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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

SCA ONTIER LLP

SCA ONTIER LLP is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional, matters across a range of financial and industry sectors.  It also advises on injunctions, mis-selling disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation claims. The firm handles cases involving many different jurisdictions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and North America, with key client sectors including accounting, banking and finance, commodities, energy, insurance, IP, real estate and shipping. Oliver Cain, Paul Ferguson and Seamus Andrew head the team.

Practice head(s):Oliver Cain; Paul Ferguson; Seamus Andrew

Testimonials

'This is a firm that punches above its weight in this area - the team has a commercial approach and an instinct for the right answer, with strong partners and a track record of developing excellent junior lawyers. For the right case - a hard fought medium size fraud or commercial dispute - they are hard to beat. Extremely competitive price wise also.'

'I have had excellent experiences with Seamus Andrew and Paul Ferguson. Seamus is a senior and very experienced fraud litigator. He has excellent judgement and strategic skills. Paul is very bright, personable and diligent.'

'Paul Ferguson is the lead partner in the department and has great instincts as well as very good client skills. He has a very commercial approach and knows when to step in and when to let his associates do the running.'

'Nick Dawson is an up and coming star who combines an uncommon appetite for the law with a very approachable style.'

Key Clients

Craig Wright, claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Sears Mexico

Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd

Calvin Ayre (founder of online gambling company Bodog)

Dommo Energia S.A. (formerly OGX Petroleo e Gas S.A.)

Mahmoud Haji Haider Abdullah and two others

Avic Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd.

Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V. (the largest mining corporation in Mexico and third largest copper producer in the world)

Brunswick Rail Limited (a leading Russian railcar lessor)

Salbatring International (A Slovenian global oil-product trading company)

Mahou S.A. (Spanish brewing company)

Irving H. Picard, Trustee of the SIPA estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

Joule Africa Limited (international power development company)

Telefonica SA

VTB Bank, VTB Capital

Grupo Carso (Slim Group)

BDO (Cayman Islands)

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grupo Mexico and its chairman and CEO in a successful claim to rectify the Register of Companies in relation to an LLP that had been restored to the Register by fraud. The value of the claim to the claimants exceeded $1bn.
  • Representing a client in a claim against Reliantco Investments Ltd for recovery of deposited funds, trading gains and loss of profits.
  • Acting for two individuals defending allegations of conspiracy to defraud, knowing assistance, breach of fiduciary duty and misfeasance in public office.
  • Acted for Brunswick Rail Limited, a Russian railcar lessor, in respect of claims against an international investment bank which arose out of the bank’s alleged misappropriation of confidential information.
  • Successfully defending an ultra-high net worth individual in respect of allegations of bribery, fraudulent misrepresentation and dishonest assistance.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

SCA ONTIER LLP

SCA ONTIER LLP 's 'very measured and thorough team' specialises in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. Managing partner Seamus Andrew splits his time between London and the BVI, Paul Ferguson has advised in disputes involving banking and finance, energy and insolvent schemes of arrangement, while Oliver Cain's work is almost exclusively international and cross-border in nature.

Other key lawyers:Seamus Andrew; Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Testimonials

'The London team's instructions are consistently high quality and the work produced is particularly pleasing'.

'Seamus Andrew is phenomenally bright, always thinks two or three steps ahead, and is calm and collected in even the tightest corners'.

'Paul Ferguson is very bright, personable and diligent'.

'Oliver Cain is a very capable lawyer, who makes time to get stuck in and deliberate about tactics as well as the legal issues in dispute'.

Key Clients

Automobili Lamborghini

Grupo Mexico

Dommo Energia

Salbatring International

Mahou

Telefónica

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Chinese state-owned shipyard seeking to recover $171m from a Hong Kong entity that was due under a guarantee agreement.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

SCA ONTIER LLP

SCA ONTIER LLP is 'a small but very friendly and focused team' that acts in arbitration across a range of financial and industry sectors; in recent years, much of its work has derived from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Managing partner Seamus Andrew divides his time between London and the BVI; Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Seamus Andrew; Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates excellent co-operation when instructed to handle challenges to arbitration awards, with just the right amount of involvement to add value without reinventing the wheel'.

'Seamus Andrew is a highly experienced international arbitration practitioner, who conducts the advocacy in his cases'.

'Oliver Cain is a conscientious and experienced litigator, who is outstandingly good at delivering a watertight service to clients'.

'Paul Ferguson is very bright, personable and diligent'.

Key Clients

Automobili Lamborghini

Sears Mexico

Dommo Energia

Grupo México

Brunswick Rail

Salbatring International

Mahou

Joule Africa

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Acted for an oil and gas infrastructure company in successfully obtaining an arbitration award for over $9bn.

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