Philip Vagin is a Senior associate at our London office with a strong focus on charterparty and commodity disputes, as well as security actions and asset investigations.

Philip concentrates his work on acting for shipowners, charterers and traders in London and US arbitrations involving strings of charterparties or sale contracts.

Apart from his primary focus on charterparty and commodity disputes, Philip regularly advises clients on sanctions, recovery of assets and enforcement, particularly in the United States. His professional interests also include general commercial arbitration and bunker supply disputes.

Philip is a member of the Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) and often contributes to its publications. He obtained his LL.M. in Admiralty Law (with distinction) from Tulane University.

In addition to his New York license and his most recent admission as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, Philip has been qualified to practice Russian law since 2019.

Philip works in English (fluent), Russian (native) and Spanish (intermediate). He is an avid coffee lover and is enthusiastic about the world coffee industry.

Most recent highlights of Philip’s work include the following:

  • Acting for a large chartering group in an SMA arbitration involving complicated questions about recovery of detention damages
  • Secured a favourable settlement of a demurrage claim by obtaining an alter ego attachment of bank accounts in the US
  • Advised a leading shipping line on standard terms and conditions for online container bookings
  • Negotiated a successful settlement of charterers’ quality claims against suppliers of contaminated bunker fuel
  • Assisting a major trading entity with recovery of prepayments under a series of biofuel sale contracts
  • Advising several major shipowners and charterers on multiple off-hire incidents due to crew testing positive for COVID-19
  • Investigated the corporate structure of a Chinese shipowning group to secure an alter ego attachment of a vessel in Louisiana and a successful settlement for claimant owners

Interested in specific aspects of Philip’s recent work? Contact [email protected] for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate, Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK (since 2023)
  • Associate,  Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (2020-2023)
  • Associate, NAVICUS.LAW, St. Petersburg/Russia (2018-2020)
  • Intern, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAM), St. Petersburg/Russia (2017)


Education

  • LL.M. in Admiralty Law (with distinction), Tulane University Law School, New Orleans/USA (2019-2020)
  • LL.B., National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’, St. Petersburg/Russia (graduated and qualified to practice Russian law in 2019)


Memberships

  • Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARb)
  • New EU Sanctions Against LNG – What Has Changed?

    New EU Sanctions Against LNG – What Has Changed?

    On 24 June 2024, the European union introduced its 14th package of sanctions against Russia. The package contains a large number of new restrictive measures, targeting a range of different sectors of the Russian economy. However, of crucial importance to the LNG market are the new EU sanctions concerning transhipment and import of LNG.

  • Turn It Over – Judgment Creditors Can Require Transfer of Membership Interests in Delaware LLCs | ZFZ Postcard Cases

    Turn It Over – Judgment Creditors Can Require Transfer of Membership Interests in Delaware LLCs | ZFZ Postcard Cases

    245 Park Member v. HNA Group International, No. 23-842-CV (2d Cir. Apr. 8, 2024)

    Enforcement of judgments against intangible assets like membership interests in US LLCs can be difficult for creditors. Often, all they get is a limited charging order that gives them the right to distributions – which might not be effective in many cases.

    However, the recent judgment from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in 245 Park Member v. HNA Group International, No. 23-842-CV (2d Cir. Apr. 8, 2024) may make enforcement easier against interests in Delaware and other LLCs easier, confirming that they can be turned over directly to the creditor.

  • Eva-Maria Mayer & Philip Vagin Promoted to Senior Associate

    Eva-Maria Mayer & Philip Vagin Promoted to Senior Associate

    ? Wonderful news announcement x2:

    We are proud to share that Eva-Maria Mayer and Philip Vagin have both been promoted to Senior Associate with our firm!

  • Philip Vagin Attends CMI Conference as Part of RUMLA Delegation

    Philip Vagin Attends CMI Conference as Part of RUMLA Delegation

    We are pleased to share that our Philip Vagin attended the 125th anniversary conference of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) in Antwerp, Belgium, as part of the Russian Maritime Law Association (RUMLA) delegation.

  • Disputes for Breakfast | Commodities & Trade

    Disputes for Breakfast | Commodities & Trade

    The war in Ukraine will have a significant impact on international commodities trade. We will focus on several likely scenarios commodity traders may face as a consequence of this war, including: Price fluctuations | Failure to make delivery | Failure to make payment.

    Speakers: Joseph Gosden (London), Alfred Siwy (Vienna), Philip Vagin (London, New York)

    Tuesday, 29 March 2022
    08:30 GMT | 09:30 CET

  • Philip Vagin Passes the New York Bar Exam!

    Philip Vagin Passes the New York Bar Exam!

    Our Philip Vagin has just passed the New York bar exam, and we couldn’t be happier.