Norton Rose Fulbright

Commodities Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Eminent commodities practice advising on sophisticated trade finance structures, derivatives and energy trading, with expertise across all commodity types. Globally active on behalf of international clients, with notable strength in emerging markets. Also noteworthy for its regulatory counsel. Clients include well-known banks and trading companies. Provides guidance on innovative trade finance platforms.

Strengths One client highlights: "The firm is very professional with international reach. They understand the commercial reality of the market and the acceptable risk appetite of the major stakeholders."

Another source responds: “They are hard-working with fast turnaround times.”

Work highlights Advised Macquarie on its USD1.1 billion syndicated revolving borrowing base facility with a group of international commercial lenders.

Advised Lyondell Basel Industries on a joint venture dispute regarding the marketing of polymer products across Europe.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Herbst is the global head of financial services at the firm. He is well recognised in the market for regulatory and compliance advice relating to commodity derivatives. His clients include commodity houses and financial institutions.
"Jonathan is very good and knowledgeable."

Nicholas Grandage is the global head of trade finance at the firm and a leading specialist in the commodities sector. He advises banks and trading companies on structured financings and borrowing base transactions, among other matters.
“Nick is a very well-known player and an excellent lawyer.” “He is a trusted adviser. He combines in-depth legal knowledge, solid structuring skills and outstanding problem-solving qualities.”