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Ian Cranston



Bureau A.07.04
Gildo Pastor Center
7 Rue du Gabian
MC 98000 - Monaco

Office Telephone: +377 92 00 13 20

Direct Dial (Monaco): +377 92 00 13 21

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Ian Cranston is the Monaco Office Head. He advises clients on matters involving international trade and commodities, dry shipping, yachts, energy and offshore.

Particularly lauded for his shipping and yacht expertise, Ian regularly advises a number of the world's largest owners, charterers, traders and their P&I and FD&D insurers on both dry and wet shipping issues. His large and varied practice covers charterparty disputes, carriage of goods by sea, sale & purchase of new and second-hand tonnage (both contentious and non-contentious) and newbuilding contracts. Ian has successfully handled numerous yachting disputes in both English arbitration and court proceedings and generally advises owners, charterers, brokers and yards on matters related to yacht sale & purchase, charter, refit and construction. In the marine and non-marine markets, Ian acts for brokers, insurers and reinsurers. Clients say that he is a "genius in maritime law" who "really knows the industry" (Chambers & Partners Global 2019) and is "always available, extremely responsive and very quick to grasp the commercial realities of any situation" (Chambers & Partners Global 2020).

Ian has close to 30 years of experience advising on all aspects of international trade transactions and has advised and represented major international trading companies on litigation, arbitration and ADR related to all aspects of their activity. His expertise includes the sale, transportation and financing, the insurance and hedging of coal, steel, metals, soft commodities, crude oil, refined petroleum products and gas and he handles related disputes ranging from contamination, shortage and late delivery claims to hedging issues. ln addition, he has drafted a number of different types of sale, offtake, storage contracts and joint venture agreements and he has advised his trader clients on their onshore and offshore corporate structures.

Ian is also very experienced in the energy sector and acts for a number of large energy operators and contractors. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts agreements and in resolving complex disputes related to oil & gas supply, storage and transportation, FSOs, FPSOs and offshore construction & pipelines.

Ian is a member of the Board of Directors of the Monaco Chamber of Shipping and sits on the Board of the Propeller Club of the Port of Monaco. 

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In close proximity to HFW's clients based in or with activities in or around the Mediterranean, our Monaco office allows us to provide locally-based advice and assistance in the management of transactional and contentious matters to yachting, shipping, insurance and trade clients, as well as to businesses in the yachting, shipping, trading, aviation and energy sectors.

HFW's Monaco office opened in 2019 with an experienced team of 6 lawyers qualified in England & Wales and provides English law advice.

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