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Robert Turner

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution.


Robert is a contentious financial markets litigation specialist of over 20 years’ experience and is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field. Robert heads the firm’s International Financial Markets Litigation practice which includes: asset management disputes; structured products and derivatives disputes; contentious regulatory and investigations; and exchange based product and commodities disputes.


Qualified into litigation department Simmons & Simmons 1993; secondment with BZW and a major international investment bank (focused on non-contentious derivatives work); partner 2001; head of international finance litigation group.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Simmons & Simmons is 'absolutely superb' in the hedge fund, private equity and fund manager arena, particularly in terms of drafting, structuring and partnership disputes. The team is led by 'hugely experienced' and 'authoritative' Colin Leaver who stands out for his drafting skills. Gideon Sharp advised APG Asset Management on the merger of the Elephant & Castle and "East Village" residential projects to create a £1.4bn joint venture, the partnership of which is structured as a series of separate but interconnected LLPs. 'Excellent tactician' Robert Turner, who is situated within the dispute resolution team, is often instructed on partnership disputes. Predominantly advising clients in the asset management sector on structural partnership issues, 'attentive' and 'business aware' managing associate Tom Fricke is another key practitioner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Simmons & Simmons’ international financial markets litigation group is 'simply outstanding, responsive, thorough, detailed and creative'. It focuses on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds; and the practice combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, and financial crime. Tim Boyce, who heads the financial markets litigation practice, acts for financial institutions in regulatory investigations, disputes and fraud claims; and Robert Turner’s experience includes acting for Icelandic bank Kaupthing in Commercial Court proceedings, relating to a multi-currency debt of over £300m and high-value assets provided as security for the debt; the proceedings in London raised complex factual and legal issues relating to fraud, market abuse, insider dealing and the enforceability of contracts for an illegal purpose, among others; Turner is 'simply excellent; clients appreciate his calm demeanour and his incisive and clinical approach'. Other highly regarded practitioners include Richard Bunce, whose practice is based exclusively on financial markets disputes and has a strong international focus and Caroline Hunter-Yeats, who has a particular focus on wealth management firms and complex products sold to high-net-worth investors as well as senior partner Colin Passmore, Ed Crosse, Robert Allen, Paul Baker and Alexander Thavenot.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Commercial litigation

Simmons & Simmons' 'good-value team is responsive and thoughtful in its advice and the practice's strength in depth, including the more junior lawyers, is impressive'. The firm has particular sector strength in TMT, energy and infrastructure and life sciences disputes; in recent multi-jurisdictional matters, the group acted for Toronto Stock Exchange-listed NYX Gaming Group, a supplier of digital gaming products that was the target of a potential acquisition by Scientific Games; the litigation involved bookmaker William Hill, which brought proceedings in multiple jurisdictions in an attempt to disrupt the acquisition, including by seeking injunctions in Guernsey and London. It also advised The Capital Markets Company (UK), a global finance and technology consultancy, on a dispute arising out of an alleged conspiracy in the FinTech sector. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond and Paul Baker 'have a tremendous capacity for absorbing information and attention to detail'; Patrick Boylan is a specialist in international disputes; Ed Crosse specialises in handling complex financial and regulatory disputes for financial institutions; and Colin Passmore is an expert on privilege. Robert Turner is also a widely respected adviser and Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt are the managing associates to note.

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