Banking and Commercial

Банковское Право

We were the only boutique law firm in Chambers & Partners’ UK 2020 Guide featured in the Banking Litigation category in London. For decades, we have acted for both international banks and defendants in pre-action matters and High Court disputes. 

Recent cases include:

  • Advising an international bank in a US$36 million dispute with a syndicate partner and borrower relating to a UK retail centre.
  • Punjab National Bank v Pesco Beam – Successfully defending a US$40 million claim brought against defendant companies based in the US and India, including an award of indemnity costs in favour of our client.
  • ICICI Bank v Mehta & Ors – Acting for the UK subsidiary of the Claimant in a US$8 million claim against Belgium based defendants, including securing worldwide freezing orders.
  • Central Bank of Venezuela v The Bank of England - Acting for the Claimant bank in a Supreme Court dispute relating to US$2.1 billion of Venezuela’s gold reserves held in the Bank of England. Also advising on a dispute with Deutsche Bank relating to $120m of swap contracts.
  • Our team was notably involved in the well-known banking case of Shah v HSBC [2009], achieving success for our client in the Court of Appeal. This case had a worldwide impact on the way banks are required to follow compliance and reporting procedures. 

More recently, we have acted for a number of Iranian banks in sanctions-related litigation including for Iran’s largest private bank, Bank Mellat, in which our team achieved a landmark Supreme Court judgment where the Court held that the sanctions against the Bank had been unlawfully imposed by the UK Government.

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