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Michael Buffham

Senior Associate


Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

Office Telephone: +44 (0)20 7264 8000
Office Fax: +44 (0)20 7264 8888

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Mike has expertise in commodities, international commercial dispute resolution and corporate and financial services advisory work. Mike's commodities practice covers both dispute resolution and advisory and transactional work, advising and assisting commodities traders, producers, utilities and financiers on sale and purchase matters (including trade disputes, warehousing arrangements, regulatory/licensing due diligence and drafting standard terms and conditions), trade finance (such as commodity derivatives and repos) and transhipment and freight issues (including advising on and assisting with negotiating charterparty terms, demurrage claims and advising on operational issues). Mike's dispute resolution experience covers international arbitration and litigation on a broad range of commercial issues, including fraud, share option disputes, joint ventures, loan facilities and insolvency and administration procedures.

Mike has undertaken two secondments in-house at international banking groups, one in London and one in Abu Dhabi, advising on a range of corporate and commercial matters including banking facilities, standard terms and conditions, security issues, trade finance, IT agreements, financial services regulation and compliance and consumer credit licensing. Mike has also worked on secondment in Brussels at a major European utilities company, supporting the coal, freight and biomass desks and advising on all manner of physical and financial sale and purchase, finance and transportation issues.

Mike is qualified in England and Wales.

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The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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