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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Ruth Cowley

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute Resolution and Litigation


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†combines ‚Äėdetailed technical legal advice with a viable commercial approach‚Äô. It advises on high-value, cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. The firm continues to act for Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets in a Commercial Court dispute concerning financing transactions entered into with the commodities trader Mercuria, this matter is worth $285m. Deirdre Walker¬†heads the practice, supported by Ruth Cowley¬†and Matthew Waudby, who is ‚Äėabsolutely excellent in both the application of the law and managing the complex web of relationships in a difficult case‚Äô. Pamela Reddy¬†joined as partner. Chris Warren Smith¬†and Melanie Ryan¬†left the firm.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'professional, organised and capable practice' acts for public and private companies operating across the firm's key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. The team acted for Good Energy Group in relation to its rights and obligations to resist actions taken by an activist shareholder. Peter Scott is EMEA dispute resolution and competition head; Ruth Cowley 'delivers the goods'; Antony Corsi is 'very astute, commercial and succinct'; and Ffion Flockhart 'always sees the bigger picture'. Neil Miller is another name to note, as are of counsel Jane Park-Weir and senior associate Charlie Weston-Simons, who is 'super-smart'. Former Middle East head Patrick Bourke returned to the London office from Dubai, while recently appointed Middle East head Deirdre Walker relocated to the Dubai office. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

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Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax litigation group provides 'a high level of service'; with 'strong team members' available to support lead partners. It handle a wide range of tax-related investigations and contentious matters, including major cases before UK tribunals and courts. Dominic Stuttaford is acting for BMW in a case against other corporates regarding which entity within a VAT grouping is entitled to claim a refund, where there have been changes to the composition of the group over time. He is also representing HSBC in a restitution claim in the Franked Investment Income Group Litigation Order, involving complex and evolving areas of domestic and EU laws, and the availability of compound interest in tax remedies. Angela Savin has substantial experience at all stages of contentious matters, while commercial litigation and investigations specialist Ruth Cowley is recommended for her work on group litigation orders.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Norton Rose Fulbright combines local expertise with the resources of a wider global network to cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues across the corporate governance sphere. Its depth and breadth of expertise has enabled it to develop strong relationships with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, financial institutions and investors, among others. Led by Christopher Pearson, the team advises clients on a wide range of matters, including preparing for AGMs, annual reporting obligations, shareholder activism, board composition and conflicts policies. Corporate partner Claire O’Donnell, who has more than 15 years of M&A experience, advises boards on the ethical aspects of transactions, directors' duties and other governance issues. Jonathan Herbst, who is the global head of the financial services regulatory practice, has specialist expertise in banking and brokerage regulation. The firm's strong non-contentious offering is complemented by its excellent record in contentious matters, including domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement action. It has a particularly stand out reputation in investigations into financial crimes and related prosecutions; Sam Eastwood, (now at Mayer Brown International LLP) who led the business ethics and anti-corruption practice, is a name to note in this space. On a related note, Neil O’May, Ruth Cowley, Jason Moss and Paul Griffin are representing Carl Rogberg, the former financial director of Tesco, in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution connected with accounting practices at the retailer.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô practice at¬†Norton Rose Fulbright¬†advises a wide range of corporate clients in high-profile investigations. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations and related prosecutions and civil litigation. It provides advices on issues of bribery and corruption, fraud, money-laundering, antitrust, economic sanctions, export controls, human rights and market manipulation. Sam Eastwood¬†(now at Mayer Brown International LLP)¬†headed the team alongside Peter Scott¬†and Neil O‚ÄôMay¬†who has ‚Äėquickly established a reputation as a go-to person for managing these cases‚Äô. Lista M. Cannon¬†is ‚Äėalways thinking three steps ahead of everyone else ‚Äď she has long-range vision, and commands the confidence of her clients‚Äô. David Harris¬†is noted for his ‚Äėmastery of the detail of all aspects of his cases‚Äô. Pamela Reddy¬†joined as partner from Simons Muirhead & Burton. Ruth Cowley¬†is also recommended.¬†Chris Warren-Smith¬†¬†and Melanie Ryan¬†left for Morgan Lewis.

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