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Trade & Commodities

Clyde & Co’s end-to-end knowledge of global supply chains, from extraction through to distribution to end users and all that lies between the two, enables us to provide clients with legal solutions for all their trading needs.

Supporting our clients every step of the way

Within the Trade & Commodities sector we specialise in hard and soft commodities, oil, gas, LNG and power, as well as newer disciplines such as carbon trading.

Our clients include governments, producers, trading companies, logistics groups, refineries, banks and insurers. We help them overcome trading challenges and resolve complex issues such as geo-political risk and the impact of multi-jurisdictional regulations.

Today’s trade and commodities corporate landscape is characterised by complex, integrated operations, joint ventures, strategic alliances and collaborations as well as mergers and acquisitions. We support clients as they strive to achieve efficiency, whether that be through expansion into new markets or focus on a particular specialism.

Our Trade & Commodities Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • FPSO vessel supply and maintainance

    Advising on long term supply and maintenance contracts in respect of a fleet of FPSO vessels deployed offshore of Angola, DRC, Nigeria and Brazil, including assisting the fleet owner in negotiating the contracts with the equipment suppliers and field operators


    USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining in Guinea

    Advising on the high profile, USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining project. This project is one of the world’s largest untapped high quality iron ore deposits and the project includes the construction of a 700km railway and the development of a deep water port to the south of Conakry...


    Trade finance operations between banks in the EU and Libya

    Advising an EU domiciled bank on EU sanctions regulations relating to trade finance operations between the EU bank and its Libyan subsidiary bank


    Development and financing of banana plantation

    Acting for the promoters in the development and financing of banana plantations and the negotiation of a ten year off take agreement with Chiquit in Mozambique


    Joint ventures in Southern African petroleum

    Advising an international trading house on a JV to acquire and invest in petroleum distribution assets in southern Africa


    Offshore oil exploration in Western Africa

    Advising a West African trading company on an offshore oil exploration and production sharing agreement

  • Political risk cover for zinc and lead mines in South America

    Advising a bank on political risk cover for investments in lead and zinc mines in South America


    Advising on a Brazilian commodities finance facility

    Advising a Brazilian trading company on a USD 85 million structured commodities finance facility (sugar and coffee) in Brazil


    Advising Brazilian developers of renewable energy projects

    Advising Brazilian developers of renewable energy projects on agreements for the forward sale of carbon credits, reviewing CDM emission reductions purchase agreements and regulatory requirements


    Ivanplats becomes majority stakeholder at The Kipushi Project

    Advising on the Canadian mining company Ivanplats Limited in its acquisition of a majority stake in a world class zinc deposit in Kipushi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kipushi Project is based on the high-grade, underground zinc-copper mine in the Central African Copperbelt.


    Floating African Global Energy

    Supporting New Age (African Global Energy) on a proposed listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange


    Restructuring Cuban sugar debt

    Advising insurers regarding the restructuring of a Cuban sugar related debt during a time of considerable political uncertainty and government restructuring

  • Insurance advice on Western Australian mining joint venture

    Advising a major mining company on insurance arrangements for a proposed joint venture with another mining company in Western Australia


    Australian bank on metal trading and business in China

    Advising an Australian bank on the establishment of their metals trading desks, their standard form contracts and legal requirements to carry on business in China


    Wheat Exports Australia Audit

    Conducting, on the instruction of Wheat Exports Australia, an audit of one year’s worth of the commodity trading and chartering practices of a major Australian exporter of wheat, relating to export accreditation restrictions


    Advising on anti-bribery and corruption allegations

    Advising a multinational corporation on its anti-bribery and corruption obligations and resolving alleged concerns held by the Australian Federal Police and a regulator that the corporation had breached those obligations


    Debt and equity limited recourse trade financing

    Advising an international trader in connection with its debt and equity limited recourse trade financing of an Australian scrap-steel recycler including in connection with its ongoing working capital trade finance lines


    Shareholder class action against collapsed mining company

    Acting for a director of a collapsed mining company in a shareholder class action in the Federal Court against a junior mining company, its directors and auditors arising out of alleged misrepresentations to the market and continuous disclosure breaches at around the time of the 2008 financial...

  • Letters of credit

    Acting for a major European bank, which had confirmed several letters of credit, regarding the default of the issuing bank incorporated in Bahrain; obtaining an freezing injunction to seize assets in England; considering cross-border insolvency issues and an application by the administrator for...


    Unlawful expropriation of assets and property

    Advising Saudi investors in relation to an ICSID arbitration, BIT treaties and alternative enforcement mechanisms regarding the unlawful expropriation of assets and property by the Egyptian government arising out of the Arab Spring

    Saudi Arabia

    Multi-billion dollar development of new light rail system

    Advising the Dubai Municipality on its multi-billion dollar development of a new light rail system traversing the city of Dubai and linking up with its airport. The system will be built in two sections, and will extend for some 70 km, with 35 stations.

    United Arab Emirates

    Yemeni USD 10.9 billion Production Sharing Agreement ICC Arbitration

    Successfully acting on a multi-billion dollar arbitration concerning the Republic of Yemen's national wealth and in relation to a 20-year old Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) regarding the Marib Block 18 oil field in the Yemen. Reported in The American Lawyer as the 2nd largest contract...


    Operation and development of port container facilities in Yemen

    Advising on the negotiation of a variety of agreements for the Yemeni Port of Aden, including Concession Agreement, Management Services Agreement, Port Services Agreement, Employee Transfer Agreement, Secondment Agreement, Performance Guarantees and several Letters of Comfort


    Operation and development of port container facilities in Yemen

    Advising on the negotiation of agreements for the Yemeni Port of Aden, including a Concession Agreement, Management Services Agreement and Port Services Agreement

  • UNCITRAL arbitration over breach of a take or pay contract

    Representing an Asian oil company in a USD 20 million UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the breach of a take or pay contract


    Arbitration for international energy company over oil processing agreement

    Acting for a well known international energy company in arbitration proceedings against a Balkan sovereign and a state owned oil refinery arising out of a crude oil processing agreement


    Trade finance facilities

    Advising a Greek shipping and oil trading entity on its trade finance facilities with ABN Amro and Standard Chartered Bank


    Buying a coffee trading house

    Advising an Italian coffee trading house on the acquisition of a coffee trading business. The transaction needed to be structured so as to preserve confidentiality


    Pacorinin SrL sale of metal warehousing business

    Advising Pacorini SrL on the high-profile sale of a metals warehousing business located in eight jurisdictions to Glencore. This deal was subject to complex regulatory requirements across several jurisdictions


    High-profile sale of metal warehousing

    Advising a leading Italian trading company on the high-profile sale of a metals warehousing business located in eight jurisdictions to Glencore. This deal was subject to complex regulatory requirements across several jurisdictions


Our Trade & Commodities team

Jane Andrewartha


Rebecca Armstrong


Ross Barfoot


David Bennet


Andrew Bicknell


Ik Wei Chong

Partner / Managing Director, Asia

Michelle Crorie


Simon Culhane


Paul Dillon


Alejandro Garcia


Andrew Grant


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