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Chris Keane

Special Counsel
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MinterEllison

Adelaide, Australia
    Local Time: Wednesday 12:14

Practice Expertise

  • Agribusiness
  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Arbitration

Areas of Practice

  • Agribusiness
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Defence Industry
  • Energy and Resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • International Disputes
  • International Trade
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Marine Insurance
  • Minerals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Other Industries
  • Ports
  • Regulatory Investigations and Litigation
  • Transport, Road, Rail and Ports
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Profile

My non-contentious practice includes the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts of affreightment, charter parties and offtake agreements; advising on rights and obligations in relation to bills of lading, letters of credit and negotiable instruments used to facilitate international trade; assisting with due diligence in relation to acquisitions, joint ventures and the selection of service providers for maritime and offshore projects; and advising on regulatory issues impacting on shipping and international trade, including anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, cabotage, chain of responsibility and marine environment.

I am also frequently instructed in complex commercial disputes and regulatory investigations concerning shipping, and international trade. I have prosecuted and defended claims in all of Australia's major commercial jurisdictions and have broad experience in arbitral proceedings seated in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and London, under a variety of ad hoc and institutional rules.

Career highlights

  • Advised an Australian cement manufacturer on complex chartering arrangements and vessel acquisitions, to facilitate shipment of product between Australian ports and to overseas destinations
  • Acted for a global commodity trader in the successful prosecution of a claim against an ocean carrier concerning misdelivery of shipments of cotton (LMAA arbitration)
  • Advised a global mining corporation on the renegotiation of time and demise charter parties in relation to bulk carriers and a fleet of support vessels on charter to the corporation's Australian entities
  • Advising operators of ports and terminals in most Australian States on: terms and conditions for port access and use; chartering, purchase and registration of support vessels; towage and pilotage; marine pollution; and insurance and maritime-related risk management
  • Acted for an Australian fertiliser manufacturer in successful defence of a substantial claim by FOB buyers arising out of inability of nominated vessel to commence loading following late change of loading berth (HKIAC arbitration)
  • Acted for owners and operators of cruise ships, fishing vessels and yachts in coronial proceedings in New South Wales, Tasmania and Northern Territory concerning fatalities at sea
  • Acted for a global mining corporation in the defence of a claim for salvage reward arising out of the grounding of the 'Maria G.O.' in the Port of Gladstone (Federal Court of Australia)
  • Successfully defended a global energy corporation accused of bribery arising from dealings with port authorities in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
  • Acted for a global commodity trader in the successful prosecution of a claim against buyers for wrongful termination of sale contracts, arising out of an allegation that the trader had breached a sanctions clause (SIAC arbitration)
  • Coordinated a multi-jurisdictional investigation of bribery and related unlawful conduct by a cruise line operator in the South Pacific, on instructions from its joint venture partner
  • Advised a global medical device company in relation to risk analysis of its temperature controlled warehousing and distribution arrangements, and subsequent negotiations with 3PL contractors

Education
BA, LLB, LLM

Areas of Practice

  • Agribusiness
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Competition and Market Regulation
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Defence Industry
  • Energy and Resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • International Disputes
  • International Trade
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Marine Insurance
  • Minerals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Other Industries
  • Ports
  • Regulatory Investigations and Litigation
  • Transport, Road, Rail and Ports

Professional Career



Professional Associations
  • International Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

Articles

  • Demurrage judgment welcome news for Australian exporters

    The 'Eternal Bliss' English Court of Appeal judgment is a welcome development for Australian commodity exporters with exposure to significant liability arising from delay during cargo operations

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