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Partner. Chris Ross is a litigator specialising in commercial, banking and finance and competition-related disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

He has acted in a variety of matters involving complex derivatives, structured products and other lending and finance arrangements. His clients include hedge funds, asset managers and sophisticated institutional investors.

Chris is a member of the firm's cross-practice Competition Litigation team. He has advised clients in both bringing and defending follow-on damages claims, in relation to competition law infringements at both domestic and EU level.

Prior to joining RPC, Chris lived and worked in Singapore and has experience of dispute resolution mechanisms across South East Asia.

He is a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience.


Herbert Smith Freehills 2004-2012; qualified 2006; RPC 2012; partner RPC 2017.


King Edward VI Grammar School; Pembroke College, University of Oxford: MA (Jurisprudence); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.


Tennis; running; motorsport

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'strong'¬†RPC¬†offering is noted for its experience in pricing and competition advisory matters, with a ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô service. Head of team¬†Lambros Kilaniotis¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally good to work with and highly intelligent‚Äô; he advises on CMA and EU investigations (including dawn raids), CAT and High Court litigation and merger control matters in his portfolio. Kilaniotis is supported by the ‚Äėalways extremely responsive and commercial‚Äô senior associate¬†Melanie Musgrave¬†,¬†¬†who works closely with significant clients including ASOS and Coca Cola. Highlights included Kilaniotis and Musgrave working with the firm‚Äôs corporate team in respect of Sports Direct‚Äôs sale of its rights to the Dunlop brand and related wholesale and licensing businesses to Sumitomo Rubber Industries and the pair providing strategic competition advice to RSA in relation to its commercial arrangements. Recent changes saw¬†Chris Ross¬†promoted to partnership, while¬†Jonathan Cary¬†returned to London after a three year stint in the firm‚Äôs Asia offices.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

RPC¬†acts in large-scale corporate investigations and fraud related disputes globally. The firm is acting for the claimant Sovcomflot as part of the Fiona Trust Litigation in a matter worth $85m. Tom Hibbert¬†heads the department, supported by Stuart Shepherd, who is ‚Äėan indefatigable and tenacious litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law and an ideal litigator in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases‚Äô. Chris Ross¬†was promoted to partner and Jonathan Cary¬†rejoined the London office from Hong Kong. Andy McGregor¬†¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Next generation lawyers

Chris Ross - RPC

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'One of the best firms for a client up against a big financial institution', RPC's conflict-free practice is able to act against investment banks for parties such as European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Representative work for the 'sound, concise, precise and effective team' includes disputes involving corporate bonds, hybrid products and complex structured investment products as well as disputes involving loan facilities and fraud; and the practice has experienced increasing amounts of insolvency and restructuring work. It acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading, a wholly- owned subsidiary of German company Adler Real Estate, in its claim against Citibank in the English High Court for damages arising from an alleged overpayment under a facility agreement; the case raises interesting issues regarding the law of duress in a commercial setting. Department head Tom Hibbert 'must be about the best litigator around when going against a bank'; Simon Hart 'really knows his subject'; and Andy McGregor is 'a high- class performer'. Davina Given and Parham Kouchikali are also highly regarded. Jonathan Cary returned to London from the Hong Kong office and Chris Ross was made partner. Alan Williams is a key senior associate.

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Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

RPC's competition litigation group is led by 'commercially-minded' Lambros Kilaniotis who has 'a reputation for achieving favourable settlements' in a variety of competition disputes. Promoted to partner in May 2017, Chris Ross specialises in follow-on damages claims for both claimants and defendants. Catherine Percy is currently representing NHS Scotland, the Department of Health and the Regional Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland, in an action for damages brought against Servier arising from potential infringements of EU competition law concerning the cardiovascular drug, Perindopril.

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