Acted for a drilling contractor in relation to the sale of the Stena Clyde.
  • Acted for a prominent operator in relation to its ongoing LNG carrier fleet expansion, which saw an order of ten vessels in total over the past 12 months from two Korean yards.
  • Advised TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd throughout 2018 in relation to its bids on a number of public tenders (to EDP, Jera, Gazprom, Pavillion Energy, Cheniere and Shell) for the long-term chartering of LNG tonnage.
  • Acted for Stena Drilling Limited and more recently also Stena Spey Drilling Limited, being the manager and owner respectively of a semi-submersible drilling rig, the “Stena Spey”, in a dispute with a contractor, CKT Projects Limited (now in liquidation and formerly Hertel Technical Services Limited).
Rising stars

Phoebe Anderson - Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP handles a range of commercial shipping mandates and the team stands out for its shipbuilding expertise; it is engaged on the structuring and contracts for the construction, chartering and demolition of ships. Shipowners, shipyards and insurers are clients and the team handles projects across the world. Advising owners and shipyards involved in high-value projects for the construction or refit of superyachts is also a key focus. The team has strengthened its LNG shipping practice where it acts for owners and charterers. It acts for TMS Cardiff Gas on its ongoing carrier fleet expansion. Mark Johnson recently joined from Reed Smith LLP and senior partner Simon Curtis is experienced in shipbuilding and offshore procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):Simon Curtis

Other key lawyers:William Cecil; Andreas Silcher; James Brown; Andreas Dracoulis;


James Brown is approachable, pragmatic and responsive to client needs.'

'A strong, professional team that provides consultancy services and advice on legal issues related to shipbuilding contracts.'

'Responses and advice are clear and prompt, and has logical reasoning.'

Key Clients


TMS Cardiff Gas

The Ministry of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago

National Infrastructure Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company


International Seaways


Stena LNG

ESL Shipping Finland

Olympic Shipping (Onassis Foundation)

Flex LNG

Damen Shipyards

Stena Drilling

Work highlights

  • Advised TMS Cardiff Gas in relation to its bids on a number of tenders for the long term chartering of LNG tonnage.
  • Assisted National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) on the negotiations and finalisation of two shipbuilding contracts for two 100m high speed catamaran ferries to be built by Austal Ships Pty and Incat Tasmania Pty.
  • Advised Kuwait Oil Tanker Company on a VLCC newbuilding project at Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in China.
  • Advised Fincantieri Shipyard on the refurbishment agreement for a cruise ship.
  • Acted for Stena Drilling, and more recently also Stena Spey Drilling, as the manager and owner respectively of a semi-submersible drilling rig, on a dispute with a contractor, CKT Projects (now in liquidation and formerly Hertel Technical Services).
Leading individuals

Simon Curtis - Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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