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Tim Boyce

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution.


Tim is a partner in the finance litigation group that is part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice. He is a specialist in advising financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, disputes and fraud claims. His practice covers a wide range of regulatory and legal issues, usually involving complex financial products or cross border elements. The client base Tim works with principally comprises banks, investment intermediaries, investment managers and other regulated entities.


Qualified 1993; joined Simmons & Simmons 2012; solicitor-advocate and CEDR-qualified mediator.0

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Simmons & Simmons¬†fields that is noted for its ‚Äėsensible strategic judgement and¬†ability to scale up resources when necessary to meet tight deadlines‚Äô. It deals with cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, with a focus on the financial sector. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, he is adept at securing search orders and freezing orders and liaising with regulatory authorities around the world. Tim Boyce¬†heads the financial markets litigation practice and deals with disputes and fraud claims. Patrick Boylan¬†led on advising Capco in a dispute worth over $100m that arose out of an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in a FinTech arm of the company. The firm continues to act for HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $40bn. Managing Associate Adam Brown¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Simmons & Simmons’ international financial markets litigation group is 'simply outstanding, responsive, thorough, detailed and creative'. It focuses on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds; and the practice combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, and financial crime. Tim Boyce, who heads the financial markets litigation practice, acts for financial institutions in regulatory investigations, disputes and fraud claims; and Robert Turner’s experience includes acting for Icelandic bank Kaupthing in Commercial Court proceedings, relating to a multi-currency debt of over £300m and high-value assets provided as security for the debt; the proceedings in London raised complex factual and legal issues relating to fraud, market abuse, insider dealing and the enforceability of contracts for an illegal purpose, among others; Turner is 'simply excellent; clients appreciate his calm demeanour and his incisive and clinical approach'. Other highly regarded practitioners include Richard Bunce, whose practice is based exclusively on financial markets disputes and has a strong international focus and Caroline Hunter-Yeats, who has a particular focus on wealth management firms and complex products sold to high-net-worth investors as well as senior partner Colin Passmore, Ed Crosse, Robert Allen, Paul Baker and Alexander Thavenot.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Simmons & Simmons¬†¬†advises on corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and criminal tax investigations. It is also adept at handling the criminal side of investigations, advising clients on search and seizures, interviews, internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Another area of expertise is contentious regulatory investigations including misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability. It has particular experience of dealing with investigations by the FCA and SFO. The firm‚Äôs key client sector is financial services including including retail and wholesale banks, asset managers, brokers and other major financial institutions. Nick Benwell¬†and Stephen Gentle, who ‚Äėbrings a calm reassurance to problem areas‚Äô head the team. Tim Boyce, Richard Sims¬†and Emma Sutcliffe¬†are also recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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