Leo is experienced in international arbitration and commercial litigation that frequently involves complex multi-party disputes with a focus on the energy, banking and insurance sectors in addition to general commercial issues. These disputes have spanned European, Asian, Russian, CIS and African jurisdictions and often have an offshore element.
Leo has also advised energy companies on European regulatory issues ranging from state aid for power projects to the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure. Additionally, he has acted for large Asian multinationals on internal investigations relating to anti-bribery and corruption laws as well as the Sierra Leonean Government on the drafting of its proposed new Arbitration Act.
Before joining Signature Litigation, Leo worked at Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to this, he was called to the Bar and was awarded Lord Denning and Lord Bowen major scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.
Leo has also worked as a researcher in both the European Parliament and the House of Lords.
- Acting for a UHNW individual in an ICC arbitration claim against a major international bank and its offshore subsidiaries regarding mis-selling of investments including complex equity derivative products.
- Acting for a major CIS natural resources conglomerate in relation to complex and multi-jurisdictional issues subject to US$500 million LCIA proceedings.
- Advising a major Ukrainian mining and power company across a range of complex, cross-border disputes covering financial and banking issues and managing multi-jurisdictional enforcement.
- Acting for a media and communications company in relation to its US$600 million High Court claim arising from the sale of a controlling stake in a sports and media company.
- Acting for a significant CIS energy company in a US$400 million PCA arbitration with a national government relating to ownership and control of energy infrastructure assets in addition to ECT and BIT related issues.
- Acting for a major Middle Eastern mining company relating to a US$300 million ICC arbitration relating to a breach of warranty and indemnity or, in the alternative, fraudulent misrepresentation concerning the purchase of mineral producing assets.
- Acting for a major Middle Eastern government entity in an on-going US$2 billion ICC arbitration relating to the termination of an EPC contract and substantial contractor claims for variations, delay and disruption arising from a health infrastructure project.
- Acting for a major Korean agricultural machinery producer in an ICC arbitration relating to claims by a Chinese SOE agribusiness relating to breach of contract and breach of warranty.
- Acting for Single Buoy Moorings Inc relating to a US$1.3 billion insurance claim brought in the High Court for losses relating to the termination for operational delays caused allegedly caused by engineering and construction issues.