Dispute Resolution

The U.S. dispute resolution team advises and defends clients with significant exposure in cross-border and U.S. litigation. The team focuses on complex commercial litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, antitrust, securities, white-collar crime, class and derivative actions, accounting fraud, bankruptcy litigation and lender liability actions.

Representative experience includes advising:
  • Enagás in a US$510m ICSID arbitration against Peru, and related arbitrations before the Lima Chamber of Commerce, related to the termination of the concession of one of the biggest pipelines in South America
  • a major French company in a US$680m ICC arbitration against a Brazilian subcontractor in relation to an LNG terminal in South America, and in parallel proceedings before Uruguayan courts 
  • a major investment bank and its foreign parent company on litigation alleging Section 10(b), Rule 10b-5 and Section 20(a) violations arising from auction-rate securities investments
  • Deutsche Börse on its aborted merger with NYSE-Euronext and on litigation commenced by shareholders of NYSE-Euronext  seeking to enjoin the business combination between the two exchanges
  • Deutsche Bank in achieving summary judgment on a US$750m claim brought against it by the joint official liquidators of Cayman funds knows as Sphinx
  • WellPoint on shareholder litigation challenging its acquisition of Amerigroup
  • Air France KLM on various antitrust civil class actions and governmental investigations concerning the air cargo and passenger industries
  • Saint Gobain on a multi-district litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy in the flat glass sector
  • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in prosecuting its multi-billion dollar claims in the SIPA liquidation of Lehman Brothers and related matters
  • a global investment bank and its subsidiary on litigation in the Cayman Islands involving hedge fund-linked principal protected equity derivative products and related Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigation
  • a major international bank on an ICDR arbitration arising from the bank’s private equity investment in a Chinese start-up company
  • ICICI Bank, India’s largest privately owned bank, in obtaining a dismissal of breach of contract and other claims by an outsourcing company seeking more than US$17m in damages in an expedited WIPO arbitration brought in New York
  • VARTA in obtaining a dismissal of claims of fraud and intentional breach in an ICC arbitration in New York arising out of the sale of its interest in a Brazilian consumer battery company
  • a non-governmental organization (“NGO”) and its founder on its high profile investigation by the United States Agency for International Development into the potential theft of millions of dollars of U.S. money awarded to the NGO to combat human trafficking in the Philippines
  • a major global financial institution in a class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, against claims of Sherman Act violations and various asserted claims under the Commodity Exchange Act
  • a major global payments technology company in connection with antitrust actions filed in the Eastern District of New York and Eastern District of Virginia
  • Amec in connection with shareholder class action lawsuits seeking to enjoin the proposed acquisition of Foster Wheeler AG
  • ICBC in litigation arising from the non-payment of a US$20m bridge loan from ICBC to Blacksands subsidiary Alpha Blue. The Court granted ICBC’s motion for summary judgement, awarding principal, interest, and attorney’s fees to ICBC, and directed that judgement be entered.
  • the administrative agent for senior the secured lender group in the chapter 11 cases of Sabine Oil & Gas and its affiliated debtors on over US$1bn of debt
  • Norske Skog in connection with bondholder litigation brought in the Southern District of New York to prevent a planned debt exchange