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Signature Litigation is best known as a unique model commercial and financial market litigation practice operating in both a conflict-free space and, unusually for such firms, also active for banks and other institutions acting in the financial markets.

The firm: Signature Litigation is a London law firm founded in 2012 by senior lawyers with many years’ experience in leading practices, specialising in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm was founded to meet the increased demand for highly experienced commercial litigation advice and support in complex cases, where the dedication of a niche specialist firm yields results.

The firm has continued its strong growth this year with several high-value cases and an expanding team of high-calibre individuals. In 2015, Signature Litigation was instructed by the RBoS Shareholders Action Group on behalf of 101 institutional clients and over 35,000 individual shareholders bringing claims against RBS over its 2008 rights issue following the disastrous acquisition of ABN Amro. Other multi-jurisdictional and high-profile cases the firm has been handling include work for Renaissance Capital, Fortelus Special Situations Master Fund Limited, and the Patarkatsishvili Estate against Anisimov. The firm also achieved favourable outcomes for two separate client groups in the Privy Council on matters of critical importance to those businesses. Recently Signature Litigation has been instructed by a European investment fund to bring claims in various jurisdictions against Credit Suisse for losses reported to have been in excess of $1bn, foreign exchange fund The ECU Group plc in relation to possible claims against a major international bank for foreign exchange trading ‘front running’ and ‘stop loss busting’, and Ontario Teachers Pension Fund in relation to its interests in Brussels airport.

Signature Litigation continues to attract talented lawyers, evident in the recent arrivals of acclaimed international specialists, notably Ioannis Alexopoulos, joining from Bryan Cave, and Simon Bushell, previously Latham & Watkins, who bring a wealth of expertise in international commercial litigation and arbitration. Gibraltar-based Elliott Phillips heads Signature’s Gibraltar office, which opened in 2017, and provides a depth of expertise in global commercial litigation and trusts disputes. Josh Wong, previously at DLA Piper, brings expertise in advising businesses across European and Chinese disputes.

Signature Litigation is distinctively different from anything else in the market. The firm has effectively transferred economic ownership in the firm away from the traditional model of equity partners towards every member of the practice. Signature has developed and implemented the first truly transparent, non-discretionary and universally applicable profit-sharing structure in the legal market. It recognises the contributions of all members of the practice, meaning its team members feel valued and respected, not only for their legal skills and experience, but also for their wider contribution to the business.

Team members have an equal voice and feel engaged in how the business is run. Put simply, Signature Litigation is governed effectively by the combined voices of all of its people - with guaranteed rights for everyone to enjoy its success, financial and otherwise, and to ensure that its unique culture remains entirely protected.

Types of work undertaken: Signature Litigation specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. It handles complex, multi-party disputes that challenge the commercial and reputational viability of its clients, typically in the banking and financial services sector.

Signature Litigation provides UK and international clients with the full spectrum of dispute resolution services, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Its lawyers have resolved some of the most significant and complex disputes involving financial institutions in recent legal history. The firm offers services to investment and commercial banks, funds and asset managers, large corporations, private equity and venture capital houses, hedge funds, professional advisers and private clients.

Signature Litigation ensures its clients are at the heart of everything it does, while avoiding the constraints of potential conflict issues. Above all, it has taken advantage of the developments in technology and outsourcing to ensure that its team is dynamic and efficient enough to deliver the very best service and legal outcomes for its clients.

  • Number of UK partners: 10
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 30
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Arbitration: 20
  • Contentious regulatory: 15
  • Litigation: 65

Above material supplied by Signature Litigation LLP.

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