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XXIV Old Buildings

Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC

24 OLD BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3UP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7691 2424
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Fax 0870 460 2178
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307 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Geneva, London

Robert Levy QC

Tel:
Work 020 7691 2424
Email:
XXIV Old Buildings (Chambers of Alan Steinfeld QC)

Position

Robert specialises in substantial commercial litigation. His cases frequently span international borders, with litigation in many jurisdictions (with associated forum challenges), often involving issues of foreign law.

In recent years he has had numerous successes in a large number of cases/applications in the Cayman Islands acting for dissenting shareholders seeking fair value in “squeeze-out” cases under s238 of the Cayman Islands’ Companies Law (notably Shanda Games).  He is engaged in numerous, possibly the majority, of cases currently being litigated under s238.

He has a great deal of experience in joint venture disputes, cases involving the enforcement of security for financial transactions/joint ventures and insolvency matters.

He regularly appears in court in offshore jurisdictions, notably in the Caribbean (with instructions coming from lay and professional clients in Russia, Hong Kong and China) and is an acknowledged expert in British Virgin Island’s company law, his evidence on this having recently been accepted, ‘without hesitation’, both at first instance and on appeal in proceedings in Guernsey. The bulk of his work is litigious and although mainly international, he maintains a substantial practice within England.

Recent examples of his work in Cayman include Re Caledonian Insurance (a Berkeley Applegate case), In the matter of Shanda Games, numerous ground-breaking interlocutory matters in s238 cases (Re Homeinns, Re Qihoo, Bona Films, Mindray). He obtained the first injunction in Cayman in aid of foreign proceedings (in Hong Kong) in the China Hospitals litigation where he acted for the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.  In the BVI he acted in  - The Estate of the Late Badri Patarkatsishvilli v ACG Ltd & Ors for a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, and successfully defended substantial claims (valued in hundreds of millions of dollars) arising out of security taken in relation to an oil terminal on the Black Sea.   He has also been involved in numerous forum challenges in the BVI, such as Bascunan v Elsaca, Re Akolyn Ltd as well as a number of joint venture cases emanating from China, Russia and the CIS. He acted in the Axiom proceedings in the Chancery Division, in which a Cayman based legal funding fund seeks substantial damages arising from alleged improprieties in the administration of its assets. 

His workload includes heavy arbitration matters (both in London and abroad).

Career

Called to Bar of British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St Vincent, Cayman (on an ad hoc basis) and the DIFC.

Member

Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association, INSOL; British Azerbaijan Lawyers Association.


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings ‘ A first-class silk. ’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings ‘ Did a splendid job and really put his back into making sure our applications went in on a sound basis. ’

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Insolvency

Within: Insolvency

XXIV Old Buildings has members dealing with all aspects of international and domestic insolvency law. Multiple members, including Alan Steinfeld QC and Edward Cumming QC, are acting in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and others v Conway & others. Stuart Adair is acting in Orexim Trading Limited v Mahavir Port and Terminal Limited, while, in Caymen Island proceedings, Robert Levy QC is acting for the liquidators in Re Caledonian Insurance.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old Buildings ‘ Particularly strong in fraud matters, where he is a fearless and effective cross-examiner. ’

Within: Offshore

'A top set for trusts matters', XXIV Old Buildings has members involved in 'elite cases'. Alan Steinfeld QC and Edward Cumming QC were successful in assisting the defendant Carlyle companies in the Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway litigation in Guernsey. Robert Levy QC  is instructed in numerous Cayman Islands section 238 cases. Also of note, the highly regarded Nicole Langlois, a former Carey Olsen partner, is a Jersey advocate.

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