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Akin Gump LLP

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Richard Hornshaw

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner; Litigation


Richard Hornshaw is a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation group. He primarily acts for investment firms and a range of other financial institutions on high-value, complex and cross-border disputes and focuses his practice on finance and securities law matters, as well as distressed debt, insolvency and restructuring situations and shareholder activism. He has experience in conducting and resolving disputes—both in arbitration and litigation—in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. Now based in London, Richard spent two years practising in Hong Kong and is also qualified as a Hong Kong solicitor.

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Publications: Annual UK Chapter for PLC’s Arbitration procedures and practice in the UK (England and Wales): overview from 2016 to 2019.


L.P.C., The College of Law, London, 1997; CPE, The College of Law, London, 1996; B.A., University of Bristol, 1994.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

The London team at US firm Akin Gump LLP , which is led by the 'extremely bright and hands-on' Kambiz Larizadeh, has a track record of work on international disputes, with areas of expertise including mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions, and anti-suit proceedings. Clients include international corporates, major financial institutions, media and technology companies, airlines and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has particular strength in the energy sector and strong experience in the Russian and CIS markets. Other key partners include 'real leader' Justin Williams, the hugely experienced Mark Dawkins and the 'astute' Richard Hornshaw.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Akin Gump LLP 'has great litigators and client skills'. The firm has a widely respected cross-border creditor litigation practice and regularly works alongside its highly regarded restructuring colleagues. It also benefits from a robust investment funds litigation practice. Mark Dawkins acts in complex, high-value disputes and investigations, often of a multi-jurisdictional nature. Richard Hornshaw is 'clever, hardworking and assembles great teams around him', Kambiz Larizadeh is a civil fraud specialist, and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev has particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Akin Gump LLP's London group 'has grown up fighting complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and conducted some of the highest value and most complex litigation for some of the savviest and most sophisticated clients'. It specialises in complex cross-border litigation, including acting for hedge funds and other investment firms on international creditor disputes.These include restructuring matters, debt disputes and shareholder activism issues.Other key areas are energy disputes and Russia and CIS-related litigation. Mark Dawkins, Richard Hornshaw, Kambiz Larizadeh and Justin Williams are all experienced advisers; senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev and counsel Jenny Arlington are also names to note.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Akin Gump LLP 'has an excellent all-round arbitration practice that is very adept at making London-seated arbitrations under English law intelligible to international clients'. It handles complex, high-stakes international commercial arbitrations and BIT disputes for multinational corporations and sovereign governments around the world. The practice has particular experience in oil and gas, power generation and telecoms. Justin Williams leads the worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, which also includes Hamish Lal, Kambiz Larizadeh, Richard Hornshaw and counsel Jenny Arlington.

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