Squire bolsters new global commodities, shipping practice

Barry Stimpson (left) and Jessica Kenworthy (right)

Barry Stimpson and Jessica Kenworthy have joined Squire Patton Boggs’ Singapore office as partners in its new Global Commodities and Shipping Group.

Stimpson brings more than 25 years of experience working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, handling matters in international trade, shipping, offshore energy, construction and insurance sectors.

Having been in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 20 years, he was the founding partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office when it was established in 2012, and its managing partner from 2016 to 2018.

A specialist in both disputes and advisory work, Stimpson is highly rated for his work in shipping, commodities and international arbitration. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and both a fellow and panel arbitrator of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

Kenworthy specializes in complex commodity and ship financing. She has been involved with a range of commodity finance-related transactions, in particular acting for lenders, trading houses and multilaterals.

Her recent transactions include international structured trade financings and pre-export, pre-payment, receivables and limited recourse structures in emerging markets, focusing on transactions in Southeast Asia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, CIS, Africa, South America and London.

Squire Patton Boggs’ new full-service global commodities and shipping offering provides international trade and shipping services across all commodity sectors and includes advice on transactions, corporate matters, trade finance, litigation and arbitration, regulatory matters, environmental law, renewable energy, derivatives and projects.