Marco Crusafio is a member of the firm’s Commodities & Shipping Group. He advises and represents a wide variety of international shipping (including yachting) and commodities clients. Marco is predominantly a litigator and has experience of handling disputes before the English national courts and in international arbitral proceedings (including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, KHIAC and LMAA). His expertise in shipping matters includes the sale and purchase of ships, charterparties and bills of lading, pool agreements, the carriage of goods by sea and ship management, as well as collisions and piracy. Marco is also active in a full range of international trade and commodities matters, and is particularly specialised in the sale of petroleum products and related hedging transactions.

Marco is recognised regularly for his expertise in shipping and trade. Three of his successes before the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal are of significance in the international trade and shipping arena.

Clients state that Marco is “an extremely experienced litigator who has a sensible and commercial approach to any issue” (Chambers & Partners Global 2020), “excellent on shipping work” and “very up to date with maritime law” (Chambers & Partners Global 2019).

Marco regularly speaks at industry events and contributes to firm publications.

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  • Advising and representing an oil trader in High Court litigation arising out of the FOB sale and purchase of petroleum products (the “Seacrown” [2013] EWHC 3720).
  • Advising and representing a ship owner in High Court and Court of Appeal litigation arising out of the interpretation of certain terms in a voyage charterparty (the “Valle di Cordoba” [2014] EWHC 129 (Comm) and [2015] EWCA Civ 91).
  • Advising a ship owner in relation to issues arising out of a pollution incident and related clean-up operations and charterparty issues.
  • Advising ship owners, charterers, traders and their insurers in collisions and grounding incidents.
  • Advising on the investigation of an internal fraud matter within a client company and the management of securities and asset recovery in various jurisdictions.
  • Advising on an ad hoc arbitration in the context of a wide-ranging dispute involving a family shipping business, with allegations regarding unlawful removal of funds, conversion of vessels, etc. Managing a large team of lawyers dealing with numerous proceedings in London arbitration, including anti-suit injunctions, and before the High Court.
  • Advising an oil trader in a dispute concerning allegedly contaminated cargo and consequences arising thereafter.
  • Advising a coal trader on day-to-day issues, including as to the negotiation, construction and interpretation of sale and purchase contracts.
  • Representing ship owners in the context of various joint ventures involving the build and management of tanker fleets.


  • BPP Law School, L.P.C., 2010
  • BPP Law School, G.D.L., 2009
  • National University of Singapore, LL.M., Maritime Law, 2008
  • Università di Bologna, Degree in Law, 2006


  • England and Wales, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Adjunct External Fellow of the Centre of Maritime Law of the National University of Singapore
  • Member of the Propeller Club of the Port of Monaco
  • Member of the association of the Italian Entrepreneurs in Monaco


  • English
  • Italian

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