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Stephen Mackin

29 June 2018

Stephen Mackin is a lawyer at the international law firm Clyde & Co and he specialises in shipping and energy related issues particularly those arising from the carriage of oil and gas by sea. Stephen qualified in 1994 and was with Eversheds Sutherland for 25 years before joining Clyde & Co. He speaks regularly at conferences worldwide. He has spent five years with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited and has practical experience of the operation of VLCC’s, product tankers, LNG tankers and bulk carriers. He was Shell’s “cadet of the year”, a watch-keeping officer with Operation Raleigh and has sailed the Atlantic on a Tall Ship. He is regarded by Chambers Directory as a “leader in his field” and described as being the person you want on your side when you have a dispute.

Carolina Franca

06 March 2020

Carolina is a dual qualified Brazilian lawyer and barrister-at-law in England and Wales with a broad international experience. Carolina´s practice focuses on shipping and energy companies. She is an expert on marine and cargo claims, oil pollution, P&I, regulatory matters and shipping casualties. Carolina also advises on Common law/ Civil law jurisdictional conflicts.

Ashok Srinivasan

10 April 2019

Ashok is Manager, Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO and is responsible for coordinating BIMCO’s initiatives on a variety of technical, operational and regulation related matters. He represents BIMCO at international organisations such as International Maritime Organization(IMO), International Association of Classification Societies(IACS) on aforementioned matters. He is educated as a master mariner, dynamic positioning officer, and marine lead auditor. He also holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Copenhagen Business School. He is an experienced seafarer with 18 years of experience in the maritime sector. He started his career with A.P.Moller Maersk and has sailed on a variety of ships including containers, car carriers, oil tankers (crude and product), gas tankers (LPG and LNG) in the maritime shipping (13 years) and platform supply vessels & cable layers in the offshore sector (3years). Ashok has also been a visiting faculty at the marine colleges in India, where he taught navigation, safety and cargo related courses to budding seafarers. He is certified as a lead auditor and integrated marine auditor by LRQA (Lloyds register quality assurance). He has conducted quality, safety and security audits on several ship types and helped prepare ships for external class audits (ISM, ISPS and MLC audits), and industry vetting inspections such as OCIMF-SIRE, CDI inspections. 

Tom Adams

27 October 2020

Tom is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP, London. He is a shipping and energy specialist with expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore construction, shipbuilding, and floating production. He advises offshore contractors, owners and charterers under their charters and services contracts for offshore oil & gas and wind projects. Tom has presented for IBC in relation to FPSO contracts covering design risk, variations, topside integration, and commissioning issues, and edited the leading textbook Offshore Construction: Law & Practice (Published by Informa law for Routledge). He has presented for BIMCO and Lloyds Maritime Academy on the SUPPLYTIME forms since 2012.

Jessica Maitra

13 February 2020

Jessica is a Partner in Clyde & Co’s Marine and International Trade department. She has an international practice with an emphasis on shipping, trade and insurance work. Jessica is an experienced BIMCO trianer. At the BIMCO courses, she is drawing on her significant experiences advising clients on both commercial and contentious matters. From a disputes perspective she works on cases in the English Courts and in LMAA and other arbitrations. She also advises on contracts and transactions in the marine and insurance sectors. Jessica regularly advises on disputes and commercial aspects of shipping contracts, including charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding contracts and ship management agreements. Jessica has a wealth of experience in cases concerning liquid, gas and dry cargoes, but has particular experience of energy shipping and tanker contracts and claims. Her clients include shipowners, charterers, ship managers, oil majors and other energy companies, traders and their insurers/reinsurers. Jessica is listed by Legal 500 for shipping.

Lucas Leite Marques

25 July 2019

Partner of Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, with expertise in Maritime Law, Oil & Gas, international Law, litigation and arbitration. Law degree from the Pontíficia Universidade Católica (PUC – Rio); Post-graduated in Civil Procedural Law at IAVM/UCAM; Specialization in Maritime Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV); LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice at Lazarski University; Professor of Maritime Law at FGV/RJ; Vice-President of the Transport Law commission of the Association International des Jeunes Avocats – AIJA; Director of Maritime and Port Law of the Brazilian Center for Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA); Member of the Brazilian Maritime Law Association; Member of the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law; Member of the Maritime and Port Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

Alistair Loweth

20 December 2019

Alistair advises clients on a wide range of marine, commercial and international matters in the offshore and energy sectors. He has extensive practical experience of both transactional and contentious work including more than 5 years working in-house for a global oilfield service company. Alistair’s work comprises advising on regulatory issues, day-to-day operational matters, contracts (including charters, offshore service contracts, drilling contracts, shipyard agreements, ship agency agreements, equipment leases, product sales and license arrangements), bespoke complex projects and restructurings, disputes and crisis response.

Mark Lakin

05 November 2019

Mark is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood, Dubai. He is a skilled litigator with extensive experience in shipping, commodities and trade finance disputes. Having trained in London and practiced there for the first five years of his career, Mark moved to Dubai in 2017 in order to focus on building the Firm’s shipping and commodities practice in the UAE. He continues to be heavily involved in arbitration and Court cases in England for clients based the Middle East whilst also becoming a specialist in matters before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and arbitrations seated in the UAE. He has acted for a cornucopia of clients, ranging from oil majors, state-owned oil companies, trading houses, smaller independent commodities traders, shipowners, hedge-funds and banks. The majority of those matters have been arbitrations in the major shipping and commodities forums, including the LMAA, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC GAFTA, FOSFA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and the first case before the newly formed Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). The disputes have ranged from modest demurrage disputes to oil and gas disputes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. His reported Court cases in England include H&CS v RBRG Trading, Petrosaudi Oil Services v Novo Banco & Ors and Integral Petroleum SA v Perogat FZE & Ors. In Dubai he has recently acted in one of the leading cases on the enforcement of foreign judgments in the DIFC - Essar Global Fund Limited v Barclays Bank PLC & Ors.  Mark has also undertaken a number of secondments with both trading houses and trade finance banks, which has led to him being involved in non-contentious work such as advising on the structuring of trade finance facilities and “repo” sale contracts. 

Carl-Johan Garsten

01 October 2019

Carl is Managing Director, Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX) AB. He is a Master Mariner by profession and after his graduation he joined the Military Academy, in Sweden and became 1966 Navy Officer in the Reserve. After a number of years at sea, Carl returned to University for more studies, and in 1974, he graduated from the University of Lund in Sweden with a Bachelor of Economics degree. Carl worked as deck officer and as Captain in the Swedish merchant navy. After various educations he began work ashore 1975 as Shipping Manager for the trading company Joint Trawlers. Carl started his own trading company 1979 in shipping, but after 10 years left and moved to West Africa. From 1988 until 1993 was engaged in transportation, and was hired by Sentram Ferry Service in Dakar, Senegal as President Director General. The ferry company was engaged in ferry service along the West African coast. In 1994 he returned to Europe and was hired as Managing Director of the newly started independent oil company, High Sea Services, specialising in high sea bunkering. The year 2002 Carl founded the service company Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX) AB, designed to service the marine bunker industry with necessary tools like bunker price publications world-wide, and Carl is still very much active in the same field, inventing safer and better ways of determine bunker indications.