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James Oldnall

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Dispute Resolution - Finance & Banking Disputes


James is a Partner in the Finance & Banking Group in the Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in complex banking litigation and arbitration.

He has been involved in some of the most substantial and high profile banking disputes over recent years and has considerable experience in managing large multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. James has an in-depth understanding of the issues that can arise out of leveraged acquisitions, structured financial products, syndicated loans, securitisation, collateralised debt obligations, structured investment vehicles, derivative transactions (including ISDA) and securities lending.  One of his particular specialisms is acting for private equity funds in relation to disputed acquisitions. He has a unique understanding of how funds are structured and operate, as well as their approach to due diligence, deal execution and financing.

James has strong relationships with lawyers in other major financial centres and has represented and advised a wide range of investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, high net worth individuals and companies based in the UK, India, the US and in Off-Shore jurisdictions.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya; Legal Director, Clyde & Co LLP; Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Solicitor, Kensington Swan (Auckland, New Zealand

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 €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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