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Representing the largest litigation funders of the Excalibur case in subsequent proceedings relating to their liability to the successful defendants and their subsequent claim against their former advisers.
Representing the sellers of a substantial stake in a publicly listed CIS natural resources company in defence of a fraud claim by the purchasers, which included complex issues of disclosure pursuant to freezing orders and search and seizure relief obtained by the claimants.
Representing a CIS client in long running High Court litigation concerning alleged loans and conspiracy.
Representing a Russian borrower in a high profile English High Court litigation with a Russian bank.
Coordinating litigation arising from a shareholder’s dispute in Cyprus, Anguilla and Belize on behalf of Russian shareholders in a global financial business.
Advising a Russian owned Hong Kong company in a dispute over a success fee relating to the sale of shares.
Representing clients from Russia and Azerbaijan in confidential LCIA arbitrations.
Representing a Russian company in a dispute with a US company arising from a design and build contract.
Representing the BVI subsidiary of a large Russian mining company, in a dispute about a cargo of lead ingots held at the Russian port of Novorossiysk.
Representing a Russian owned BVI company in successfully obtaining judgment setting aside a company voluntary arrangement on the grounds of material irregularity on the basis that the contracts for the purchase of land in St Petersburg entered into between the debtor and alleged Russian vendors, which created the liability of value sufficient enough to pass the CVA, were shams.
Representing a publicly owned company in recovering the proceeds of a fraud perpetrated on it by its in house accountant. This involved obtaining urgent injunctions first in England and then in Cyprus to freeze the stolen money and then secure its return.
Representing an Italian bank in a dispute with a French bank arising from an equity basket option transaction.
Advising an Italian bank on set off issues arising from the failure of Lehman Brothers.
Representing five Italian banks in a jurisdictional challenge to the English courts based on the place where payment had to be made under a confirmed letter of credit.
Representing a hotel developer in a case against the project manager whose failings caused the half built hotel to have to be demolished.
Representing a Malaysian grain exporter in a dispute over quality with the purchaser.
Representing the former state owned Romanian oil import/export company in a high value complex arbitration.
Representing barristers in over 130 cases in which negligence has been alleged against them.
Representing a Chinese bank which successfully disputed the registration in England of a default judgment obtained against it in the Italian court.
Acting for the borrower in a dispute with a Russian bank relating to port terminals and other businesses involving issues of breach of contract and duty, duress and deceit.
Acting for a borrower in a dispute with a Russian bank relating to a share sale agreement by way of security.
Advising a borrower as to its rights against an arranger of a loan facility.
Acted for insurers, most notably the Bar Mutual in defending claims against barristers, and the Travelers Insurance group in defending claims against solicitors.
British Virgin Islands, 2012
England and Wales, 1980
Speaker at English Law Week in Moscow in November 2015
Speaker at the ABA conference on Dispute Resolution in Moscow in September 2015
Speaker at the 7th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Yerevan, the 8th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Kiev, and the 9th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Vienna
Speaker at BALA conferences in Baku in April 2013 and June 2015
Board member of the Committee of the British Azerbaijani Law Association
Committee member of the British Kazakh Law Association
Russian and CIS Arbitration Network
London Court of International Arbitration
British Russian Law Association
British Italian Law Association
English Law Week in Moscow - November 2015
ABA conference on Dispute Resolution in Moscow - September 2015
The 7th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Yerevan
The 8th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Kiev
The 9th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Vienna
BALA conferences in Baku - April 2013 and June 2015
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Good dispute resolution lawyers come in all shapes and sizes and attract a range of personality types from the chess playing strategists to the disputes equivalent of bare knuckle fighters
Good dispute resolution lawyers come in all shapes and sizes and attract a range of personality types from the chess playing strategists to the disputes equivalent of bare knuckle fighters! The best combine the best bits of all types and I hope I have some of all. I like both resolving disputes and winning them; it is what the client needs that decides the approach. No two disputes are ever the same; there is the human element and the random, as well as the law and the knowledge of the client’s business which we need to have.
I have two main focuses in the type of work I do. One is representing clients from Russia and the CIS, and from Ukraine, in any kind of dispute involving English law or England as a jurisdiction; I love that part of the world and its people and am a frequent visitor there. My wife does Russian translation work and I am learning. My other focus is representing clients with claims against professionals, but not barristers. I do not act against barristers because I look after them when they are sued; so far I have acted for 160 barristers over 20 years.
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