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William Cecil

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Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

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Contentious maritime, offshore oil and gas and energy

Position

Partner

Career

William has extensive experience in maritime and construction litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the shipping, offshore oil and gas and energy industries. Since 2004, he has been involved in a series of heavyweight international arbitrations. He was the lead partner in an ICC arbitration based in Geneva relating to a power and desalination construction project in the Middle East, an SCMA arbitration based in Singapore relating to a dispute arising out of the upgrade of a semi-submersible drilling rig and two LMAA arbitrations based in London relating to delay and cost over-runs arising out of the construction of two semi-submersible rigs in South Korea. The sums in dispute in each matter were in the region of US$100m. In the LMAA arbitrations William obtained decisions awarding his clients a total of US$33m out of total claims of US$34m, and dismissing the other side’s counterclaims – totalling some US$56m – in full. In 2014, William was heavily involved as the lead partner in CIMC’s claims totalling about US$200m against the Schahin group. Alongside his litigation and arbitration practice, William also assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of various forms of offshore contracts. He has written extensively on marine and offshore construction topics for publications such as Lloyds List, Harts E & P, Petroleum Review and European Oil and Gas, and has lectured on managing litigation risk in high value marine construction projects.

Education

Bristol University (BSc Hons Psychology).


London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

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 CecilJames 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.

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London: Transport

Shipping

Within: Shipping

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.

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