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Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP 's London office 'has very quickly established itself as a leading litigation boutique in London for banking litigation; the firm has attracted some fantastic lawyers, has almost immediately been instructed in a range of high-profile and high-value cases, and the team is very client-driven and commercial'. It has particular experience in handling complex, cross-border banking litigation matters; the practice acted for the Class A1 note holders in proceedings against Canary Wharf Finance II, as issuer, which sought to redeem a portion of the notes ahead of maturity, without making a Spens payment that allows a borrower to redeem the bond early in exchange for a make-whole payment to compensate holders for lost interest. London managing partner and banking litigation head Natasha Harrison and Fiona Huntriss 'are both aggressive but pragmatic - they are really good people to have on your side'. Harrison is also reported to be 'an absolutely outstanding partner who leaves no stone unturned in order to ensure the best result for the client', while Huntriss is 'a stellar lawyer who is immensely hard-working, has a huge amount of experience and provides excellent strategic advice'.

Leading individuals

Natasha Harrison - Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Fiona Huntriss - Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP is 'very strategic in its outlook and totally committed to achieving the best outcome'. The team regularly works alongside litigators across the firm's US offices and its recent work included representing creditors in multiple shareholder disputes and advising investors on oil and gas litigation. Examples included acting for M&G Investment Management in a case that raised important issues as to the construction of English law pre-emption rights and permissible shareholder conduct. Natasha Harrison is 'in the top drawer of litigators in the City'; Fiona Huntriss and counsel Nathalie Allen Prince are also highly regarded.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP is 'clearly a leading firm for international arbitration, with a very talented and experienced set of lawyers'. The team represented one of Russia’s most prominent businessmen in a high-profile investor-state claim against the State of Montenegro under the Russia-Montenegro bilateral investment treaty, which concerns an investment in an aluminium smelter. Dominic Roughton is 'an impressive practitioner who is experienced and has sound judgement'. Kenneth Beale is 'a quick thinker who is very experienced in handling complex high-value arbitrations'. Also recommended are Will Hooker, counsel Nathalie Allen Prince, who  is 'very smart and hardworking', and associate David Hunt, who is'a very competent lawyer who is attentive to detail'.

Next generation lawyers

Nathalie Allen Prince - Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

In addition to investor-state claims and sanctions, Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP advises routinely in relation to the Law of the Sea, maritime and land-based boundary disputes, state succession and state responsibility, and human rights; and a large number of its disputes arise from natural resources' interests. The team acted for one of Russia's most prominent businessmen, Oleg Deripaska (OD), in a high-profile investor-state claim against the State of Montenegro under the Russia-Montenegro bilateral investment treaty; the dispute concerned OD's investment in a Montenegrin aluminium smelter.Practice head Dominic Roughton is 'knowledgable and dependable' and Kenneth Beale is an investor-state expert.

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