All companies, but particularly those engaged in international trade, must guard against corruption. Our clients thus include ship owners, cargo owners, charterers, oil and gas companies, offshore and marine companies, port and terminal operators, and shipyards.
IMG’s lawyers are seasoned international travelers with truly global perspectives. Because IMG’s work crosses national borders, we have an advantage when dealing with particularly sensitive issues that warrant immediate attention in foreign jurisdictions.
IMG assists both carriers and cargo owners in preparing transport and freight contracts, and IMG regularly advises clients on the drafting and review of bills of lading, way bills, and electronic bills of lading. We also advise our clients on the nuances of BL law in charter party agreements, and we have been involved with all types of cargo contracts: from general and bulk oil and grain, through to containerized carriage, and specialist cargoes such as LNG. In addition, IMG offers a full range of litigation and arbitration services for our clients with cargo damage claims.
In addition to having a thorough understanding of trade transactions and the nuances of the supply chain, we are specialists in the international sale of goods and the INCOTERMS that largely govern them. This uniquely enables us to draw upon our expertise and knowledge across the spectrum and to support you, whether you’re a large entity, local company or business individual institution, in adapting to, embracing and understanding how to get the most out of this changing world.
IMG’s international trade group is a leading provider of legal services to companies engaged in international trade in the Pacific Northwest. We provide legal services to the global trading community and our clients include trading companies in the fisheries, oil and gas, grain and soft commodity, metals and coal sectors. We have the necessary expertise in dispute resolution in trade matters as well as in all other aspects of international trade, including financing, trading, storage, transportation, insurance and end use. We advise on finance documentation, physical and financial trading terms, freight agreements, regulatory issues and sanctions, and environmental issues therein.
Described as “the life blood of international commerce,” letters of credit, also called LCs, documentary credits, or bankers commercial credits, are the most common method of payment for goods in the international trade. IMG represents both buyers and sellers in commercial disputes involving documentary and stand-by letters of credit, and IMG is extremely familiar with claims of wrongful honor and dishonor disputes and the applicable standards of review by courts or arbitrators.