Chris Caulfield

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Banking and Finance

  • Representing a Spain-based bank on a number of high-value disputes arising out of a €400 million securitisation
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a major construction company on the potential effects of Iranian sanctions on bank guarantees in the amount of £50 million
  • Advising a leading stockbroker on the enforceability of personal guarantees and contractual provisions relating to liabilities on share trading accounts in the amount of £20 million
  • Advising a Switzerland-based hedge fund on complex claims to trust assets and client money with a total value of approximately £55 million in the Lehman Brothers administration, including filing protective claims to secure a fall-back position for the fund as an unsecured creditor
  • Advising the Italian arm of a global insurer in relation to claims valued at €125 million arising out of the collapse of a Lehman Brothers securitisation structure
  • Acting for a Russian bank in relation to a €32 million loan dispute, including the enforcement of the bank’s security through the sale of a super yacht arrested in Spain and then Gibraltar

Oil and Gas

  • Acting in an arbitration in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) relating to the ownership of an oil and gas business with assets of approximately US$3 billion including the coordination of a multijurisdictional team of 25 individuals
  • Acting for an Italian energy company in relation to a billion dollar dispute arising out of the construction of a major pipeline
  • Acting in LCIA proceedings in respect of a US$8 million dispute regarding an offshore drilling project
  • Acting for a UK registered overseas company in English court proceedings relating to the recovery of a deficit in the funding of a pension scheme in the region of £40 million
  • Advising in respect of a dispute arising out of the operation of a major offshore gas field in the Gulf of Venezuela
  • Acting in a dispute relating to the provision of corrosion protection services on a North Sea oil rig
  • Representing an engineering business regarding the supply of complex machinery for laying subocean pipelines
  • Advising a plastics company regarding subocean pipelines
  • Acting for the UK government in assisting in the filing of an amicus curiae brief in the much reported matter of BP v The United States Environmental Protection Agency

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

  • Acting for a Russian investment company in LCIA proceedings in relation to the enforcement of a US$150 million “drag-along” right in a joint venture agreement
  • Acting for the minority shareholders in a £300 million claim for unfair prejudice
  • Representing a major shareholder in Agent Provocateur regarding sale proceedings
  • Acting for an international law firm in an £8 million dispute with a number of its former partners
  • Advising an African company in a dispute regarding a £25 million investment in a UK technology company
  • Advising a Russian business in relation to an £38 million dispute regarding a Singaporean joint venture vehicle

Professional Negligence

  • Advising in respect of a claim for circa €150 million relating to the negligent preparation of a financial model for an infrastructure project
  • Assisting in relation to a circa US$2 billion negligence claim against accountants arising out of a major corporate insolvency
  • Advising an international law firm in relation to a £20 million claim against its auditors
  • Acting for a UK Plc in defence of a £3 million class action brought in the United States
  • Acting for an English football club in a professional negligence claim against its former lawyers valued at circa of £5 million

Guarantee and Warrantee Claims

  • Acting for a France-based company on a €20 million warranty claim
  • Acting for a UK-based company in a high value tax warranty claim
  • Acting for an international engineering business on the injuncting of a bank guarantee
  • Acting for a UK-listed property company in defence of a claim in the UK courts relating to a guarantee given in respect of a joint venture in the Bahamas
  • Acting for a well-known commercial brand in defence of a £3 million claim under a guarantee
  • Acting in two LCIA arbitrations concerning the enforcement of guarantee obligations relating to a loan for the purchase of a superyacht

Breach of restrictive covenants and theft/misuse of confidential information

  • Advising a US company in respect of Scottish proceedings relating to the misuse of confidential information by a former employee
  • Acting for a US company in relation to restrictive covenant breaches and misuse of confidential information by a competitor based in the UK and Dubai
  • Acting for a company in respect of a data theft by a departing employee, including the obtaining of injunctive relief and extensive early disclosure
  • Acting for a global franchise business in enforcing restrictive covenants against former franchises based in the UK

Other Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for a global consultancy business in two disputes with the UK government relating to contested charges in the region of £12 million levied under two high profile contracts
  • Advising the Attorney General of a South American country in relation to a successful appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of a judgment of the Bahamian courts in the sum of circa $200 million
  • Acting for a member of the Qatari Royal Family in seeking to set aside a judgment of the English Commercial Court
  • Acting in the English courts for an individual in defence of a claim in the amount of £21 million arising out of a corporate reorganisation and share capital reduction
  • Representing one of the world’s largest consultancy businesses against a global law firm in relation to a “pay when paid” clause
  • Advising shareholders in a Cypriot company in relation to bringing tort claims (with a value of circa €10 million) in BVI and the Cayman Islands regarding the procuring of a breach of contract
  • Representing a UK-based research and development business on claims under a high value contract with an Ireland-based supplier
  • Provision of a legal opinion for use in the Russian courts in relation to the sale of a participatory interest governed by English law
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest printing press manufacturers on the supply of a printing press to New Zealand including a challenge to the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts
  • Acting for a representative beneficiary in one of the largest pension cases to come before the courts

Export Control and Economic Sanctions

  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a global engineering business on exporting goods and technology to Iran for building petrochemical plants
  • Acting as lead advisor to a major Russian energy business in relation to EU sanctions regarding Ukraine
  • Acting as lead advisor to a major Russian bank in respect of EU sanctions regarding Ukraine
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest engine manufacturers on European and worldwide controlled exports
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers on worldwide controlled exports
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed electrical equipment manufacturer on controlled exports and an audit by the UK Export Control Organisation
  • Acting for a global industrial business on an audit by the UK Export Control Organisation and the roll-out of a pan-European export control system
  • Advising an optics company on the export of sniper sights
  • Advising an aircraft leasing company in the relation to the impact of economic sanctions on its business
  • Advising a Cayman Islands company in relation to economic sanctions regarding a gas project with Iranian involvement
  • Advising a variety of businesses in relation to appropriate export control and sanctions warranties and indemnities in share purchase agreements and loan documents
  • Acting for an Isle of Man company in relation to economic sanctions on the Syrian oil and gas sector
  • Performing pre and post-acquisition due diligence for compliance with UK/EU economic sanctions and export controls
  • Working with the UK industry Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGAD) on providing seminars and hosting events on export control
  • Presentation to the Ministry of Defence and BIS in relation to the scope, usage and risk of the UK/U.S. Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty
  • Advising a global drinks producer in relation to sales and payments (made in accordance with EU law) to countries targeted by EU sanctions, including Iran

Anti-corruption and Bribery

  • Acting for a UK business in respect of a voluntary self-disclosure under the UK Bribery Act to the Scottish Crown Office resulting in one of only a handful of settlements to date with the Scottish authorities 
  • Drafting and implementing Bribery Act compliant policies and procedures for a variety of international businesses
  • Performing due diligence in relation to Bribery Act compliance