Our Experience

OUR REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Representation of Elektrim Finance B.V., an entity responsible for financing the now insolvent Polish telecommunications company, in ongoing litigation and arbitration proceedings between Vivendi, Deutsche Telekom and Elektrim in a dispute over ownership of the Polish Telecommunications Operator PTC, in a claim worth in excess of € 3 billion.
  • Acting for a major Russian precious metals mining company in disputes with its financiers about withdrawal of funding for projects in the CIS.
  • Acting for a Russian media group in arbitration proceedings before the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation arising out of a disputed joint venture agreement over a major Russian mobile telecommunications operator.
  • Representation of a Cypriot construction and shipping family in a dispute over ownership of and income from a major international construction company operating in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a Russian joint venture partner in a dispute arising out of defaults by its US counterpart in respect of commitments to exploit oil concessions in Western Africa.
  • Acting for an international project management company in a dispute with a major Western European oil company over a project to construct a liquid natural gas refinery plant in Yemen.
  • Acting for a Russian construction financier in a US$120 million dispute over a Russian-Austrian joint venture to construct a shopping mall in eastern Russia.
  • Acting for a major British-Australian bank in a regulatory dispute and litigation about fraudulent misselling of life insurance policies and pensions products.
  • Acting for the vendors of a Russian beverages company in a US$140m M&A dispute with private equity buyers.
  • Acting for a Russian telecommunications company in its ongoing joint venture dispute with Russian and European partners, arising out of a multi-billion Dollar corporate restructuring deal.
  • Advising a mining company on obtaining financing for a €250 million quarry development project in West Africa, and negotiating project and contractual documents; advising on international taxation issues.
  • Representing a global mining conglomerate with Russian headquarters in a dispute with a rival international mining group over ownership of a multi-billion Dollar southern African precious metal concession.
  • Acting for a national state-owned East Asian petroleum corporation in connection with allegations of fraudulent preparation of trading contracts by a counterpart in another nationally owned petroleum corporation in the same region; arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce worth over US$100 million were commenced in London under English law.
  • Claim related to fraudulent non-delivery and cancellation under a grain contract relating to a Middle Eastern sovereign purchaser and a “long company” (i.e. with a fraudulent trading record) based in a major western jurisdiction.
  • Acting for a state-owned Gulf shipping corporation in a gasoil shipment demurrage claim arising out of force majeure events in the Far East; arbitration proceedings before the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association.
  • Time charter dispute before the English High Court arising out of unauthorised substitution of vessels, charter of a repair rig and consequential losses and other damages for delay.
  • Acting for one of several defendants in a claim by a major international London-based bank against a state-owned South Asian shipping corporation, involving fraudulent amendments to a bill of lading and other transaction documents and wrongful payment out on a letter of credit.
  • Representing a private individual and his family companies in a series of investments in the gold mining industry in two African states, including negotiations with prospective international financiers and investment banks.
  • Acting for charterers associated with a major international commodity trader in proceedings before the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association proceedings with a disponent owner concerning forum shopping and alleged repudiation of an arbitration agreement.
  • London based arbitration concerning demurrage claims relating to leak of seawater and vessel acceptability warranty relating to delays in receiving delivery of crude oil in the Middle East.
  • Claim relating to in transit contamination of mono-ethylene glycol with impurities in transit from the Middle East to a far Eastern country; proceedings before an arbitral tribunal in London under the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Barratry claim, involving deliberately berthing a vessel in a jurisdiction in which it would be subject to arrest, to blackmail the disponent owner into satisfying the debts in respect of which arrest was obtained.
  • Grounding claim in India (unsafe berth for a vessel of the requisite tonnage); apportionment of responsibility.
  • Claim relating to fraudulent misprocurement of a state contract with a national port authority in a west-African post-conflict state; arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration relating to payment of bribes, followed by advice and representation on legal proceedings before the High Court in London and enforcement proceedings in Washington, DC.
  • Representing a unit of Russian local government in a complaint of judicial expropriation of that entity’s interest in a major oil refinery by the government of a neighbouring state; advice and representation in relation to investment treaty arbitration proceedings.
  • Claim relating to judicial expropriation of real estate assets in the centre of a major Eastern European capital relating to inconsistent commercial and administrative proceedings pursued by differing political interests.
  • Acting for a major Russian entrepreneur in a complaint of government expropriation of his assets; multiple proceedings in offshore jurisdictions as well as arbitral proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration, worth US$250 million.
  • Acting for the Government of the State of Kuwait in proceedings before the UN Compensation Commission, relating to clean-up costs after the First Gulf War.
  • Acting for the Government of a West African country in an arbitration matter worth approximately US$50m, arising out of a cancelled BOT contract to manage the country’s national port facilities.
  • Acting for a major Russian oil company in investment treaty disputes with Ukraine concerning judicial expropriation of a joint venture refinery, involving claims worth several hundred million US Dollars.
  • Representation of an international bank in the Balkans in a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights regarding judicial expropriation of property.
  • Acting for a major Eastern European steel company in a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights regarding government expropriation of contractual rights through corrupt insolvency proceedings in respect of a state-owned company.
  • Advising a West African country on sovereign lending in the value of €150 million for a comprehensive infrastructure development project; advising on sovereign risk and procurement issues, and transaction structure with a major British-based investment bank.
  • Representing a Swiss-owned financial services company on corporate and regulatory issues in connection with establishment of a UK-based subsidiary.
  • Advising a French company in connection with negotiation of international distributorship contracts governed by English law.
  • Advising a Russian property conglomerate over security to be taken by an international bank in respect of corporate and other assets located in miscellaneous offshore jurisdictions including the BVI, Cyprus and Gibraltar.
  • Representing a major Eastern European pharmaceutical distribution company on establishment of a Swiss trading presence, corporate, taxation, immigration and employment issues, and preparation of international sale and purchase contracts.
  • Advising a Swiss-based family investment office on residential real estate investment and development projects in London; joint venture structure, shareholders’ agreement, international tax issues.
  • Advising an English human resources company on establishing a presence in Switzerland, including corporate advice, relations with the administration, employment issues and domestic contractual issues.
  • Advising a major CIS-based insurance company on international corporate restructuring in connection with threatened corporate raids.
  • Representing a purchaser on Swiss bank escrow arrangements in relation to a €100 million company share purchase agreement for transfer of corporate assets located in the CIS.
  • Representing numerous employees of various international organisations around the world in cases of abolition of post, dismissal, disciplinary measures, harassment, discrimination, defamation, wrongful classification, non-promotion and others.
  • Commencing a class action on behalf of some 860 plaintiffs against a major European international organisation challenging its new pension scheme.
  • Initiating a class action against a major international organisation in respect of that organisation’s mass redundancy programme.
  • Challenging an international organisation’s decision to augment the pension rights of some senior staff categories while in effect reducing the pensions of all other staff members.
  • Several appeals against refusals to grant expatriation allowances before a major international organisation.
  • Challenging a salary and taxation reform in an international organisation.
  • Acting for an international organisation in a case where its pension fund has suffered significant losses as a result of foreign exchange fluctuations and failure of the management of the pension fund to hedge the foreign exchange risks.
  • Working on the reform of the internal justice system in the UN. An extensive campaign by our lawyers culminated in the creation of the new UN Dispute Tribunal.
  • Representing an international organisation during a restructuring process. Ensuring that it followed the international administrative law and its governing documents in abolishing new posts and selecting candidates for new posts.
  • Representing a variety of private clients and international organisations in a range of corruption and misconduct investigations, including allegations of misprocurement, kickbacks, falsification of medical and dependents’ expenses, grace and favour gifts from contractors, breaches of confidence, leaks to the media and more.
  • Advising a Swiss entity on the evolution and consequences of the 2014 Ukrainian sanctions.
  • Acting for an oil trader affected by sanctions, arbitration proceedings before the LCIA.
  • Advising on the current State of Sanctions (International, National and Swiss) affecting Iran to a company looking to develop its business presence in the country.