profile: jonathan pitman

jonathan pitman

Commercial law experience includes drafting and advising on agency and distribution agreements, international transport, sale of goods and asset purchase contracts, bankers’ documentary credits, guarantees and security. Capital markets experience gained while working in New York involved carrying out due diligence on and prospectus drafting for corporate and sovereign bond issuers in Latin America, stock purchase agreements and management buy-outs, working with senior management. Experience of industry sectors includes coffee, fishing, banking, heavy machinery, sugar, steel and iron ore trades. Shipping experience embraces salvage, casualty investigation and charter party disputes.

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After graduating in law from Cambridge University Jonathan qualified as a barrister, and later as a solicitor. He worked for ten years in the maritime insurance industry; ten years with a cross-border law firm in London and New York, in international trade and capital markets, before starting his own practice. He has wide commercial law experience and has worked alongside the Department for International Trade promoting British business in Brazil and vice versa. Jonathan has lived and worked in Chile, the USA and Brazil.

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and basic French.

Commercial law experience includes drafting and advising on agency and distribution agreements, international transport, sale of goods and asset purchase contracts, bankers’ documentary credits, guarantees and security. Capital markets experience gained while working in New York involved carrying out due diligence on and prospectus drafting for corporate and sovereign bond issuers in Latin America, stock purchase agreements and management buy-outs, working with senior management. Experience of industry sectors includes coffee, fishing, banking, heavy machinery, sugar, steel and iron ore trades. Shipping experience embraces salvage, casualty investigation and charter party disputes.

He is a SRA regulated freelance solicitor, member of the Law Society and of the Middle Temple, CEDR accredited mediator; Freeman of the City of London and associate member of Expert-Evidence.

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