Ince & Co has promoted Pavlo Samothrakis to partner with effect from May 1.

Based in Dubai, Samothrakis has been with Ince & Co for 10 years. He specialises in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the shipping and international trade and offshore energy sectors, such as charterparty/bill of lading disputes, ship arrests, shipbuilding disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes and casualty work.

Samothrakis also advises clients on commercial and transactional matters as well as on contracts for the shipment, handling and transportation of liquefied natural gas.

“Pavlo has been integral to the development of our shipping and offshore energy practices in the Middle East since he joined the Dubai office in 2008. His legal expertise, sector knowledge and excellent client skills make him a perfect fit for the partnership and will assist us to continue to grow our Middle East presence,” says Rania Tadros, managing partner of Ince & Co’s Dubai office.

Samothrakis’ promotion follows those of Khalid Hamed and Mohamed El Hawawy, who also specialise in the shipping sector, in Dubai in May and October 2015, respectively. Ince & Co’s Middle East partner presence was further bolstered by the recent recruitment of corporate finance partner Tom Briggs in March 2016.