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Banking Litigation: Conflict Free — London (Firms)


Cooke Young & Keidan LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Litigation boutique with a solid reputation in the market for its capacity to handle large-scale, complex disputes against banks and major corporates. Particular recent experience in handling major Libor manipulation and interest rate swap mis-selling litigation. Its client base includes a broad spectrum of hedge funds, property developers and high net worth individuals.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the "excellent lawyers" at the firm for "their commercial approach to our business."

Work highlights Acted for Les and Jan O'Hare to bring a £3.5 million claim against Coutts & Co, alleging mis-selling of investment products.

Represented Edward and Simon Hackett in a £5 million claim against RBS alleging breach of statutory duty, common law duties and fraudulent representations concerning an interest rate swap.

Significant clients Highland Capital Management, West Ten Properties, Mazarona Properties, Wanis International Foods, SWP Group.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Philip Young is described as "a bright and forceful" lawyer by market commentators, who highlight him as "a pleasure to work alongside." His practice incorporates banking, fraud and financial services litigation.

Marc Keidan regularly acts for a broad spectrum of bank customers, hedge funds and wider investors in litigation claims against financial institutions. Market sources offer praise for his "solutions-focused" manner and his skills as "a great strategist who thinks outside the box."

Sinead O'Callaghan has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with strengths in banking and finance litigation, contentious trust work, fraud and professional negligence claims. Sources say: "She is an experienced litigator who always has her finger on the pulse of the case and where it's going."

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Enyo Law LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Conflict-free litigation boutique that enjoys a growing reputation for its ability to handle complex international banking disputes. Its wide-ranging client roster includes hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and high net worth individuals. Offers additional expertise in connection to the enforcement of arbitration judgments.

Strengths Sources report: "They have impressed me enormously. They can act against big names in the market with no issues and they can move very fast without running into problems."

Work highlights Retained by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) to handle a claim against Goldman Sachs to rescind nine complex derivative transactions worth over USD1 billion which expired as worthless. The suit alleged Goldman Sachs exerted undue influence so as to procure the LIA to enter into the trades and that the trades constituted an oppressive bargain.

Acted for London Bridge Holding (LBH) to bring a £480 million claim against RBS for the rescission of Libor-linked interest rate swaps which the bank required LBH enter into for the debt financing of a development site in London Bridge.

Significant clients Banco de Portugal, Thamesview Investments, LBH Hotel.

Notable practitioners

Simon Twigden offers broad expertise in international banking disputes, with deep knowledge of litigation concerning the mis-selling of financial products, contractual disputes and wider fraud issues. Clients label him "a fantastic team player," describing him as "very pragmatic and very straightforward."

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Hausfeld & Co LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Represents claimants in actions against major banks and financial institutions centred on a wide range of issues. Particularly adept at handling litigation with pronounced competition law elements, alongside considerable skills in matters concerning complex loan financing, derivatives transactions and wider banking misconduct.

Notable practitioners

Lianne Craig is a key contact.

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Offers capable and experienced representation to individuals and corporations in bringing actions against banks and investment bodies. Especially noted capability in claims concerning negligence or breach of contract, particularly in relation to financial mis-selling. Also proficient in corporate investigations, drawing from wider resources with regulatory and criminal law expertise.

Notable practitioners

Richard Foss is a key contact.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading conflict-free group housing a highly talented bench of practitioners with deep experience in claims against banks and financial institutions. Its comprehensive skill set includes significant strengths in lender-liability actions, loan fraud matters and suits by loan participants, alongside noted expertise in relation to structured finance disputes. Strong links between its US offices and the team in London, with further capability with regard to arbitral proceedings.

Strengths Sources report: "Their lawyers know the cases inside out and are always on top of the detail. They provide a fantastic litigation service and very sensible commercial advice."

Sources laud the strengths of this "top-tier claimant firm," commending its practitioners as "litigators through and through."

Work highlights Acted for Fairhold Securitisation to seek rescission of Libor-referenced swap contracts entered into with HBOS-Lloyds and UBS, alleging fraudulent representations as to the honesty and validity of the Libor benchmark.

Retained by Amatra Leveraged Feeder Holdings, Ajial Leveraged Feeder Holdings and Ghazi Abbar to defend a claim brought against them by Citigroup Global Markets for declarations of non-liability, in connection with two accreting strike call options sold to the defendants and terminated following the 2008 financial crisis.

Significant clients Legal & General, Universities Superannuation Scheme, Anchorage Capital Investment Management, UniCredit, Oak.

Notable practitioners

Sue Prevezer QC is characterised as "a formidable opponent" by her fellow practitioners, who offer high praise for her "impressive and genuinely creative legal arguments." She chairs the firm's international trial practice, offering a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation challenges and international arbitration matters.

Richard East comes highly recommended for his "phenomenal client coverage skills" and his "very hard-working" manner. He frequently acts for clients in banking, restructuring and wider commercial litigation matters. He also serves as co-managing partner of the firm's London office.

Robert Hickmott is "an effective litigator with a huge amount of experience," according to appreciative clients. His practice incorporates representing corporate stakeholders and high net worth individuals in both defending and bringing claims in financial litigation.

Matthew Bunting receives plaudits for his "first-rate advice, both commercially and legally." His practice comprises domestic and international litigation, particularly concerning serious corporate fraud.

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RPC - Banking Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enjoys a prominent reputation for the quality of its representation of individuals, investors and other claimants to bring cases against major banks and financial institutions. Offers a wide range of expertise in relation to fraud, structured financial products and loan facilities, with particular strength in litigation arising from restructuring and insolvencies. Also draws upon deep resources and expertise in supporting practice areas, including in its tax, competition and regulatory teams.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They are able to take big-ticket litigation in their stride, have an excellent work ethic and seem to thrive on the strategic aspects of litigation."

Clients report: "They are very thorough and hard-working. The team is open-minded in its engagement with clients, with the result that the relationship is more collaborative and more effective."

Work highlights Acted for Taberna Europe, in its capacity as the issuer of a number of classes of floating rate notes, to defend a EUR950 million claim brought by noteholder Barclays Bank. The suit alleges that an event of default arose under the terms of the notes following the issuer's entry into certain swap arrangements.

Advised Kaupthing on English law aspects of its multimillion-pound claims against Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, concerning their involvement in alleged self-referencing credit default swaps through a Tchenguiz trust entity.

Significant clients Bank St Petersburg, EY, Petrobras, Pyrrho Investments, Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Notable practitioners

Tom Hibbert earns acclaim for his "excellent blend of commerciality and tactical sense." His expertise resides in investment banking litigation, with particular strengths in capital markets disputes, fund management matters and disputes arising from insolvencies and restructurings. He is the firm's global head of commercial disputes, and also leads the banking and financial litigation team.

Simon Hart has a strong litigation practice which covers cross-border banking and restructuring disputes, financial markets litigation and corporate investigations. Sources report: "Simon is calm, confident and assured. He's an adept lawyer and a team player."

The "very bright" Andrew McGregor receives plaudits for his "excellent judgement" in banking litigation work. He regularly acts for institutional investors, including leading hedge funds, corporates and high net worth individuals, in structured finance and derivatives disputes.

About the Team (content provided by RPC)

Banking and finance litigation is one of RPC's core areas of strength and we are one of the leading conflict-free banking litigation practices in London.  The majority of our work is international in nature. 

We specialise in claims in the investment banking and fund management arena, particularly the capital markets - from corporate bonds through hybrid products, from complex structured investment products through to disputes on loan facilities and in relation to fraud.  We are often involved in litigation arising from insolvencies and restructurings.  

We can, and regularly do, act against the large investment banks.  We remain one of the few City firms able to act for parties such as continental banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers and the investment vehicles of high net worth individuals against investment banks. We can also act "off-panel" in disputes between banks where one party's usual panel firms are not able to do so.

Our team, led by Tom Hibbert, has grown rapidly over recent years to number 50+ across our London and Asian offices.  Our London partner group was recently strengthened by the return of Jonathan Cary from Hong Kong in August 2017 and the promotion of Chris Ross to partner in May 2017.  Jonathan Crompton also recently joined RPC in Hong Kong.

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Signature Litigation LLP - Banking Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters. Adept in multi-jurisdictional disputes, including expertise in matters concerning Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Singapore. Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They are a niche litigation firm with an astonishing range of capabilities."

Clients add: "They're very focused on the client and do whatever is necessary at any time to meet the client's objectives."

Work highlights Acted for Desiman to bring a £30 million claim against Bank of Scotland, HBOS Treasury Services and Lloyds Bank over losses incurred due to alleged mis-selling of Libor-referenced interest swaps.

Continued to act for a lead group of RBS shareholders to bring claims against RBS in connection with its failed rights issue in 2008.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Graham Huntley is regarded as one of the most accomplished banking litigators in the field, with decades of experience in shareholder disputes, warranty claims and regulatory matters. Sources report: "He's an impressive figurehead litigator with the experience and reputation necessary for success. He is a very calm presence and is supremely able to focus on the issues that really matter."

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The department is built around experienced practitioners who have worked on both sides of disputes in the banking and financial markets. In addition to acting for banks, funds, wealth managers, private equity funds and other financial institutions, the department has also acted for high net worth individuals and claimant groups bringing claims against some of those entities and individuals. 

As a consequence, the department has both the benefit of wide experience of banking disputes and the ability to act on both sides, arising from its conflict free platform. 

In recent cases, the department has acted in some very high profile and ground breaking cases against financial institutions, taking advantage of relatively untested consumer protection legislation, as well as in multijurisdictional disputes against global banks arising out of large and complex investment mandates.  In addition, the department continues to act for institutions and individuals handling a variety of regulatory issues. 

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Stewarts - Banking Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading conflict-free litigation boutique with extensive experience acting in major disputes against banks and financial institutions. Its client base includes a number of leading financial institutions, corporations and high net worth individuals. Offers further complementary expertise in civil fraud, especially as it relates to complex financial products.

Strengths Clients report: "It is a very professional firm with an excellent eye for a client's needs and requirements."

One interviewee says: "I really like working with them. Across the board, they are universally really nice to deal with but they are also clever people."

Work highlights Retained by bond purchasers Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners and bond issuer Golden Belt Sukuk 1 Company in litigation against BNP Paribas concerning a USD650 million Islamic finance bond. The plaintiffs alleged the bank failed in its duty of care to arrange an enforceable bond.

Acted for multiple claimants, including Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, DZ Bank and Uniqa Capital Management, to bring claims against Standard & Poor's and arranging bank RBS alleging the negligent and fraudulent rating and marketing of a financial product.

Significant clients Stichting Ratings Redress, Kaupthing Bank, Chesterfield United, LBI, Sakthi Auto Component.

Notable practitioners

Sean Upson is frequently called upon for his skills in banking, insolvency and trade law litigation, alongside in-depth expertise in civil fraud matters. Sources report: "He just has great judgement and great instincts, and he's a very even-tempered person."

The vastly experienced Clive Zietman garners accolades for his "big-picture view" and his "robust" approach to banking litigation. His client roster includes a wide variety of financial institutions and multinational corporations and companies.

About the Team (content provided by Stewarts)

We are widely recognised as the “go to” law firm for litigation against the major banks. The firm’s expertise has been acknowledged by the directories, and cases in which the firm acts are regularly reported in the press.Our banking lawyers have a successful record in some of the highest profile and most complex banking disputes. Our banking litigation expertise encompasses acting in cases involving, and advising on, numerous banking instruments and facilities.Our clients are UK and overseas listed companies and multi-nationals, hedge funds, and other smaller financial institutions, professionals and high net worth individuals.

Some recent cases include:

  • A settlement for a large number of institutional investors in a group litigation claim against RBS relating to its rights issue of April 2008. RBS agreed to pay up to £800m to various shareholder groups. Our team represented more than 300 institutional investors in the litigation.
  • ​€52m landmark judgment on behalf of a group of city bankers against Commerzbank over unpaid bonuses.
  • A settlement for private Irish investors against a well known American investment bank following a $20m bond sale.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Chesterfield in relation to a loan from Kaupthing Bank hf to Chesterfield used to buy $500m of Credit Linked Notes.
  • Acting in a major group claim in the Commercial Court in London against Barclays Partner Finance.

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