Swansea LLM Alumni are Particularly Well Placed in the Job Market Worldwide
Tiwalade obtained his LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2011. He was recently promoted to Head of the Corporate and Commercial Section of Paul C. Ananaba [SAN] and Associates, where he was previously working as Associate Counsel. In his job, he drafts all corporate, commercial and maritime briefs. Tiwalade also deals with importation of foreign capital for some of the firm’s international clients, as well as initial public offerings. He also ensures that all his corporate clients adhere to all Corporate Affairs Commission regulations and the pertinent tax regulations.
Pablo completed his LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2013. Following work placements with Ince & Co (London), BlankRome LLP (New York) and Montgomery McCracken Walker &Rhoads LLO (New York), he secured a job as a paralegal (while he is qualifying as an English solicitor) with Thomas Cooper, dealing with wet and dry shipping, especially in cases and casualties that occur in Latin America.
Afun completed his LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2007. Following his graduation, he started working as a Broker / Claims Handler (Marine Cargo) with Nacora International Insurance Brokers, providing single shipment insurance cover for Kuehne and Nagel shipments as well as interested third parties. He also advised on Kuehne and Nagel freight liability matters within the Claims Centre. He is currently working as a lawyer with Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading Nigerian law firm. His practice includes Corporate and Commercial Law, Shipping, Aviation and International Trade, Banking and Loan Syndication, as well as Litigation, Arbitration & ADR.
Steve graduated with an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2013. He is currently working as Head, Regional Legal Services, Legal Services Group at Heritage Bank Limited in Lagos, Nigeria. Steve supervises the regional legal offices across the country and advises, prepares and reviews documentations for specialized securities in credit transactions, particularly Vessel Mortgage, Rig Mortgage and Aircraft Mortgage. He also provides comprehensive legal advice on credit transactions to the various Branches of the Bank. He monitors the regional litigations schedules and ensures pro-active litigation management.
Jaime completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. He is the winner of the IISTL Prize for the best law projects (awarded in January 2012). He worked as an Associate (English & Spanish Qualified) at the London office of Clyde & Co LLP until 2016, working in the MIT1 Marine and International Trade Department. His practice involves charterparty disputes, marine insurance, commodities and large scale litigation with special focus on Latin America and Spain. He is now employed as Associate (Spanish & English Qualified) with Albors Galiano & Portales, a leading Spanish maritime law firm.
Shevan obtained his LLM International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2011. Following an internship he secured at the LLM Career’s Fair, he is now employed as Claims Handler at the Shipowners’ Club, a leading marine liability insurer offering P&I, Legal Assistance and Defence cover and associated insurance to small and specialist vessel owners across the world.
Sergejs graduated with an LLM International Maritime Law in 2013. After graduation, he started working as Legal Advisor for Olymp Invest Ltd, an international trade company. His job entailed negotiation, drafting and verification of international contracts, contract management for logistics sector, handling contractual and other documentary claims, as well as confidentiality agreements. He then moved to Cabot Corporation, where he worked as Tranportation Specialist. At Cabot, Sergejs arranges transportation with carriers and clients and deals with customs clearances for US and Canadian goods entering EU zone. He is also involved in solving disputes arising out of damage to cargo and breach of the carriage contract generally. He is currently a Supplier Manager at Atea Global Services Ltd.
Michele obtained his LL.M. in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2010. Michele is the recipient of the IISTL Prize for the Best Law Projects (awarded in January 2010). He is currently an Associate at Watson, Farley & Williams (branch of Rome) in the Shipping Finance department. Michele areas of practice focus loan agreements, security packages, restructuring and insolvency, sale and purchase of vessels. His work experience includes, also, handling disputes and claims relating to all types of charterparties and bills of landing as well as insurance policy disputes and arrest of vessels.
Zainab graduated with an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2011. She is employed as In-House Counsel by the Nigerian Export Import Bank – NEXIM, having previously worked for ETK Consulting as Head of Legal Administration and as Research Officer for the Royal Bank of Scotland. In her current role, she works with a team of experts responsible for rendering legal advice, drafting and vetting legal documentations on behalf of the bank. Zainab is also responsible for projects relating to the Collaterization of Intellectual Asset Management and Transactions and she makes good use of the knowledge she acquired while studying the Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions module at Swansea.
Ioannis obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2014. Soon after his graduation, he started working as Claims Analyst at Trafilgura, a leading commodity trading and logistics house.
Eleni graduated with an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2013. She is the winner of the IISTL Prize for the best dissertations (awarded January 2014). She is working as an Associate with Daniolos Law Firm, a Greek firm specialised in commercial and maritime law. Eleni specializes in shipping finance transactions, mainly in the preparation and negotiation of loan agreements and other finance documents. She also represents maritime companies in the acquisition and sale of new buildings and second hand vessels.
Bruno graduated with an LL.M. International Maritime Law in 2015. Today he is working as an Offshore Broker (Chartering/S&P) at Global Renewables Shipbrokers, the first independent shipbroking house solely dedicated to the offshore renewable industry and specialist in offshore tonnage, both chartering and S&P as well as equipment. His role entails broking, drafting and negotiating offshore contracts to suit the specific needs of offshore wind farm projects from the initial construction phase until the end of O&M phase. He is also actively involved in new building/secondhand sale&purchase contracts for projects within the renewable energy industry.
Michael obtained his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2005. He is currently a Solicitor with Waltons and Morse. His main focus of work is dispute resolution in dry shipping matters, charterparty disputes, carriage of goods by sea disputes and insurance and reinsurance matters. With the increase of piracy related activities in the shipping world, Michael has worked extensively in Waltons’ piracy team, advising clients in relation to piracy related issues between owners and charterers. The bulk of the piracy work has been on behalf of cargo interests on a number of high profile attacks both on the east and west coast of Africa.
Marie-Eve graduated with an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2007. She then worked as Associate (Avocat a la Cour) at DLA Piper. Her practice focused on issues related to corporations in Luxembourg, such a incorporation, liquidation, migration, acquisition of companies, restructuration of groups in relation to all types of companies (S.A., S.à r.l., S.C.A....), financial instruments issuance in the private equity, real estate and fund industry and corporate governance. In 2014, she moved to Baker & McKenzie, where she currently works as Associate (Avocat a la Cour).
Shortly after completing her LLM in international Maritime Law in 2009 , Georgia undertook an internship (stage) at the European Commission DGMOVE, Maritime Transport and Ports Policy, Internal Market and Inland Waterways, focusing on European maritime transport policy issues and objectives. She then moved back to Cyprus where she worked inter alia as Legal Officer for the Cyprus Union of Shipowners and Advocate at Montanios & Montanios LLC. She is currently working as a lawyer at the OSM Maritime Group, being responsible for providing legal advisory services, as well as for ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks.
Didem completed her LLM in International Trade Law in 2013. She is now employed as Legal Consultant / Attorney at Law at K&P Legal Law Firm, one the leading commercial law firms in Turkey. Didem's job involves advising both overseas and domestic clients on investing and doing business in Turkey, as well as providing legal consultation to Turkish companies on expanding their business abroad. Furthermore, her job entails, drafting and vetting contracts including but not limited to; every kind of International Trade Contracts (Incoterms), sales contracts, distribution contracts, joint ventures, shareholders contracts, service contracts, Transportation Contracts, Agency Agreements, and etc.
Neele obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2014. She is also the worthy winner of the HFW Admiralty Prize. In the course of her studies, she was also involved in mooting as a member of the LLM Swansea mooting team, which reached the Final of the prestigious Commercial/Maritime Mooting Competition held under the aegis of 7 King's Bench Walk, the leading Temple shipping and commercial chambers, and Informa Law, the leading publishers in the maritime field. Following her graduation, she started working at the Operations Department of RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & Co KG where she obtained a practical insight of the day-to-day business of a ship owner before moving to Hamburg Süd as Claims Specialist. At Hamburg Süd she is responsible for the handling of international maritime and multimodal P&I claims which are brought against the carrier. Likewise she takes care of the supervision of colleagues handling claims in the regional offices of the company to ensure a smooth and favourable settlement of claims. Neele strongly believes that her studies at Swansea University provided her with a profound in-depth knowledge of Maritime Law and definitely were helping her in starting a hopefully successful career in the shipping industry.
Abdul Fahl joined TT Club on 2nd January 2013 as a Claims Executivehaving previously worked at the Claims Department of MacAndrews & Co Ltd for 4 years. Abdul is now a Senior Claims Executive at the TT Club handling liability and property damage claims for Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators servicing Club members in Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey, North Africa and Southern Europe.
Aida obtained an LLM in International Commercial Law in 2015. Upon completion of her LLM, she started working at Carreira Pitti PC Attorneys (Carpit), a law firm in Panama, a country that has jurisdiction over the largest merchant navy in the world. Aida act as consultant and advisor on different aspects of maritime law. Her job entails mapping the legal strategy to be followed in each case, drafting pleadings, working on providing evidence (“discovery”), researching and compiling jurisprudence, providing support in trials either in the first instance maritime courts or in appeal, as well as producing a legal response to any particular query of the firm’s international clients.
Jaime obtained his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2006. Jaime is currently working as Managing Partner at Meana Green Maura SLP, the oldest maritime law firm in Spain. Before returning to Spain, he was employed in the City of London as Claims Executive within the Eastern Syndicate and for the Shipowners Protection Ltd, as well as Consultant at Swinnerton Moore, LLP.
Amanpreet completed his LL.M in International Maritime Law in 2012. He is currently working as Associate in the shipping team for Clasis Law, Mumbai. Clasis Law is a full service Indian law firm that is truly international in vision, scope, experience and capability. The firm represents major international corporations, insurers and reinsurers, investment banks and other financial institutions, airlines and trading houses.
Francisco graduated with an International Maritime Law in 2015. Just before his graduation, he joined Holman Fenwick Willan (Sao Paulo offices) as Associate. He specialises in international trade and maritime law, including commercial transactions, insurance and reinsurance and dispute resolution.
Qin obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2008. He is currently employed at COSCO International Freight Co. Ltd.
Gülşah Işık obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. Upon completion of her LLM, she spent two months at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as an intern and also had an opportunity to spend time as a trainee at Ulgener Law Firm in Istanbul. She then went to work at the Legal Department of Moore & Stephens Turkey as a legal consultant on the subjects of foreign investment, business consultancy, international commercial law disputes. Gülşah is currently employed by Omur Marine LTD as lawyer, whilst at the same time she is working towards her PhD degree at Yeditepe University, Istanbul.
Arthur Jasnault joined the LLM of International Maritime Law in September 2011 after completing his qualification as Master Mariner. He is now working in the Energy Sector for Total Trading where he is in charge of demurrage claims for refined products pursuant to trading and shipping contracts for the Far Eastregion. He is in charge of drafting and negotiating clauses with counterparties and of applyimg them to the demurrage claims at non-contentious and contentious levels. His position puts him in contact with all the people involved in the trading chain from traders to oil terminal, refineries or oil tankers.
Shengyi completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2012. He is currently employed as Shipping Executive at COSCO SOUTH EAST ASIA Ltd. in Singapore. His job at COSCO entails monitoring vessels and cargo on container line service. While studying at Swansea, he also had the chance to attend an internship with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and Willis, one of the world's largest professional services firms specializing in insurance brokerage and risk management, which enhanced his practical understanding of shipping and insurance law.
Kristoffer is currently employed by Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) as a Senior Claims Executive. Kristoffer is a part of the P&I and Defence (FD&D) team in Skuld’s Bergen office. He takes part in the club’s People Claims group, as well as providing top quality service to ship owners and charterers in all kinds of P&I and FD&D related matters all around the world.
Ivalyo completed his LLM in Maritime Law in 2012. Even before the completion of his LLM, Ivalyo has secured a job in the handy tankers segment in Maersk Tankers as a chartering trainee. His duties involved chartering of their vessels on a daily basis, researching and evaluating market freight rates and dealing with various parties as charterers and shipbrokers and negotiating effective charterparty terms. Ivalyo then moved back to the UK to work in the Chartering Department of Union Maritime Ltd., a UK based owner and operator of chemical tankers.He is currently working as CPP Tanker Broker at POTEN & PARTNERS, a company specialising in ship and commodity brokerage, research, business intelligence, consulting and commercial advisory in the energy and or ocean transportation industries.
Maria obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2014. Following her graduation, she started working as a lawyer at the Legal and Commercial Departments of MARITECH, a company providing services & technologies for subsea installations and marine works, including turnkey Subsea Installations & Trenching, Survey & Seabed Mapping, Offshore Support & Diving Services, Inspection-Maintenance & Repair, Seabed Dredging & Excavation, HDD Installations and Engineering & Manufactured Products for subsea works. She found the core maritime courses chosen (admiralty, carriage, charter parties, marine insurance) very helpful for the practice she is involved in. Maria’s duties include dealing with legal issues arising out of charterparties bills of lading and insurance, contract drafting/review, s&p, as well as communication with worldwide customers and operators. In January 2016, Maria joined the Claims Department of Fender S.A., a Specialty Insurance Brokerage Firm which provides intermediary services and consultancy to the Shipping Community in all Marine Insurance related aspects.
Theodora completed her LLM in International aritime law in 2015. She is currently working as Claims Handler in Shipserve (International) Inc. in Piraeus, a company acting as Correspondent for a number of International Group Clubs as well as other P&I Insurers, providing immediate expert assistance and advice covering every P&I contingency throughout Greece and its environs. Theodora deals with a variety of claims (cargo/personal injury and others), making use of the knowledge she gained in Swansea on a daily basis.
Affoua graduated with an LLM International Maritime Law in 2012. She is currently working as Assistant Project Manager with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. Affoua deals with the issuance of operational permits for the laying and maintenance of offshore submarine cables as required by the laws of each country involved (Permission to navigate in TWs and EEZs, Work permits, Temporary Importation of foreign flagged vessels, Cabotage waiver)
John graduated with an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2010. In the course of his LLM degree, he also undertook an internship at the Standard P&I club. Since his graduation, he has worked for Torm as Deputy Demurrage Manager and for P&I Scandinavia as Claims Handler. In June 2015, John joined Dutch Insurance Group /Dutch P&I Services (DUPI’s) Danish office in Copenhagen as Claims Handler and he was soon promoted to Manager of DUPI Copenhagen. John is responsible for all the daily commercial activities and handling of claims, client business as well as corresponding assignments.
Le graduated in 2008. She holds an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law. She is currently working in the President's Office of Huaxin Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd, in Beijing.
Having obtained his LLM Degree in International Commercial and Maritime Law from Swansea University in 2007, Yunlong joined one of largest law firms in China, ALLBright Law Offices, located in Shanghai. Yunlong is currently partner at ALLBright Law Offices. His practice areas include corporate investment, securities and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganization, and dispute resolution. Yunlong has vast experience in providing comprehensive legal services for investing in and financing enterprises and large-scale real property construction projects, including corporate acquisitions and reorganizations, joint-stock restructuring, public offerings, bond issuances, restructuring and refinancing of listed companies, private equity investment as well as financing, construction, operation and the transfer of large real estate projects.
Shirley obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2009. She is a Senior Partner at Globe-Law law firm, a comprehensive large-scale partnership law firm. Her practice focuses on maritime, admiralty and international trade cases. She has assisted a number of large domestic and foreign shipping companies, P & I clubs, trade companies, and ports in handling a variety of disputes, including disputes related to carriage of goods, ship building, ship collisions, oil pollution at sea, P & I insurance, construction of ports, and international sales of goods.
Belinda completed her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. She is currently a GM Assistant of CapitalBulkCarrier (HK) Ltd, a Shipowning and Operations company, which provides chartering and transportation services. Belinda is involved in both the legal and commercial aspects of company operations, specifically, she provides legal advice on risk prevention and management - mainly about CP clauses. She also arranges insurance for both shipowners and charterers, and takes part in arbitration proceedings. In addition, she participates in important projects, her main focus being the development of new international business and maintenance of client relations.
Nicholas completed hisLLM in International Maritime Law in 2009. Following his graduation, he started working as Claims & Insurance Executive at Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd. and subsequently Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd. He has now moved to The Standard Club (Asia) Pte Ltd to work as Claims Executive.
Norazimah completed her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2013. After her graduation,she worked as Claims Executive at Total Marine & Claims Services, specialising in port and terminal operator liability claims. She is now a lecturer at the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technologies (NMIT),Malaysia, where she teaches Marine Insurance and Carriage of Goods by Sea.
Maimuna is an LLM Graduate and her specialisation is International Trade Law. She is currently employed by Keystone Bank Limited as Legal Officer. Her responsibilities include preparing and reviewing legal documents, ensuring that the collaterals securing the loans granted by the Bank are perfected, reviewing legal documents prepared by the external solicitors, ensuring compliance with regulatory laws and providing general legal advisory services to the 21 Branches in Abuja and Middle Belt Region on commercial litigation and general credit issues.
Konstantina Morou obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2008. Since her graduation, she has worked as attorney for Blue Star Ferries, a passenger lines shipping company, Arista Shipping SA, a dry cargo shipping company, GasLog SA, gas& oil shipping company and she has successfully represented P & I Clubs. Konstantina has handled MOA negotiations, delivery of vessels, charterparties, P&I litigation, including passenger claims, crew claims, cargo claims, marine insurance matters. She is currently employed by Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., a NYSE oil shipping company. Konstantina is an Accredited Mediator for international legal matters qualified by the Greek ministry of Justice and the Pepperdine University, USA.
Despina is a Swansea Law graduate who also furthered her law studies through an LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2006. She is currently employed as In House Legal Consultant with a Privately Owned Oil & Gas company in UAE, working on international E&P activities, advising on asset acquisitions and disposals, joint operating agreements, farmouts, construction and tie-ins, transportation arrangements and licensing issues.
Despina started her career in shipping as a trainee with Piraeus Port Authority S.A.(Greece). She then moved on and worked as an in house legal consultant with Nortech Shipping & Salamis Shipyards S.A (GROUP OF COMPANIES), IMS S.A (Ship-owning and Ship-management Companies), in Greece. Despina's area of expertise lies in all aspects of maritime issues (dry and wet shipping) as throughout her career she has been dealing with Insurance matters, P & I Claims, Arrests, Set up of Offshore Companies in a number of jurisdictions, C/P disputes, Arbitration, Grounding, Collisions, Total Loss, GA, Loan facilities. After her arrival in the UAE in 2011, Despina worked with 'Cash Buyers' the world's biggest Scrap Buyers, as an in-house legal consultant.
Eske started his LLM in Maritime Law at Swansea Law School, after completing his LLM in Denmark (including one semester at the Scandinavian Institute for Maritime Law in Oslo). Eske joined Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association (managed by Tindall Riley Ltd.) as Assistant Claims Manager in October 2012 and first worked in the Scandinavian Team and later in the Taiwanese Team. He primarily assisted members with P&I and CLH matters. He then transferred to the club's Hong Kong office, The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association (Hong Kong) Ltd, where he currently works as Claims Manager, assisting the club's Asian membership with P&I & FDD matters.
Patrick obtained his LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2007. He is currently the Principal Solicitor and Head of LEXIS LEGAL Chambers. His main areas of practice cover Intellectual Property, Admiralty, Real property & Conveyancing, Secured Credit documentation and Banks debt recoveries. Patrick is also the author of the book “The Duty of Good Faith & the Remedy of Avoidance – In Marine Insurance Contracts”, which was published in 2009 and editor-in chief of the Journal of Commercial and Maritime Law.
Selin obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. After her graduation, she started working as Associate in one of the leading maritime law firms in Turkey, Gur Law Firm in Istanbul. Selin advised local and foreign clients, such as shipping companies, P&I Clubs, cargo interests with respect to maritime issues including but not limited to marine cargo claims, charterparties, marine insurance, collision disputes, sea pollution, maritime litigation and arbitration. In 2013, Selin moved to Allianz (Istanbul), one of the top insurance companies, where she is currently working as a lawyer.
Andrea obtained his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. He is currently employed by the European Central Bank (ECB) as Senior Legal Counsel.
Georgia obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2013. Following her graduation, she was employed as Assistant in Operations and Claims/FDD department at Polembros Shipping Ltd. She is currently working as Associate with Stephenson Harwood LLP, dealing mainly with ship finance cases.
Carlo graduated with an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2013. Since his graduation, he has obtained wide work experience in the shipping sector, working first as lawyer/claims executive for BseaG and then as Senior Executive Claims at P.L.Ferrari & Co. S.r.l., the leading independent specialist P&I broker. At Ferrari, Carlo is dealing with both P&I and FFD matters, such as all types of marine cargo claim, charterparty disputes, collisions and pollution casualties. He also provides assistance to Ferrari’s members (both Owners and Charterers).
Zaid is a Jordanian registered lawyer since 2005. Having completed his LLM degree in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2009, Zaid was appointed as Contracts Manager for the Arab Bank in 2010. He then moved to Mashreq Bank (UAE) to work as Legal Manager (Assistant Vice President). Zaid is currently employed in MetLife as Legal Counsel for the Gulf Countries. Metlife is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world serving approximately 100 million customers. He is assigned with the task of ensuring the compliance of the company’s activities with the laws of UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. He also provides legal consultation to the various departments within the company on insurance and other related issues.
Florian completed his LL.M. in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2011. Following work placements with More Fisher Brown (MFB) and Ince & Co, Florian was offered a training contract by Ince & Co. He has now qualified as a solicitor and works as an Associate in Ince & Co's Shipping and International Trade Group who predominantly advises owners, charterers, managers and their P&I clubs and insurers on all aspects of shipping, international trade and marine insurance disputes, both in London arbitration and English High Court proceedings.
Since joining Ince & Co, Florian has been involved in large commercial disputes and has advised and regularly advises on dry and wet shipping matters, including charterparty and bill of lading disputes, salvage, groundings and collisions, as well as international trade and marine insurance disputes. Florian also has experience in the energy and offshore sector, having been involved in advising Owners of a new-built oil rig following termination of the building contract.
After successful completion of the LLM in International Maritime Law (with distinction) in 2007, Mudit worked for a commercial P & I insurer as a Claims Executive for 4 years. He then moved to work as a Claims Handler at The Shipowners' Protection Ltd. He also qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and his current job responsibilities include the day to day handling of P & I claims with focus on cargo liabilities, personal injuries, Admiralty and casualty (collision and FFO) incidents as well as liabilities arising under different towage contracts. He also handles FD&D claims for members from Turkey, Greece and Cyprus in addition to Russia, Ukraine and other European countries.
Barbara obtained her LLM in International Maritime law in 2011. She is currently employed as a lawyer at ISLAW, a leading Spanish commercial law firm representing local and international clients in transactions throughout Spain and Europe. The firm’s areas of practice cover Transportation Law, including Land, Air and Maritime, Insurance and Reinsurance, Cross Border Transactions, Energy, Environmental Law and Product Liability, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. Barbara specialises in disputes related to Shipping and Admiralty, Fishing, Marine Insurance, Aviation and Space.
James completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. James took employment as Claims Handler at the London P & I Club, dealing with both P&I and FD&D claims on behalf of the Club's Far Eastern membership. In October 2015, James moved to Hapag-Lloyd AG offices in Singapore-- the company’s headquarter in Asia. Since then, James has been working in the company’s Corporate Insurance Risk Management team as Manager, overlooking/handling all China (including Taiwan) related (P&I/FD&D) claims.
Mardyros is a Master Mariner holding a Master Degree in Marine Policy who extended his legal knowledge in the shipping industry by obtaining the LLM in International Maritime Law in 2014. He is currently employed by Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited in the Operations department at the tankers division. He operates the tanker fleet and monitors the satisfaction of the terms and conditions of the Charter Parties. He also handles disputes that may arise during the execution of the charterparty . Mardyros’ research interest focused in the slow steaming clauses and their interference with the doctrine of reasonable dispatch and in the fraudulent claims and devices in the Marine Insurance Law. He is a member of the Average Adjuster Association since 2013.
Eftychia graduated with an LLM in Commercial and Maritime Law in 2004. Following her graduation, she started working in a Greek shipping company first as Assistant Insurance/Claims Handler in the bulk carriers department and then as Insurance/Claims Officer for the company's tankers. In 2011, she moved to Columbia Ship Management Ltd. in Cyprus where she worked as Commercial/Pool Ship Operator, being responsible for the operation of 10 tanker vessels (6 spot and 4 pool). On 1st November 2014, she joined Gearbulk UK as a Senior Claims Handler and on 1st September 2015, she was promoted to Insurance/Claims Executive. Gearbulk fleet has 53 owned vessels, 32 long time charter in vessels (>10 years), and fixes approximately 25 to 30 vessels (<1 year) on the spot market. Eftychia is handling all the FD&D cases including COAs, Stevedore Agreements, CP disputes, Bs/l etc. and supervises all cargo claims. She is also responsible for renewing all the insurances together with the company’s Norwegian office and handles all insurance contracts of the UK offices.
Ioannis obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2008. He is currently employed as Post Fixture Analyst at Navig8 Group, a major shipping company controllinga substantial fleet of Product Tankers out of offices strategically located in London, Singapore, USA, Dubai, Shanghai, Mumbai, Oslo and Athens.
Soon after her graduation, Christina joined the South of England P&I Club as Claims Handler, where she dealt with various P&I as well as Legal and Defence claims worldwide. She then moved on to Gard P&I Club where she currently works as Claims Executive, handling mainly Peoples' claims.
Philippe Van Dijck obtained his LLM degree in International Commercial and Maritime law in 2011. The combination of both commercial and maritime law provided him with the necessary expertise to work in the maritime legal sector. He is currently working as a lawyer at the Belgian firm Ambos NBGO. The firm has branches in the three main port-cities of Belgium:Antwerp,Ghentand Zeebrugge and they are advising in several national and international maritime cases. His main areas of expertise are ship arrests, collisions, cargo claims and other maritime and port-related issues. He is also a member of several maritime associations and he often visits international seminars and conferences.
Rasvanvalai completed her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2012. She is currently working as legal counsel at SCG Legal Counsel Ltd, which is a leading law firm supervising legal matters for SCG, Thailand’s biggest conglomerate with more than 200 subsidiaries both local and overseas. Rasvanvalai gives legal advice to various sectors, including shipping and logistics.
Djan Venturim is a Brazilian law graduate who obtained his LLM in International Maritime Law from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2007. After his graduation, he was employed as Claims Handler at the Cargo Department of Charles Taylor Consulting, a world-wide established company engaged in risk assessment, marine casualty surveying and loss prevention advice. While working at Charles Taylor, he was involved in marine claims handling and adjusting for a major oil and petrochemical organisation and deals mainly with claims related to the sea carriage of oil derivate and chemical products. Djan then moved to the Standard P&I Club before returning to Brazil to work as Legal Counsel (specialized in Maritime Law and International Trade) at Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, where he provided legal advice on legal matters related to maritime and international trade arising out of commodity trade and ship chartering. He is currently working as a Specialist Senior Legal Counsel at Vale S.A.'s Legal Team. He mainly deals with matters related to international contracts, international trade and shipping/maritime disputes.
Christos completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2007. Following his admission to the Cyprus BAR in 2008, he is currently employed as Senior Advocate with Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC, the largest and a leading law firm in Cyprus. His main areas of practice, inter alia, include immovable property matters, foreign investment in Cyprus, international tax aspects of establishing residence in Cyprus and competition law. Christos is also the co-author of the Second Edition of the «Neocleous Introduction to Cyprus Law», which is going to be published by the end of October 2009, the «Handbook on the Laws of Cyprus», published by Nomiki Vivliothiki, Athens, December 2008, ISBN: 978-960-272-555-9, and also of «The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Product Liability», Cyprus Chapter, Global Legal Group, ISBN: 978-1-904654-60-5.
Ina obtained her LLM in Maritime Law in 2009. She is currently working as an in-house Marine Insurance & Claims Specialist at SDV Ltd, one of the top 10 logistics companies in the world. She works closely with London insurance brokers, underwriters and law firms to deal with cargo insurance and cargo claims matters in various industries, such as oil and gas, global projects, Aerospace, as well as general containerized cargo matters. "
Longting Wang obtained his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2012. He is currently employed at Wintell & Co., which is one of the prominent
maritime law firms in China.
Lu completed her LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law in 2012. She is currently working as Marine Insurance Underwriter at Tian An Insurance Co., Ltd. Lu is inter alia responsible for the claims of Ocean Marine Cargo Insurance, handling claims and General Average cases by cooperating with Survey Agencies, such as W K Webster and W. E Cox Claims Group.
Jessica obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2008, and also completed the Legal Practice Course at Swansea during 2009-2010. Jessica undertook an internship at The Standard P&I Club in 2010 which was gained through our annual law fair aimed at LLM students. Jessica spent three months on internship at Ince & Co LLP in their Shanghai office where she helped advise a Chinese client on piracy issues, assisted in drafting a manual on charterparty terms and their implications for a ship-owning client, and also assisted in collecting evidence from a vessel involved in a collision. Jessica then undertook a training contract at Ince & Co LLP in their London office, during which she was involved in a large energy dispute, researched contracts of carriage and prepared a presentation on the contracts available for transportation of specialist equipment used in the construction of offshore projects, and researched conflict of laws issues for a client involved in international arbitration. After qualifying as a Solicitor (England & Wales), Jessica was employed by M Taher & Co Solicitors, a law firm specializing in all aspects of shipping, aviation, transport, insurance and International trade. She then moved to Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd, where she works as Claims Executive (Americas).
Jianya graduated with an LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice in 2014. she is working for Zhejiang T&C Law firm, the top 1 law firm in Zhejiang Province in China, as IP lawyer. Her practice focuses on copyright matters, especially related to films and television, music and other works. She also is interested in cultural exchange and IP cooperation between UK and China. In the course of her LLM at Swansea, Jianya worked towards establishing a formal relationship between Zhejiang T&C and Capital Law in Cardiff.
Qiu obtained an LLM in International Maritime Law in 2010. Soon after his graduation he started working as a lawyer at Wang Jing & Co., a leading maritime law firm which was recently awarded the Best Shipping Law Firm of the Year at annual ALB Law Awards 2016. He deals with cases involving shipping, insurance and international trade law issues
Elizaveta completed her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011. She then gained working experience in the UK (Marsh, Oakeshott Insurance, Xchanging) and the USA (Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP-New York), before moving back to Moscow to work for Marsh & McLennan Companies, as Marine Claims Handler. Her responsibilities include liaising with and advising Clients, adjusters, surveyors and/or lawyers on claims procedures and negotiating settlement of claims with Insurers and their advisers, including face to face meetings.
José Zaragosi completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2015. Following the submission of his LLM Projects, he started working as Claims Handler at Hispania P&I, that is the Spanish leading correspondent representing most of the P&I Clubs of the International Group, ITIC Insurance and TT Club. José deals with all kind of P&I cases, especially cargo and personal injury claims. He also provides legal advice to ITIC’s Members.
Upon completion of his LLM in Commercial and Maritime Law, Yang undertook PhD research at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Clarke. Yang has now completed his PhD and works as associate Solicitor at Holman, Fenwick, Willan.
Eleni obtained her LLM in International Maritime Law in 2006 and is currently working as lawyer at Geronymakis & Partners Law Office (P. Faliro/Greece). The office has a diversified Greek and international practice. She is working in the Maritime Section where she is dealing with the establishment of shipping companies in Greece and abroad, sale and purchase of yachts, registration of yachts and mortgages thereon, chartering, leasing, yacht building contracts and also on matters concerning the management of yachts and the establishment in Greece of branches of foreign management or related companies under the general ordinary provisions or under special laws granting beneficial tax status to the operation.
Yu completed her LLM in International Maritime and Commercial Law in 2013. She is currently working at Maersk Line, the world’s largest container ship operator, as Consultant. She works closely with shippers/consignees and global forwarders to arrange contracts for the carriage of goods by sea worldwide. Yu also deals with various international trade and transportation law issues, including cargo claims and insurance matters .
Nadia obtained her LL.M. in International Maritime Law in 2014. She joined Hill Dickinson’s Piraeus office as Attorney-at-law after working as in-house lawyer for major shipping companies in London and Greece. During her training in an international law firm, she has assisted in a broad range of disputes in respect of Charterparties, B/L, MoAs and FDD work, P&I and H&M claims and developed experience in shipowning companies. Her non-contentious experience includes sale and purchase and ship finance projects. During her studies at Swansea, Nadia was involved in mooting activities and was part of Swansea team which finished as runner-up in the Inaugural Commercial and Maritime Law Mooting Competition (2014) hosted by 7KBW.