Market leading contentious and non-contentious experience across the commodities supply chain
We support our clients in the constant flow of materials and goods around the world and are with them every step of the way.
Recognised as market leaders in the commodities sector, we are ranked in the top tier of both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories.
We have dedicated trade and commodities teams across our office network, including a substantial UK team, working on the full range of the commodity markets – hard and soft commodities, oil and energy, futures and derivatives, and the newer specialisations such as carbon trading. Our end to end supply chain experience gives our advice a particular depth of understanding and this is underpinned by our legal knowledge across our contentious and non-contentious practices.
We act for a wide range of producers, trading companies and banks offering pragmatic advice and steering them through the complex and diverse commercial challenges they face. In addition to standard trading matters, these include hedging, freight trading/freight derivatives and risk management. We also advise on sovereign immunity issues, sanctions, bilateral investment treaties and WTO regulations.
As the scope and complexity of regulation increases, trading clients require constant cross border regulatory support and compliance advice across a number of different regulatory regimes.
International trading companies are particularly vulnerable to regulatory challenge as they often operate in “challenging” jurisdictions. The consequences of non-compliance, or inadequate risk management, include high financial penalties and substantial reputational damage. We recognise that managing risk is central to our clients’ strategic and business objectives and advise a number of major players in the commodities sector.
Our regulatory team, like our clients’ compliance and risk management teams, is multidisciplinary and drawn from across our international offices. Working alongside in-house compliance teams we advise clients on regulatory and compliance issues including trade sanctions, corruption and malpractice, and defend them on all aspects of enforcement proceedings.
In today's turbulent investment climate, we advise on the relevance of comprehensive investment treaty planning (when structuring or re-structuring investments) as part of a risk management strategy.