Andreas Dracoulis

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

M.Sc., Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, King's College London, 2009

LL.B., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2000, with honors

Admissions

England and Wales

Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)

Profile

Andreas Dracoulis is a partner helping clients resolve problems in the energy, shipping and construction sectors. Andreas mostly advises on international projects ranging between the construction of offshore units (such as MODUs and FPSOs) and ships, upstream (exploration and production) projects and major infrastructure works. He has in this context also advised on ancillary matters including bribery and corruption claims and disputed high level oral agreements. He regularly acts for owners/employers, contractors, shipyards, oilfield services providers and other energy companies.

Andreas has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under many of the commonly used rules, including the ICC, LCIA and LMAA. He has also represented clients in proceedings before the English Courts, including the Commercial Court and the TCC. 

Andreas is a recommended and “key lawyer” in the international arbitration and shipping sections of the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 UK, Legalease. Previously, Legal 500 have reported that Andreas is a "key name" in international arbitration and is "building an excellent reputation for careful case management” in shipping.

In addition to a degree in law, Andreas also holds a postgraduate master’s degree in construction law and dispute resolution from King's College, London.

Andreas regularly writes and lectures on industry specific and international arbitration related topics with recent speaking engagements at the Subsea Expo 2020 and the Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2018. He is also a co-author of the chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Third Edition).

Recognition

Legal 500 2018

Haynes and Boone CDG Improves Rankings in Legal 500 UK 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG was again recognized in the 2019 United Kingdom edition of The Legal 500, published by Legalease. The firm improved its rankings in Oil and Gas and Shipping and also was ranked among recommended law firms in International Arbitration.

Selected Client Representations

Offshore energy

  • Representing a drilling contractor in arbitration proceedings arising out of the disputed termination of a MODU construction contract with combined claims in excess of US$700 million.
  • Acting in multi-jurisdictional arbitration and court proceedings in connection with claims arising out of contracts for the construction of two MODUs. (CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Schahin Holding SA (Rev 1) [2014] EWHC 1742 and CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Ltd & Anor v Schahin Holding SA [2013] EWCA Civ 644)
  • Acting for an oilfield services contractor in connection with the disputed ownership of well stimulation equipment and related modifications to a PSV.
  • Advising drilling contractor clients in relation to claims arising out of the interpretation of contracts for the charter of a deep-water drillship and a floating production, storage and offtake (FPSO) vessel.
  • Acting for a drilling contractor in arbitration proceedings concerning the defective/incomplete construction of a MODU.
  • Representing a drilling contractor in relation to arbitration proceedings concerning the late delivery of two MODUs.

Onshore energy

  • Instructed by a state-owned client in connection with the enforcement of an arbitration award worth US$1.69 billion and arising out of onshore oil mining leases.
  • Successfully defending a contractor in the English High Court (TCC) against claims arising out of an onshore gas pipeline project for the Total Laggan-Tormore development in the North Sea. (Van Oord UK Ltd & Anor v Allseas UK Ltd [2015] EWHC 3074).

Shipping

  • Acting for a buyer in arbitration and court proceedings against a Mexican state-owned corporation following the cancellation of a prototype barge construction contract. (Exportadora De Sal SA De CV v Corretaje Maritimo Sud-Americano Inc [2018] EWHC 224)
  • Advising a cruise line operator in relation to the construction and delivery of a luxury cruise ship.
  • Representing a shipyard in arbitration proceedings arising out of the disputed termination of a container vessel construction contract.

Renewables

  • Advising a German shipyard in connection with disputes arising out of construction works for an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Yachts

  • Representing a UK-based shipyard in connection with arbitration and court proceedings relating to the construction of the moulded hull of a series of luxury ocean going sailing yachts.
  • Acting for both shipyards and owners in relation to disputes arising out of superyacht construction projects (both newbuilds and upgrade projects).

Sale and purchase

  • Defending claims by a purchaser of a second hand MODU sold on Norwegian Saleform (NSF) terms.

General commercial

  • Advising in relation to London High Court (Commercial Court) proceedings concerning claims arising out of an alleged high level oral agreement.
  • Advising in connection with disputed insurance coverage related to the seizure of aircraft in Afghanistan.
  • Advising in connection with claims arising out aircraft leasing agreements and the related regime of configuration and maintenance procedures for the aircrafts' jet engines.

Arbitration

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Haynes and Boone Successfully Defends Challenge to Arbitration Award

In a decision that underscores the sanctity of arbitral awards against untimely collateral attacks, a team of Haynes and Boone CDG litigators in London have secured a victory in the English High Court for client Corretaje Maritimo Sud-Americano Inc.

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