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MR International Lawyers and 7KBW organised a workshop dealing with significant maritime topical issues, from super yachts to cyber risk
Genoa – Freshly established law firm MR International Lawyers, in partnership with British colleague 7KBW, organised a meeting about topical issues concerning the international maritime sector, from super-yachts to cyber risk and cargo insurance, at Genoa Sea Museum.
Founded in October 2016 by maritime lawyer Mario Riccomagno and his colleague specialised in transport insurances Enrico Molisani, combining the former's forty years' experience and the latter's business dynamism, the Genoese law firm is used to public appearances, both in Italy and abroad.
Three weeks ago, during a round-table organised by Genoa-based Propeller Club about risk prevention and reduction of maritime casualties, lawyer Molisani spoke about Fair Presentation and Loss Prevention.
Last week, a delegation of the law firm attended the German ship agents and brokers Eisbeinessen Dinner – held in Hamburg and gathering around 5,000 operators within this sector – as Riccomagno was invited as a key note speaker at a meeting held during the 23rd Annual Conference of EMLO European Maritime Lawyers Organisation, a supranational organization of European maritime lawyers of which the Genoese lawyer is a long-term member. Last spring, EMLO organized a seminar in Genoa, to which Riccomagno was invited as a speaker.
The two Senior Partners combined their professional prerogatives thus deciding to involve one of the most renowned British law firms and to invite not only customers and business interlocutors, but also their colleagues/competitors to provide utmost transparency and ensure a “critical mass”, so that the Italian legal sector could make a good impression in the international context.
The Italian law firms invited were: Abbate, BonelliErede, Garbarino Vergani, Camera Vernetti, Dardani, Berlingieri Maresca, Toriello, Siccardi & Bregante, Genoa Chambers; while the foreign ones were: Hassans, XL Catlin, Hill Dickinson, Stephenson Harwood, Thomas Cooper, Willis Towers Watson, BDM, Mestre. Among the guests there were also shipping companies and shipping agencies (Messina, Hapag Lloyd, MSC Le Navi, Saimare, Burke & Novi), as well as registers (RINA and Lloyd’s Register). Guests within the insurance sector were insurance companies (Zurich, Royal & Sun Alliance, ITAS, Cattolica, Swiss RE), brokers (Cambiaso Risso, Assiteca, Ital Brokers, AON, Lercari, First P&I, Larizza) and adjusters (Salomone, Sommella, Italian Marine Surveyors, Marintec, Average Adjusting Partners, STB, Stagnari).
The acronym 7KBW stands for the jurists' address (7 King’s Bench Walk, in the Temple district of London) and refers to a law firm gathering 58 Barristers that pleaded cases in Courts of several countries (Hong Kong, Singapore, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, BVI, France, Switzerland, Guernsey, Jersey, USA, Canada, Netherlands and St. Vincent), and who were recently awarded a couple of prestigious recognitions.
Last week, Chambers and Partners 2018 appointed 7KBW as leading set for its customer service, as it stood out for the “combination of excellent lawyers and of a top-level staff”. In late October, 7KBW received 3 awards (as it was nominated for 6 awards) by Chambers UK for the 2017 Bar Awards.
Adam Fenton and Noel Casey, from the British law firm, delivered their speeches in Genoa before some 80 participants, focused on “The Insurance Act 2015 : Changes and challenges” and “How to build a yacht and avoid disputes” respectively.
Barrister Fenton provided a detailed analysis of the new legislative requirements provided for by the Insurance Act 2015, focusing on “the importance of provisions related to late payment of insurance benefits”, while Casey explained “how to build a yacht and avoid disputes” as regards modern yachts construction contracts.
In turn, Riccomagno and Molisani delivered their speeches entitled “Marine Insurance broker: hot topics in the current English law practice (from the perspective of a continental lawyer)” and “Insurance and Cyber risks” respectively.
The two MR International Lawyers partners focused on “the broker's role within a comparative analysis between Italian law and British law as regards the 2015 Insurance Act” and on cyber risks “such as the new challenge for marine industry and marine insurance sector”.
Mario Riccomagno, founder of the Riccomagno Law Firm in 1983, graduated in Milan in 1972. In 1979, he became a member of the International Bar Association, while he was teaching International and Admiralty Law at the Universities of Genoa and Milan. He is a National and International Arbitrator as well as Treasurer of the Italian Maritime Law Association (AIDIM), Director of the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO), Member of the Working Group “Arbitration” of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
Graduated in Genoa in 2002 after a training period in London, Enrico Molisani founded M&C Studio Legale Internazionale (merged with Riccomagno Law firm since 2016) in 2008. As in 2010 he graduated also in Murcia (Spain), he is a member of the Bar of Barcelona. In 2011, Molisani was awarded a diploma by the Southampton Institute of Maritime Law, while in 2015 he became a member of the Bar of Malta. His customary clients are cargo and H&M insurers, P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers, MTOs, freight forwarders, terminal operators and ship agents.