Weavering Capital (UK) Limited & another v Magnus Peterson & others
I was the lead associate in the team advising the liquidators of an insolvent hedge fund management company in relation to a $450 million claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty resulting from the collapse of the Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund. My work involved undertaking significant investigative work, working with our expert team to analyse complex financial positions, managing an extensive disclosure exercise, preparing detailed witness evidence and coordinating a seven week trial (judgment
). I provided additional advice in connection with related civil and insolvency proceedings in the Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland, BVI and Sweden, with claims in the estate of the insolvent company and with the conduct of the administration and liquidation thereof. I also assisted with the cooperation provided by the liquidators to the Serious Fraud Office in connection with the successful prosecution of Magnus Peterson.
RWE Transgas, a.s. v Gazprom Export
I was the lead associate in the team advising Gazprom Export on a multi-billion dollar gas price revision arbitration under the ICC Rules with a seat in Vienna. I was the primary contact for local co-counsel (including working in Vienna for three months), and was responsible for preparing our client's statements of case and coordinating work on expert evidence. I also conducted some of the advocacy at the evidentiary hearing when I cross-examined two witnesses of fact and one expert witness.
IIG Capital LLC v Fransina Van Der Merwe & another
I advised a New York fund manager in relation to claims in excess of US$35 million against certain guarantees. The claims were brought under guarantees provided in connection with an asset based lending facility. We obtained summary judgment and this was upheld following appeals both to a High Court judge (judgment
) and to the Court of Appeal (judgment
). Related claims against a UK accountancy firm settled favourably following a mediation.
I was the lead associate advising a clean technology startup in arbitration proceedings relating to the wrongful termination of a technology licensing agreement. I was the primary point of contact for both the client, leading counsel and all witnesses. I was responsible for the preparation of witness evidence and for document production, and had significant input into the statements of case and case strategy.
The proceedings resulted in an award in favour of our client.
Gazprom and Gazprom Export
I was the lead associate in the team advising Gazprom and Gazprom Export in relation to a multi-billion dollar ad hoc gas price revision arbitration with a seat in Stockholm. My work related primarily to the preparation of statements of case and initial work with our client's appointed experts. The case settled prior to document production.
I was the lead associate advising a high-net worth individual on a claim relating to his 50% interest in a healthcare IT company and to the intellectual property rights in code written prior to the incorporation of the company. The matter settled on favourable terms.
Capital Hotels Limited v Graham Snell & others
As part of a small team, I advised Capital Hotels Limited, a Bahamian company, in respect of claims against a former director and his associated companies for breach of fiduciary duty and constructive trust in relation to an alleged wrongful transfer of assets and business, and an alleged sale at an undervalue of certain hotel assets. The case settled favourably after four days of trial.
I was the lead associate in the team advising an Italian gas importer in relation to gas price revision negotiations with Sonatrach. My work related primarily to advising on the mechanics of a gas price revision under the terms of the contract and to working with the client's external consultants in developing the evidence required to establish entitlement to a price revision. The parties reached an amicable resolution prior to the commencement of arbitration proceedings.
RBS Invoice Finance
I regularly advised RBS Invoice Finance in relation to claims arising under invoice discounting facility agreements and related documentation. This has included fraud claims, enforcement of security, and claims under personal and corporate guarantees.
I have advised on a number of internal investigations relating to, amongst other things:
- concerns relating to alleged breaches of internal policy;
- allegations of corruption; and
- loss of sensitive electronic data.
The investigations each involved reviewing electronic and other documentary evidence, and conducting interviews of relevant employees. A number of the investigations involved the preparation of reports to relevant government agencies.