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Linklaters Business Services

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ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7456 2000
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Fax 020 7456 2222
DX:
10 LONDON CITY EC3
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https://www.linklaters.com
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Michael Bennett

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Work 020 7456 4291
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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Litigation.

Position

Michael is the firm’s Global Head of Dispute Resolution and has over 20 years’ experience in managing legal, regulatory, political and reputational risk in commercially sensitive situations and handling the related disputes. He has been based in London, New York and Asia and focuses particularly on all contentious aspects of large scale M&A and advising clients on various aspects of crisis management, helping navigate potential civil and criminal exposure alongside regulatory, parliamentary and media sensitivity (usually with a cross-border dimension). He has significant experience advising on fraud investigations and corruption risk, dealing with the SFO and other international regulatory bodies.

Career

Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London and Tokyo, 1989-91; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London 1991-94; secondment to British Airways’ legal department, London 1994-95; assistant solicitor Linklaters, New York 1995-96; London 1996-98; partner Hong Kong 1998-2000; partner London 2000.

Education

King’s College, London (LLB Hons).


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

The 'excellent and commercially astute' Linklaters LLP is widely known for handling high-profile and significant matters with financial and reputational impacts for its clients; and the firm fields lawyers with banking litigation expertise relating to insolvencies, derivatives and structured financial products, and misrepresentation along with fraud issues, mis-selling claims and contractual disputes, lender enforcement actions, and consumer credit issues. Cross-border highlights include successfully defending the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) in expedited London High Court proceedings brought by the Republic of Kazakhstan (ROK) and the National Bank of Kazakhstan; RoK sought a declaration that BNYM should not have frozen over $22bn of its assets held by BNYM under the terms of an English law-governed global custody agreement. Christa Band is banking litigation practice head, Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head and the global dispute resolution head is Michael Bennett. Patrick Robinson  has a broad banking and financial markets disputes practice, particularly regarding derivatives and structured products disputes; Andrew Hughes has extensive experience of banking disputes and fraud and regulatory investigations; and Alison Wilson has a particular focus on contentious regulatory work. Other highly rated individuals are Nick Porter , Euan Clarke, Harriet Ellis and Kathryn Ludlow , together with Susan Roscoe , Nick Porter, Rory Conway, Ros Gallagher, and Susana Cao Miranda. Jonathan Swil is a notable managing associate. James Gardner retired from the firm.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Bennett - Linklaters LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

The 'absolutely top-rate' practice at Linklaters LLP stands out for its multi-jurisdictional, cross-practice capability when handling large, complex cases involving top-tier UK and international companies; and the practice regularly advises clients in the financial services sector, but has seen an increase in work from the mining, telecoms, charities and technology sectors. Recent highlights include Tom Cassels leading advice to Hutchison 3G UK in its breach of contract claim in the Commercial Court against EE that involved the parties' agreement for a rollout of network infrastructure on their shared mobile telecoms network; the matter involves complex contract law issues, extensive technical evidence and has unique implications for the ongoing operation of one of the UK's major mobile telecoms networks. In other matters, Ben Carroll acted for Glencore International, a large mining concern and commodities trader, in defending it against a breach of contract claim brought by Minera las Bambas and MMG Swiss Finance that related to the sale of a large mine in South America; the dispute related to the application of indemnities given in the sale and purchase agreement and turns on the proper contractual interpretation of a number of indemnities. Michael Bennett is global dispute resolution head; and Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head. Also recommended are Tom Lidstrom, who is 'a class act who stands out from the crowd', Patrick Robinson, Nick Porter, and Harriet Ellis, along with Rory Conway and Susana Cao Miranda. Marc Harvey relocated from the Hong Kong office to London, while Kathryn Ludlow retired from the firm.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

'Demonstrating an impressive hands-on approach', Linklaters LLP's 'excellent service includes seamlessly working with other counsel within and outside UK, instructing non-legal experts and managing witnesses effectively'. The practice is particularly focused on disputes in the financial services, oil and gas, natural resources, and telecoms sectors; and the firm fields partners with substantial Africa experience across Anglophone, Lusophone, and Francophone Africa.Tom Lidstrom'provides a top-class service'; Matthew Weiniger QC is global international arbitration head; and Michael Bennett is global dispute resolution division head. Ben Carroll is also highly rated and Jacqueline Chaplin and  Ula Cartwright-Finch are well-regarded managing associates. Marc Harvey  relocated to London from the firm's Hong Kong office, where he was Asia regional managing partner, while Greg Reid retired from the firm.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Linklaters LLP advises corporations and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and investigations and prosecutions by the FCA, PRA, TPR, DOJ and SEC. The firm is advising Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to bribery and corruption investigations by the SFO, SEC and DOJ. Another highlight included acting for Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments in relation to the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into BHS which resulted in a £363m settlement. Other clients include Citi, UBS, Lloyds, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Aviva. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra head the team, supported by Martyn Hopper, Christa Band, Ben Packer and Andrew Hughes. Elly Proudlock joined as counsel from WilmerHale, Susana Cao Miranda joined as partner from Goldman Sachs.

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