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  • Pavlo Samothrakis

    Pavlo Samothrakis
    Partner, Dubai

    Maritime, Commercial Disputes, Commodities & trade, Offshore services

    T. +971 4 307 6000
    M. +971 55 755 0508
    D. +971 4 307 6077

Pavlo specialises in advising clients in the shipping, international trade and offshore energy sectors on both dispute resolution and transactional matters.

On the contentious side, Pavlo deals with charterparty/bill of lading disputes, ship arrests, shipbuilding disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes and casualty work. He has recent experience of representing owners of vessels and other parties in the shipping and offshore sectors on numerous maritime casualties within the Middle East region. 

In addition, Pavlo advises clients on commercial and transactional matters, including the drafting of charterparties, contracts related to offshore services, contracts of affreightment, sale of goods contracts, vessel sale and purchase transactions and shipbuilding contracts. Pavlo has particular experience of advising on contracts for the shipment, handling and transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas.

He regularly speaks at seminars on topics relevant to the shipping, international trade and offshore energy sectors.

Highlight Matters

  • Assisting shipowner and their insurers in relation to a significant collision that occurred in Jebel Ali Port, UAE.
  • Representing shipowner in arbitration proceedings in relation to termination of shipbuilding contracts, worth approximately US$135 million
  • Acting for shipowner in connection with their purchase of some of the largest and greenest containership newbuildings worth in the region of US$2 billion.
  • Advising charterer in relation to a long term time charter party and LNG storage and regasification agreement, with a contract value of approximately US$450m. 
  • Assisting shipowner in relation to the purchase and delivery of 20 vessels as part of the largest company merger in the history of Saudi Arabia.

Legal Directory Quotes

"Next generation lawyer" Legal 500


"I aim to give clear and concise advice to clients and pride myself in providing a consistently fast speed of response.  I favour a down-to-earth and human! approach with clients and other contacts in order to build long-lasting relationships."

Professional Associations & Memberships

 UAE Shipowners Association, UAE Maritime Legal Counsel, Nautical Institute UAE, Society of Construction Law UAE, Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (right of audience).

What you may not know about Pavlo

In his spare time Pav produces electronic music and occasionally teaches piano lessons. He also previously performed in pro-am and am-am ballroom dancing competitions.

Maritime, Commercial Disputes, Commodities & trade, Offshore services

September 2008

Legal 500

Education (University):
BPP Law School, London

French (competent written and spoken), Russian (basic written and spoken)