International trade and commodities

In recent matters, our international trade and commodities practice :

  • Oil & Gas

    Advised, over several years, a Swiss trading company on the negotiation of Crude Oil Master Sales Agreements with the national companies of various States from the Arab world.

  • Oil & Gas

    Advised, over several years, a Swiss trading company on the negotiation of several contracts for the sale and delivery of crude oil in Europe and in Asia.

  • Oil & Gas

    Advised a Swiss trading company on the implementation of a logistical infrastructure for the shipping and storage of crude oil between the Arab world, Europe and Asia (including charter-parties, bills of lading and rotations, storage, offshore transshipping, Q&Q inspections etc.).

  • Mining

    Advised a mining holding company incorporated in England on several legal issues affecting the operating conditions of a concession granted to one of its subsidiaries by the government of a Southeastern State. This situation was directly linked the protection of foreign investments and raised, in particular, the question of the indirect expropriation of the investor as a result of administrative measures enacted by the host State.

  • Agricultural commodities

    Represented a State-owned entity, first agricultural exporter of a North African country, against a French importer in a litigation in relation to several annual campaigns of exportation of agricultural and agro-industrial products to France. The dispute involved, inter alia, very specific issues regarding the Uniform Customs and Practices (ICC-UCP) ruling the issuance and use of letters of credit.

  • Agricultural commodities

    Represented a Middle Eastern exporter against a French importer in an ICC arbitration in relation to the bacterial contamination of agricultural products during their carriage under a marine bill of lading and a CFR sale.

  • Dangerous goods (IMDG)

    Represented a Middle Eastern importer and its insurer against a leading French shipping company, a Chinese shipper, a Lebanese trading company and their respective insurers in an international litigation in relation to the destruction of 700 tonnes of flammable chemical products caused by the occurrence of a fire during the transportation at high sea, under a CFR sale and a marine bill of lading. This case raised issues in relation to the rescue of the ship and its reroutal to Sri Lanka, the application of the rules on general average (York-Antwerp Rules), as well as the obligations of the shipper and the carrier in respect of the maritime transportation of dangerous goods (IMDG) and the subsequent liabilities (Hague-Visby Rules).

  • Defense industry

    Represented the Ministry of Defense of a North African State against a European manufacturer in a 200 million dollars ICC arbitration in relation to the rescission, upon the introduction of international sanctions, of a public market for the provision of over 2.650 trucks and military equipement.

  • International sanctions and embargoes

    Provided legal representation and advice in numerous litigations and arbitrations involving the consequences over the performance of ongoing contracts of international sanctions, commercial embargoes, asset freezes and other financial measures enacted by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and various States (in particular USA, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland etc.) in respect of armed conflicts or threats to international peace and security.