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Signature Litigation LLP
138 FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 1BT
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims, as well as ‘great specialist insolvency and financial services knowledge'. Practice head Graham Huntley has expertise in fraud and ‘will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client'. His team includes new arrival Paul Brehony, who joined from Stewarts Law LLP in 2020 and is a ‘highly accomplished insolvency litigator’. Simon Bushell left the firm to join Seladore Legal in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brehony; Julian Connerty

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and commercial. Great specialist insolvency and financial services knowledge’.

‘Paul Brehony is a highly accomplished insolvency litigator. He is fantastic in highly complex insolvency cases where his knowledge and experience put him head and shoulders above others’.

‘The team is very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters. They are very efficient and effective’.

‘Signature is not afraid to look for solutions outside the box to get results for its clients. Every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors’.

‘Graham Huntley is utterly dedicated; he will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client’.

‘Experts in their specialist field. Nobody better’.

‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment. The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again’.

‘Happy to recommend them, Signature has strength in tight deadline stressful litigation preparation when deadlines are imposed and sometimes work is required out of the hours on an urgent basis’.

Key clients

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding)

Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd

Delaram Zavarei

Work highlights

  • Acting for Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by Bidzina Ivanishvili and immediate family. The Ivanishvili family are claiming against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group for losses arising out of the fraudulent handling and investment of family assets by employees of Credit Suisse AG (the Bank) and sister companies.
  • Advised Privinvest companies and Mr Iskandar Safa in a high-value and hard-fought Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others, linked to Privinvest’s supply of vessels and systems to enable Mozambique to assert sovereignty over and generate revenue from its offshore exclusive economic zone.
  • Advised Cellcom Telecommunications Lt in litigation deriving from what is alleged to have been one of the largest ever recorded Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) cyber-attacks in 2016.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP‘s banking litigation team attracts praise for its ‘great specialist knowledge‘ and ‘real experience in claimant-led litigation‘. It frequently represents claimants in financial services disputes and also has experience acting for banks. The ‘outstandingGraham Huntley leads the practice which includes Abdulali Jiwaji who has particular experience in financial products and misselling disputes. The ‘stellarBecca Hogan and the ‘excellentRory Spillman among the ‘impressive‘ senior associates. The group benefits from the additions of Tom Snelling and Paul Brehony from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Stewarts Law LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:

Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Johnny Shearman; Abdulali Jiwaji; Neil Newing; Rory Spillman; Becca Hogan

Testimonials

Great specialist knowledge with a pragmatic and commercial outlook.’

Graham Huntley – vastly experienced and clever litigator. Rory Spillman – excellent senior associate with real authority. Becca Hogan – calm and strategic associate, very hardworking.

Graham Huntley is a doyen of London banking litigation, and has led many of the biggest cases of recent years. A master tactician. Ioannis Alexopoulos is a thoughtful lawyer with a real technical mastery of banking law. Daniel Spendlove is very efficient and commercial, with a really creative eye for litigation strategy. Neil Newing is a strong lawyer who stands out for the quality and thoroughness of his analysis.

Graham Huntley is an outstanding lawyer and has a real skill in getting to the heart of the matter. His client manner is second to none and the firm thrives on his leadership. Daniel Spendlove remains a key practitioner within the litigation department and provides certainty and direction within big case management Johnny Shearman and Abdulali Jiwaji are also highly recommended – engaging and very proactive – the client gets a sense off them, that they have a belief in the case and the knowledge and resource to win. A rare atmosphere that means a lot in drawn-out litigation.

Boutique firm with genuine expertise in the field.

Excellent banking team with real experience in claimant-led litigation. Senior Associates are particularly impressive: thorough, efficient and very sensible.

Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.

Becca Hogan is a stellar associate, well on her way to partner.’

Key clients

BTA Bank

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Georgian Co Investment Fund in a dispute against entities in the major financial institution Credit Suisse Group relating to losses arising out of the fraudulent handling and investment of family assets by employees of Credit Suisse AG (the Bank) and sister companies.
  • Represented BTA Bank in pursuing recovery of substantial funds siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.
  • Acted for a group of approximately 80 corporations and platforms and thousands of smaller companies and individuals known as the SG Group claimants in claims under Section 90 of FSMA against RBS relating to its failed 2008 rights issues.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

‘Strong from top to bottom‘, litigation boutique Signature Litigation LLP‘s commercial litigation team is ‘exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy‘. The ‘absolute starGraham Huntley leads the team, which includes the ‘very brightAbdulali Jiwaji who ‘inspires confidence‘ including in contentious regulatory matters as well as financial services, corporate and M&A disputes. The team also includes the ‘hugely talentedDaniel Spendlove, who has a broad practice. It has been strengthened by the additions of Tom Snelling, who has a breadth of experience, and Paul Brehony (who is particularly strong for insolvency-related disputes) from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Stewarts Law LLP respectively. Simon Bushell joined Seladore Legal.

Practice head(s):

Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:

Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Tom Snelling; Paul Brehony; Olivier Swain; Ryan Cable; Ioannis Alexopoulos

Testimonials

The Signature team is strong from top to bottom. Headed by Graham Huntley, who is highly experienced. One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali (Abdul) Jiwaji. He has a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking. Gentle in manner; tough as tough can be. Would recommend him without reservation. He is the total package.

Olivier Swain in London and Simon Everington in Gibraltar are both terrific. Simon is a very capable manager of litigation. Olivier is clever and strategic. They are good at making sure each member of the team plays to (and develops) their strengths. Ioannis Alexopoulos and Ryan Cable: highly effective in difficult situations requiring swift judgement and action. The Signature team are extremely good at what they do.’

Dan Spendlove is a hugely talented partner who is fully engaged in his client’s matters. He builds and manages a team effectively and drives a case forward. Abdul Jiwaji is always a calm voice however much pressure there might be in a situation and encourages and inspires confidence.

Graham Huntley – an absolute star. Supremely knowledgeable and reassuring. Abdul Jiwaji – a real pleasure to work with. Super hard-working, really responsive and very bright.

Dan Spendlove is genuine. He has tremendous empathy, enthusiasm and energy; all of it directed to the furtherance of my interests as his client. He has never waivered in his commitment or support. He is exactly the advisor I wished for.

Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.

Key clients

Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding)

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd

Members of the Barclay family

Profile Security Services Ltd

Kurt Geiger

Vectura Limited and Heptares Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Privinvest companies in a claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others, linked to Privinvest’s commercial supply agreements for provision of vessels and systems to enable Mozambique to assert sovereignty over and generate revenue from its offshore exclusive economic zone.
  • Acting for Georgian Co Investment in claims against various entities in the Credit Suisse group for losses arising out of the handling of family investments and assets pursuant to a range of commercial trust arrangements.
  • Defending Cellcom Telecommunications in a claim that it is vicariously liable for the alleged actions of a former director of it’s subsidiary, a Liberian mobile/ISP business, who is accused of commissioning a cyber attack on a competitor to obtain commercial advantage.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP fields specialist arbitration lawyers who act in complex, high-value and cross-border matters. With approximately 30 years’ experience, Ioannis Alexopoulos has particular experience in cases involving Greece, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Josh Wong is a highly experienced commercial international arbitration expert, and Daniel Spendlove has a strong focus on finance, mining, and oil and gas matters. At counsel level, Neil Newing also manages major cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Alexopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A fast growing arbitration practice.

One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.

Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.

The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.

They are very efficient and effective.

Ioannis Alexopoulos is an excellent arbitration lawyer, who is smart, efficient and very responsive.

Ioannis Alexopoulus is a very experienced and creative lawyer, who is able to think out of the box. We really appreciate working with him, because he is efficient and focused and understands the Russian mentality.

Ioannis Alexopoulus is always able to pick the best team to handle different assignments, even in other jurisdictions – he is very well connected.

Key clients

Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding)

Abu Dhabi Mar Investments

Privinvest Shipbuilding Investments

Logistics International SAL (Offshore)

Logistics International Investments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Privinvest companies in Swiss arbitrations, under supply contracts that relate to a high-value Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Gibraltar > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Leveraging its international footprint, Signature Litigation LLP's boutique practice regularly handles both domestic and cross-border commercial disputes for a diverse roster of clients in the technology, telecoms, gaming, finance and real estate sectors. In addition to commercial litigation, the team is capable in regulatory and insolvency proceedings, and increasingly, in international arbitration. Dual-qualified (in Gibraltar and England and Wales) barrister and practice head Elliott Phillips boasts niche expertise in contentious trust disputes, often appearing before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. Simon Everington is noted for his capabilities in private wealth disputes, and in multi-jurisdictional trust and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Signature are superbly positioned at the intersection of public and commercial law and have particular expertise in areas which straddle both, such as regulatory disputes. They have deep local knowledge but also have wide international experience and connections which makes them ideal for multi-forum disputes.’

‘Elliott Phillips is always very responsive, helpful, efficient and personable.’

‘Elliott Phillips, with his vast knowledge and experience across an array of different areas, is the stand-out practitioner in a hugely talented team.’

‘Signature’s Gibraltar practice differs from other firms on the Rock in that it forms part of Signature’s wider London-based litigation boutique. It is headed up by Elliott Phillips who is a long established and highly effective commercial litigator in Gibraltar.’

‘Elliott Phillips has acted in some of the highest profile cases in Gibraltar over the years and is a heavyweight in dispute resolution there. I have worked with him in a number of commercial cases over the years and he has always steered clients to the best outcome for them and represented a formidable opponent to those on the other side. It is impossible to better Elliott’s knowledge and understanding of the jurisdiction, having served as a Gibraltar MP and, at one time, held the shadow Minister of Justice brief. I would regard him as a first point of contact for any significant commercial dispute there.’

‘Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar.’

‘The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.’

‘Elliott Phillips is an accomplished litigator, highly experienced, obviously knows his stuff and great to have on your side.’

Key clients

GibFibre Limited

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

BWIN GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited

EIG Services Limited (In Liquidation)

Fidux Trust Company

Capital Growth Limited

GVC Holdings

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented GibFibre Limited in a dispute against Gibtelecom regarding the denial by Gibtelecom of GibFibre Limited’s request for access to a data centre.
  • Representing GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited (formerly Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc) in a dispute against Emerald Bay Limited and others.
  • Successfully represented the second and fourth defendants in a complex Supreme Court case brought by a beneficiary of the Cerise Trust, a Guernsey law trust.

Signature Litigation is best known as a unique model commercial and financial market litigation practice with a unique “all member” economic structure. The firm has no transactional practice, and therefore very few conflicts of interest, and none of the distractions which come with a multi-practice law firm with offices across many jurisdictions.

The firm: Signature Litigation was founded in 2012 by senior lawyers with many years’ experience in leading practices, specialising in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. Headquartered in London and with offices in Paris and Gibraltar, the firm was founded to meet the increased demand for highly experienced commercial litigation advice and support in complex cases, where the dedication of a niche specialist firm yields results.

The firm has continued its strong growth this year with several high-value cases and an expanding team of high-calibre individuals. By way of example, Signature Litigation is acting for international shipbuilding group, Privinvest, in relation to claims brought by the Republic of Mozambique and Credit Suisse, which allege bribery and collusion against the state following the issuing of loans to fund projects in the region, known as the ‘Tuna Bonds’ and ‘Hidden Debts’ litigation. Furthermore, the firm is representing BTA bank in recovering US$500 million siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives, and is acting as lead advisor to the Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by the Ivanishvili family, who are claiming against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group for US$500 to US$800 million losses arising out of the fraudulent handling and investment of family assets. Proceedings have been launched in Singapore, New Zealand and Bermuda.

Signature Litigation’s continued development is evident in recent and significant partner appointments. In London, insolvency litigation specialist Paul Brehony joined from Stewarts Law, and more recently senior associates Becca Hogan and Rory Spillman were both promoted to partner. In Paris, experienced international commercial arbitration practitioner, Flore Poloni, joined recently as partner, expanding the office’s capabilities into international arbitration.

Signature Litigation is distinct from anything else in the market. The firm has effectively transferred economic ownership in the firm away from the traditional model of equity partners towards every member of the practice. Signature Litigation has developed and implemented the first truly transparent, non-discretionary and universally applicable profit-sharing structure in the legal market.

Put simply, Signature Litigation is governed effectively by the combined voices of all of its people – with guaranteed rights for everyone to enjoy its success, financial and otherwise, and to ensure that its unique culture remains entirely protected.

Signature Litigation ensures its clients are at the heart of everything it does and as such is able to offer clients in the region high quality advice which truly understands their needs, while avoiding the constraints of potential conflict issues. Above all, it has taken advantage of the developments in technology and outsourcing to ensure that its team is dynamic and efficient enough to deliver the very best service and legal outcomes for its clients.

Types of work undertaken: Signature Litigation specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. It handles complex, multi-party disputes that challenge the commercial and reputational viability of its clients, typically dealing with regulatory disputes in the banking and financial services sector.

Signature Litigation provides UK and international clients with the full spectrum of dispute resolution services, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Its lawyers have resolved some of the most significant and complex disputes involving financial institutions in recent legal history. The firm offers services to investment and commercial banks, funds and asset managers, large corporations, private equity and venture capital houses, hedge funds, professional advisers and private clients.

Signature Litigation’s arbitration practice comprises specialist practitioners across its London, Paris and Gibraltar offices. The team has substantial experience acting for clients on high value and complex international arbitrations pursuant to various institutional rules including LCIA, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institute, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

Signature Litigation’s insurance and reinsurance practice focuses on complex international insurance disputes. Combining the expertise in its London and Paris offices, Signature Litigation has acted for some of the leading insurers and reinsurers on high value disputes, particularly in Europe, Latin America, the Mediterranean basin, Asia and West Africa.

Complex international trust arrangements and fund management disputes are at the heart of much of the firm’s work, particularly in London and Gibraltar. Some of those arrangements involve formal trust structures in offshore jurisdictions, whilst others involve disputes arising out of informal trust relationships. The firm also advises regularly on the applicability of constructive trusts to the proceeds of fraud. Its practitioners have been involved in almost all the high value contentious trusts and estates matters before the Gibraltar Courts at all levels and regularly seeks directions from the Court on behalf of trustees.

Signature Litigation’s product liability practice is led from its Paris office and focuses on assisting major entities with every compliance issue that may arise with regulators, suppliers or consumers. The firm advises clients on all aspects of liability following their products from the day they are designed until they are placed on the market, handling disputes in France and in London.

Signature Litigation’s insolvency litigation practice is based on significant experience of representing a wide spectrum of clients – creditors, investors, debtors and officeholders – across a range of complex disputes. The practice also regularly undertakes matters in relation to contentious restructuring, bringing and defending claims before the Courts.

Signature Litigation has deep experience in dealing with regulatory disputes in the financial sector and conducting corporate investigations. The firm also advises clients in connection with investigations initiated by the FCA and SFO in the United Kingdom, the Financial Services Commission in Gibraltar and, in France, the anti-corruption agency, the AFA. In Gibraltar the firm has acted for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in appeals brought against it by regulated entities in relation to the enforcement powers of the regulator.

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Partners Ioannis Alexopoulos
Partners Paul Brehony
Partners Natalia Chumak
Partners Julian Connerty
Partners Simon Fawell
Partners Sylvie Gallage-Alwis
Partners Becca Hogan
Partners Graham Huntley
Partners Abdulali Jiwaji
Partners Emmanuèle Lutfalla
Partners Hermes Marangos
Partners Elliott Phillips
Partners Flore Poloni
Partners Thomas Rouhette
Partners Tom Snelling
Partners Daniel Spendlove
Partners Rory Spillman
Partners Josh Wong
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Ioannis Alexopoulos  photo Ioannis Alexopoulos Ioannis specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration, including banking disputes, particularly…
Paul Brehony  photo Paul Brehony Paul is a partner and has nearly 30 years’ experience in complex…
Ryan Cable  photo Ryan Cable Ryan is a Senior Associate experienced in international arbitration and commercial litigation…
Natalia Chumak  photo Natalia Chumak Natalia has 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience in London, which…
Julian Connerty  photo Julian Connerty Julian has over 25 years of experience in handling the litigation, arbitration…
Simon Fawell  photo Simon Fawell Simon has more than 20 years’ experience across a wide range of…
Pietro Grassi  photo Pietro Grassi Pietro is an Associate at Signature Litigation with experience in public international…
Becca Hogan  photo Becca Hogan Becca has a wide range of experience in commercial disputes and specialises…
Graham Huntley  photo Graham Huntley Graham is a Founding Partner of Signature Litigation and has over 30…
Abdulali Jiwaji  photo Abdulali Jiwaji Abdul has over 20 years of experience in litigation, arbitration and contentious…
Kathleen Leslie  photo Kathleen Leslie Kathleen is a Counsel at Signature Litigation who specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial…
Hermes Marangos  photo Hermes Marangos Hermès is a leading international disputes lawyer having litigated, arbitrated or mediated…
Neil Newing  photo Neil Newing Neil is an international arbitration lawyer and commercial litigator with particular experience…
Elliott Phillips  photo Elliott Phillips Elliott is an internationally recognised barrister (qualifying in England and Gibraltar in…
Tom Snelling  photo Tom Snelling Tom has nearly 20 years’ experience in complex and high value commercial…
Daniel Spendlove  photo Daniel Spendlove Daniel focuses on complex and high value commercial litigation and arbitration, both…
Rory Spillman  photo Rory Spillman Rory specialises in financial markets and large complex multi-party international disputes, including…
Josh Wong  photo Josh Wong Josh is a highly experienced commercial and corporate litigation and international arbitration…
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
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