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Norton Rose Fulbright

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John Verrill

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Bankruptcy and financial restructuring; litigation; corporate; capital markets; corporate governance and risk oversight; mergers and acquisitions; securities compliance.


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Norton Rose Fulbright 'has great depth of experience and knowledge in this practice area'. The team regularly acts in some of the most significant high-value banking and finance disputes; the team advises banks on disputes involving the whole range of banking products, including derivatives, bonds and structured finance, commodities and trade finance, and Islamic finance. The practice includes lawyers who are experienced in acting for banks in corporate crime investigations, fraud, asset-tracing and enforcement, enforcement of ship and aircraft mortgages, and insolvency disputes. It acted for The Law Debenture Trust Corporation, a corporate trustee, in a high-profile $3bn-plus Commercial Court claim (that went to the Court of Appeal in 2018) against Ukraine, brought on behalf of note holders to enforce payment of notes issued by Ukraine in 2013. Michael Godden heads the department; Paul Morris is 'a safe pair of hands and a sensible and pragmatic litigator'; and Matthew Waudby is 'the most extraordinary person, whose strategic and analytical thinking is impressive and he manages the most stressful situations in a calm and undisturbed manner'. Other key contacts include Lista Cannon, Radford Goodman, David Harris and John Verrill, the latter joining after the firm’s merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Harriet Jones-Fenleigh  and Dominic Hennessy  are key of counsels. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP .

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Norton Rose Fulbright handles contentious and non-contentious work for a broad range of debtors and creditors including Credit Suisse, Nordea, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and BDO.  Able to leverage the firm's international network and also with the ability to access the expertise of transactional lawyers within sector-specific areas of strength for the firm as a whole, the team has recently handled numerous cross-border mandates within the transport, energy and telecoms sectors (all areas of core sector competence for the firm). For example, a cross-departmental team involving restructuring and finance practitioners recently acted for South African mobile operator Cell C on the bank finance and debt capital markets restructuring of its substantial recapitalisation. The 'proactive and thorough' Mark Craggs is an 'emerging talent' whose 'understanding of the pressures and nuances on the various stakeholders ensures that matters in which he handles are dealt with in a commercially pragmatic way'. Craggs continues to represent the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia in relation to its claims in the long-running administration of Lehman Brothers Europe’s broker dealer arm.  John Verrill (who recently joined the firm following the merger with Chadbourne & Park in May 2017); James Stonebridge;  Sarah Coucher; and consultant Hamish Anderson are all noted, in particular for their contentious insolvency expertise.

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