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London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

White & Case LLP fields a ‘high calibre‘ team which acts for financial institutions, companies, states and individuals on the claimant and defendant side. Besides its high involvement in cross-border civil fraud disputes, it also regularly supports clients in bringing and defending applications for interim relief, including freezing orders, other orders relating to asset recovery and disclosure, and court orders in support of arbitration proceedings. John Rogerson is sought out by corporates from emerging markets and EMEA-based financial institutions; he is the key UK civil fraud contact, while Mark Clarke leads the wider commercial litigation group. Charles Balmain is ‘very considered and logical‘.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

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White & Case LLP ensures ‘that the client understands not only the legal but the commercial aspects of a transaction’. Fielding a team of practitioners who offer in-depth knowledge of the global energy industry and the regulatory environment, the team is well placed to handle both transactional matters and disputes. Philip Stopford and Mark Clarke co-head the practice; Stopford has over 40 years’ experience in high-profile oil and gas deals; and Clarke handles disputes, with a focus on large international commercial arbitrations. David Baker is a name for upstream transactions, while Jason Kerr handles international project finance mandates, and has particular experience of emerging markets. Katie Hicks joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2021 and George Kazakov joined from an in-house role at Morgan Stangley in August 2021; the team was further bolstered by the arrival of David Lewis from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022. Tom Bartlett left for Latham & Watkins in August 2021.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

The London litigation team forms a key part of White & Case LLP‘s global disputes offering, and spans private and public company litigation, with cases ranging from shareholder and M&A disputes through to contentious corporate and sovereign debt restructurings. Mark Clarke – who also co-chairs the firm’s global energy industry group – has recently been appointed team lead. Other noteworthy names include Charles Balmain, who has demonstrable cross-border expertise; Jenna Rennie, who brings her experience as co-head of the London technology disputes group to bear on her work; and highly regarded litigator Lawson Caisley, whose arrival from Allen & Overy LLP in October 2021 strengthened the capabilities and bench strength of the department further.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

One of the best law firms around for international arbitration’, White & Case LLP‘s experience includes high volumes of heavyweight investor-state arbitrations, as well as mega infrastructure project-related disputes. The UK international arbitration practice is co-led by Aloke Ray KC, whose ‘advocacy takes on a whole new level’; and engineering and construction industry expert Phillip Capper. Within the department, David Goldberg co-heads the London investment arbitration practice, alongside Andrea Menaker; Edward Attenborough‘s experience includes energy, financial services and defence-related disputes; Paul Brumpton acts for both sovereign and corporate clients; Mark Clarke is energy disputes head; Clare Connellan is regularly involved in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and CRCICA rules; and Dipen Sabharwal KC is one of the youngest solicitor advocates to take silk. Other experienced partners include Robert WhealJulia Zagonek and Stephanie Stocker, while Tessa Crosby and Emiko Singh are experienced senior associates.