Banking and Financial Markets Litigation

Signature advises clients on all aspects of banking and financial markets litigation.

Our clients include banks, funds, wealth managers, private equity funds and other financial institutions, as well as high net-worth individuals. Our experience allows us to understand not only our clients’ commercial objectives, but also the sophisticated financial structures that form the basis of many disputes.

Our clients include banks, funds, wealth managers, private equity funds and high net-worth individuals.
Our conflict free platform means we are unconstrained in who we can act for and against. We can therefore offer clients who are involved in disputes on both sides of the customer/institutional relationship access to high quality expertise from lawyers who have significant experience in handling such disputes.
Signature is highly ranked in Chambers and The Legal 500 for Banking Litigation

In addition to ranking in The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners Guide ranks Signature’s founding partner, Graham Huntley, in Band 1 for Banking Litigation, and have identified his “enviable reputation” whilst describing him as “extremely tenacious.” He has previously been described as “very committed and very driven,” enjoying a “stellar reputation” for his “great knowledge and experience,” and noting that “he’s very bright, very hard-working, he’s a good tactician and he offers very sound advice.”

The Legal 500 recognises that Abdulali Jiwaji “has an ability to analyse difficult issues and provide concise and clear advice”. In Chambers Global he is described as being a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

Simon Bushell is highly regarded for his investment banking disputes expertise, and Chambers and Partners describes him as a “truly exceptional lawyer”. Simon is also regarded as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 UK 2019 for his banking litigation expertise.

Banking and Financial Markets Litigation Team

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

Chambers UK 2019

Simon Bushell

Simon is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for his civil fraud and commercial litigation expertise, and is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for his banking litigation work. The Legal 500 notes Simon is “an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents”, a “force-field of drive and determination” and he is “highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes”. Chambers UK describes him as a “truly exceptional lawyer” and he has also been ranked as a Foreign Expert for his Russian dispute resolution work in Chambers Global. Simon became involved in Russian and CIS related disputes nearly two decades ago and continues regularly to handle matters with a connection to the region. Recognised for being “very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue“, Simon has been consistently ranked in Bands 1 and 2 for his civil fraud expertise in Chambers UK over many years.

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Graham Huntley

Graham is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the UK’s highest ranked commercial and banking litigators and has been involved in some of the most significant cases of recent years. Chambers UK describes him as “an intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach” and he has previously been described as “very bright, very hard-working, a good tactician” and “very committed and driven”. The Legal 500 recognises Graham for being a “a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker.”

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Abdulali Jiwaji

The Legal 500 UK has noted that Abdulali is recommended for commercial litigation and financial disputes. The Legal 500 praises him for his ‘ability to analyse difficult issues and provide concise and clear advice’, whilst Chambers Global has described Abdulali as a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

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Banking and Financial Markets Litigation Experience

Advising the fund managers of an investment fund in a €200 million dispute concerning assets held in Italy.

Advising a Russian investment bank in a £100 million dispute with an AIM-listed mining and mineral company with operations in Sierra Leone regarding a number of M&A, equity and debt transactions over a period of 4 years.

Advising authorised persons in relation to ongoing SEC, DoJ and FCA investigations concerning credit default swaps pricing.

Acting for an investment bank and monoline insurer in simultaneous proceedings in England and France to ensure continuity of service by an alternative back up service (BUS) provider to maintain the rating of a €900 million securitisation.

Acting for individual investors in the special administration of a global broking firm.

Acting for the RBoS Shareholders Action Group on behalf of institutional clients and over 35,000 individual shareholders, bringing claims in excess of £1 billion against RBS over its 2008 rights issue following the acquisition of ABN Amro.

Advising a major corporate on claims in excess of $300 million in relation to foreign exchange derivative transactions entered into with international banks, with allegations of non-compliance with Shari’a law.

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