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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP's 'excellent team' received a significant boost with the hire of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 's international arbitration group in June 2018. This team is led by 'very experienced and capable' partner Melanie Willems who focuses on the energy, engineering and construction sectors, and also includes partner Markus Esly, who is rated by clients as 'very thorough and organised and a good team player', Robert Blackett (counsel) and Ryan Deane (associate). They add to a group that previously had an emphasis on marine construction projects, particularly those involving the offshore oil and gas industry. Partners in the original Haynes and Boone team include William Cecil, James Brown, who is 'highly attentive and keeps clients informed'; and Glenn Kangisser who 'stands out for his heavyweight experience in the energy sector'. Andreas Dracoulis is also a key name.

Leading individuals: London, Dispute resolution, International Arbitration

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

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'a standout law firm' and 'a major player in the energy market, especially for drilling-related disputes', according to one client. The oil and gas lawyers are 'very client-focused and capable' and have 'an ability to manage cases efficiently and effectively'. The group represented a drilling contractor in a Commercial Court claim arising from the early termination of its contract for a semi-submersible unit, and represented Stena in High Court proceedings against Tullow regarding sums the client claimed were payable during the period of suspension of a contract. Key advisory work includes advising on the negotiation of shipbuilding contracts with a Korean company on behalf of Oceanus, and assisting TMS Cardiff Gas with its bids on a number of public tenders for the long-term chartering of LNG tonnage. Practice head and 'first-rate strategist' Glenn Kangisser is noted for his 'excellent legal and practical knowledge and considerable client skills' while clients recommend Simon Curtis for his 'unrivaled experience in the area'. Tom Ferns and Nicholas Foss-Pedersen joined from Rosenblatt and Teena Grewal , Fiona Cain and Helen Conybeare-Williams were promoted to counsel.

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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

The ‘diligent’ team at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP comprises lawyers who are ‘true experts in shipbuilding contracts and disputes’. It is also noted for ship conversion matters. The team represented Fincantieri Shipyard in a dispute regarding a refurbishment agreement for a cruise ship and acted. Simon Curtis, who is ‘very experienced’; William Cecil, who is ‘calm and experienced’; Andreas Dracoulis, who is ‘building an excellent reputation for careful case management’; Andreas Silcher, who is ‘very pragmatic and provides hands-on advice’; and James Brown who regularly handles arbitration and litigation; are key figures.

Leading individuals

Simon Curtis - Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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