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Alistair Graham

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Alistair Graham is a partner in the London Commercial Litigation practice. He is a Solicitor Advocate and has represented clients in litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council in London as well as in arbitrations. He is also experienced in ADR techniques and is an accredited mediator. With a background in financial services disputes, Alistair has particular experience in regulatory and fraud investigations, white collar work and international asset tracing. He is sought after as speaker and adviser on compliance issues under the new Bribery Act: recent clients include those in the TMT and oil & gas sectors. Alistair has also worked on international insolvency cases as well as disputes involving contracts, negligence, breaches of trust, confidential information and warranty claims. He has coordinated and managed a number of complex cross border disputes. Alistair was seconded as Enforcement Counsel to the Financial Services Authority ("FSA"). In that role he assisted in the run-up to the introduction of the Investigative Disciplinary and Enforcement regime introduced under the 2000 Financial Services Market Act. During this time he handled a number of high profile cases on behalf of the FSA.


College of Law; Guildford University of Surrey 1985 St Edmund Hall; Oxford University, MA 1983

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Notwithstanding the departures at the end of 2017 of Mark Compton to the Bank of New York Mellon and Guy Wilkes to Mishcon de Reya LLP, Mayer Brown International LLP still maintains a 'strong financial services litigation capability', and is well-placed to resource multi-jurisidictional regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation by virtue of practitioners in key jurisdictions including Hong Kong and the US. Solicitor advocate Alistair Graham is a 'very strong commercial litigator with a wealth of knowledge in the contentious financial services field' gleaned through years of private practice in addition to a previous tenure on secondment as Enforcement Counsel to the FSA. The 'outstanding' William Glassey 'commands respect both from his own clients and opponents' as a result of the 'careful preparation and superb judgement he brings to any case'.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†advises on fraudulent misrepresentation, investigations, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes, injunctions, freezing orders, asset tracing and recovery, and seeking remedies that include provisional liquidator appointments. The firm is acting for UBS against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig in a $320m claim arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions. The key figures are Devi Shah¬†and Alistair Graham, who is ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô and has ‚Äėexcellent judgement and a wealth of experience in civil fraud‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Alistair Graham - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Mayer Brown International LLP’s Ian McDonald >acts for banks and funds, particularly in high-value disputes relating to loan structures, structured finance and derivatives, many of which have cross-jurisdictional elements. McDonald 'has great legal judgement and commercial acumen, and is a real team player who at the same time knows how to lead a team'. Other highly regarded advisers include David Allen, who has particular experience in banking and insolvency litigation, including several high-profile insolvency proceedings; Alistair Graham, noted for regulatory and fraud investigations, white-collar work and international asset tracing; and Susan Rosser, who acts in disputes involving complex financial products, regulatory investigations and enforcement as well as professional discipline, corporate investigations (including fraud and corruption), and professional negligence claims. The practice represented UBS in long-running litigation in London against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, which provides fresh and wastewater services to the City of Leipzig and surrounding area; the litigation, which went to the Supreme Court, involved claims for approximately $320m arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'clients cannot speak highly enough of its efficiency, commitment and professionalism'. Stuart Pickford, who is 'an extremely bright, personable litigator whose calm demeanour and insightful analysis are an invaluable contribution', led advice to hotelier, Chen Mei Huan, in a long-running dispute concerning the ownership of shares in a BVI holding company, which (via a Macanese subsidiary) owns the Beijing Imperial Palace Hotel in Macau; the team's role included successfully advising on an appeal to the Privy Council, which set aside a decision of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and ordered a retrial in the BVI. Ian McDonald heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London; Alistair Graham is 'one of the best commercial litigators around'; and Miles Robinson acts across a range of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, music, automotive, chemicals and outsourcing. Mark Stefanini and David Allen are also highly rated.

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