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John Leonida

Partner, London

John specialises in international marine transactional work and is a prominent member of the firm's yacht group. His practice ranges from advising operators in the oil support industry to owners and builders of some of the world's most luxurious superyachts.

He also advises on regulatory issues relating to the ownership of ships and has extensive experience in negotiating shipbuilding and ship financing documents. His clients are either shipping entrepreneurs or, in the case of John's superyacht work, high net- worth individuals. superyacht builders, designers and banks.

John has been a partner since May 2003. He is a former development economist with the Foreign Office's overseas development administration and has an economics degree from the University of Sussex and a masters in political economics from Middlesex University. He also has a law degree from the University of Westminster.

John is frequently quoted in the media as an expert in his field, for example in the Financial Times on the trend towards litigation in superyacht disputes. He is a regular contributor to superyacht symposia on issues as diverse as tax, the legal pitfalls surrounding superyacht design as well as superyacht finance. He also writes for several publications, including Boat International and The Yacht Report.