Experience

Beat Force Majeure Claims and Secured $3 Million in Damages in Pandemic-Driven Dispute

Represented WideOpenWest, a cable TV, internet and phone provider, before a panel of arbitrators on dueling breach of contract claims after WideOpenWest terminated its agreement with ad partner Viamedia in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the arbitration, Viamedia contended that the pandemic, as a force majeure event, excused its failure to pay WideOpenWest. The panel found Viamedia liable for breach of contract and awarded WideOpenWest nearly $3 million in damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

Handled Dispute Relating to Mobile LIDAR Mapping for Major Telecom Project

Represented contractor in dispute with sub-contractor relating to use of mobile LIDAR mapping for major telecommunications project in California.

Acquisitions by a National Retailer

Coordinated the due diligence exercise for a number of property portfolio acquisitions of service stations and petrol filling stations.

Advised Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 Multinational in the Financial and Energy Sectors

Advised over the past 20 years a number of Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 multinationals mainly in the financial sector as well as on energy related projects around the world, particularly the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

 

Advised Major Oil Multinational on Sale of Subsidiaries

Advised major oil multinational on the sale of their subsidiaries for development and exploration operations in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Counseled Solar Company in Breach of Contract, Trade Secret Misappropriation Litigation

Counsel for southern California-based solar company in breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation litigation against Utah-based solar company.

Advising on International Arbitration and Associated Enforcement and Litigation Across Multiple Jurisdictions

Acted for a group of companies that own and operate oil rigs, which were involved in an international arbitration against a Venezuelan state-owned oil company and other associated matters. Advised and assisted in enforcement of the arbitration award, general advice and settlement discussions on claim worth in excess of $300 million. Involved in ongoing English High Court litigation, U.S. and other actions liaising with multiple legal teams in different jurisdictions.

Highly Favorable Settlement in Breach of Contract and Related Claims Case Stemming from Power Supply Agreement

Represented newspaper manufacturer in breach of contract and related claims stemming from a power supply agreement. The action was filed and prosecuted in state court and involved counterclaims in excess of $200 million. Settled case on terms highly favorable to the client after special discovery master instituted discovery sanctions on opposing party.

Defense of Global Oil and Gas Company Facing Employment Discrimination Claims

Defended global oil and gas company against claims of discrimination and retaliation stemming from its Utah refinery operations.

Investment in £20 Billion Nuclear Project

Advised on the investment into a £20 billion nuclear new build project in the U.K.

U.K. Gas Joint Venture Opportunities

Advised on joint venture opportunities with U.K. utilities for gas fired power stations.

Acquisition of Motorway Service Station

Advised on the property aspects of £360m acquisition of a majority stake in a motorway service station.

Advised on MoU Between U.K., Korea

Advised on the arrangements for the memorandum of understanding between the U.K. and Korean governments concerning commercial civil nuclear energy cooperation.

Advised on Energy, Infrastructure Projects Globally

Advised on energy and infrastructure development projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America.

Emergency Injunctive Relief for Telecom Provider in Breach, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Case

Served as litigation counsel in a case requiring emergency injunctive relief for a telecommunications provider in a data breach and misappropriation of trade secrets case.

Lead Adviser to Major Petrol Forecourt Retailer in the Republic of Ireland on the Acquisition of Seven U.K. Sites

Served as lead adviser to long standing client with a growing presence in the U.K. and U.S. in connection with its £21 million acquisition of seven sites and related businesses. The transaction follows the client’s strategy of U.K. investment in well located sites.

Acquisition of an Egyptian Company Including 22% Non-operating Interest in a Producing Concession in Egypt from an AIM-Listed Company

Advised long standing client which is an AIM-listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company, on its $16 million acquisition of an Egyptian company which includes a 22% non-operating interest in a producing concession, onshore Egypt. The consideration for the acquisition was funded by the issue of consideration shares in the buyer to the seller, a pre-payment financing structure of $8 million and the issue of placing and subscription shares by the buyer.

Advised Private Investment Firm in 2019’s “Restructuring Deal of the Year”

Advised private investment firm in its role as an anchor investor as part of a syndicate that provided in excess of $1 billion new money investment in relation to the restructuring of a deepwater drilling contractor. This deal was awarded the “Restructuring Deal of the Year” at The Deal Awards in 2019.

Successful Markman Hearing, Motion to Dismiss for Natural Resources Mining and Processing Company in Delaware

Represented one of the largest natural resources mining and processing technology companies in an infringement case regarding a chemical-engineering process for the manufacture of soda ash. Argued multiple terms in a Markman hearing and successfully argued against a motion to dismiss in an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, after which the judge ruled in our client’s favor.

$50 Million Settlement for Multinational Telecom Company’s Former Employees with Disabilities in Light of Bankruptcy

Served as lead counsel for the Official Committee of Long Term Disability Participants in the bankruptcies of a multinational telecom company, in which he secured a settlement of more than $50 million for the company’s former employees with permanent disabilities.

Coordinated and Negotiated Settlement Plan, Saving Clients Over $2.6 Million

Served as lead counsel for the Voluntary Employee Benefit Association of Former Disabled Employees for a multinational telecom company, where he was able to coordinate and negotiate a settlement plan and favorable Internal Revenue Service private letter ruling that saved his clients $2.6 million.
 

Advised U.K. Company on Bid for Malaysian Energy Business

Advised a U.K.-listed oil and gas company on its high-value bid for a large-producing Malaysian energy business.

Counsel to Oil and Gas Companies in Bankruptcy, Shipping and Maritime Matters

Counsel to various oil and gas industry companies, including one of the largest worldwide petroleum companies, in issues involving both upstream and downstream sectors, in bankruptcy matters, and matters involving shipping and maritime law.

Energy Company Bankruptcy Involving National Security, Labor, Environmental and Operational Issues

Served as co-counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in a Philadelphia energy company’s bankruptcy and worked to keep the largest oil and diesel refinery in the eastern United States open with special attention to issues of national security, labor issues, environmental issues and related operations.

Counsel to Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds Across Industries

Counsel to venture capital funds and private equity funds, notably in the blockchain and distributed ledger technology, health care, transportation/logistics, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer products, and building products industries.

Counseled Bidder for Interest in Offshore Gas Project

Advised a confidential bidder for 45% interest in an offshore gas project in the Philippines.

Representation of Joint Venture Partners in Deepwater Horizon Spill

Served as the technical lead attorney representing the Macondo well leasehold joint venture partners in defense of claims and numerous government investigations stemming from the accident onboard the Deepwater Horizon and resulting hydrocarbon release into the Gulf of Mexico.

Representation of Energy Industry Owner and Operator in Breach of Contract Case

Represented gas-turbine power generation owner and operator in claims against general contractor for breach of contract for failure to meet gas supply obligations, plant efficiency and output requirements.

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