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Rovine Chandrasekara (Managing Partner) - Stephenson Harwood

Rovine Chandrasekara (Managing Partner) - Stephenson Harwood

Rovine is the managing partner of the firm's Dubai office and a commercial litigation and shipping partner. He advises on a broad range of commercial disputes and deals with matters regarding asset recovery, enforcements and contracts relating to offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding and shipping. He has extensive experience of litigation and international arbitration within England as well as UAE market leading experience in the Sri Lankan, Indian and Iranian markets.

Rovine has substantial experience of working with clients based in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, Iran and Syria which include insurance companies, traders, banks, brokers and ship owners. His specialist areas are fraud and asset tracing, ship finance transactions, sanctions advice, offshore oil and gas, marine and trade.

Rovine has considerable experience in advising owners, charterers and traders in the marine and offshore energy sectors in relation to charterparty and sale contract disputes and cargo claims. In addition, Rovine has extensive experience handling memorandum of agreements (MOA) disputes, negotiating and drafting charterparty terms and long term supply contracts, sanctions advice, shipbuilding disputes and in relation to marine fraud investigations and asset tracing.

Relevant Experience
Recently advised Owners on the purchase of 4 newbuild VLGC's from a leading Korean shipyard. The total project value of the project was US$390 million. Acting for NITC in its successful challenge in the General Court of the EU against the asset freezing measures adopted against NITC by the Council of the EU in October 2012 and on-going legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

Acting for a leading salvage company in connection with a dispute it has with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MOO) in relation to the performance of a contract between 2013 and 2014. Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125 million multijurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.