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Daniel Smith

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Dan Smith is a counsel in Latham & Watkins’ London office. Mr. Smith practices commercial litigation, specializing in financial services, white collar crime, bribery and corruption, professional negligence and insurance disputes.

Mr. Smith has considerable experience in acting in major cross-border disputes including investigations into fraud and other wrongdoing, pre-action claims, contentious regulatory matters and arbitration, and on insurance aspects of disputes. He also advises on pre-dispute bribery and corruption issues in the context of acquisitions, and compliance enhancement. He has been involved in disputes in various jurisdictions including Argentina, Austria, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Qatar, Russia, the Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the US and Zambia.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Rising stars

Dan Smith - Latham & Watkins

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Latham & Watkins' 'notably bright and hard-working team' is widely respected for complex, high-value disputes, frequently with cross-border elements or involving proceedings outside England and Wales, and the practice has significant knowledge of the regulatory regimes governing banks, brokers, hedge funds, investment managers and advisers, and swaps market participants. It acted for ABN AMRO Bank, a major global financial institution, in high-stakes litigation that arose from the collapse of Bernard Madoff Investments Securities, which is widely considered the largest Ponzi scheme ever. Jon Holland, Andrea Monks, Martin Davies and Oliver Browne  are highly rated, and the disputes team can draw on the expertise of three silks in Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC and Philip Clifford QC. Dan Smith and Oliver Middleton are key counsels.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Latham & Watkins' 'very professional team is hands on and provides clear guidance. Timing is also always good and clients know that they are in good hands'. It is highly regarded for high-profile litigation, including cases that are mission-critical for clients, cases that produce important new laws and cases in new areas, such as group actions and test cases. The firm has been making a push to grow its City disputes team in recent years, adding a number of partners including financial services litigators  Jon Holland and Andrea Monks from Hogan Lovells in 2018. Significant matters have seen Sophie Lamb QC represent Royal Dutch Shell and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in group actions brought on behalf of thousands of residents of two Niger Delta communities in relation to alleged environmental pollution.  London practice head Oliver Browne is experienced in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, while global litigation vice-chair  Martin Davies' practice covers corporate and shareholder disputes as well as litigation in the banking, technology, data and communications sectors. Also key to the group is Ian Felstead , as well as counsels Daniel Smith and Oliver Middleton.

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