01 August 2017 - Article
Acting for Renault Sport SAS in opposing HMRC’s application for an administration order against Lotus F1 Team Limited, the successful defence of which paved the way for Renault Group’s acquisition of Lotus F1 Team Limited.
Renault Formula 1 v PVAXX / Renault Formula 1 v Jam Session Sri - which both involved a contractual dispute concerning the non-payment of sponsorship money.
Fortress Value Recovery Fund & Ors v Blue Skye & Ors - a case involving the implementation of a scheme to reorganise the structure by which investments in non-performing loans and receivables were held.
Logue & Ors v PGGL & Ors - a case involving a dispute arising out of the acquisition of a property at One Hyde Park.
The Complete Retreats Liquidating Trust v Logue and others - a case which involved successfully setting aside a worldwide freezing order obtained against the defendants.
Dominic Adams & Ors v Ford & Ors - a case involving a class action against our client arising out of the Keydata Technology investment scheme.
Samuel Tak Lee v Florence Tsang - acting in relation to a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and successfully challenging jurisdiction on behalf of the defendant.
JP Morgan v Edsparr - a case concerning the enforcement of a restrictive covenant.
Queens Park Rangers v Caliendo - a case brought before the courts of Monaco concerning a football player.
Dunga v Queens Park Rangers - a case involving a claim brought by a former director for repayment of a loan.
Fieldglen Ltd & Ford v The Financial Services Authority - a case involving an application restraining the FSA from accessing and downloading data stored on a computer. Also advising generally in relation to the FSA’s investigations.
Trading Force Limited v Hesco Bastion Limited - a case involving commission in relation to sales of defence fortifications to the US military.
Hervia Limited v Vivienne Westwood Limited - a case brought against our client in relation to a franchise agreement.
Morgan Grenfell & Deutsche Bank v Arrows Autosports & Walkinshaw & Others - a claim brought by a lender against a Formula 1 motor-racing team and its guarantor.
Finint UK Limited v Kerrison - a case which involved obtaining a worldwide freezing order against the former Managing Director of a UK subsidiary.
Fifth Street Owner Corporation & Ors v Rolin - a case involving a claim for US$45m of which we successfully negotiated the outcome.
Carlisle & Cumbria United Independent Supporters’ Society Limited v CUFC Holdings Ltd & Others - a case involving a derivative action brought by a supporters’ trust as a minority shareholder on behalf of the holding company of a UK football club.
Shing Lee Ho Chee & State Family Planning Commission of China v Neville & Krikorian - a case involving an appeal brought under s.7(3) Insolvency Act 1986 seeking to reverse the decision of the supervisor of a company voluntary arrangement.
Programma Italia (Fininvest) v Chase Investment Bank Limited - a case brought in relation to a breach of contract and negligence claim relating to the sale of certain investment products.
Acting for the owners of a former state owned Macedonian steel company in relation to claims brought against it by two former state owned companies in Macedonia and a counterclaim brought against them for breach of warranty.
Acting for a Jersey based oil trading company in a claim against an oil producer following on from the non supply to it of oil from an oil terminal in Ingushetia.
Acting for a BVI company in relation to a claim for the return of US$20million due to it from a Turkish company following the non supply of shares in a Swiss company which owned an oil terminal on the Caspian Sea.
Acting for an Italian company in relation to the recovery of a debt owed to it by a Brazilian company following the supply to it of customised speedboats to be used by the Brazilian Police Force.
Acting for a joint venture partner in relation to dispute arising out of the construction of a motorway in Poland.
Acting in relation to a dispute arising out of the awarding of an infrastructure contract in Ukraine.
Acting for a European steel manufacturer and supplier in an arbitration brought against it by a supplier of raw materials.
England and Wales, 1990
He has co-authored a number of articles concerning the impact of the fallout of film partnership schemes on investors, in particular professional footballers and sportsmen. These have featured in a number of legal journals as well as the financial times.
Roberto was the author of ‘Model Democracy’ an article in ‘Legal Week’ about the evolvement of the law of privacy.
He has also been quoted on various issues ranging from mis-selling and insolvency to defamation in The Times, Telegraph and Financial Times.
Association of Business Recovery Professionals
London Court of International Arbitration
British Italian Law Association
Roberto has lectured in Switzerland and Italy, including at the Court of Appeal in Milan and at the British Council in Istanbul on behalf of The Law Society.
He has hosted and participated in seminars focusing on various aspects of English civil law and procedure, in particular tax avoidance schemes, forum shopping, enforcement of judgments, insolvency and arbitration.
Me in a minute
I enjoy getting to learn about clients' businesses
I specialise in commercial dispute resolution, whether through the ambit of High Court litigation or international arbitration. My work is varied and often involves working with foreign lawyers, which I enjoy.
I particularly enjoy getting to learn about clients’ businesses and seeking to work out at an early stage the best strategy aimed at protecting the client’s interests, whether that lies in seeking an early settlement of the dispute, or where that proves not to be achievable, optimising its position in any ensuing litigation. Even then, the overwhelming majority of my cases settle at some point and the key is to tee up the client to achieve the best possible outcome at the minimum risk and expense possible.
I have been fortunate over the years to have worked with interesting corporations such as Renault SAS, Renault Fomula1, Lotus F1 Team Limited, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, State Bank of India, Elite Model Look SA (Paris), Vivienne Westwood Limited, Elite Model Management Limited (New York), the Duferco Group, Cipriani International SA but I also really enjoy working for small to medium enterprises as well as individuals. Indeed some of my most satisfying outcomes have involved achieving results for individuals, after having guided them through the rigours of dispute resolution.
I am a trustee of Children of Fire International Limited which raises money to assist in the medical and educational needs of children who have been badly burned in shanty town fires in Africa.
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24 March 2017 - Article