We have the business and technical knowhow and extensive experience of acting in a wide range of financial disputes.  We provide timely, practical and confident advice to our clients.

Many of our cases are multi-national, frequently involving offshore jurisdictions, but we are equally at home advising on purely domestic financial disputes.

Our broad experience includes:

  • Documentary credits

  • Standby credits, Demand guarantees and Performance bonds

  • Guarantees

  • Security enforcement issues

  • Issues arising out of the bank / customer relationship

  • Investment management disputes

  • Escrow agent disputes

  • Misselling

  • Film finance, carbon trading and other tax schemes

  • Cheques

  • Negotiable instruments

  • Rights of set off and bankers' liens

  • Insolvency and fraud issues

Our clients range from global financial institutions to individuals.


Notable deals / highlights

  • Acting for a German bank in respect of the recovery of USD 14 million provided by way of ship finance to a Chinese shipyard under a standby letter of credit provided by a major Chinese bank.

  • Acting for a major global bank acting as escrow agent in respect of a USD 500 million dispute between two shareholders in a Russian bank.

  • Acting for various companies in the Pioneer group based in the BVI and China in respect of guarantees given to support freight futures contracts for iron and steel, and in respect of insolvency issues in the BVI, Hong Kong and England.

  • The private office of a prominent Russian on potential claims arising out of the termination of an investment management agreement with the BVI-based investment management arm of a leading Russian bank.

  • Acting for an individual in respect of substantial claims against a leading international law firm arising out of advice given to him when investing in a carbon trading scheme supposed to defer tax liabilities.

  • Acting for Lehman Brothers Finance SA in the 'Extended Liens Litigation' ([2013] EWHC 2997 (Ch)) which ruled on the definitions of liens and the applicability of the Financial Collateral Arrangements Regulations.

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