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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

White & Case LLP’s finance litigation team handles a broad range of contentious areas, including court proceedings (in the UK and elsewhere), regulatory investigations, internal investigations, pre-action dispute advice, and questions on contentious or potentially contentious matters. The practice acted for Deutsche Bank in its response to investigations by multiple regulators, which arose from suspicious trading on its Moscow equities desk; the issues in the case included anti-money laundering controls, Know Your Client checks, sanctions, banking secrecy and data privacy. John Reynolds is London head of commercial litigation and co-head of the global financial institutions practice; and Charles Balmain is the EMEA regional section head for commercial litigation and white collar. Other names to note are London white-collar crime team head Jonathan Pickworth, Amanda Cowell, Rory Hishon and Joanna Dimmock. Key growth included hiring Hannah Field-Lowes, formerly co-head of disputes at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP’s London office, and promoting Paddy Patrick to counsel.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

White & Case LLP 'understands what issues to dispute, with an eye on strategic outcomes that benefit clients' cases'. The practice, which recently hired Hannah Field-Lowes, previously co-head of disputes at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, has a long history of representing clients on their highest-value, cross-border disputes. It defended the Oi Group, one of Brazil’s leading telecoms operators, against multiple bondholder claims, co-ordinated by a New York-based vulture fund; this has involved litigation in the Netherlands, Brazil, the US, UK, and the Cayman Islands. John Reynolds is London commercial litigation head; Charles Balmain is EMEA commercial litigation and white-collar section head; Mark Clarke is 'a class act'; and Rory Hishon 'goes above and beyond in both his work ethic and commitment'. Amanda Cowell was made partner and Paddy Patrick was promoted to counsel.

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Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

White & Case LLP's competition litigation practice encompasses defending follow-on damages claims and appeals against EU and UK regulatory decisions. The group is based in the competition department, but draws heavily on the firm's exceptional disputes litigation team. Marc Israel, who joined from Macfarlanes LLP in 2017, heads the competition litigation team and divides his time between London and Brussels, with a focus on multi-jurisdictional matters. Mark Powell leads on EMEA competition matters, and has expertise in competition law as it relates to telecommunications. Charles Balmain continues to act for NTN in defence of follow-on damages claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and other threatened proceedings in the UK and other jurisdictions arising out of the European Commission decision on the automotive bearing cartel. Jacquelyn MacLennan represented Toshiba in an appeal to the European General Court against a Commission decision to fine the client for participating in a global cartel in cathode ray tubes. James Killick is another key contact.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The 'personable' lawyers at White & Case LLP 'are extremely capable, react quickly and have a deep understanding of the commercial drivers of a transaction'. A team led by Rebecca Campbell and corporate specialist Allan Taylor recently acted for Pallinghurst in its £211m hostile takeover offer for Gemfields, and Peter Finlay - who 'gets to the heart of a problem very quickly' - advised a group of lenders on the multi-million dollar financing of the Sangaredi bauxite mine expansion in the Republic of Guinea. Contentious highlights include Charles Balmain 's counsel to a global mine company with regards to a tax indemnity claim under its SPA for the purchase of a copper project in South America. Also notable is the IPO of Russian energy group EN+ which was complicated by sanctions imposed on a number of entities and individuals involved.

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