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Catherine Emsellem-Rope

About Catherine

Catherine is a transactional lawyer who specialises in complex contractual arrangements in the logistics, ports and terminal and shipping sectors, with a focus on major projects and supply chain issues. She has a unique understanding of the logistics industry gained from many years working for leading logistics providers.

Catherine advises on a broad range of commercial arrangements, including master agreements and general terms and conditions for use in her specialist sectors. She has extensive experience in contract drafting and negotiation on a national and international basis. Catherine also provides advisory services to all those involved in supply chain, including logistics providers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs and buyers of logistics services. She also advises on corporate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of businesses and multi-jurisdictional joint ventures.

Catherine was an in-house lawyer for more than 10 years and approaches matters in a very pragmatic and commercial way. Before joining HFW, she spent nine years in the logistics sector where she led commercial negotiations with major blue chip customers. Catherine also spent two years working for a large communications group, advising the media business on global pitches and other commercial issues.

Catherine is ranked as an Up and Coming lawyer in Chambers UK 2024 for Transport: Logistics, drawing praise for being “very knowledgeable, switched on and a very good collaborator”. She is also highlighted in The Legal 500 2023 for Commercial Contracts, with clients quoted saying, “Catherine Emsellem-Rope is the most experienced logistics commercial contracts lawyer in private practice,” as well as Corporate M&A, where one commentator states: “Catherine Emsellem-Rope is hugely responsive, knows our sector back to front and is a superb project manager, always going the extra mile in deals”.

Catherine is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales.

Catherine is bilingual (English and French).