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Banking and finance disputes

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Meet the team

Our London team works for a number of the most prominent banks and financial institutions across the globe, advising on all types of banking and finance disputes. As a key part of the practice’s dedicated banking and finance team, we handle both domestic and cross-border disputes throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

“I particularly rate the way in which they look at things in depth - they're incredibly analytical. They're very hands-on, smart and extremely nice to work with.” Chambers UK, 2016

We have extensive experience of handling high-profile and commercially sensitive cases across all of the main global financial centres as well as in offshore and emerging markets.

In addition to traditional retail and commercial banking litigation, we have particular experience in technically sophisticated and fast-developing areas such as Islamic finance, derivatives and structured financial products (including securitisations, conduits, CDOs, and SIVs). We regularly act for corporate trustees, issuers and investors in respect of defaults and disputes arising out of debt capital markets transactions.

Our areas of work include

  • debt capital market disputes
  • derivatives disputes
  • enforcement of ship and aircraft mortgages
  • insolvency disputes
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • intellectual property disputes
  • Islamic finance disputes
  • lending disputes
  • professional negligence claims relating to finance transactions
  • structured financial product disputes (including securitisations, conduits, CDOs, and SIVs)
  • trade finance disputes.

Our recent work

  • Acting for The Royal Bank of Scotland as defendant to a £30m claim brought by two funds which participated in a syndicated loan at the junior mezzanine level to a commercial property business, which subsequently collapsed. This matter was included in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2013.
  • Advising the US Trustee of the Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc on English law issues arising in the liquidation.
  • Achieving a significant judgment in the first part of a split trial in favour of our clients, the joint liquidators of Britannia Bulk plc. The decision confirmed market understanding of the meaning of ‘close out netting provisions’ used in the vast majority of over-the-counter derivatives contracts.