Firm Profile > Signature Litigation LLP > London, England

Signature Litigation LLP
138 FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 1BT
England

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Signature Litigation LLP's 'dedicated and meticulous' fraud group is active in investigations and large-scale disputes, in which they act for claimants and defendants in various countries. Graham Huntley, who is described by one client as a 'veteran of large fraud cases', primarily acts for banks, fund managers and life insurers in civil fraud disputes. 'Extremely experienced practitioner' Julian Connerty is a specialist in international fraud and asset recovery actions. In a recent mandate, the team acted for one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders who brought unprecedented claims under Section 90 of the FSMA against RBC over its failed 2008 rights issue, resulting in a favourable settlement.

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Testimonials

‘I have, on several occasions, recommended the firm for very large pieces of litigation, and would do so again as I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service.’

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

‘The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the ability comes from to do this time and time again.’

‘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.’

‘A growing firm with the feel of a boutique and the agility that entails.’

‘The partners and associates are of an exceptionally high calibre, with first rate strategic oversight from the partners and real attention to detail from the associates.’

Key clients

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Bluewaters Communications Holdings

Come Harvest Holdings Limited

Mega Wealth International Trading Limited

BTA Bank

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund L.P.

RBS

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC)

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Signature Litigation LLP is 'unusually well placed in the market as a boutique firm that has experience of big ticket banking litigation'. It has 'the agility to deal with matters of all kinds' and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes. Practice head Graham Huntley is 'hugely experienced' in acting for banks, fund managers and life assurers in M&A, shareholder disputes, economic tort claims and contentious regulatory matters, while Abdulali Jiwaji, who is 'a steady hand during turbulent times', focuses on contentious regulatory matters. Julian Connerty has particular experience handlings group claims, while Tom Snelling, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, also has a breadth of litigation and contentious regulatory experience including in the banking and financial services sector. Senior associates of note include the 'excellent' Rory Spillman and the 'exceptional' Becca Hogan who is praised for her 'good instincts and a commercial approach'.

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Testimonials

Professional and respectful of client interests are words that come to mind. They know the law; understand their capabilities; and recognise that a client of some experience can contribute useful insights in crafting a case.

A growing firm that retains the feel of a boutique firm, with the agility to deal with matters of all kinds.’

The Signature team is unusually well placed in the market as a boutique firm that has experience of big ticket banking litigation – the RBS Rights Litigation foremost amongst that. There is real depth of experience in the banking litigation team.

Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.

Abdulali Jiwaji has proved to be a steady hand during turbulent times. He has always provided sound and very considered advice and has pushed back on any hot-headed ideas. His participation in the team is essential.

Becca Hogan is an exceptional associate: totally on top of the detail, with good instincts and a commercial approach.

Graham Huntley is a very well known name in the litigation space – hugely experienced. Rory Spillman is an excellent senior associate.

Signature have helped coordinate between law firms in over 5 jurisdictions and have proved essential to keeping costs down and overall strategy in sight.

Key clients

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

The ECU Group PLC: privately-owned investment manager

IQOption Europe Ltd: CDF and Cryptocurrency trading platform

Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by Bidzina Ivanishvili and immediate family

Mr Dimitris Marinopoulos, Mr George Marinopoulos and Mr Leonidas Marinopoulos: key members of the Greek family behind Marinopoulos SA, a Greece-based multinational company with diverse interests

BTA Bank: one of the leading and most important banks in Kazakhstan

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Specialist disputes firm Signature Litigation LLP is 'able to flex their team swiftly in order to accommodate deadlines and budgets', particularly in financial services sector disputes. 'Exceptional litigator' Graham Huntley leads the team and has strong experience in warranty claims and professional indemnity disputes. Daniel Spendlove 'is able to turn his hand to all forms of commercial litigation' and counts financial services, mining, oil and gas and reinsurance among his sector specialisms; Abdulali Jiwaji (who 'is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain') focuses on contentious regulatory matters, and Tom Snelling (who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) adds experience in private equity, consumer products and retail sector disputes.

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Testimonials

Quality team at every level, and able to flex their team swiftly in order to accommodate deadlines and budgets.’

The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated. They are a skilled litigation practice who set the bar very high. You would definitely want them on your own, and not on the other, side. They are entirely committed to the cause. Moreover, being a specialist litigation practice seems to give them an edge over others.

Signature’s growth in size and reputation reflects the success of its team which is itself based on assembling a team of outstanding litigators. There is a good range of seniority enabling cases to be resourced appropriately and at each level of seniority the firm has apparently adopted a ‘best of the best’ approach to recruitment.

Graham Huntley is an exceptional litigator with a brilliant mind. Dan Spendlove is an exceptionally committed, exceptionally hard working lawyer,  with a careful and thorough approach to issues.

Dan Spendlove is a really effective litigator. He has good instincts for a case and is particularly effective at building relationships with clients and dealing with the complexities of funded litigation. Abdul Jiwaji’s calm, relatively quiet manner inspires confidence. He is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain.

Graham Huntley is a legend on the London litigation scene. He is a master of litigation strategy, but also has complete command of the detail of the case. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He is a litigation superstar; tough and relentless; never gives up’

‘Julian Connerty is subtle and meticulous; inspires great confidence in all around him. ‘

‘Becca Hogan is a highly talented senior associate with the skills of an experienced partner.’

Key clients

BTA Bank

RBS Rights Issue Litigation

Kurt Geiger

Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by Bidzina Ivanishvili and immediate family

Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC

Various retail investors against Old Mutual and Friends Provident

Sunharbour Holdings LLP

Captain Arshad Rashid

International arbitration Tier 5

Specialist dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP focuses on complex, high-value and frequently cross-border cases. The 'cohesive, agile, close-knit, hardworking team' is particularly active in the energy, financial services, telecoms and technology sectors. Group head Ioannis Alexopoulos is experienced in cases involving Greece, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, the Middle East, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa; and Josh Wong is an expert in security, asset tracing and enforcement actions involving multiple jurisdictions. Daniel Spendlove and counsel Neil Newing provide further support.

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Testimonials

‘Ioannis Alexopolous is very wise and is a really nice person and a good lawyer.’

‘Neil Newing an outstandingly clever counsel who will go very far.’

‘Excellent international commercial arbitration practice.’

‘Excellent team. Ioannis Alexopoulos is a brilliant advocate, as is Neil Newing.’

‘Signature’s arbitration practice is high-powered and nimble. Matters are resourced efficient and without unnecessary numbers of associates. There is a high degree of partner engagement on any matter. The teams with whom I have worked have all been extremely personable and there is a great overall team dynamic.’

‘I worked closely with Neil Newing. Neil is an exceptionally talented lawyer, a strategic thinker and a pleasure to work with. The depth and breadth of his experience in international commercial arbitrations is a huge asset to the firm. His drafting skills are top-notch and he is a good strategic thinker.’

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 6

Signature Litigation LLP stands out in the market for its expertise in litigation in Latin America. The team is active in property damage disputes, and also handles professional negligence and D&O insurance claims. Hermes Marangos leads the team; he is praised by clients as 'very committed' and a lawyer who 'lives his cases'.

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Testimonials

‘Always there to support, updated with the developments, deep knowledge of their subject, experienced.’

‘You can bank on very thourough, precise and reliable advice in a simple to understand style that clients can understand and base important decisions on. A quality not easy to come by.’

‘Hermes Marangos lives his cases. He is very committed, delves into the very fine details of his work and understands the important issues that are so crucial as well as if not better than his client. He makes clients feel he is in full charge and that they are in safe hands. When working with foreign lawyers he makes one feel very comfortable and an important part of the team.’

‘Signature Litigation is a really strong litigation boutique, and a capability in insurance litigation is just one of many focuses.’

‘Hermes Marangos stands out for the international breadth of his insurance disputes practice. He has lots of experience advising the market, but now uses that experience to work exclusively for policyholders.’

‘Only deal with Hermes Marangos, who I find is particular enthusiastic about his work. He is helpful and always knows what is happening on the file.’

Professional negligence Tier 6

Specialist commercial litigation and arbitration firm Signature Litigation LLP’s claimant practice handles claims in the financial services sector and also advises on cases involving other professions. Daniel Spendlove leads the practice and has expertise in banking litigation issues in addition to negligence.

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Gibraltar > Dispute resolution Tier 2

With offices in both London and Gibraltar,  dispute boutique Signature Litigation LLP is able to advise both local clients and international businesses on commercial disputes and regulatory issues. The group is also active in several other areas, such as contentious trusts and private wealth. Elliott Phillips leads the team and handles a range of disputes including those relating to asset tracing and civil fraud. Steven de Lara left the firm in 2021.

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Elliott Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Ligia Bob

Testimonials

‘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 – senior partner – is himself an accomplished litigator, highly experienced, knowledgeable and great to have on your side. Associate Ligia Bob is everything you want – very smart, quick and super efficient.’

Key clients

GibFibre Limited

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

BWIN GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited

EIG Services Limited (In Liquidation) (“EIG”) a sister company of Enterprise Insurance Company Plc (In Liquidation) (“EIC”)

Fidux Trust Company

Capital Growth Limited

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partners Ioannis Alexopoulos
Partners Paul Brehony
Partners Natalia Chumak
Partners Julian Connerty
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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…
 Natalia Chumak  photo Natalia Chumak Natalia has nearly 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience in London,…
 Julian Connerty  photo Julian Connerty Julian has over 25 years of experience in handling the litigation, arbitration…
 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 Senior Associate at Signature Litigation who specialises in complex…
 Hermes Marangos  photo Hermes Marangos Hermes is a leading international disputes lawyer with over 30 years’ experience…
 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. He…
 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 : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
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