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Hill Dickinson adds to growing commodities team with notable appointment

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Andrew Buchmann

Andrew Buchmann

International law firm Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen its growing commodities team with the return of partner Andrew Buchmann.

Following qualification in South Africa, Andrew joined Hill Dickinson’s London office in 2003. He returned to South Africa in 2008, where he established a commodities consultancy, advising on commodity trading transactions and contentious issues in relation to physical trades, shipping, finance and insurance. Andrew is a dual-qualified lawyer with an in-depth commercial knowledge of both the UK and Sub-Saharan markets.

Commenting on Andrew’s arrival, Hill Dickinson Head of Commodities, Jeff Isaacs, said: “We’re delighted Andrew has decided that he can best move forward with his legal career in London and with Hill Dickinson. Andrew’s outstanding experience and skills will further strengthen our capabilities, broaden our practice areas and greatly enhance our already expanding team of specialists.”

Andrew added: “I am pleased to be back at Hill Dickinson, especially at such an exciting time for the firm. I now look forward to adding my experience to what is a very impressive commodities team and playing my part in contributing to its ambitious growth plans, particularly in the areas of Africa business and emerging markets trade.”

Andrew’s appointment follows the arrival of partner Patric McGonigal, who joined the commodities team in April from Hogan Lovells, Tokyo, where he spent more than four years as head of the Tokyo international disputes team. Patric will work closely with the firm’s Singapore office as the team continues to build on its presence in the Asian market.

About Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson is a leading and award-winning international law firm with more than 1, 150 people including 190 partners and legal directors operating across 8 offices in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia, servicing the marine trade and energy markets. With strong roots in the shipping industry, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory work to all forms of dispute resolution.

The Marine Trade and Energy Division is led by Maria Pittordis.  In addition to the global shipping team the team boasts:

  • a top tier commodities team led by Jeff Isaacs
  • the leading yacht practice led by Tony Allen
  • the leading marine personal injury and regulatory practice led by Maria Pittordis
  • highly praised cargo and logistics team led by Adrian Marsh
  • a leading Marine Insurance team led by Rhys Clift
  • recent appointment of a leading aviation team

The heads of the international offices are:

  • Mike Mallin/ Damien Laracy in Hong Kong
  • Tony Goldsmith in Singapore
  • Patrick Hawkins in Greece
  • David Reardon in Monaco

The firm has acted on many high profile casualties including the “COSTA CONCORDIA”.

Hill Dickinson’s marine lawyers, consistently rank in the top tier of industry publications such as Legal 500, Chambers and Superlawyer.

Hill Dickinson’s global shipping team acts for the full range of shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, and port and terminal operators, to underwriters and traders, salvors, and the cargo, logistics and warehousing industries. From shippers, traders, commodities end-users and trade associations such as GAFTA and the RSA, to specialist yacht finance houses and banks, owners and borrowers.

The Legal 500 says: ‘Hill Dickinson has a ‘strong’ commercial and regulatory practice’ with ‘real depth of expertise and a user-friendly approach really makes it stand out from its competitors’.’

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