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Litigation & Arbitration 

Linklaters’ dispute resolution lawyers throughout the world have a reputation for succeeding in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases.

The firm’s primary aim is to help clients, mainly leading multinationals and financial institutions, to avoid litigation wherever possible. When litigation is unavoidable, Linklaters focuses on the commercial objectives of clients, while assessing legal, commercial and reputational risk. The team analyses the negotiating weaknesses of opponents and devises optimum procedural tactics or creative settlement approaches.

Linklaters’ dispute resolution lawyers are as familiar with arbitration under all rules as with litigation. They settle disputes for clients in the most appropriate manner, whether by mediation, adjudication or expert determination.

Linklaters has extensive experience of regulatory investigations worldwide. Drawing on the expertise of nearly 200 litigation and arbitration lawyers across Europe, the Americas and Asia, the firm has insight into relevant cultural differences. Such scope allows the firm to handle large, complex cross-border cases.

Recent litigation & arbitration cases include advising:

  • PwC as the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and all other Lehman entities in administration on the many contentious issues arising in the administration
  • in relation to the successful settlement of US SEC insider dealing proceedings involving Sir David Li, which was one of Hong Kong’s most high profile cases during 2008
  • Fortis Holding (and subsidiaries) on the transactions entered into by the Fortis Group in order to safeguard the continuity of its operations following the liquidity crisis of September/October 2008, which hit Fortis as a result of the financial crisis
  • BP in relation to the shareholder dispute surrounding its Russian joint venture, TNK-BP
  •  the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in arbitration proceedings concerning the HGV toll system; the disputed amount of the two Toll Collect arbitrations is approximately 8bn
  •  an international food provider in its precedent-setting settlements with the SEC and the Department of Justice (through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan), where no monetary fines were imposed in connection with a US$1bn accounting fraud
  • Petrobras on the P36/Spirit of Columbus litigation long-running production platform litigation
  • Torex Retail PLC and subsequently its administrators in relation to an investigation into the company’s affairs
  •  the Russian Federation in national enforcement proceedings of an ICC Award initiated by the Swiss company Noga before the Luxembourg courts

Linklaters’ Dispute Toolkit gives free on-line guidance to international dispute resolution.


Marc Harvey 


(852) 2842 4122

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