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Sharif Shivji QC
Formerly a derivatives trader in London and Hong-Kong, now Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial law with a focus on banking, financial services, company, insolvency, and civil fraud litigation. Sharif is also a leading barrister offshore, especially in the DIFC where he has acted in many of the jurisdiction’s most significant cases (both in the Court of Appeal and at First Instance) and the BVI (in particular before the East Caribbean Court of Appeal). He has in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and corporate finance (in particular, financial and commodity futures, options and complex derivatives). Notable cases include: Mozambique v Credit Suisse International  EWHC 1709 (Comm) (on-going, fraud claim for US$2 billion), Autonomy v Lynch (on-going following 10 month trial in ChD, fraud claim for US$5 billion), Akhmedova v Akhmedov  DIFC CFI 011, CA-003-2018 (DIFC CFI and Court of Appeal, acting for the owner of a super yacht), Akers v Stanford (BVI Court of Appeal, insolvency dispute following collapse of Kaupthing), Wentworth v Lehman  EWHC 3158 (Chancery Division, dispute over the admission of a US$700 million claim in Lehman estate), Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund v Karver (BVI Court of Appeal, forum non conveniens dispute over equitable tracing claim), Standard and Poors v ApoBank and RBS (Commercial Court, litigation relating to the liability of rating agencies), Chesterfield and others v Deutsche Bank and others (ChD, litigation relating to the sale of €500 million of credit products referenced to Kaupthing hf), Plaza v Law Debenture Trust  EWCA 43 (ChD, liability of a bond trustee), Al-Khorafi v Bank Sarasin  (DIFC CFI and Court of Appeal, mis-selling of US$200 million of structured products), Euroption Strategic Fund v SEB  1 BCLC 125 (Commercial Court, liability of a broker in executing a portfolio close out for a client), Relational v Hodges  EWCA Civ 774 (Court of Appeal, security for costs), Carey v AIB Bank (UK) Plc  EWHC 567 (ChD, transfer of loans to NAMA), Renaissance Capital v ENRC  (QBD, corporate finance dispute), Agrimarche  BCC 775 (ChD, liquidation of a commodity dealer), Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (2009) (ChD, trust claims in Lehman’s estate), Geniki Investments International Limited v Ellis Stockbrokers  EWHC 549 (QBD, dispute over trading losses), Secretary of State v Jonkler  1 WLR 3433 (ChD, company law, disqualification undertakings), Viking Cereals (2006) (ChD, commodity trading), Daraydan v Solland International  Ch 119 (ChD, civil fraud), Giles v Rhind  Ch 618 (Court of Appeal, company law, reflective loss principle).
Economics graduate from the LSE, worked as a research assistant to a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee before becoming a derivatives trader (London and Hong Kong 1997 to 1999). Diploma in Law 2000. Bar Vocational Course 2001 (Lincoln’s Inn Major Scholarship). Called to the Bar in 2001. MA in law (equitable tracing) 2003. Pupillage 2001/2002 (Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Scholarship). Member of 4 Stone Buildings since 2002.
Member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel 2010 to 2015.
Trustee of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit). Former Chairman of the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme (PILARS).
Chambers and Partners’ Chancery Junior of the Year Nominee 2014.
Chambers and Partners’ Company and Insolvency Junior of the Year 2016.
Chambers and Partners’ Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year 2018.
Legal 500 Insolvency Junior of the Year 2020.
COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association. Called to the Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and the British Virgin Islands.
Winchester College; London School of Economics (1997 BSc Economics); City University (2000 CPE/Diploma in Law; 2003 MA Law).
Lawyer Rankings(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
4 Stone Buildings has long had a firm foothold in the banking litigation market. Related insolvency disputes feature high on the agenda, as do broader finance claims, not only in the UK, but also the Middle East and various offshore jurisdictions. Notable examples include Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen, in which multiple members were involved, including Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC (who took silk in 2020) and Alastair Tomson. Another highlight was Singularis Holdings v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in which Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew de Mestre QC successfully represented the claimant before the Supreme Court.
4 Stone Buildings has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in financial services regulatory law. Members regularly represent clients before the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal. Charles Marquand is especially strong on the advisory side, providing strong support to clients in the public and private sectors. On the contentious side, Jonathan Crow QC has been involved in several offshore-related regulatory cases. Sharif Shivji QC, who recently took silk, John Brisby QC, and Alastair Tomson also all have noteworthy track records in this area.
Insolvency and reconstruction work is a core focus for 4 Stone Buildings, which is noted by clients as ‘a solid set of chambers with an excellent choice of barristers.’ Juniors here benefit from experience on the attorney general’s panels, while also drawing on significant expertise in company law. Jonathan Crow QC and Robert Miles QC maintain solid practices, the former having acted in the appeal Re Core VCT Plc, a case involving the liquidation of a venture capital trust, and the latter in Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited, where he successfully acted for the Cayman Islands-based claimant in a liquidation. New 2020 silk Sharif Shivji QC has a growing reputation for insolvency work, continuing to act for the liquidators in the long-running Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank AG.
4 Stone Buildings is ‘a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.’ Members are well-versed n the spectrum of matters, including M&A, corporate finance, redutions and reorganisations, as well as directors’ duties and shareholders’ rights issues. Jonathan Crow QC continues to go from strength to strength, and is instructed by the claimant in Maso Capital Investments Ltd v Shanda Games Ltd, a Privy Council test case concerning the valuation of shares under the Cayman Islands appraisal legislation. John Brisby QC is another big name litigator and, leading Alexander Cook in Cruz City v Unitech Limited et al, represented Unitech in its enforcement of an arbitral award arising from the financing of a property transaction in India, involving freezing and receivership orders. Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2020; he appeared in a ten-month trial where he successfully represented Michael Lynch in the fraud case of Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch.
4 Stone Buildings specialises in company and commercial disputes, and is particularly strong in insolvency and financial services regulatory work. In recent news, Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020, while Robert Miles QC was appointed a Justice of the High Court in the Chancery Division in April 2020.