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Trade and commodities

Trade and commodities

In recent times the world economy has been exposed to many changes and the resulting shifts in trading patterns has seen new patterns established, sometimes overnight, and the old routes subject to constant amendments and adjustments.  In this environment international trade and the supply of commodities have become an increasingly fast moving and challenging area.

Our clients support and facilitate this constant flow of materials and goods around the world.  We are with them every step of the way, offering advice that unravels complexity and steers them through the complex and diverse commercial challenges they face.

International trade and commodities are at the core of our business. Our commodities team has developed alongside the growth of the world’s main trading hubs and we have a presence in each of the main trading markets.  We have worked within the commodities sector from our inception and are recognised as a market leader – as indicated by our top tier rankings for commodities in all the legal directories.

We work across the full range of the commodity markets - hard and soft commodities, oil and energy, futures and derivatives including new specialisations such as carbon trading.  Our extensive experience of the whole trade cycle from raw product to market and throughout the full supply chain - gives our advice a particular depth of understanding. This knowledge is underpinned by our legal expertise and our leading international contentious and non-contentious practices that offer clients advice wherever and whenever needed.

For traders there has been a rapid increase in the spread, application and enforcement of regulatory regimes.  Our regulatory team has built a strong reputation for supporting clients in this area and in particular for the newly established regulations such as trade sanctions.

Unlike many firms we have in-depth experience across the whole range of contentious and non-contentious matters.  As one of the top two dispute resolution practices of any leading UK firm we have a particularly strong track record in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and an outstanding reputation in international arbitration.  This is complemented by our leading regulatory practice which provides quick, focused, commercial advice that is particularly appropriate when our clients are operating in unfamiliar or volatile jurisdictions and markets.