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Co-Partner in Charge of Sutherland’s London office and a founding partner of Arbis LLP, Mark is one “of the most experienced commodities lawyers in London” (Legal 500, 2013, Commodities) and is “highly regarded for his work in the oil and gas and metals markets” (Chambers & Partners 2011, Commodities).

Mark has more than 20 years of professional experience representing leading investment and financing banks, traders and producers, as well as ship owners and P&I Clubs in various commodity markets. A member of the Energy Institute (recognized expert) and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, his practice is tightly focused on dispute resolution and transactional matters covering:

  • Commodity trade finance—transactional and structured
  • Physical commodity sales and storage (crude, products, LNG and metals)
  • Contracts of carriage by sea (charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment (COAs))
  • Offshore drilling, marine oilfield services industry and related EPC / EPCI‎ contracts‎.
  • Crisis management - oil pollution, piracy, major marine accidents.
  • Derivatives—OT and on exchange covering oil, metals and freight
  • Upstream—licensing, production sharing agreements (PSAs), farm-ins and farm-outs
  • Midstream—throughput and off-take agreements
  • Biomass supply chains - wood pellets.
  • International joint ventures, asset sale and purchase, share purchase agreements (SPAs) and shareholders agreements (SHAs); restructuring of trading companies.
  • Ship building and management disputes
  • Regulatory issues covering sanctions and bribery

In addition, he represents clients in major fraud litigation. Mark has extensive experience in the initiation and coordination of large-scale, multi-jurisdictional litigation and related asset tracing and seizure actions at the earliest possible stage.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers UK in Commodities: Physicals (2005-2015)

Recognized by Chambers UK in Commodities: Derivatives (2014)

Recognized by The Legal 500: United Kingdom in Shipping (2004-2016)

Recognized by The Legal 500: United Kingdom in Commodities: Physicals (2006-2016)

Recognized by The Legal 500: United Kingdom in Commodities: Derivatives (2013-2015)

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