Key Staff

Passion, knowledge and experience

Complex insurance claims specialists.

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Christian Bruze


Christian is the CEO of Saint Clement and is in overall charge of our operations. He has extensive experience in the legal and marine insurance fields and has held senior positions in London and New York as well as in his native Sweden. Christian has particular expertise in contentious cargo claims and recoveries and frequently acts on behalf of insurers in such matters. He graduated with a LLM in International Law from Lund University in 1998 and a LLM in Maritime Law from University of Southampton in 1999.

Cristina del Rio

Cristina del Río

General Manager

Cristina graduated in Law from UCM and holds a LL.M in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton as well as title of Specialist in International Maritime Law from ICADE. She is a professional of more than 18 years of experience working for P&I Clubs (in London and Brussels), law firms (Albors, Galiano, Portales and DLA Piper) and since 2009 as Marine Claims Manager and European Claims Coordinator for RSA Spain. She also lectures at University on P&I Clubs, Collision Liability and Project Cargo. Cristina speaks Spanish, English and French.

Javier Palomares

Javier Palomares

Claims Executive

Javier holds a LL.B. from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a LL.M in International Business Management from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. He has extensive experience as claims handler, having worked previously in the claims dept. of a Spanish bank and a U.S. based insurer. He speaks Spanish and English.

Laura Díaz Lafuente

Claims Executive

Degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Master’s Degree in Business and Maritime Law IME-ICADE. She has worked as a claims handler in an insurance brokerage. She speaks Spanish and English.


Mika Hallakorpi

Legal Counsel

Mika Hallakorpi has 20 years of shipping law experience handling complex multi-jurisdictional marine disputes. He is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and he is admitted to practice in the Courts of New York, including the United States District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York as well as the United States Court for International Trade. Mika is also admitted to practice in Finland.

José Gabriel Salom

Claims and Recoveries Executive

Graduated in Law from the University of Valencia. LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law and an LLM in Law Practice from the University of Valencia. LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Advanced Programme in Corporate Compliance from the International University of La Rioja. He has worked in various firms specialising in commercial and maritime law. He speaks Spanish and English.