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Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory.


Jean-Pierre is international group head for Litigation and Regulatory.. He has extensive experience in complex cross-border disputes. JP has litigated and arbitrated in upwards of 30 countries and has particular expertise in financial services, energy and natural resources, contentious M&A, fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory disputes. The Legal 500 recommends JP for commercial litigation, banking litigation and international arbitration. He is described as a 'majestic, almost frightening' litigator and as 'a superb solicitor for high-value, complicated cases' who is noted for his 'judgement and eye for detail', having 'excellent strategic qualities'.


Trained Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, Melbourne; qualified 1991; lawyer, Slaughter and May, London, UK; lawyer and partner, Dorsey and Whitney MNP, London, UK; partner, Lawrence Graham LLP, London, UK; partner and London location lead, litigation and regulatory, DLA Piper UK LLP, London, UK. Publications of note: Letter from America: Internal investigations, 12 Mar 2015; Banking and Finance Litigation update - Issue 82, 22 Jan 2015; Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q3 2014, 3 Nov 2014; Cross-border derivatives disputes: ISDA Arbitration Guide 2013 model clauses offer more certainty, 20 Dec 2013.


Law Society of England and Wales; London Solicitors' Litigation Association; International Bar Association.


Kalamunda Senior High School; University of Tasmania, Australia (1990 Bachelor of Laws with Honours (1st class)); Solcitors' Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) Qualification (2006); Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Test, UK (2002).


Cookery, wine; jazz; fly-fishing; shooting. Clubs: Lowtonian Society; Lawyers Fishing Club.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

DLA Piper¬†has ‚Äėhuge strength in depth‚Äô. The practice handles cross-border litigation and arbitration and specialises in fraud and asset tracing, and banking and funds litigation. The firm acted for Simetra Global Assets in a multi-jurisdictional case against a London-based FCA Defendant and a Belize-based brokerage firm with regards to the misappropriation of $70m on an FX trading platform. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant at keeping a strategic handle on a case‚Äô and has ‚Äėhuge experience of cross-jurisdictional work‚Äô. Jeremy Andrews¬†is ‚Äėa smooth operator who beguiles opponents but has a razor-sharp legal brain‚Äô. Jamie Curle¬†is ‚Äėfearless and combines great strategic judgment with a detailed grasp of the underlying facts of a case‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry - DLA Piper

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

DLA Piper's 'lawyers are very good indeed, do not hesitate to add real value in terms of legal analysis and strategy, and are always straightforward to deal with'. Others praise 'the excellent supervision over the up-and-coming associates, giving strength in depth'.¬†The practice is highly rated for handling complex and high-stakes domestic and cross-border mandates in the financial services sector. Domestically, the practice recently secured key victories for its clients in strategically significant and bet-the-bank matters before the English courts; and in international matters, it was particularly active in bank fraud matters, where assets have been misappropriated and moved between financial institutions in multiple foreign jurisdictions. In one of the largest and most publicly-sensitive cases to emerge from the 2011 Cypriot banking crisis, the team acted for Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration) in its actions to recover losses of up to ‚ā¨3.5bn, arising from allegedly fraudulent transactions. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry¬†was promoted to international head litigation and regulatory group head in 2017; the UK co-head of litigation and arbitration is¬†Jeremy Andrews;¬†Jamie Curle¬†'has strong legal knowledge, an astute tactical sense and good team management, and is invariably polite, calm and a pleasure to work with'; and ¬†Paul Smith¬†is 'immensely experienced and knowledgeable in interest-rate swap mis-selling cases and so able to give genuinely valuable insights to counsel'.¬†Tony Katz¬†and¬†James Carter¬† are also widely respected.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry - DLA Piper

Within: Commercial litigation

'Able to put together a team of lawyers for any case of any size', DLA Piper 'has really excellent lawyers'. The practice is frequently instructed on high value, complex cross-border commercial litigation matters, which often give rise to jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws. It advised the Special Administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co in its actions to recover high-value losses, arising from allegedly fraudulent transactions entered into by Andreas Vgenopoulos and other former management of the bank and related entities. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, who is 'fearless and uttely determined to achieve the best result', is global co-litigation  and regulatory chair; Jeremy Andrews, who is 'calm, unruffled and highly intelligent' is co-head of litigation and arbitration; James Carter 'has a good sense of what will work'; and  Jamie Curle is 'responsive, knowledgeable and honest'. Other recommended practitioners include Stephen Sly, Janet Legrand, Richard McGrane, Paul Smith, Sarah Smith and recently promoted partner Edward Shaw.

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