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Stephen Elam

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Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

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Dispute Resolution; Litigation; Banking Litigation; Fraud Civil; International Arbitration; Partnership; Financial Services


Partner at CYK


Barlow Lyde & Gilbert – associate 2003-2007, Fulbright & Jaworski – senior associate, 2008 – 2010, MF Global – in-house litigation/contentious regulatory, 2011-2014, Cooke Young & Keidan – senior associate then partner, 2014 to date.


Stephen is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious

Within: Financial services: contentious

Boutique disputes firm Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP specialises in payments services issues and contentious broker work for institutional and retail clients. Stephen Elam is a key name in this area and has a particular focus on matters involving complex financial products. The firm has been acting for former Bank Julius Baer employee Yoshiki Ohmura in claims brought against him by UK fund manager FM Capital Partners, in connection with a  portfolio of assets owned by a Libyan sovereign wealth fund.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Next Generation Partners

Stephen Elam - Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP's 'team comprises a raft of highly motivated and experienced litigators operating in a tight-knit, boutique firm'. The specialist disputes boutique is highly rated for financial dispute resolution and, free of conflicts of interest, it regularly acts against many financial institutions that other firms cannot act against. Philip Young focuses on substantial fraud-related cases, including those requiring urgent injunctive steps, and Marc Keidan is particularly focused on disputes in the financial sector. Also highly regarded are Sinead O’Callaghan, Stephen Elam, Daniel Burbeary and senior associate Sam Roberts.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Next Generation Partners

Stephen Elam - Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'takes on complex, commercial litigation and gets excellent results without fuss or waste'. Clients also praise  the high level of partner engagement at  the City boutique that specialises in complex and high-value commercial and financial dispute resolution.It's specialistfocus means it is free from conflicts of interest. Philip Young is a specialist in dispute resolution involving commercial and corporate matters, fraud, banking, partnerships, and insurance; Marc Keidan is well known across the high-end commercial disputes market; and Sinead O’Callaghan is particularly focused on the financial sector. Stephen Elam, Daniel Burbeary and Lydia Danon are also key litigators, and Arish Bharucha is an experienced senior associate.

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