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William Hold



Cours de Rive 13-15
6th Floor
1204 Geneva

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William is a Partner in HFW's Geneva office. He regularly acts for trading companies in disputes involving a range of physical commodities, and has been involved in arbitrations governed by the Swiss Rules, as well as the rules of the ICC, the SIAC, the RSA and the DIS.

William's practice also involves non-contentious commercial and trade finance work. He often advises on commodity finance matters, as well as in other finance matters.

Prior to joining HFW, he practiced as an avocat in Geneva and spent several years in Singapore practising as a foreign lawyer in the shipping and trade department of a leading local firm.

William is qualified in Switzerland and England and Wales.

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Geneva is probably the most important centre in the world for physical commodity trading. As a result it is not only home to a lot of trading companies but it is also a very important centre for trade finance and for chartering. Since our Geneva office opened in 2010, it has been integral to the continued development of the firm's world-renowned shipping and commodities practices. HFW is committed to supporting the trading and shipping interests active in Switzerland and this is reflected in the teaching and seminars our lawyers undertake in Geneva, Zug, Lugano and elsewhere.

The lawyers in our Geneva office include Partners and Associates qualified in England & Wales, Switzerland, Canada, France and Australia, who are familiar with the local business environment and have extensive experience in the legal systems within which their clients operate.

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