, 16, 2021
About us Team Mallayev Vagif


Vagif Mallayev
Senior Partner
Shipping, International Trade, Insurance, Corporate law
The International Academy For Psychology (graduated in 1998, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia), Faculty of Psychology, Psychologist.

The University of Luton, management training course (1998, Luton, United Kingdom).

Probation at INCE & Co law firm (November, 1998, London, United Kingdom).

The School of Business and Administration, postgraduate study Taxes (2000-2001, Warsaw, Poland)

The Mechnikov's Odessa National University, Faculty of Law (graduated in 2001, Odessa, Ukraine).
Started as a lawyer of Ostra insurance company in 1994 ( Odessa, Ukraine). Worked at the mentioned company as Manager of Property Insurance Department, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Board (1996-1998). At the same time was working as Managing Director of Ostra Pandi Services marine survey company (1997-1998, Odessa, Ukraine)

Vice-president, South Management Group Sp.z o.o. (Tychy, Poland).

Inspector, International Claims Handling Bureau at Warta insurance company (2001, Warsaw, Poland).

Deputy General Director, Neftegazstrakh insurance company (2001, Odessa, Ukraine).

Vice-president, Marine Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (2002, Odessa, Ukraine).

Since March of the 2003rd partner at law firm.

Managing Partner, Chechel, Mallayev & Partners Law Firm (May, 2005th -April, 2010, Odessa, Ukraine).

Senior Partner, "Lexcellence" Law Firm (April, 2010 - present time, Odessa, Ukraine)


- Advising Volvo Truck Corp. in debts collection from a few lessees in Ukraine.
- Representing the UK P&I Club and its Members in a dispute with container yard concerning storage of containers and consignee's insolvency proceeding.
- Advising the North of England P&I Club in a dispute with shippers and consignees concerning rejection by the consignees to accept delivery of cargo.
- Arresting sea-going ships in various ports of Ukraine in seafarers, bunker, collision, charter-party and shipbuilding disputes.
- Counsel to Croatian shipbuilding company in US$7M deal of sale and purchase of dry dock.
- Representing Skuld P&I Club, Steamship P&I Club, Standard P&I Club, Shipowners P&I Club, Britannia P&I Club, North of England P&I Club, Japan P&I Club, American P&I Club, London P&I Club and their Members in numerous crew disputes in Ukraine.
- Counsel to German and Austrian traders in sale and purchase deals with Sellers based in the CIS.
- Advising Maersk A.P. in General Average dispute due to ship collision.
- Advising the Britannia P&I Club in longstanding laden containers in local ports.
- Defending crew members in criminal charge concerning smuggling of weapon cartridges and medics.
- Defending Greek shipowner in criminal investigation commenced by local police due to allegation of drug smuggling.
- Advising Maersk A.P. and their P&I Club in dispute with stevedores company.
- Representing Ukrainian Client in arbitration against Swiss medical company (the Respondent) - the judgement was enforced and debts collected from the Respondent
- Advising West of England P&I and their Members in a matter of uncollected containers in Odessa port
- Advising Owners in dispute with insurance company concerning payment of insurance indemnity for total loss of vessel.
- Advising Jordanian and Libyan Clients in criminal case concerning fraud of 597 vehicles valued USD 20 millions by unknown (to the date) persons.
- Counsel to P&I Club in a settlement procedure of claims of 18 families regarding loss of life of seafarers due to ship collision.
- Advising investment company on investment project concerning reconstruction of local airport.
- Advising Japan P&I Club and their Members in ship collision dispute.
- Advising an international LPG carrier on tax planning structuring and shipbuilding issues.
Since the 2005th member of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA).

Since 31.01.2007 Attorney at Law, member of the Ukrainian National Bar Association

Member of the International Bar Association
Russian, English, Ukrainian, Polish



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