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Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC

GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5NT, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7831 8441
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Fax 020 7831 8479
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331 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Ali Malek QC

Tel:
Work 020 7831 8441
Email:
3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in commercial law, including banking and financial disputes, insurance and international trade; professional negligence; insolvency; domestic and international commercial arbitration; private international law; aviation; civil fraud; energy law; competition and consumer credit law; and sports law. Cases: XAG [1983]; Cryne v Barclays (1987); Lathia v Dronsfield (1987); R v Southwark Crown Court (1990); Hone v CIBC (1990); EDF Mann v Haryanto (1991); Barclays v Khaira (1992); Tudorgrange v Citibank (1992); Natwest v Daniel (1993); Barclays Bank v Homan (1993); Robertson v CIBC (1994); James v Barclays (1994); Glencore International AG v Bank of China [1996]; National Provincial Building Society v Lloyd (1996); Barclays Bank v Thomson (1997); BCCI v Price Waterhouse (1998); Ispahani v Bank Melli (1998); Box, Brown & Jacobs v Barclays Bank (1998); Bolkiah v KPMG (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Halls (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Lloyds (1999); Young v Robson Rhodes (1999); Halewood v ABC (2000); Turner v RBS [2000]; Sepoong v Formula One (2000); Portman v Dussangh (2000); Alliance & Leicester v Slayford (2000); Casson v Ostley (2001); Montrod v Grundkottor (2002); Nash v Paragon (2002); Eurolife v FSA (2002); Lloyds TSB v Hayward (2002); Dardana v Yukos (2002); Dubai v Salaam (2002); Sabena v SIA (2003); Niru Battery v Milestone (2004); Mann v Coutts (2004); RBC v Rabobank (2004); Financial Institutions v Negril (2004); Valse v Merrill Lynch (2004); OFT v Lloyds (2004); Kayo v Blue Wings [2005]; JP Morgan v Primacom AG [2005]; Paragon Finance v Pender [2005]; Dornoch v Mauritius Union Assurance [2006]; Walnapatrias v Lehman Brothers [2006]; Lopes v Howard Kennedy [2006]; AG of the Cayman Islands v James Cleaver [2006]; AIG Capital v Republic of Kazakhstan [2006]; Republic of Kazakhstan v Istil [2006, 2007 and 2008]; AWB v North American Steamships [2007]; Jafari-Fini v Skillglass [2007]; Akai Holdings v Robson Rhodes [2007]; Sea Emerald v Prominvestbank [2008]; Elaktrim SA v Vivendi Holdings [2008]; Langbar v Rybak [2008]; OFT v Abbey [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs v Soccer Marketing International [2009]; Cherney v Deripaska [2009]; Sibir Energy v Tchigirinski [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs Ltd v Soccer Marketing International Ltd [2009 and 2010]; Parabola v Browalla [2010]; Linsen v Humpuss Sea [2011]; Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Company [2011]; Berezovsky v Abramovich and others [2012]; Ferrexpo AG v Gilson Investments Limited and ors [2012]; Royal Bank of Scotland v Hicks [2012]; Abbar v Saudi Economic & Development [2013]; Forsta AP v Bank of New York SA [2013]; Starbev v Interbrew Central European Holdings [2014].

Career

Called 1980; QC 1996; recorder 1998; Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: paper on issues concerning cross-border disputes involving banks, presented at the International Bar Association/American Banking Association in Washington; ‘Cross-Border Fraudulent Activity’; joint paper presented at the Creaton Conference on ‘Banks, Fraud and Crime’; joint article with Caroline Lewis on ‘Worldwide Injunctions’; Jack, Malek and Quest ‘Documentary Credits’ (4th ed) (2009).

Education

Oxford University (MA); BCL.


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A first-class banking litigator. ’

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

3 Verulam Buildings 'continues to thrive as a first-rate set,' and is a 'clear market leader in this field', according to instructing solicitors, who add that on 'all banking and finance matters they can offer genuine expertise and huge strength in depth'. The set's silks and juniors are regularly called upon to act on the market's largest and most technically challenging banking disputes. Recent examples using multiple members include PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & Others, in which Ali Malek QC and Matthew Parker represented Gennadiy Bogolyubov. Another highlight was PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, in which Ewan McQuater QC represented Barclays, while Andrew Onslow QC  advised the Serious Fraud Office in related parallel criminal proceedings.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ World class – calm, unflappable, and ready to push the envelope with legal argument and analysis. ’

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Energy

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A highly capable silk for international arbitrations in the oil sector. ’

Within: Energy

In 2018, members of 3 Verulam Buildings appeared in numerous court and arbitration cases related to oilfields and mines, as well as technical disputes and matters concerning the economic interests of parties involved in the operation of major oil and gas pipelines. The set is 'more than just its core finance and banking practice', remarks one client, while another recommends the 'efficient and forward-looking' clerking team. Andrew Onslow QC acted for the claimant in Iran Offshore & Engineering Construction Company v Dean Investment Holdings SA & Ors Acting to attempt the recovery of $87m for an offshore oil drilling rig. Heavyweight commercial silk Hodge Malek QC joined the set in 2018. He is currently involved in a multibillion-dollar arbitration concerning a long-term gas supply contract. Ali Malek QC acted for Ukrainian oligarch Gennadiy Bogolyubov in a $380m oil distribution dispute. Paul Wee is acting for The Russian Federation in enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A real team player who makes himself available 24/7. ’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ Excellent in terms of being hands on, astute in his legal advice and legal strategy. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

3 Verulam Buildings has an 'excellent blend of barristers and door tenants, and the clerks ensure that the barristers instructed are available when needed'. The set's pedigree in the fraud arena is demonstrated by the caseload of its members, which includes AHAB v Saad Investments Co Ltd, one of the largest fraud claims ever litigated, in which David Quest QC acted for the Algosaibi Brothers. Other notable mandates included Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, where Adrian Beltrami QC represented the accountants, and Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors, in which Ali Malek QC and Peter De Verneuil Smith represented the defendants.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A fantastic advocate, very experienced, with excellent judgement. ’

Within: International arbitration: counsel

3 Verulam Buildings is praised for its 'mentality and ethos'. The set has built up an impressive roster of arbitration counsel over recent years, particularly at the more junior end. Recent highlight cases include Marfin Investment Group v Cyprus, where Ali Malek QC, Tariq Baloch and Mark Wassouf represented the claimants, and Anatolie Stati & (2) Gabriel Stati & (3) Ascom Group S.A. & (4) Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd v The Republic of Kazakhstan in which Malek and Christopher Harris QC represented Kazakhstan.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ His broad commercial practice includes Channel Island and Caribbean work. ’

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ He is exceptional. ’

Within: Professional negligence

3 Verulam Buildings 'undoubtedly has strength-in-depth' and offers 'quality counsel' for professional negligence disputes, where it is noted for its ability to handle cases in the financial services sector. It is also instructed by a number of major insurance and reinsurance groups. Richard Edwards QC acted for the claimant in Court of Appeal case CGL Group Ltd v RBS, which concerned alleged duties of care owed by banks to customers. Ali Malek QC  is instructed in Carlyle Capital Corporation Ltd (In Liquidation) & Others v Conway & Others, which involves the collapse of a $22bn fund and  professional negligence issues.

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar

Commercial

Within: Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ Instructed in arbitrations concerning nations across the Arab world. ’

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