Experience

$19.5 Million Verdict in Complex Business Fraud Case

Secured a $19.5 million verdict for a prominent Miami physician and part owner of a family drywall business in Colombia, in a two-week jury trial regarding attempts to deprive the client of his 33.33% interest in the business.

Advised Company on Cross-Border Cannabidiol Project

Provided ongoing advice on a cross-border cannabidiol (CBD) project involving hemp cultivation plantation through to mass marketing on the world market. This project involved shareholders agreements; tax advice; regulatory know-how; supply chain analysis; INCOTERMS 2020 transportation; employment advice; and procurement contracting in a deal stretching from Bulgaria and Romania to Gibraltar, and to the international market.

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.

Issuing Claim Against International Auction House and Foreign Government

Acted for client in obtaining declaration from the English High Court as to ownership of a painting sold to the client by a leading auction house, which was subsequently alleged to have been stolen and belonged to a foreign government. Issued claim against leading auction house for negligence; and  claim against foreign state while dealing with questions of state immunity. Dealt with Interpol, Metropolitan Police, foreign Government Agencies and the Art Loss Register in connection with this matter.

$100 Million Series B Funding Investment by Private Equity Fund

Advised a private equity fund on its equity investment in a U.K. company’s $100 million Series B funding round.

Acting on Behalf of FTSE 100 Company Facing Hostile Takeover

Acted as part of a team that included Corporate and Commercial partners to advise a large gold miner and producer facing a hostile takeover on potential injunctive relief. Advised client on how to deal with receipt of and assisted in the response to s793 Notices sent under the Companies Act 2006. Further acted for and advised the Board of Directors and Directors on ongoing litigation and regulatory investigations.

Sale of Development Consultancy and Financial Modelling Services Business

Advised a multidisciplinary construction and regeneration consultancy on the sale of its development consultancy and financial modelling services business.

Potential Sale of Old Master Artwork

Acted in the potential sale of an Old Master based in the U.K. to overseas buyer for in excess of $150 million. Dealt with agents and other advisors in the preparation and negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement; negotiated and agreed upon commissions and escrow arrangements to handle sale proceeds and associated due diligence.

Advising on Settlement of Republic of Ireland Government Claim on Estate

Acted for an estate of a deceased client, which owned extensive land and property in Ireland, and assisted in settling a multimillion-pound claim with the Irish Government, including disclosure, liaising with the various government institutions to agree settlement, and attending signing in Dublin Castle to execute the settlement agreement with representatives for the Irish Government.

$800 Million Takeover of Indian IT Company

Advised an Indian information technology company on its $800 million takeover through a U.S. and Indian tender offer.

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.

Regulatory and Compliance Counsel Across Industries, Including with the FDA, DOJ, SEC and FTC

Provided regulatory and compliance counsel to clients in various industries, including matters involving the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice, various agencies that govern import and export controls, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Representation of Multinationals in Various Cross-Border, Transactional Issues

Represented multinationals in various cross-border issues, including complex commercial transactions in sales contracts, bailments, consignments, and various secured transactions in both supply chain issues and distribution contracts.

Acted for Chinese Company in Multibillion Injunction

Acted for a large Chinese company in resisting a freezing injunction over a hotel in Macau worth HK$1.5 billion. The order was granted ex parte on allegations that the hotel had been procured by way of kidnap, extreme duress and forgery.  The injunction was discharged at the return date on various grounds.

Counseled Bidder for Interest in Offshore Gas Project

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

Substantial ITC Settlement for Semiconductor Client in Section 337 Investigation

Represented semiconductor industry client in in International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 investigation directed at the importation of mobile processors incorporating client’s patented integrated circuit features. Three-week trial resulted in substantial settlement to client.

General Exclusion Order (GEO) for Client in ITC Section 337 Investigation

Represented manufacturer of LED light arrays used in photography and video studios in Section 337 investigation directed at the importation of camera- and tripod-mounted LED arrays sourced from a variety of respondents. Trial resulted in the rare issuance of a general exclusion order (GEO). Worked with U.S. Customs officials to enforce GEO and seize infringing articles at ports of entry.

Favorable ITC Settlement for Designer, Manufacturer in Section 337 Investigation

Represented designer and manufacturer of digital microphone and noise-reduction products used in voice-driven applications including in ITC Section 337 investigation directed at the importation of devices incorporating directional microphone arrays and associated software. Resolved matter on the eve of trial with favorable settlement to client.

Cross-Border Internal Investigation for Medical Device Company Regarding Violation of U.S. Sanctions Programs

Represented public medical device company in cross-border internal investigation regarding the sale of medical equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions programs.

Advising on Sunken Treasure Worth $17 Billion

Advised corporate client in connection with proposals to explore, recover and raise up the Spanish War Galleon known as the San Jose, which sunk in the South Pacific in 1708, carrying treasure that may be worth in excess of $17 billion. Advised multinational client on possibility of obtaining declaratory relief from High Court as to ownership and title to treasure prior to recovery. Dealt with aspects of foreign government tender process and media interest in the same.

£13.57 Million Subscription, Placement by Oil and Gas Company

Advised AIM-quoted oil and gas company on its subscription and placing to raise an aggregate of £13.57 million.

Complex International Insolvency

Acted for a U.S. financier defendant in a $3.2 billion fraud case. The claim was made by the trustee in bankruptcy and concerned interest made by the defendant in respect of loans made to the companies in the sum of $39 million. The action concerned an application to challenge the trustee’s admission of the claims in the U.S. proceedings.

Advised Indonesian National Oil and Gas Company on $5 Billion Investment

Advised Indonesia’s national oil and natural gas company on $5 billion planned investment into giant producing onshore Iranian oil fields. Provided counsel on international law, financing, human resource issues, staff transfers, supply obligations and licensing issues. Days away from signing the highly complex project documentation against a backdrop of very challenging politics, the reimposition of U.S. sanctions made the project impossible.

Obtained Change of Scope in Anti-Dumping Investigation

Successfully obtained from petitioner consent to change in the scope of an anti-dumping/countervailing duty investigation by the U.S. government into certain steel racks being imported from China and allegedly sold in the U.S. market at less than fair value.

Trade Compliance Audits for Global Agricultural Company

Regularly conduct U.S. trade compliance audits/reviews of company's international locations in which we examine overall organizational structure, U.S. export and import controls and supply chain security.

Multimillion-Dollar Deal in Client’s First International Expansion

Represented a client that heat treats metal parts for general manufacturers, including those in the automotive and aircraft industries, in its first international expansion. The deal included providing assistance with a long term supply arrangement with an European equipment manufacturer as well as a long-term facility lease and construction agreements; retaining local counsel in Mexico; setting up foreign subsidiaries and adding a new U.S. subsidiary; as well as handling associated intellectual property, real estate and tax issues.

Represented Startup Oil and Gas Company in Acquisitions

Represented a Singaporean startup oil and gas company in three separate acquisitions of three separate offshore Indonesian projects.

Counsel to Worldwide Leader in the Payments Technology Industry

Counseled worldwide leader in the payments technology industry across a variety of practice areas in connection with technology development and licensing, and payment processing service offerings.

Trade Compliance Audits for Manufacturing Conglomerate

Regularly visited global sites of publicly traded manufacturing conglomerate to conduct trade compliance audits of its operations. These audits included a review of the corporation’s general compliance structure, import compliance, export compliance and supply chain security.

Counseled American Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy Company on Solar Battery Installation

Advised American electric vehicle and clean energy company on the initial stages of the installation of a large-scale battery to be connected to a solar farm in Australia.

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