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Osborne Clarke LLP

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Adrian Lifely

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†advises on international and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes and has particular experience in dealing with matters in Russia and the CIS. The firm advised UKPF, a Kazakh foods business with regards to a cross-border fraud committed by its employee, this matter is worth around $4m. It also advised Koch Media in relation to a fraud involving an employee and an English business, this involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against the defendant and was worth around ‚ā¨1m. Adrian Lifely¬†and Tom Ellis¬†head the team, supported by Andrew Bartlett. Artem Doudko¬†joined as partner from White & Case LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'excellent team' is well known for disputes in the firm's core sectors of technology and digital business, energy and natural resources, and financial services; and the team specialises in disputes work for CIS clients. The team acted for BB Energy (Gulf) in in English Commercial Court claims against the former directors of Societe Anonyme Marocaine de L'Industrie Du Raffinage (In Liquidation), which relate to oil trading contract debts worth over £100m. Adrian Lifely leads the disputes practice in London; Tom Ellis is head of the UK corporate and commercial disputes team; and Andrew Bartlett is 'able to form and implement effective strategies in complex cases'. Other highly rated individuals include Rachel Couter and Ashley Hurst, while construction disputes partner Rob Horne joined from Simmons & Simmons and Nick Price is a notable associate director. Matthew Heywood joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Osborne Clarke LLP 'combines deep expertise of international arbitration with strong advice on strategic direction'. The practice regularly represents clients in the energy sector in international arbitrations and has a rare specialism in digital business arbitration. It is also noted for construction disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Greg Fullelove is 'very bright, client focused and understands how to achieve results that meet clients' objectives'; and Adrian Lifely is 'a trusted and reliable senior statesman in the arbitration world'. Recent growth saw Rob Horne, who has projects arbitration expertise, and Russia and CIS disputes lawyer Artem Doudko, who is 'hard-working and creative in his approach', join from Simmons & Simmons and White & Case LLP, respectively.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

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