Firm Profile > Signature Litigation LLP > London, England

Signature Litigation LLP
138 FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 1BT
England

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles a broad range of civil fraud matters; areas of expertise include search and seizure orders, freezing injunctions, and multiparty, multijurisdictional disputes. Clients include large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and foreign government agencies. Simon Bushell, 'a force-field of drive and determination', leads the team alongside firm founder Graham Huntley, who is described as 'an extraordinary legal mind' and Julian Connerty, who has a particular focus on international fraud, insurance, industry disputes and regulatory investigations.

Testimonials

‘A very focused and knowledgeable litigation team’.

‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgement’.

‘Graham Huntley is truly a force of nature, a very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients’.

‘The team is fantastic, well-motivated and moves with a real sense of purpose’.               

‘Graham Huntley is an extraordinary legal mind’. 

‘One of best boutiques around, delivering a high class service to clients pitted against the institutional behemoths’.               

‘Simon Bushell is a force-field of drive and determination’. 

‘The key individuals are supremely professional and very informed’

Key clients

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC

Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited

BTA Bank

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

RBS Rights Issue litigation: a group of approx. 80 corporations and platforms and thousands of smaller companies and individuals known as the SG Group Claimants

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC)

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Signature Litigation LLP 'has been outstandingly successful'. The highly specialised dispute resolution firm has a strong focus on large, complex cases that are frequently cross-border. Founding partner, Graham Huntley, is a specialist banking litigator, and Simon Bushell is highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes. Abdulali Jiwaji has particularly strong experience advising on disputes involving financial products and mis-selling, investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and Julian Connerty is increasingly focused on shareholder and group claims. Rory Spillman and Becca Hogan are the associates to note.

Key clients

SG Group Claimants

The ECU Group

BTA Bank

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Signature Litigation LLP has 'highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution'. It is a specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border. Graham Huntley acts in M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, economic tort claims, and regulatory disputes and investigations. Simon Bushell specialises in complex international disputes. Other recommended partners are Abdulali JiwajiDaniel Spendlove and Ioannis Alexopoulos, while Kathleen Leslie is a notable senior associate.

Testimonials

Signature has done exceptionally well in forming and growing a talented pool of commercial litigators, who are busily engaged on some of the most important and highest profile commercial cases presently proceeding through the courts‘.

The practice has a commercial and innovative approach to finding funding solutions‘.

Graham Huntley is a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker‘.

Daniel Spendlove is excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care‘.

Abdul Jiwaji is calmness personified and a first-rate communicator‘.

 

Key clients

BTA Bank

SG Group Claimants

Lycamobile UK

Kurt Geiger

DTEK Energy

DAI Europe

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

Obex Securities

Grupa Ożarów

Bluewaters Communications Holdings

International arbitration Tier 5

Signature Litigation LLP's 'tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates'. It fields specialist arbitration lawyers who are experienced in high-value, complex international arbitrations. Natalia Chumak has a particular focus on CIS-related matters; Ioannis Alexopoulos is well known for joint venture and shareholder disputes, business break-ups and fraud and banking disputes; and Josh Wong is recommended for security, asset tracing and enforcement actions that involve multiple jurisdictions. Counsel Neil Newing and senior associate Nick Storrs are also key advisers.

Testimonials

The team has a strong appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of cases and how best to approach difficult issues‘.

Ioannis Alexopoulos is a great litigator who offers his advice on the basis of the commercial goals that clients set‘.

Josh Wong is an excellent lawyer, who is hardworking and has a clear vision‘.

Senior associate Nick Storrs is very clever and insightful‘.

Professional negligence Tier 5

Boutique firm Signature Litigation LLP has a focus on complex and cross-border cases, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants on high-value mandates. It handles claims involving the financial services sector and also advises on cases involving other professions. In an example of its cross-border experience, the team represented the Ivanishvili family, and its corporate investment vehicle, on a claim against the Credit Suisse Group, for losses arising out of breach of trust, breach of mandate, breach of duty, breach of agency investment obligations and more generally for negligent or dishonest investment and fund practices, carried out by employees of the bank, its sister and subsidiary companies.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 6

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP advises insurers and reinsurers on public and professional liability, energy claims and property damage arising from natural disasters and other catastrophes . The firm stands out for its Latin American expertise, with the 'outstanding' Hermes Marangos handling a variety of high-profile matters involving Brazil or Mexico.

Testimonials

The team possesses extensive knowledge and experience and is quick and responsive

Very accurate, well-qualified and informed team, which gives prompt and accurate responses

Hermes Marangos is enthusiastic, has a unique knowledge of his subject and jurisdictions and an undoubted ability to think out of the box and to seek out a settlement which will benefit the insurer

Hermes Marangos is an outstanding lawyer who has a brilliant legal mind. His knowledge of many legal systems in Europe and South America as well as his ability to speak many languages gives him the edge over his competitors

Signature Litigation is best known as a unique model commercial and financial market litigation practice with a unique “all member” economic structure operating in both a conflict-free space and, unusually for such firms, also active for banks and other institutions acting in the financial markets.

The firm: Signature Litigation is a London law firm founded in 2012 by senior lawyers with many years’ experience in leading practices, specialising in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. 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. In 2015, Signature Litigation was instructed by the RBoS Shareholders Action Group on behalf of 101 institutional clients and over 35,000 individual shareholders bringing claims against RBS over its 2008 rights issue following the disastrous acquisition of ABN Amro. Other multi-jurisdictional and high-profile cases the firm has been handling include work for Renaissance Capital, Fortelus Special Situations Master Fund Limited, and the Patarkatsishvili Estate against Anisimov. The firm also achieved favourable outcomes for two separate client groups in the Privy Council on matters of critical importance to those businesses. Recently Signature Litigation has been instructed by a European investment fund to bring claims in various jurisdictions against Credit Suisse for losses reported to have been in excess of $1bn, and Ontario Teachers Pension Fund in relation to its interests in Brussels airport.

Signature Litigation’s development is evident in the recent launch of its Paris office. At launch, the Paris office benefited from three highly regarded partners: Thomas Rouhette, formerly Hogan Lovells’ Paris disputes practice head; Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, previously Counsel in Hogan Lovells’ litigation practice; and Emmanuèle Lutfalla, formerly of a leading boutique French insurance disputes firm. Their investigations and white-collar crime capabilities were strengthened with the recent arrival of Nicolas Brooke, formerly Litigation and Investigations GC at Société Générale.

Signature Litigation is distinctively different 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 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.

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.

Complex international trust arrangements and fund management disputes are at the heart of much of the firm’s work. 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partners Ioannis Alexopoulos
Partners Nicolas Brooke
Partners Simon Bushell
Partners Natalia Chumak
Partners Julian Connerty
Partners Sylvie Gallage-Alwis
Partners Graham Huntley
Partners Abdulali Jiwaji
Partners Emmanuèle Lutfalla
Partners Hermes Marangos
Partners Elliott Phillips
Partners Thomas Rouhette
Partners Daniel Spendlove
Partners Josh Wong
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ioannis Alexopoulos  photo Ioannis Alexopoulos
 Simon Bushell  photo Simon Bushell
 Natalia Chumak  photo Natalia Chumak
 Julian Connerty  photo Julian Connerty
 Becca Hogan  photo Becca Hogan
 Graham Huntley  photo Graham Huntley
 Abdulali Jiwaji  photo Abdulali Jiwaji
 Kathleen Leslie  photo Kathleen Leslie
 Hermes Marangos  photo Hermes Marangos
 Neil Newing  photo Neil Newing
 Elliott Phillips  photo Elliott Phillips
 Guy Robson  photo Guy Robson
 Daniel Spendlove  photo Daniel Spendlove
 Rory Spillman  photo Rory Spillman
 Josh Wong  photo Josh Wong
Number of UK partners : 9
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40