Robert Bedford > Astraea Group > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Regulatory Compliance and Investigations
Rob joined Astraea from a global firm and specialises in large-scale, cross-border litigation and arbitration. His clients include multinationals, global brands, major banks, and ultra-high net worth individuals. Recent instructions include: long running, multi-jurisdictional proceedings to enforce a US$500 million SCC award against the Republic of Kazakhstan; a EUR900 million investment arbitration against the Republic of Moldova concerning the concession to operate the national airport; and a complex asset recovery action in which worldwide freezing injunctions were obtained against 29 defendants and Chabra respondents across five jurisdictions.
He has led a number of investigations including into suspicious prepayments of almost US$300 million to a counterparty shortly before it entered insolvency measures and into alleged breaches of Russia related sanctions.
Rob also has a developing regulatory practice and has advised a number of clients with exposure to Russian counterparties on sanctions compliance.
2021 – Present: Astraea Group Limited, London
2014 – 2021: Dentons UKIME, London
Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2008
Solicitor, Roll of Solicitors of Ireland, 2019
Young International Arbitration Group
2000 – 2003, University of Wales, Swansea – LLB with Hons
2004 – 2005, College of Law, London – LPC
‘A dynamic and innovative boutique disputes firm‘, Astraea Group was launched as an alternative business structure in 2021. The firm‘s multi-disciplinary team features the ‘immensely experienced strategist‘ James Ramsden KC (previously at 39 Essex Chambers), whose expertise covers crypto asset claims in the UK, Cayman, BVI, Singapore and New York; and Robert Bedford, who was promoted from legal director to partner in July 2023. At associate level, Lisa McCreath has ‘an amazing ability to handle complex and factually-voluminous cases‘.