“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Steven practices in both London and Gibraltar. A multi-faceted lawyer, Steven is used to concurrently manage complex contentious and non-contentious commercial, corporate and regulatory mandates.

Steven enjoys a wide corporate and commercial practice, often acting on joint venture and shareholder disputes, contentious asset management, professional negligence claims and Fintech claims.

Steven has the following specialities:

1. Banking litigation: Steven is often instructed on disputes arising out of investment products (including the provisions of MIFID II) or on disputed enforcements undertaken by financial institutions.

2. Contentious insolvency and regulatory: Steven is the only lawyer in Gibraltar to hold an unrestricted Insolvency Practitioner’s licence, allowing him to accept appointments as liquidator, receiver, administrative receiver, administrator and Trustee in Bankruptcy. Steven advises on international asset tracing and recoveries and often acts for officeholders (liquidators, administrators, etc) when prosecuting or defending claims against former directors of liquidated entities. On his regulatory practice, Steven often advises regulated entities on the regulator’s powers to appoint inspectors and/or skilled persons.

3. International trade and commodities disputes: Steven advises on all aspects of CIF and FOB contracts, and has particular expertise oil and gas disputes arising out of Bilateral Investment Treaties.

4. Shipping disputes: Steven engages on ship arrests from our Gibraltar office, receiving instructions from banks, P&I Clubs, shipyards and ship crews.

Steven is ranked in the Chambers Europe 2020 Guide for General Business Law: Dispute Resolution. The Guide notes he is an “insightful, dedicated lawyer with great attention to detail” and adds that Steven is “extremely hard-working, client-focused and very knowledgeable.” The Legal 500 EMEA Guide also recognises Steven as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for dispute resolution in Gibraltar.

Experience

Insolvency

  • Acting for a listed bank in connection with a court appointment receivership over shares. The receiver gained control over a multinational corporate group that owned German real estate worth €108m
  • Acting for overseas consumers’ compensation scheme against insurer’s liquidator
  • Acting for overseas liquidators in the recovery and realisation of real estate worth over €30m

Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for a listed online betting company in connection with an anti-suit injunction prohibiting shareholders to continue with a multimillion negligence claim in the United States (one of the first cases to address the new lis alibi pendens provision in Article 33 of the Brussels Recast Regulation)
  • Acting for a German owned oil and gas company in connection with the recovery over €80m of misapplied funds

Admiralty/Shipping

  • Acting for a commodities company in connection with a multimillion claim involving loss of cargo under a C.I.F Port of Destination contract

Press Coverage

The role of blockchain in the public sector –  Open Access Government – 19 June 2020

Landmark Bitcoin judgments classify cryptocurrencies as property – The Investigator – 10 June 2020

UK ‘Property’ Classification Boosts Confidence In Bitcoin – Law360 – 17 April 2020

Can Bitcoins Be Considered Property?Fintech Direct – 30 March 2020

Signature Litigation promotes international commercial litigator, Steven De Lara, to partnershipCDR News – 16 October 2019

Signature Litigation promotes international commercial litigator, Steven De Lara, to partnershipLegal Week – 16 October 2019

FinTech in Gibraltar: overview – Thomson Reuters Practical Law – July 2019

Five Points to Consider Regarding the Regulation of Cryptocurrency – Global Banking and Finance Review – 9 May 2019

The Role of Data Protection in Distributed Technology – Global Banking and Finance Review – 21 February 2018

Time to draw up rules on blockchain technologyCompliance Monitor – 14 February 2018

Bitcoin investors need protectionFTAdviser – 27 September 2017

Time to draw up rules on blockchain technology – Thomson Reuters – 18 September 2017

Time to draw up rules on blockchain technologyFinancial News – 13 September 2017

 

 

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