Partner | London
Whether you are a financial institution or professional navigating global financial markets, the challenges you face have never been greater.With extensive experience worldwide, applying both international and local knowledge, our global team gives practical advice regarding the complex financial services landscape. We can help you protect, secure, and future proof your financial position, business, career and reputation.
Our banking and finance team is involved in landmark deals across the globe, offering bespoke advice to individuals, entrepreneurs and companies looking to arrange all types of finance.Capital markets
Going public is a pivotal moment, and one that will have been a long time in the planning. From tax advice to governance, we have assisted in the public offerings of many household-name companies.Civil fraud
Complex cases that involve private capital are a natural fit for our civil fraud team. With years of experience and a global presence, we handle large-scale international matters with ease.Commercial litigation
Our highly skilled commercial litigators assist with complex, multi-jurisdictional cases of all kinds. Whether acting for an investor, business or brand, our creative approach gets results.
Our firm is unusual in acting more often for individuals than institutions. Our highly knowledgeable team has regulatory and market experience and is known for getting results.Corporate finance
We are proud to help companies secure the finance they need to thrive. A particular strength is advising directors, shareholders and potential investors on the rules in different jurisdictions.Professional discipline and regulatory
If you are facing potential disciplinary or legal action, we offer swift and effective support to individuals involved in proceedings or organizations conducting inquiries.
It is easy for funds and other finance providers to find themselves on the wrong side of complex and varied regulations. With detailed, global knowledge we can help you to stay compliant.Mergers and acquisitions
Our seasoned team has acted in the full range of transactions, be it public company takeovers or contentious buyouts – getting the deal done quickly, within regulations and with minimal fuss.White collar defense and investigations
Facing investigation, regulatory or enforcement action is exceptionally complex. Our seasoned practitioners are here to support you, offering strategic advice to minimize the impact.
Represented a Belgian funder in a dispute with Chinese counterparties over a financial investment in a Cayman Islands' incorporated company that was meant to go public. All disputes to be resolved by arbitration in Hong Kong is to be administered by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
We successfully represented the holders of US bonds to the value of USD$200 million in lawsuits against a rating agency and an indenture trustee of a private placement
Acting for BVI court-appointed liquidators of multiple hedge funds, leading cross-border team, seeking recognition and recovery of assets in Hong Kong, Switzerland, Monaco, Channel Islands, Bahamas and US.
Represented high-profile Managing Member of multi-billion dollar hedge fund in litigation involving the termination of an analyst.
Advising a syndicate of banks in connection with the €225 million financing for the construction of part of a motorway linking Zagreb to Gorican in Croatia.
Advised an Asian sovereignty fund in its proposed acquisition of a state-owned PRC property development company through open bidding at an equity exchange.
Represented Credit Suisse First Boston LLC, as an initial purchaser, in the underwritten Rule 144A private offering of US$25 million 10% Senior Notes Due 2012 of PetroQuest Energy, Inc.
Advised a Russian corporation in a dispute to a value of over US$150 million in relation to cancelled Credit Linked Notes
We advised Targetti Sankey SpA in a €242 million syndicated loan to assist in the acquisition of the Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen Lighting A/S.
Following the alleged theft of nine old master paintings from a European art gallery, we represented insurance underwriters in a fraud claim relating to the art work, and resulting in a successful settlement.
In a case involving claims of misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of duty in tort, and misselling of an interest rate swap, we are representing a family-owned property investment company seeking substantial damages from a major UK bank.
Our client suffered losses when they engaged a law firm to advise on their exit from the partnership of a hedge fund. We represented him on a claim of more than £5 million against the law firm for negligent advice.
A world renowned hotel entered into an interest rate swap with several banks, but ended up suffering significant losses. The hotel's owners approached us to pursue the law firm who represented them in a professional negligence claim. The case was listed for a five week High Court trial, but we arranged a settlement before the trial commenced.
We were a longstanding adviser to Bar Mutual, advising the organisation on claims by the barristers it represents, or on third party proceedings brought by solicitors facing professional negligence claims. We also directly advised barristers protected by Bar Mutual.
Withers was called on to act for a well-known managing partner of an international investment firm when his reputation was under threat. Our robust approach to reputation management prevented the filing of false statements in a form U-5 (Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration) that would have had a detrimental effect on his future career and earnings.
When the founding principals of two of London's largest hedge funds turned to Withers for help devising a more integrated approach to tax structuring in the UK and US, our international knowledge and global reach made us ideally placed to help. We came up with the most efficient strategy and also advised them on effective estate planning, whether or not they stayed in the funds.
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