Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike

Head of Ports, Transport and Logistics and Project Finance Practice member
Durban, South Africa
T: +27 31 109 1156
E: andrew.pike@bowmanslaw.com
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Overview

Andrew Pike is the head of our Ports, Transport and Logistics sector.

He has acted for numerous clients in due diligence investigations, risk assessments and transactional work in the ports, transport and logistics sector. His expertise covers legal structuring, contractual and transactional issues and service agreements. He also drafts and reviews regulations, concessions, trading terms and throughput agreements, and drafts and comments on, South African transport legislation. He has also been involved in shipping and ports litigation for most of his working life. He conducts shipping training and lecturing from time to time for various industry bodies. Andrew is frequently invited to speak at local and international conferences on a variety of subjects.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa, a past-president of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa and a past-board member of the Ports Regulator of South Africa.

He has BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.  Andrew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa (F.I.R.M.S.A) (2001), Past-President, Maritime Law Association of South Africa, Past-Board Member, Ports Regulator of South Africa.

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Relevant Experience

Relevant experience

Andrew has executed and participated in extensive contentious and non-contentious matters in Africa south of the Sahara, some of which include and relate to:

  • 35 years experience in ports, transport (focused on shipping, but including rail and road), petrochemicals and logistics, including extensive commercial advice, contractual support and litigation experience.
  • Lead Local Counsel in respect of the development, financing and operation of an off-shore marine supply base project at Saldanha Bay.
  • Establishment of LPG storage facilities and related logistics at Richards Bay.
  • Relocation of liquid bulk storage facilities from the port of Port Elizabeth to the Special Economic Zone of Coega, port of Ngqura.
  • Transaction advisor to MSC Cruises S.A., the sponsor of the new cruise terminal in Durban, advising on both the bid and all aspects of the implementation of the concession.
  • Viability study and PPP transaction advisory services (legal and risk assessment) for the proposed new Durban dig-out port.
  • Legal advisor (ports and shipping) to the sponsor of a LNG project in Matola, Mozambique.
  • Ports regulatory advice on the recent award of the emergency power tenders in South Africa.
  • Port and logistics study in Nigeria.
  • Local Counsel to the preferred bidder in the Port of Durban RFP for the part privatization of Durban Container Terminal, Pier 2.
  • Extensive logistics advice and contractual support to a major logistics group in connection with dry bulk transport corridors and gas exploration.
  • Feasibility, legal and operational structuring, for a proposed railway transport system and port coal terminal in Mozambique.
  • Due diligence study (port and terminal sector, commercial and legal) in respect of a multi-national (listed company) port and terminal operator and logistics provider.
  • Transaction advisor on marine transport project in the Great Lakes region.
  • Legal structuring, contractual and transactional advice for the liquid bulk storage and handling complex in Durban.
  • Drafting and review of bulk terminal regulations, trading terms and throughput agreements for at several bulk handling terminals.
  • Ports economic regulation as a Board Member of the Ports Regulator of South Africa for five years.
  • Extensive risk assessment facilitation and providing risk management training in petrochemical and mobile telecoms industries.

Signature Matters

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners consistently ranked Andrew in Band 2 for Shipping from 2017 to 2022 and in Band 1 for the same category in 2023
  • Member of the team that was awarded the 2019 “Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year Award” at the African Legal Awards
  • Andrew was recognised in December 2023 for Transport by Who’s Who Legal and in prior years for Shipping.
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers, 2017 for Trade Law

Durban-based Andrew Pike heads the firm’s ports, transport and logistics team. Market commentators regard him as ‘an expert and very experienced,’ with one client describing him as ‘fair, level-headed and very smart,’ adding: ‘He understands our requirements and tries to accommodate our needs.’ He is regularly instructed to handle casualty and cargo disputes, as well as ports and terminals matters. – Chambers and Partners, 2023

‘Andrew Pike is an outstanding lawyer. He has great industry knowledge and commercial awareness and offers clear and straightforward advice.’

‘He is very sensible and has a good commercial nous.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2023

‘He is a force to be reckoned with.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘Durban-based Andrew Pike heads the firm’s ports, transport and logistics team. Market commentators regard him as “an expert and very experienced,” with one client describing him as “fair, level-headed and very smart,” adding: “He understands our requirements and tries to accommodate our needs.” He is regularly instructed to handle casualty and cargo disputes, as well as ports and terminals matters.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘Durban-based Andrew Pike is lauded by his clients as an “exceptional lawyer.” He is particularly well known for his high-profile ports and terminals work, with notable expertise in contentious casualties and cargo matters. Sources additionally praise him as “very approachable and very knowledgeable,” and for his ability to “link commerciality to the law.’Chambers and Partners 2020

Publications & Insights