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Addleshaw Goddard

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Michael Barnett

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Michael joined the litigation team as a Partner in 2005 and leads the disputes practice.  Michael is widely known as a highly experienced specialist in financial markets and complex commercial disputes, having acted in recent years in some of the more high-profile and complex cases for financial institutions and other market participants, trade counterparties and investors.


Denton Wilde Sapte 1993-2005; Addleshaw Goddard 2005.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

‚ÄėA major force in fraud litigation‚Äô,¬†Addleshaw Goddard¬†¬†has ‚Äėa strong and established presence in the market‚Äô. It is adept at handling cases of fraud, breaches of trust and international freezing injunctions. The firm recently acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the Leipzig Water Authority in defence of a ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS, successfully defeating one of the longest appeals in appeal court history. This resulted in the creation of a new law on bribery. Head of department Michael Barnett¬†is ‚Äėa very shrewd judge of the case‚Äô, he is supported by Louisa Caswell¬†, who is ‚Äėa rising star who can be relied upon to deliver what a client requires‚Äô. Mark Chesher¬†is ‚Äėa lawyer's lawyer and great to work with‚Äô, Jon Tweedale¬†is also recommended.¬†Kambiz Larizadeh¬†left the firm for¬†Akin Gump LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Barnett - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has a full-service banking litigation practice, which includes highly developed financial regulatory and financial crime expertise; and the team is regularly engaged in matters involving international or cross-border elements. The team successfully defended (up to Supreme Court level) Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the water authority for Germany‚Äôs City of Leipzig, against an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS that involved the sale of derivatives and bribery and fraud issues. Department head Michael Barnett, who is 'hugely experienced in banking litigation and invariably gets the right approach in tricky disputes',¬†is recommended for investment banking, derivatives and structured finance cases; and¬†Mark Gill¬†handles major banking and financial disputes, including cases featuring financial products such as derivatives and swaps. Gill is 'a master litigator with exceptional powers of analysing and simplifying complex problems, allied with great tactical skills'. Other key contacts are¬†Chris Brennan¬†, who¬†specialises in financial services regulatory matters, enforcement and disputes; the¬†'highly skilled strategist'¬†Richard Clayton,'a brilliant problem solver with finely-honed litigation skills¬†who achieves very successful outcomes'¬†and whose ¬†recent experience includes cases involving derivatives, other structured credits, trade finance, securitisation, bonds, mandate and prospectus issues; and James Herring, whose¬†expertise includes mis-selling claims, claims relating to lending and security issues, derivatives and structured products. Further names to note are corporate crime and investigations practice head¬†Nichola Peters¬†and Michelle de Kluyver, the latter joining from Allen & Overy LLP, bringing extensive expertise in cross-border investigations.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

'A good choice for major commercial disputes', Addleshaw Goddard has go-to lawyers for corporate and M&A disputes, commercial contract and termination disputes, complex IT, telecoms and technology litigation, and civil fraud as well as finance disputes, competition litigation and product liability. The team successfully represented BP Oil International in its defence of a $70m claim brought by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a complex invoice discounting agreement; this was the first-ever case to be tried under the Rolls Building's pilot Shorter Trials Scheme. Michael Barnett is litigation head and particularly known for disputes in the financial markets, commercial litigation and civil fraud areas; Mark Molyneux is national head of commercial litigation; London commercial litigation lead Louisa Caswell is 'a strongly rising star among the partners'; and Jon Tweedale is 'a stellar lawyer who inspires loyalty amongst clients'. Other highly rated advisers include insurance disputes practice leader Richard Wise, together with legal director Mark Chesher, while the key managing associates are Natasha Winter , who is 'experienced, personable and efficient, gets significant results and has good connections with chambers', and Richard Levett, who is 'a thoughtful, intellectual lawyer with great litigation instincts'. The firm expanded its London corporate crime and investigations offering through the hire of specialist Michelle de Kluyver from Allen & Overy LLP.

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London: Finance

Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

Addleshaw Goddard attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge and the number of experienced associates and senior associates it has at its disposal'. The firm is best known for mid-market asset-based lending matters, though it also handles invoice and supplier financing, commodity finance, PXF transactions, supply chain finance and structured trade deals. Banking partner and practice head Mike Davison  recently acted for a syndicate of banks on a shari'ah- compliant murabaha and trade facility agreement, and advised a major international bank on a transaction involving receivables financing, inventory finance and revolving credit facilities. The firm has 'a number of excellent associates in its team', including rising star James Tarleton, who plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions, most notably borrowing base transactions and hybrid lending structures. Dispute resolution partner Michael Barnett has extensive experience in cross-border litigation arising from trade finance transactions. Banking litigator Mark Gill is also recommended.

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