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Clifford Chance LLP

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Simon Davis

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Clifford Chance

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Litigation&Dispute Resolution




Magdalen College, Oxford (MA) 1977

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Able to handle a large volume of high-end litigation, Clifford Chance LLP¬†is 'a¬†first-rate banking litigation firm handling complex banking litigation on behalf of a wide range of financial institutions'. It¬†acts in some of the most high-profile banking disputes and investigations both within the UK and globally. The team‚Äôs workload spans a range of complex financial products, derivative transactions and aircraft financing as well as industry-wide issues such as Libor rate setting, Forex manipulation, the credit default swaps (CDS) market, and the Panama Papers; the firm also has in-house forensic accounting capability. Kelwin Nicholls¬†who is 'a¬†very talented, unflappable lawyer who provides superb advice on highly complex matters', Ian Moulding¬†and Helen Carty¬†co-lead the firm‚Äôs London-based banking litigation team; in a high-value case involving the duties and role of an arranger in an Islamic financing transaction, Nicholls and Michael Lyons¬†defended BNP Paribas against two parallel proceedings filed in the Commercial Court, surrounding a landmark $650m Islamic finance bond involving the Saudi conglomerate, Saad Trading, Contracting and Financial Services Company; and Carty defended Deutsche Bank (DB) against a claim for over ‚ā¨800m brought by Vestia, one of the largest Dutch housing associations, in relation to derivatives transactions it entered into with DB. Former global head of litigation Jeremy Sandelson, who is 'a superb client-handler, a highly sophisticated tactician and a delightful team leader'¬†stepped down from the role and was replaced by Matthew Newick; and¬†Christopher Yates¬†has a particular speciality in finance disputes with a cross-border element involving investments in developing economies. Other key advisers include¬† Julian Acratopulo, who is 'clever, sophisticated, charming and utterly committed to the client',¬†Simon Davis, Roger Best¬†and Jeremy Kosky¬†, together with¬†Matthew Scully¬† and¬†Roger Leese. The key senior associates are Lindsay Bickerton¬† and Kate Scott.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Davis - Clifford Chance LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

According to some, Clifford Chance LLP has 'perhaps the finest commercial litigation department in the City; there is no dispute, however large and complex, that the firm does not handle superbly'. In a high-profile, high-value dispute involving litigation and investigations on both sides of the Atlantic, the team defended Autonomy founder, Dr Mike Lynch (ML), against allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard, which acquired ML's software company in 2011 for $11bn; and in a recent landmark Supreme Court decision on contractual penalty clauses, it represented Talal El Makdessi in his battle against a WPP subsidiary, which was particularly significant as it was the first time the UK Supreme Court (and its predecessor) has considered the penalties' doctrine in over 100 years. Jeremy Sandelson is 'a superb client handler, a highly sophisticated tactician, a delightful team leader, and outstanding when the possibility of losing cannot be entertained'. Philip Hill is 'the smartest litigation solicitor in the UK; he knows the best route to victory'. Maxine Mossman is 'an up-and-coming superstar of the UK’s top-end commercial litigation world'; and Julian Acratopulo 'regularly handles the biggest cases around'. Other widely respected advisers include Simon Davis, Helen Carty and Christopher Yates, along with Roger Leese, Jeremy Kosky, Kelwin Nicholls, Matthew Scully and Roger Best, while James Cranston is 'an outstanding senior associate' and Guy Burkitt is 'as good an associate as clients could want'.  Iain Roxborough left for Keystone Law.

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