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Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP
5 ALDERMANBURY SQUARE
LONDON
EC2V 7HR
England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

The commercial and corporate disputes expertise of Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP covers fraud claims, contract disputes, white-collar crime, competition, and construction and property disputes. Neil Dooley assists with cross-border fraud claims; Jonathan Raynes is a complex disputes expert; Angus Rodgerhas excellent instincts for a winning point‘; and Ivan Gordienko is a cryptocurrency expert. ‘Brilliant and hands-on‘ partner Leigh Mallon is a 2021 hire from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and within the firm’s associate pool, Alex Green focuses on disputes involving clients from Central and Eastern Europe, while Natalia Gofman regularly works alongside Dooley on major commercial cases.

Practice head(s):

Neil Dooley

Testimonials

‘The team at Steptoe is a pleasure to work with – super efficient and creative. The lawyers identify their clients’ strategic objectives, and then set about devising tactics to meet them, rather than litigating through the same-old worn strategies that others deploy as a reflex.’

‘Angus Rodger, in particular, is great. He has excellent instincts for a winning point, and sees what really matters in the case much more readily than most.’

‘Angus Rodger is a very capable and knowledgeable lawyer, who is able to express himself in a user-friendly way.’

‘Leigh Mallon is absolutely top tier. He is a brilliant and hands-on litigator, who combines impressive legal expertise with strategic thinking – everything a client could wish for. He certainly is one of the best litigators I have worked with.’

‘Leigh Mallon – smart and hardworking’

‘Leigh Mallon is excellent. His attention to detail is extraordinary, combined with an ability to see the larger picture.’

‘We have worked with fantastic lawyers within Steptoe & Johnson, including Ivan Gordienko, who is an exceptional lawyer and partner leading a great team.

Associate Alex Green is a rising star in the sector.’

Key clients

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Tokai Rika Co

Cigna Insurance Services (Europe)

Thompson Crosby Co

KX Gym UK

O’Keefe Construction Greenwich

Work highlights

  • Defending car carrier Nippon Yusen Kabaushiki Kaisha in a £115m class action, filed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal on behalf of tens of millions of purchasers of vehicles.
  • Defending Cigna against a £50m High Court claim, which concerns liability for PPI insurance.
  • Defending Magomed Bilalov against a Commercial Court claim that seeks damages under a purported contract, which relates to the Sochi Olympic construction.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s London team routinely represents states and investors in PIL-governed arbitrations; and its expertise covers state-state disputes, state immunity laws in the UK and abroad, and anti-corruption laws and economic sanctions. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African States; and Christophe Bondy has longstanding investment treaty arbitration experience. Promoted to partner in January 2022, Thomas Innes consistently acts in investor-state arbitrations; while masterful lawyer Juliya Arbisman is a 2021 recruit from Diamond McCarthy LLP for the London and New York offices. Associate Alexandre Genest also focuses on PIL work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coleman

Testimonials

‘Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has a strong following in the market and benefits from great global coverage.’

‘The lawyers always do their utmost to secure a win for their clients. Overall they provide a very good service to clients, which is second to none.’

‘One of the key features of the firm is its ease and consummate ability in handling extremely difficult cases in challenging jurisdictions. You couldn’t want a better team – and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to clients when the opportunity arises.’

‘The firm’s public international practice within their arbitration practice is top-notch. They are immense experts in this areas.’

‘Thomas Innes and Mathew Coleman are top experts in this field. Their knowledge is not only theoretical, but very practical and adapted to the case and the particular client, and (very importantly) very comprehensible to the tribunals.’

‘Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has a very strong practice in this area with the recruitment of Juliya Arbisman, who is excellent.’

‘Juliya Arbisman is a masterful lawyer with a wealth of experience in this area. She is at the top of her game – and possesses an unrivalled depth of experience, insight and skills. She provides game-changing advice on key points.’

‘Juliya Arbisman has a great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients, and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love her. She is a tireless champion of a client’s case and she gives her all for the client.’

Key clients

The European Union

Sunlodges

The Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family

Republic of Armenia

West African Aquaculture

Koch Supply & Trading

Koch Industries

Neustar

Alpene

Work highlights

  • Serving as external counsel to the European Union in the Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a large-value pipeline.
  • Served as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in relation to an investment dispute with Tanzania, arising from breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Serves as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP has ‘considerable experience of major fraud litigation, in particular freezing orders‘. The team is regularly instructed by international clients, particularly on cases with Russian/CIS elements. Team leader Neil Dooley is well versed in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and property industries, and Ivan Gordienko puts a particular emphasis on cryptocurrency mandates.

Practice head(s):

Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Gordienko; Natalia Gofman

Testimonials

‘Extremely commercial, fantastic value for money.’

‘Its reliable and solid practice is always available to assist around the clock. This exceptional group of lawyers are clearly experts in commercial litigation and our work on various multi-jurisdictional projects was fruitful and effective on both ends.’

‘Neil Dooley is a star litigator with a wealth of experience in the Commercial Court and impeccable judgment.’

‘The quality of all the individual lawyers at both partner and associate level is outstanding. They are experts at winning truly challenging cases. They also have a good number of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers at all levels which makes them easily one of the leading firms for disputes relating to those and other former Soviet countries.’

‘Responsive, fast and strategic thinking. Always on top of the details and facts. Easily accessible at any time.’

‘The team has considerable experience of major fraud litigation including in particular freezing orders.’

‘Natalia Gofman is well known for her CIS work. Extremely responsive and has an impeccable work ethic. Highly recommended.’

‘Ivan Gordienko is a truly sophisticated litigator. He really understands the psychology of litigants and has the right tactical moves even in the tightest situations.’

Key clients

National Bank Trust

Hytera

Valla PTC Limited (acting as Trustee of the Westline Trust)

Work highlights

  • Advising National Bank Trust on English procedural law issues in relation to the Mints Family, Russian oligarchs who moved to England after the collapse of their O1 Group.
  • Represented an individual in the post-judgment phase of proceedings brought against him by his mother arising out of his parents’ divorce.
  • Representing ALINA R MOISE, UMUT UTKAN AND THOMPSON CROSBY & CO. LIMITED in proceedings brought against clients by London Partners Capital Management LLP.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

An integral part of its global dispute resolution group, Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s ‘world-class‘ practice brings together expertise in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, public international law, award enforcement, and cross-border litigation. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African states; Neil Dooley litigates fraud claims in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and property sectors; Christophe Bondy is an investment treaty arbitration expert; and Angus Rodger appears in international commercial arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coleman; Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Bondy; Angus Rodger; Leigh Mallon; Juliya Arbisman; Ivan Gordienko; Thomas Innes; Natalia Gofman; Alexandre Genest

Testimonials

‘For international and cross-border arbitration, Steptoe is world-class – a stellar and leading practice in this area, with an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals who provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point.’

‘Neil Dooley is the star of the team. Highly recommended – has an unerring instinct for good and bad points, runs a tight but effective team, and is super-efficient in all he does.’

Matthew Coleman is an experienced and wise arbitration expert, who has a strategic approach – leads the team with ease and precision.

‘Christophe Bondy – logical mind, tenacious, thorough, total dedication, good communication, and keeps clients well informed.’

‘Leigh Mallon is exceptional. His attention to detail while still thinking strategically for the client is impressive.’

‘Juliya Arbisman is a world-class player in the field of international law and international arbitration. She strives to understand the client and the client’s needs, and has an exceptional commercial understanding and appreciation of the bigger picture.’

‘Thomas Innes is a young arbitration star – excellent oral and writing skills, impeccable approach to examining witnesses and experts, and an incredible legal brain.

Natalia Gofman is a hardworking associate, with exceptional attention to detail. Although not partner yet, she has a partner-level approach to solving issues.’

Key clients

The European Union

Sunlodges

The Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family

Republic of Armenia

West African Aquaculture

Koch Supply & Trading

Koch Industries

Neustar

Work highlights

  • Serving as external counsel to the European Union in a Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim under the Energy Charter Treaty, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a mega-value pipeline.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in respect of an investment dispute with Tanzania, which arose from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Serving as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Praised for its 'second to none' service, US firm Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP handles a wide range of development projects, from logistics and industrial, mixed-use and alternative residential schemes to data centres, hotels, leisure and residential projects. The team also has demonstrable experience in investment transactions, including acquisitions and disposals in the office and technology sectors, as well as landlord management work. Matthew Farmer leads the team and advises on a variety of joint venture structures, while ‘invaluableSimon Collis focuses on resort and leisure development projects and Sam Kelly is 'exceptional at closing transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Client focused. Provide commercial and detailed legal advice’

‘Simon Collis’ approach is invaluable to us as a growing business.’

‘The property team at Steptoes is very partner-focused and as a result, provides clients with a service that we have found to be second to none.’

‘Sam Kelly offers commercial and legal advice.’

‘Simon Collis is great at articulating important issues with clarity and efficiency. He has been extremely helpful in identifying and explaining critical issues.’

‘Our lead partner, Sam Kelly, is very commercial, provides solid legal advice and is exceptional at closing transactions.’

Key clients

Equinix, Inc.

Yoo Capital Limited

Avara Foods Limited

Faccenda Investments Limited

Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

Howes Lane Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited

Lifestory Group Limited

Banbury Road Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited

Lancelot Developments Limited

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Equinix on the renewal of further leases at their Slough Trading Estate, Matrix Park, and Manchester Science Park mature data centre sites.
  • Acting for Yoo Capital’s SPV, Coln Park LLP, in relation to the residential development and sale of luxury houses at a scheme called ‘Lakes by Yoo’ in the Cotswolds.
  • Acting for Faccenda Foods since its merger with Cargill subsidiary, and the subsequent joint venture of Avara Foods.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

With experience of complex financial crime proceedings brought by UK and US agencies, the team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is noted for its representation of individuals facing SFO and FCA investigations, as well as prosecutions brought by authorities such as the US DOJ and SEC, working in close collaboration with cross-border teams in the US and globally. Areas of expertise for the firm include bribery and corruption allegations, complex financial fraud such as trade manipulation, and pharmaceutical advertising fraud, which is a particular specialty of practice head John Rupp. The ‘hugely committedZoe Osborne remains a key name for internal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, offering strong in-house financial services contentious regulatory and compliance expertise and broad crisis management capabilities.

Practice head(s):

John Rupp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Zoe Osborne is hugely committed to her cases and her clients. She is also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Phenomenal depth and experience in the US which informs increasingly complex and international UK cases.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a wide range of individuals on Serious Fraud Office investigations, including in High Court trials.
  • Representing high-profile individuals in complex international criminal investigations of allegations of bribery and corruption.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

With strong global expertise thanks to its global platform, the team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP advises an international client base on domestic and cross-border financial crime investigations, both regulatory and internal, as well as defending clients before enforcement bodies including the US DOJ, SEC, SFO, and FCA. Specialised expertise includes bribery, corruption, sanctions, and terrorist financing, with notable recent work in the cryptocurrency space as it relates to financial crime. Practice head John Rupp  focuses on FCPA and Bribery Act compliance advice and internal investigations, regularly interacting with global law enforcement bodies, while Zoe Osborne remains a key name for cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory investigations, including some of the few ongoing SFO investigations into businesses. Leigh Mallon combines litigation expertise with work on special investigations and internal compliance policy audits, and has worked in both the UK and London.

Practice head(s):

John Rupp

Other key lawyers:

Real estate > Environment

The team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is led by Simon Tilling and stands out for its expertise on governmental and regulatory matters in the fields of climate change law and product and chemicals regulation.

United States > International Trade > International trade

'One of the most resourceful teams of trade experts', Steptoe & Johnson LLP secures rave reviews for its 'deep bench' and 'deep expertise on key international trade subjects'. The firm's representation of both domestic and foreign industry is also recurring theme among sources, with its ability to 'see both perspectives objectively' considered a significant advantage when advising on sensitive trade disputes. Eric Emerson chairs the international trade and investment group and has a focus on trade remedies and trade policy matters; he recently represented Brazilian lumber processing and manufacturing companies Braspine and Braslumber, as well as lumber industry association ABIMCI, in the antidumping investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil. Thomas Trendl and Susan Esserman are also noted for trade policy issues. Meredith Rathbone maintains a broad trade practice and co-chairs the international trade and regulatory group as well as the export controls and economic sanctions department. Matthew Yeo, highlighted as a 'great strategist', specializes in representing both sovereign and non-sovereign clients in World Trade Organization (WTO) matters. The group also benefits from an impressive band of up-and-coming trade specialists including Amy Lentz, who leverages 'deep experience in planning and executing successful plans with clients', sanctions expert Dave Stetson, who joined in New York from Goldman Sachs in 2021, and of counsel Peter Jeydel. Mark Moran recently retired, while Brian Egan left to join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Testimonials

‘Steptoe’s trade practice is the best, or one of two best, in the key parts of international trade law. It has been involved in deeply practical ways in international dispute settlement and litigation in key areas of challenges to domestic regulation, trade remedies, export controls, financial sanctions, and trade agreement negotiations.’

‘They have one of the most resourceful teams of trade experts among all the law firms that I’ve worked with. It means that you can expect to have quality work within reasonably tight schedule. They have elite lawyers and experts as well. I think they also have good work ethic.’

‘There is deep expertise across the team on key international trade subjects – e.g., expert controls, sanctions, investigations, etc. There also is a deep bench. They are very responsive and friendly.’

‘Steptoe more than any other trade practice has represented clients from both domestic producers and foreign exporters, and companies that do both. That is a major advantage, being being able to see both perspectives objectively.’

‘Meredith Rathbone is very user friendly and always ready to pick up the phone to walk through complex or sensitive issues.’

‘I work primarily with Mr Matthew Yeo, who is highly experienced trade lawyer. He is also very client-oriented. Great strategist as well.’

Thomas Trendl won two of the most ‘against the odds’ victories at the US International Trade Commission in the last four years, while building cases for appeals if they were needed, and has more than 30 years case experience. Amy Lentz has built a similar deep experience in planning and executing successful plans with clients.’

‘Dave Stetson’s background at the US Treasury Department and within the financial sector makes him very well placed to provide advice in his area. There are few lawyers practicing who can offer his combination of exceptional understanding of the relevant regulatory framework with practical experience and knowledge of the workings international finance.’ 

Key clients

Braspine, Braslumber, and ABIMCI

Tata Steel

British Columbia Lumber Trade Council

Subsecretaria de Relaciones Economicas Internacionales

Otani Thailand, Federal Tires of Taiwan, Kenda Taiwan, Kenda Vietnam, American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co, and various US Importers

American Beverage Association

Coalition of Companies (Zulily; Wish; XB Fulfillment)

Centrus Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Brazilian lumber processing and manufacturing companies Braspine and Braslumber, as well as lumber industry association ABIMCI, in the antidumping investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil.
  • Represented the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in a long-running dispute concerning imports of lumber from Canada, constituting one of the largest countervailing duty cases ever litigated.
  • Advised Centrus Energy Corp on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, in matters involving imports of uranium products from the Russian Federation and Western Europe.

The firm: Steptoe’s lawyers in the London office provide clients around the world with a range of legal services to achieve their most important business objectives in an increasingly complex and challenging world. We have  built a strong reputation for providing top-quality regulatory, contentious, and transactional advice.

Areas of practice: Lawyers in Steptoe’s London office provide advice in several practice areas, including:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Construction
  • Commercial real estate
  • Corporate/M&A/private equity
  • Export control
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Sanctions
  • Trade
  • White-collar crime

Firm offices
USA: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC
Europe: Brussels, London
Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Matthew Farmermfarmer@steptoe.com
Commercial property Matthew Farmermfarmer@steptoe.com
Construction/International dispute resolution Jonathan Raynesjraynes@steptoe.com
Corporate/commercial Michael Thompsonmthompson@steptoe.com
International regulation and compliance John Ruppjrupp@steptoe.com
Insurance and reinsurance/International dispute resolution Angus Rodgerarodger@steptoe.com
International Arbitration Matthew Colemanmcoleman@steptoe.com
White Collar Crime Zoe Osobrnezosborne@steptoe.com
Internationa Arbitration/International Trade Christophe Bondycbondy@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Leigh Mallonlmallon@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Ivan Gordienkoigordienko@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Neil Dooleyndooley@steptoe.com
Commercial property Sam Kellyskelly@steptoe.com
International regulation and compliance Alexandra Meliaamelia@steptoe.com
International Arbitration Juliya Arbismanjarbisman@steptoe.com
Commercial property Simon Collisscollis@steptoe.com
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Juliya Arbisman photo Juliya ArbismanPartner Juliya Arbisman has a broad international law practice with a focus…
Christophe Bondy photo Christophe BondyPartner Christophe Bondy has more than 20 years of experience as an…
Matthew Coleman photo Matthew ColemanPartner, Chair of Steptoe’s Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice. Matthew Coleman specializes in international…
Simon Collis photo Simon CollisPartner Simon Collis advises on all aspects of commercial real estate for…
Neil Dooley photo Neil DooleyPartner Neil Dooley represents clients on complex cross-border fraud claims, most notably…
Matthew Farmer photo Matthew FarmerPartner, London Office Managing PartnerMatthew has extensive experience in a broad range…
Ivan Gordienko photo Ivan GordienkoPartner Ivan Gordienko has particular knowledge of commercial litigation and arbitration, specifically…
Thomas Innes photo Thomas InnesPartner  Thomas advises and conducts advocacy on a wide range of international…
Sam Kelly photo Sam KellyPartner Sam Kelly advises on all aspects of commercial property with particular…
Leigh Mallon photo Leigh MallonPartner Leigh Mallon represents leading corporate clients and institutions in high-value, complex…
Alexandra Melia photo Alexandra MeliaPartner Alex Melia’s practice focuses on international financial crime compliance, investigations and…
Zoe Osborne photo Zoe OsbornePartner Zoe Osborne’s practice focuses on cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory…
Farzana Rao photo Farzana RaoPartner Rao focuses her practice on all aspects of cross border and…
Jonathan Raynes photo Jonathan RaynesPartner Jonathan Raynes has practiced for more than 20 years in resolving…
Angus Rodger photo Angus RodgerPartner International Commercial Dispute Resolution A solicitor advocate, Angus exercises advocacy rights…
John Rupp photo John RuppPartner John Rupp’s practice focuses on providing FCPA & UK Bribery Act…
Michael Thompson photo Michael ThompsonPartner Michael Thompson focuses on transactions involving M&A, joint ventures, private equity,…
Simon Tilling photo Simon TillingPartner  Simon Tilling advises clients on UK and EU environmental law, chemicals…
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