Alex specialises in commercial and financial litigation, especially insolvency and corporate, fund and LLP law. He has substantial experience of complex litigation involving financial institutions, often with an international element or a regulatory dimension. He is recommended by both Legal 500 and by Chambers and Partners, which notes the “tenacity of his advocacy” and his “commercially astute advice and technical analysis” – he is “great at giving advice about what the court will care about”.
Alex’s clients include financial institutions, hedge funds and high net worth individuals. He was the leading junior for the UK institutional claimants in the $4bn RBS Rights Issue Litigation, and is currently acting for Kaupthing in litigation arising from its collapse, and for investors in Lehman Brothers and in the Titan Class X Notes Litigation.
Highlights of his recent commercial and civil fraud practice include trials and subsequent Court of Appeal cases relating to structured investment vehicles (Titan), allegations of conspiracy in the context of the aviation industry (Alpstream v GECAS) and a dispute in relation to oil and gas contract (Grizzly v Stena Drilling). He has wide experience of disputes in relation to business acquisitions, including for private equity funds and in the aerospace and insurance industries.
In the company, LLP and insolvency context, in addition to his wide experience of investor litigation and collapsing financial institutions, Alex is presently acting in one of the largest shareholder disputes before the English courts (Edwardian Hotels) and appeared in the leading cases on members’ rights in LLPs (Flanagan v Liontrust) and AIM Takeovers (Paros v Worldlink). He has appeared in a number of confidential arbitrations in similar fields. He specialises in disputes involving administration and under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations.
Alex’s practice involves a substantial diet of regulatory work, including under FSMA, the Takeover Code, MiFiD, FCA Rules including the Market Abuse regime, the Prospectus Rules, the Conduct of Business Rules, the CASS Rules, and directors’ disqualification.