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The set: South Square is a leading set of commercial law barristers who have acted in many of the most important restructuring, insolvency, banking, commercial, company and fraud-related disputes of recent times. The set is highly regarded internationally, with barristers regularly appearing in courts around the world, including in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Types of work undertaken: Restructuring and insolvency: South Square has dominated the insolvency market for many years and its near-monopoly of big-ticket cases - both domestic and cross-border – represents a continuation of this long-term trend. The administration of Lehman Brothers has generated a substantial amount of insolvency litigation, including the Lehman Waterfall I and II Applications. South Square barristers have recently appeared in major appeals to the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal, including Re Nortel, Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe), Saad, Singularis, Re Olympic Airlines SA and Re Game Station. High-value restructurings include APCOA Parking Holdings, Codere Finance and DTEK Finance. Administration applications include MF Global, Rangers FC and Phones 4U.

Banking and finance: South Square has a strong banking and finance practice, with a particular specialisation in large-scale financial disputes, derivatives, securitisations and structured finance products. Due to its insolvency and restructuring expertise, the set is uniquely positioned to deal with credit crunch litigation and advisory work. Examples of cases include Graiseley v Barclays Bank, BNY Corporate Trustee Services v Eurosail, Loreley v LBIE, Landsbanki v Heritable, Landsbanki v Rabobank and GSO Capital Partners v Barclays Bank.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: South Square barristers are involved in significant pieces of high-profile litigation in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. The set is instructed by a wide range of firms, predominantly leading City firms, in commercial matters with a financial, banking and insolvency dimension. Recent cases include Constantin Medien AG v Bernard Ecclestone, Leni Gas Oil Investments v Malta Oil Pty Ltd, BNY Mellon Corporate Services V LGB Capital and Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg) S.A.R.L. v Ramblas.

Company: South Square plays a major role in company law cases, regularly appearing in litigation arising out of shareholders' disputes, derivative proceedings and claims relating to directors' duties. High-profile cases include Smithton v Naggar, McKillen v Barclay and Jackson v Dear. The set's work often involves schemes of arrangement under the Companies Act and South Square barristers have acted in virtually all of the recent high-profile creditor schemes of arrangement.

Civil fraud: South Square handles some of the most complex commercial fraud and asset tracing litigation. Recent work in England and offshore includes acting in litigation arising from the Rangers FC, Saad, Madoff, Stanford, Chesterfield and Instant Access Properties frauds as well as litigation involving the Tchenguiz brothers and Bernie Ecclestone.

International and offshore: South Square barristers are at the forefront of insolvency, banking, company and fraud matters before the courts of all the major offshore jurisdictions. Examples of work include Saad, Singularis, Oscatello, Picard v Primeo, Primeo v HSBC, Re Dubai World, Re Thyssen, Re Marrache and Nolan v Minerva.

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