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ONTIER LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsONTIER LLP‘s growing London disputes practice is able to leverage the office's significant technology disputes practice, which is particularly active in the crypto disputes space. In addition to his fraud disputes credentials, Oliver Cain's recent workload encompasses accounting, banking and finance, commodities, digital assets, energy, IT, real estate, and shipping-related claims; Felicity Potter acts in high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes; and Aoife Keane is an international arbitration and litigation specialist. Senior associate Nicholas Dawson maintains a broad commercial disputes practice.
‘An experienced team at every level of litigation. They are not afraid of a challenge and always think ahead in terms of both the way in which they should staff a matter throughout its lifespan, as well as utilising the latest technology available in law to ensure they work in the most efficient way for their client.’
‘They will always explain the way in which they will be billing the client, and give cost estimates at each stage to ensure there are no surprises along the way. The way that they work together and ensure the right members of the team are utilised for each task is fantastic and both their fee earners and support staff are always friendly and willing to help.’
‘Oliver Cain is the calmest litigator I have ever met. He is always in the detail of his client’s cases and is never fazed in a crisis. He will never leave a stone unturned and knows how to ask the right questions to ensure he understands his clients case to be able to give them the most accurate legal analysis and/or commercial solution.’
‘Nicholas Dawson is an outstanding senior associate with a breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors. He has astute judgement as well as deep and broad legal knowledge. His advice is clear and logical, even in complex cases. A fantastic associate and one to watch out for.’
Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading
Wright International Investments
- Represents Tulip Trading in proceedings brought in the English Courts against the developers of the BTC, BCH and ABC bitcoin networks, in which it seeks an order requiring the developers to restore control of digital assets held on those networks.
- Represents Emar in claims, arising out of a joint venture to invest in UK and European real estate.
- Acting for Dr Craig Wright and Wright International Investments in claims against the Coinbase and Kraken digital currency exchanges, asserting that they have been passing off digital currencies BTC and BCH as Bitcoin.
Other key lawyers:
‘Amy Harvey is a formidable litigator. She is excellent tracing assets through the most complex corporate structures. She has superb litigation instincts and appreciation of how points will play before a judge. First class.’
‘Amy Harvey is a key addition to the team: a practitioner with real civil fraud pedigree. She is well known and well respected in the market. Her work ethic and attention to detail are both exceptional.’
‘An excellent firm, Amy Harvey who has recently joined as a partner is a star.’
‘A growing niche fraud practice in an up-and-coming player in the London litigation market; they have recruited well and are well resourced and experienced litigators, offering a top-notch service in all levels of disputes.’
‘Amy Harvey – a recent recruit at partner level who has a wealth of experience in civil fraud disputes and is a hugely talented and skilled litigator. A delight to work with; efficient and engaging and never outplayed.’
‘Very hard-working, commercially-minded and client-focused.’
‘Oliver Cain is a senior partner with huge experience and great client handling skills. He is a great litigator.’
Dr. Craig Wright
Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading Limited
Tulip Trading Limited
Cameroon Holdings Limited
- Representing Tulip Trading Limited in proceedings brought in the English Courts against the developers of the BTC, BCH and ABC bitcoin networks in which it seeks an order requiring the developers to restore control of digital assets held on those networks worth between GBP2 billion and GBP3 billion.
- Representing Emar in respect of claims against (i) Siraj Karbhari; (ii) European Real Estate Investment Company LLP; and (iii) Oaklands London Property Limited arising out of a joint venture to invest in UK and European real estate with causes of action including fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, restitution and an account of profits.
- Representing Dr Wright in ongoing proceedings brought by the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), a US non-profit mutual association founded by Jack Dorsey, for itself and also as representative claimant on behalf of Square Inc, Payward Ventures Inc (Kraken), Microstrategy Inc and Coinbase Inc.
‘They work tirelessly and all to the benefit of the client. They retain perspective and good humour, as well as good working relations, and deliver effective action.’
‘Oliver Cain is a senior partner with huge experience and great client-handling skills. He is a great litigator.‘
‘Felicity Potter is a relatively new partner who is smart, hardworking and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Felicity Potter is an outstanding dispute resolution partner. Hardworking, creative, a good communicator and unflagging energy. Good team leader.’
‘Amy Harvey is a key addition to the team. Her work ethic and attention to detail are both exceptional.’
‘Very hardworking, commercially minded and client focused.’
‘Nicholas Dawson is a very bright senior associate who is one to watch. He is sharp, conscientious, fast, and has great judgement.
‘Very hard-working, commercially minded and client focused.’
- Acting for a former major shareholder in two Russian banks, in $85m LCIA arbitration proceedings.
- Acting for a Cypriot company in relation to $125m arbitration dispute involving a Canadian mining company.
- Acting for a major European steel producer in relation to LCIA proceedings brought by a Swiss commodities trader.
ONTIER LLP > Firm Profile
International firm ONTIER LLP has 16 offices in 13 countries all over the world. It is the first time that a global firm has been created using an innovative model where the local approach defines the international strategy. Each ONTIER office in every country is comprised of partners who are established market leaders in their respective jurisdictions. All of the partners worldwide share the same client-centric values and are always ready to facilitate efficient solutions to clients’ problems. The shared goal is to enhance and maintain the prestige and respect for which ONTIER has been recognised for many years.
The firm: ONTIER LLP in London, formerly SC Andrew LLP, is staffed by high-calibre, experienced solicitors and barristers. It provides a bespoke service of the highest quality in order to achieve the best possible result for clients in the most cost-effective and efficient way.
Most of the firm’s cases and corporate transactions are high-profile. The firm appears regularly in the law reports and its cases have contributed to developments in the law in several different fields. In particular, ONTIER’s litigation experience covers a broad spectrum of commercial activities including contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, banking and financial services disputes, trust claims, derivatives and capital markets disputes, contentious insolvency and intellectual property disputes. In recent times, ONTIER has been instructed in a number of cryptocurrency disputes for which it has established market-leading credentials.
Types of work undertaken
International corporate and commercial: ONTIER’s corporate and commercial team provides practical and commercial advice to assist entrepreneurs, investors and directors on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions – both domestic and international. Clients come to the firm at every stage of a company’s life cycle, from seed capital to development capital and eventual exit, either through sale or IPO.
International commercial litigation: ONTIER’s litigation experience covers a broad spectrum of commercial activities including contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, banking and financial services disputes, trust claims, derivatives and capital markets disputes, contentious insolvency and intellectual property disputes.
Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency disputes: ONTIER has become a market-leader in this emerging field of commercial disputes, acting in a number of high profile and billion dollar disputes.
Offshore litigation and insolvency: ONTIER has unparalleled experience of large-scale, complex litigation involving offshore jurisdictions. As a result, it has extensive experience in overcoming problems of conflicts of laws, enforceability and recognition of judgments and orders and the application of foreign laws.
International arbitration: ONTIER has considerable experience of conducting and assisting in domestic and international arbitration. It has particular experience of arbitration in the oil and gas sector, investment fund disputes, and of enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in several jurisdictions under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.
Fraud and asset tracing: ONTIER’s professionals have extensive experience of fraud claims both domestically and internationally, many of them arising from major corporate collapses associated with fraudulent accounting and other irregularities. The firm frequently advises on the critical phases of fraud investigation including locating and freezing any misappropriated assets and taking proceedings to recover them, obtaining disclosure and search orders and asset tracing.
Intellectual property: ONTIER has developed a substantial contentious IP practice. It advises on disputes concerning all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, database right and design law as well as for breach of confidence and passing off.
Privy Council litigation: as Privy Council agents, ONTIER is experienced in Privy Council litigation. It has a long history of conducting appeals from first instance, in an offshore court, through the offshore court of appeal process and then to final determination in the Privy Council.
Insolvency and restructuring: ONTIER has very substantial experience of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring in both the UK and offshore jurisdictions. It is instructed on all aspects arising in restructuring, turnarounds, insolvencies and collapses, whether they involve companies, individuals or partnerships and has considerable experience of provisional liquidators, special managers, CVAs, CCA’s and schemes of arrangement.