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

Learn more about our London private equity and commercial disputes capabilities

Experience Highlights

  • 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.
  • Heineken's pan-European trucks fleet in relation to damages arising out of the EU trucks 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.
  • Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela led by Interim President Juan Guaidó in dispute over access to £820m in Gold Reserves held by Bank of England.
  • Major art auction house in litigation involving allegations of fraud with respect to the purchase and sale of numerous art masterpieces.
  • 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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  • Chambers Europe
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation (UK) (2024)
    Dispute Resolution (Germany) (2016-2019)
  • The Legal 500 UK
    Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (Premium) (2024)