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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Signature Litigation LLP

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles a broad range of civil fraud matters; areas of expertise include search and seizure orders, freezing injunctions, and multiparty, multijurisdictional disputes. Clients include large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and foreign government agencies. Simon Bushell, 'a force-field of drive and determination', leads the team alongside firm founder Graham Huntley, who is described as 'an extraordinary legal mind' and Julian Connerty, who has a particular focus on international fraud, insurance, industry disputes and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Simon Bushell; Graham Huntley; Julian Connerty

Other key lawyers:Josh Wong; Guy Robson

Testimonials

‘A very focused and knowledgeable litigation team’.

‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgement’.

‘Graham Huntley is truly a force of nature, a very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients’.

‘The team is fantastic, well-motivated and moves with a real sense of purpose’.               

‘Graham Huntley is an extraordinary legal mind’. 

‘One of best boutiques around, delivering a high class service to clients pitted against the institutional behemoths’.               

‘Simon Bushell is a force-field of drive and determination’. 

‘The key individuals are supremely professional and very informed’

Key Clients

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC

Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited

BTA Bank

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

RBS Rights Issue litigation: a group of approx. 80 corporations and platforms and thousands of smaller companies and individuals known as the SG Group Claimants

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ivanishvili family, their corporate funds and investment vehicles in a high profile $940m dispute with Credit Suisse Group regarding losses arising out of the alleged fraudulent handling and misappropriation of assets held by the family's corporate funds and investment vehicles.
  • Representing Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC in relation to two claims totalling £700m arising from a corrupt agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in connection with the sale in 2005 by BLB of its stake in Speed.
  • Acting on behalf of Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited in relation to a $280m dispute with ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of nickel in circumstances where warehouse receipts evidencing title to the nickel appear to have been created fraudulently.
  • Acting for one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders who brought unprecedented claims under Section 90 of FSMA against RBS with respect to its failed 2008 rights issue.
  • Representing a Kazakh bank in pursuing recovery of around £500m siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.
Leading individuals

Graham Huntley - Signature Litigation LLP

Simon Bushell - Signature Litigation LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Signature Litigation LLP

Signature Litigation LLP 'has been outstandingly successful'. The highly specialised dispute resolution firm has a strong focus on large, complex cases that are frequently cross-border. Founding partner, Graham Huntley, is a specialist banking litigator, and Simon Bushell is highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes. Abdulali Jiwaji has particularly strong experience advising on disputes involving financial products and mis-selling, investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and Julian Connerty is increasingly focused on shareholder and group claims. Rory Spillman and Becca Hogan are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Simon Bushell; Abdulali Jiwaji; Julian Connerty; Rory Spillman; Becca Hogan

Key Clients

SG Group Claimants

The ECU Group

BTA Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for SG Group Claimants, one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders, which brought claims under the Financial Services and Markets Act against RBS in relation to its failed 2008 rights issue.
  • Represented Kazakhstan's BTA Bank in pursuing the recovery of substantial funds that were siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.
Leading individuals

Graham Huntley - Signature Litigation LLP

Rising stars

Becca Hogan - Signature Litigation LLP

Rory Spillman - Signature Litigation LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Signature Litigation LLP

Signature Litigation LLP has 'a highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution'. It is a specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border. Graham Huntley acts in M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, economic tort claims, and regulatory disputes and investigations. Simon Bushell specialises in complex international disputes. Other recommended partners are Abdulali Jiwaji, Daniel Spendlove and Ioannis Alexopoulos, while Kathleen Leslie is a notable senior associate.

Practice head(s):Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Simon Bushell; Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Ioannis Alexopoulos; Kathleen Leslie

Testimonials

'Signature has done exceptionally well in forming and growing a talented pool of commercial litigators, who are busily engaged on some of the most important and highest profile commercial cases presently proceeding through the courts'.

'The practice has a commercial and innovative approach to finding funding solutions'.

'Graham Huntley is a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker'.

'Daniel Spendlove is excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care'.

'Abdul Jiwaji is calmness personified and a first-rate communicator'.

 

Key Clients

BTA Bank

SG Group Claimants

Lycamobile UK

Kurt Geiger

DTEK Energy

DAI Europe

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

Obex Securities

Grupa Ożarów

Bluewaters Communications Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Bluewaters Communications Holdings in two claims that arose from an agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in relation to the 2005 sale by BLB of its stake in Speed.
Leading individuals

Graham Huntley - Signature Litigation LLP

Simon Bushell  - Signature Litigation LLP

Next Generation Partners

Daniel Spendlove  - Signature Litigation LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Signature Litigation LLP

Signature Litigation LLP's 'tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates'. It fields specialist arbitration lawyers who are experienced in high-value, complex international arbitrations. Natalia Chumak has a particular focus on CIS-related matters; Ioannis Alexopoulos is well known for joint venture and shareholder disputes, business break-ups and fraud and banking disputes; and Josh Wong is recommended for security, asset tracing and enforcement actions that involve multiple jurisdictions. Counsel Neil Newing and senior associate Nick Storrs are also key advisers.

Practice head(s):Natalia Chumak; Ioannis Alexopoulos

Other key lawyers:Neil Newing; Nick Storrs

Testimonials

'The team has a strong appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of cases and how best to approach difficult issues'.

'Ioannis Alexopoulos is a great litigator who offers his advice on the basis of the commercial goals that clients set'.

'Josh Wong is an excellent lawyer, who is hardworking and has a clear vision'.

'Senior associate Nick Storrs is very clever and insightful'.

Rising stars

Nick Storrs - Signature Litigation LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Signature Litigation LLP

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP advises insurers and reinsurers on public and professional liability, energy claims and property damage arising from natural disasters and other catastrophes . The firm stands out for its Latin American expertise, with the 'outstanding' Hermes Marangos handling a variety of high-profile matters involving Brazil or Mexico.

Practice head(s):Hermes Marangos

Testimonials

'The team possesses extensive knowledge and experience and is quick and responsive'

'Very accurate, well-qualified and informed team, which gives prompt and accurate responses'

'Hermes Marangos is enthusiastic, has a unique knowledge of his subject and jurisdictions and an undoubted ability to think out of the box and to seek out a settlement which will benefit the insurer'

'Hermes Marangos is an outstanding lawyer who has a brilliant legal mind. His knowledge of many legal systems in Europe and South America as well as his ability to speak many languages gives him the edge over his competitors'

Leading individuals

Hermes Marangos - Signature Litigation LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Signature Litigation LLP

Boutique firm Signature Litigation LLP has a focus on complex and cross-border cases, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants on high-value mandates. It handles claims involving the financial services sector and also advises on cases involving other professions. In an example of its cross-border experience, the team represented the Ivanishvili family, and its corporate investment vehicle, on a claim against the Credit Suisse Group, for losses arising out of breach of trust, breach of mandate, breach of duty, breach of agency investment obligations and more generally for negligent or dishonest investment and fund practices, carried out by employees of the bank, its sister and subsidiary companies.

Practice head(s):Daniel Spendlove; Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Abdulali Jiwaji; Simon Bushall

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