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Hong Kong - Andrew Rigden Green, Partner, Stephenson Harwood

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Address: 18th floor, United Centre
95 Queensway
Hong Kong

Stephenson Harwood - Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Dispute Resolution, Shipping Maritime & Aviation

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Andrew Rigden Green is a partner in the litigation practice of Stephenson Harwood based in Hong Kong.

 

Andrew specialises in marine business and international trade, in both dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and mediation) and advisory work (contract drafting and negotiation). His practice includes commercial shipping, shipping litigation, ship-building and offshore construction, commodities and marine insurance. He regularly represents ship-owners, charterers, commodity traders, energy clients, bill of lading holders, P&I clubs, insurers, shipyards, offshore contractors and banks.


He represented clients in a number of substantial disputes and cross border transactions involving different jurisdictions in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He is familiar with maritime, trade and institutional arbitration as well as high court litigation.


Background


Andrew speaks fluent French and Russian. Andrew has been with the firm since 2001 and has worked in both the London and Hong Kong offices. He has worked in the Marine and International Trade group for the past 10 years.


Specialist areas


Shipping litigation


Andrew regularly represents shipowners, charterers, carriers, bill of lading holders, P&I clubs and banks in the High Court and arbitration in relation to as wide range of disputes including charterparty issues, cargo disputes, fraudulent claims, insurance coverage issues and enforcement of loans.


Andrew also has particular experience in dealing with jurisdictional challenges, obtaining and defending interim injuctions such as anti-suit injunctions and freezing orders.


Commercial shipping


Andrew has acted for shipowners, shipbrokers and charterers in relation to drafting and advising on the wording contracts of affreightment and charterparties. He has also advised in relation to the effect of sanctions against Iran on trading patterns and sale and purchase of vessels. He has also advised P&I clubs in relation to their rules.


Shipbuilding and offshore construction


Andrew has acted for owners and contractors in relation to preparing tender documents, procurement agreements and building contracts for passenger and cargo ships, mega yachts and training ships. Andrew has advised on the construction, charter, operation and maintenance of FSOs, FPSOs, drill ships, semi- submersible drilling rigs and jack ups.


He has also advised shipyards in relation to issues arising during building and recycling processes, including change of specification and non-payment of instalments, implication of sanctions (Iranian and Libyan) and force majeure due to the Arab Spring.


Commodities


Andrew regularly advises commodity traders in relation to disputes arising out of sale and purchase agreements, contracts for carriage of goods and financing arrangements (including letters of credit and letters of collection). Andrew has also advised in relation to ice blockages and sanctions in Syria and Iran.


Recent Work

 

 

  • Successfully acting for a Western European shipowner in a $23m dispute with a Russian controlled charterer who had redelivered three vessels early. This matter involved anti-suit injunctions freezing orders in several jurisdictions, arbitration, Russian court proceedings, insolvency and contempt of court.
  • Successfully acted for a major Russian hull insurer in an appeal from arbitration regarding a coverage dispute for ice damage. The arbitration award was upheld.
  • Acting for a major European bank in relation to the enforcement of three shipping loans with proceedings in Singapore and PRC.
  • Acting for the owner of semi-submersible drilling rigs, drafting and negotiating building contracts, procurement contracts, charter, towage and sale and purchase agreements.
  • Advising major Chinese purchases of ores in relation to long term sale and purchase agreements, insolvency of counter parties, assignment and novation and related contracts of carriage.