Commercial Litigation, Europe

Our highly experienced European Commercial Litigation team has a successful track record of client wins in challenging high-value and complex disputes. We act for private clients, shareholders, funds, and international companies in a number of fora across numerous geographies, sectors and subject matters including corporate, fund, construction, transport, professional services, and life sciences disputes. We are particularly proficient at approaching the issues from a commercial standpoint and ensuring we keep the desired outcome for the client at the forefront of our strategy. This means having the flexibility to accommodate and choose mediation, negotiation, litigation, or arbitration where it will yield the best results for our client to manage their business-critical relationships and successfully resolve the dispute.

Press Coverage: The Times' Best Law Firms 2020 recognises our London-based commercial litigation team for its victory on behalf of Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a long-running shareholder dispute, involving the London Radisson Edwardian group of hotels.

Chambers Recognises Team for Unique Ingenuity of Arguments: Clients and peers describe members of the team as "masterful tacticians," "maestros" that "come up with out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues" who "stop at nothing to find the right answer" and have "vast knowledge and experience."

Leading Specialist Publications:
The 2017 Fidic Contracts: The Second Editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books | William Godwin QC (2020)

Managing Private Fund Disputes | PEI Books | Edited by Hilton Mervis

Learn more about our London private equity and commercial disputes capabilities

Experience Highlights

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    Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a long-running shareholder dispute, which involved the Radisson Edwardian group of hotels in London and culminated in an order for a buyout of the petitioners' shares at approximately £140 million, beating the respondents' publicly disclosed settlement offer of £50 million.
  • Investment banks in disputes arising out of transactions subject to ISDA Master Agreements.
  • UK mining engineers in English High Court (Technology & Construction Court) for claims arising from project in central Asia.
  • Private equity houses on high-value disputes and advising on compliance programmes to be implemented within the PE house and portfolio companies.
  • ARYZTA Group, a publicly listed bakery group, regarding antitrust follow-on damages actions related to civil litigation at the Regional Court of Stuttgart against truck manufacturers (cartel damages claims following the EU Truck Cartel).
  • European private equity firm in a dispute related to carried interest and the interpretation of shareholders' agreements and sponsor investor agreements. The matter involved proceedings in London and Germany as well as a new, innovative evidence-gathering process for compelling witnesses aboard to support UK-based arbitrations.
  • Deutsche Leasing (its subsidiary LGS Leasinggesellschaft der Sparkassen), the largest manufacturer/independent leasing company in Germany, in its defence against claims for the repayment of purchase prices in an amount of excess of €100 million raised by banks which had acquired LGS's receivables against FlowTex before its fraud scheme was discovered. The lawsuits went through all instances. In the end, half of the claims raised against the client were dismissed while the other half was settled favourably.
  • Bernd Lunkewitz, a German real estate investor and former publisher, in his claim for damages against the former Treuhandanstalt (now BvS) which sold the Aufbau Verlag (one of the largest and most prestigious publishing houses in Eastern Germany) to him in 1991 without having title.
  • Bird & Bird LLP, an international law firm, as defendants in a professional negligence dispute. The claim for damages is being pursued by approximately 30 real estate funds and their claim relates to our client allegedly facilitating, to a degree, the embezzlement of €147 million by the former head of Woelbern Invest, Heinrich Maria Schulte, in one of Germany's largest embezzlement trials.
  • Large US telecommunication company and market leader in an international enforcement of damage claims in the 10-digit range against Turkish billionaire family Uzan and Turkish telecommunication company Telsim, including injunctive relief, the attachment of property (shares, real estate, aircraft, etc.) and the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and US-judgments.
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