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Slaughter and May

Living Wage
ONE BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7090 5000
DX:
11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.slaughterandmay.com
Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Ewan Brown

Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Email:
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Partner specialising in general commercial litigation, contentious regulatory work and tax litigation; broad commercial practice, acting for both corporates and banks in High Court litigation, arbitration, tax, tribunal cases and FSA investigations/enforcement proceedings.

Career

Trained Norton Rose; qualified 1997; assistant litigation department Norton Rose 1997-2000; Slaughter and May 2000-06; partner 2006.

Languages

French.

Education

Wallace Hall Academy, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire; Edinburgh University (1992 LLB Hons Law with French First Class); Université de Paris XI (1993 Maîtrise en droit commercial); College of Law, York (1995 LPC).


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Slaughter and May provides a 'very strong service' to a broad range of financial services clients including advising non-regulated businesses on the impact of financial services regulation. Ewan Brown has been involved in numerous multi-jurisdictional market manipulation cases, including his representation of JP Morgan Chase as one of the defendants accused of rigging the FX market. Alongside Deborah Finkler and Jonathan Clark, Brown was also involved in the long-running representation of Deutsche Bank in the LIBOR regulatory investigations and continues to act for the bank assisting with monitoring and remediation programmes following its settlements with the US and UK regulatory authorities. The 'phenomenal' Jonathan Cotton regularly handles financial services-related work as part of his wide-ranging global investigations and disputes practice; alongside Finkler he represented Carillion plc in an investigation undertaken by the FCA, following its adverse trading announcement, into potential market abuse violations. The firm also has a formidable presence in the market acting on transactional work in the sector, in addition to strategic advice on ongoing regulatory matters. Team head Jan Putnis is regularly at the forefront of the highest-profile matters handled by the team including his recent representation of Prudential plc on the proposed demerger of its UK and European business. Ben Kingsley recently provided the regulatory input in relation to the firm's representation of UK Asset Resolution and Bradford & Bingley plc on the disposal of legacy owner occupied and buy-to-let mortgage assets to an investor group led by Barclays Bank. Kingsley is also recommended for his fintech expertise.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Ewan Brown - Slaughter and May

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Slaughter and May has particular expertise in high-value, technically-demanding, multi-jurisdictional disputes. The practice’s scope involves complex, structured products and sophisticated, financial derivative instruments, and it stands out for global regulatory investigations. The team acts for a broad spectrum of clients in the financial sector, including investment banks, major building societies, accountants, hedge funds, actuaries and private equity firms. Highlights included advising Banco Santander Totta (BST) on successful litigation, which arose out of interest rate swaps between BST and the defendants, which are publicly-owned Portuguese companies; this matter was the first case to be tried in the Financial List, the new dedicated financial court. It also acted for Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading claims brought against it and its co-defendant, RBS that arose out of trading in the carbon emissions market. Sarah Lee is team head and Jonathan Clark's international banking practice includes advising on litigation involving derivatives transactions, benchmark manipulation and regulatory investigations, often ranging across multiple jurisdictions. Other key advisers are Deborah Finkler, Ewan Brown, Richard Swallow, Richard Jeens and Damian Taylor.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, Slaughter and May's 'excellent team' is widely respected for high-stakes commercial and corporate litigation, including the full range of post-acquisition, joint venture, shareholder and partnership disputes that frequently have cross-border elements.  Sarah Lee, who was elected head of the firm's dispute resolution group, acted for Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in claims brought against it, and its co-defendant, RBS, in the Financial List, which arose out of trading in the carbon emissions market in 2009; the claims relate to alleged missing trader intra-Community VAT fraud. In other significant matters, Jonathan Cotton acted for Diageo in proceedings against Vijay Mallya (the owner of both Force India Formula 1 team and Kingfisher Airlines), his son and various associated entities; the claim relates to various alleged breaches by the defendants of numerous commercial agreements. Other highly rated advisers include Richard Swallow, whose practice covers banking and financial services disputes, fraud and asset tracing, energy sector matters and contentious antitrust issues, including follow-on damages actions; and Damian Taylor, who 'provides clear and pragmatic advice on difficult questions'. Also recommended are Deborah Finkler, Efstathios Michael, Ewan Brown, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Camilla Sanger is a key associate. Richard Clark retired from the partnership and Nick Gray joined international arbitration think tank, Newton Arbitration. 

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