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Commercial Litigation

Our global Commercial Litigation practice is renowned for handling high value, complex and business critical cases that are frequently cross-border in nature.

Our litigators represent clients in the most significant commercial courts around the world, delivering accurate, holistic advice quickly, wherever disputes take place. It is this experience of handling high-stakes, complex cases around the globe and coordination of cross-border proceedings that distinguishes us from our competitors.

We work for national and multinational corporates and individuals, tailoring our approach to the unique requirements of every case. We have the full range of specialist expertise to assess and evaluate every aspect of a commercial dispute, devising legal strategies that deliver results in line with our clients' commercial drivers and objectives.

Our experience includes advising:

  • A U.S.-headquartered bank on litigation in the English High Court arising from its alleged anti-competitive conduct in the foreign exchange markets.
  • BNP Paribas in class action litigation in the Southern District of New York involving claims that some of the biggest banks in the world manipulated the global foreign exchange (FX) market.
  • WPP on a major corporate and shareholder litigation in Hong Kong, including liaising with the client and their English solicitors in relation to parallel English proceedings.

News & insights

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Publications: 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Asymmetric jurisdiction agreements – are they effective against “torpedo” actions in another court?

An asymmetric jurisdiction agreement is an exclusive jurisdiction agreement for the purposes of the “anti torpedo” provisions of the Brussels Recast Regulation. This means that the court given…

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News: 29 JANUARY 2021

Melody Wang joins Shanghai Lang Yue bringing China litigation capability to Allen & Overy Lang Yue

Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm (‘Lang Yue’), Allen & Overy’s joint operation firm, announced today that Melody Wang, an experienced litigator and investigations practitioner, will join as a partner and…

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Publications: 21 DECEMBER 2020

Mamma Mia! What's up with virtual hearings?

Virtual hearings are so much easier than ones that take place in person – no hassle of getting to court (or even the office), no delays at security, ready access to whatever you need. Or at least,…

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2020

Horse betting company not liable for breach of confidence, but is liable for unlawful means conspiracy

Sports Information Services Ltd (SIS) was not liable for breach of confidence as it lacked notice that the information it received from a third party was communicated in circumstances importing an…

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