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Adam Epstein

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Dispute Resolution - Finance & Banking Disputes


Adam is a Partner in the Finance & Banking Group.

He leads the Firm's highly regarded practice defending clients against the financial services regulatory bodies. For more than 20 years, he has defended some of the biggest enforcement cases to emerge, ranging from the enforcement proceedings brought in relation to Barings in the 1990's to acting in the recent LIBOR and Forex investigations, and others not yet public. He knows the FCA prosecution well and has practical hands on experience in front of the decision makers. He also has extensive experience in cross jurisdictional matters that involve, for example, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ). In addition to defending contested actions, his work often takes place in the pre investigation and pre enforcement stages, helping clients protect themselves against future possible regulatory action. Adam's practice also includes a great deal of experience representing clients in front of a wide variety of other business regulators and enforcement authorities. He represents both individuals and institutions.

Adam also leads the firm's Professional Discipline practice, advising professionals such as accountants, lawyers, insolvency practitioners and pension trustees who are facing challenge or investigation by regulatory or enforcement bodies.

Adam also leads the firm's Professional Discipline practice, advising professionals such as accountants, lawyers, insolvency practitioners and pension trustees who are facing challenge or investigation by regulatory or enforcement bodies.

He is also experienced in Court and arbitral proceedings, having acted in disputes involving substantial sums of money across arenas as diverse as funds, finance, private banking, spread betting, foreign exchange, structured products, pensions, insurance and capital markets. He combines 25 years' experience of litigating with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the relevant rules.

Adam is widely recognised as a leading individual in the area of Financial Services. The Contentious Regulatory practice that he heads is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and Adam himself has been consistently rated over the years by both legal directories. Legal 500 praises the group's "high-quality and commercially savvy advice" and states that "the ‘very experienced and wily’ Adam Epstein is the undoubted standout". Chambers cites Adam as "extremely good and knowledgeable in this area" and applauds his "extremely focused, very client-friendly" approach stating that he is "exactly the person you would want on your side".

Legal 500 2016 states that "he provides 'calm, sensible and sound advice' and is 'revered by his opponents as an expert in his field.'".


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Qualified, Fox Williams; Trainee, Seifert Sedley Williams


Former committee member Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; member Financial Services Lawyers Association


College of Law
Cambridge University (Honorary Senior Exhibitioner)

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Leading individuals

Adam Epstein - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Within: Financial services

Headed by the 'very thorough and sharp' Adam Epstein and strengthened in January 2018 by the arrival of Guy Wilkes from Mayer Brown International LLP, Mishcon de Reya LLP provides 'responsive, thorough and measured advice' and is 'one of the leading firms acting for individuals under FCA investigation'. The 'calm and considered' Epstein 'understands the pressures that the FCA is under and is therefore able to help his clients formulate the most beneficial strategy'. His broad-ranging work includes the continued representation of numerous high-profile executives in regulatory investigations in the aftermath of the credit crisis. 'Excellent at getting to the crux of the issues', the 'incredibly responsive, insightful and thoughtful' Matthew Hancock excels at representing defendants on matters at the intersection of regulation and employment law. The 'accessible and thorough' Tim Flood leads on the advisory front and is particularly accomplished at providing 'practical but conscientious advice' to funds clients on the regulatory issues impacting their business. Flood provides ongoing advice to Woodford Investment Management on UCITS regulatory issues, investment structuring and compliance with anti-money laundering requirements. 'A rising star in the firm', managing associate Charlotte Davidson is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'well resourced and experienced team'¬†acts in¬†large finance disputes, particularly in the private equity and hedge funds space. The team defended Maze Sarl against a Commercial Court claim concerning enforcement action taken by VTB, Russia's second largest bank over the majority shares in Vivacom, the largest telecoms network in Bulgaria, such shares being pledged to VTB as security for a ‚ā¨150m loan. Masoud Zabeti¬†heads the finance and banking disputes group; James Oldnall¬†is 'a very able individual'; and¬†Adam Epstein¬†is 'very clever, thoughtful and meticulous in his preparation and running of a case'. Derval Walsh, Mohammed Khamisa QC¬† and¬†Genevieve Quierin¬†are also highly rated, along with contentious regulatory partner¬†Guy Wilkes, who¬†was hired from Mayer Brown International LLP.¬†

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