The annual conference, now in its forth year, has built up a strong reputation as a forum for debate and discussion on pressing industry topics, with a particular emphasis on legal, finance and insurance perspectives.
This year the one-day conference takes as its theme ‘Where is Shipping Going?’ examining the key subjects impacting the industry; the quest for energy efficiency, sources of finance, risk management and winning strategies: buy, build or charter.
Conference organiser and Managing Partner of Studio Legale Lauro, Francesco Lauro says the confidence shown in the event by speakers and sponsors reflects the need for sustainable strategies as the industry emerges from downturn.
“Shipping and the Law is an opportunity to hear from experts on finance, law and insurance as well as from the owner and charterer community, to exchange ideas and perspectives and debate the way forward. Once again this year with the generous support of our sponsors we have assembled a roster of speakers who can address the biggest question of the day – where is shipping going?”
The opening session, sponsored by Wartsila, ‘New Technical Solutions’, includes an analysis of environmental regulatory drivers and of the most cost-effective steps to assure legal compliance as well as technical solutions to reducing bunker consumption. Chaired by RINA CEO Ugo Salerno and former ECSA Secretary General Alfons Guinier, speakers include the forthcoming CONFITARMA president Emanuele Grimaldi, Pacific Basin CEO Matts Berglund, General Secretary of ECSA Patrick Verhoeven, Fincantieri President Vincenzo Petrone. Shipowner Umberto D’Amato and Francesco Lauro will jointly present a paper on how to contractualise ‘energy efficient’ shipping operations.
Session Two, ‘Sailing Towards New Financial Solutions’, is chaired by Former Intesa Sanpaolo General Manager Giuseppe Castagna and Managing Director, Venice Shipping and Logistics, Fabrizio Vettosi, with input from finance, insurance and legal experts including senior representatives from the European Investment Bank, SACE and DVB’s Hugo Modderman.
The first afternoon session, ‘Managing the Risks’ examines insurance issues under the chairmanship of PL Ferrari & Co Managing Director Federico Deodato and CR Marine & Aviation Managing Director Mauro Iguera. Standard Club CEO Alistair Groom will open this session with a paper, ‘Paying for shipping catastrophes’, which will be followed, among others, by contributions from of North of England’s Simon Williams, Smit Tugs’ Richard Jansen, former IOPC Funds director Mans Jacobson on the Erika case and BV’s Philippe Boisson. The session will be concluded by Swiss Re’s Andrea Cupido on how ’Hull and machinery insurers sail the troubled shipping waters’.
The closing session, ‘Buy, Build, Charter’, is chaired by London Maritime Arbitrators Association Member Clive Aston and CONFITARMA Young Ship Owners President Valeria Novella. Among the speakers are Wang Jing, Managing Partner of Wang Jing and Co, Henry De Richemont, David McInnes of Ince & Co, David Pitlarge of Hill Dickinson and Jamie Wallace of Bentley Stokes. They will discuss charter parties, MOAs and shipbuilding contracts with owners including Giuseppe Bottiglieri, Michele Bottiglieri, Giuseppe d’Amato (Perseveranza), Lorenzo Matacena (Caronte), Carlo Cameli (d’Amico), Yannis Triphillis, Leonardo Rondinella (LGR), Gerasimos Strinzis (Hellenic Seaways), Luca Vitiello (SERS), Gianni Di Domenico (Rimorchiatori Napoletani), Salvatore Lauro and many others.
The Conference will be followed by a Gala Dinner at the Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiaraclip_image001.
Shipping and the Law in the Recent and Current Markets, 2013 will be held at the Complesso Monumentale di Santa Chiaraclip_image001, Via S. Chiara, 49 – 80134 Naples, Thursday 3rd October 2013.
For more information and to register, please visit: www.studiolegalelauro.it/shipping2013/
About Studio Legale Lauro
Established in 1993 in Naples, Studio Legale Lauro offers a wide range of legal services in Maritime, Commercial and International Law matters. Its lawyers provide specialised assistance in Shipping, Transportation, Commercial, Corporate, Banking, Insurance, Construction and Bankruptcy law, whether in an advisory capacity or as counsel in litigation proceedings in Italian courts and arbitration tribunals. Through its work with leading Italian and foreign shipowners, banks and financial lenders, Studio Legale Lauro has developed significant expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, in Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements, and in various types of Financing Transactions. It also regularly acts on behalf of Shipowners, P&I Clubs, Underwriters, Charterers, Traders, Logistic Operators, Ship-Builders, Port and Infrastructure Builders, Banks and generally for maritime and commercial clients worldwide.