ONTIER LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

ONTIER LLP
Halton House
20-23 Holborn
EC1N 2JD
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Well regarded for its international expertise, ONTIER LLP specialises in multijurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. The firm’s fraud work derives from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America, as well as being active on domestic cases. A niche strength for the group is the growing area of fraud related to cryptocurrency and cyber-crime. Paul Ferguson has particular experience in cross-border disputes, including issues arising from the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. He co-leads the team with Oliver Cain, who handles complex international commercial litigation and arbitration, not least fraud matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Key clients

Craig Wright (aka Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin)

Advanced Control Systems (division of Indra Sistemas)

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation

Eviivo Limited

Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd

Calvin Ayre

Brunswick Gold Limited

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading Limited

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Grupo Carso (Slim Group)

Telefonica SA

Brunswick Rail Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tulip Trading Limited against the developers of various Bitcoin blockchains in seeking to restore control over Bitcoin worth approximately £4 billion following a computer hack. The action will seek to prove that developers owe tortious and fiduciary duties to users of the blockchains as a result of the control they exercise over the blockchains.
  • Acting for Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest mining company, in proceedings relating to the fraudulent restoration of a company valued in excess of $1.5bn (due to be heard in the Supreme Court in October 2021).
  • Acting for a Saudi Arabian real estate investment company in pursuing claims in fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a joint venture to invest in European real estate.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

ONTIER LLP (formerly known as SCA ONTIER LLP) specialises in substantial multijurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency cases. The practice also fields experts in cryptocurrency and cybercrime disputes, and its work is predominantly international, with recent instructions originating from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain lead the team, which includes senior associate Simon Cohen and associate Nicholas Dawson. In December 2020, former managing partner Seamus Andrew left to found Velitor Law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent team specialising in high-end litigation.

Ontier’s UK litigation team is committed to its clients, business-oriented and has a strong legal background.

Strong commercial experience with a focus on delivering on client expectations.

A top-quality service at a reasonable price.

The go-to practice for cases requiring co-ordination with overseas law firms unused to litigation and arbitration in London.

Paul Ferguson has excellent judgement and strong commercial instincts.

With Oliver Cain, you get more than your pay for. Oliver is calm under fire, with an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure and very sound legal judgement.

Associate Nicholas Dawson is mature beyond his years – an asset to any team.

Key clients

Craig Wright (aka Satoshi Nakamoto)

Advanced Control Systems (division of Indra Sistemas)

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation

Eviivo

Shanghai Shipyard Co

Calvin Ayre

Brunswick Gold

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Grupo Carso (Slim Group)

Telefonica

Brunswick Rail

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tulip Trading against the developers of various Bitcoin blockchains, in seeking to restore control over Bitcoin following a computer hack.
  • Acting for Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest mining companies, in large-value proceedings.
  • Acted for Ramona Ang in successfully obtaining judgment against Reliantco Investments for substantial damages, which arose out of a breach of an investment contract with the cryptocurrency exchange.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

The workload of City of London-based ONTIER LLP is invariably international, with many of its high-value instructions deriving from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Paul Ferguson is an expert in proceedings involving digital assets, cryptocurrencies and online trading platforms, and Oliver Cain has longstanding arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Key clients

Advanced Control Systems

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation

Eviivo

Shanghai Shipyard Co

Brunswick Gold

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Grupo Carso

Telefonica

Brunswick Rail

Work highlights

  • Acting for a former major shareholder in two Russian banks in a $85m dispute.
  • Acted for a client in relation to the enforcement of an arbitration award against the Government of Nigeria, the current value of which is over $9bn.
  • Acting for a major European steel producer in relation to LCIA arbitration proceedings brought by a Swiss commodities trader.

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.

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