The Financial Regulatory and Disputes Summit 2020 – 6 February 2020

6 February 2020

The Brewery, 52 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SD



Following the success of our litigation and arbitration summits, Legal Business is pleased to unveil The Financial Regulatory and Disputes Summit in February 2020. This day-long discussion and networking event brings together leading disputes specialists from private practice, the judiciary, regulators and in-house legal departments at financial services companies.

Supported by our distinguished law firm and chambers sponsors, including headline sponsor White & Case, the summit will gather more than 100 senior speakers and guests for a best-in-class event from Legalease, one of the world’s top legal publishers.

In association with

Headline sponsor

White & Case

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients. In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

In association with

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is a pre-eminent set of London barristers’ chambers right at the very top of the commercial litigation and arbitration market. Our principle areas of practice include, banking and financial services, including associated regulation; civil fraud and investigations; company, insolvency and restructuring matters; shareholder and joint venture disputes; professional discipline; and revenue law. Professional clients comprise many of the major litigation and disputes law firms both UK and international, as well as GC and in-house legal operations at banks and other financial institutions. As well as institutions and private companies, members here have also acted for the FCA and the PRA.

The financial services expertise at One Essex Court is market wide, with barristers here appearing in a significant number of the leading cases including, BST v Carris; Hannam v FCA; Graiseley v Barclays; The RBS Rights Litigation; Rosneft v HM Treasury; and the Lehman Waterfall proceedings. In addition to hearings before the Courts of England & Wales at all levels, barristers here have also represented clients before the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery) on a wide range of matters including, market manipulation; insider dealing; and mis-selling. Members here are also engaged in relation to substantial offshore funds disputes, frequently appearing in the courts in Cayman, BVI and Cyprus.”


Boies Schiller Flexner logo

Boies Schiller Flexner is a firm of internationally recognised trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors known for our creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of success for our clients.

Over two decades, Boies Schiller Flexner has established a record of taking on and winning complex, groundbreaking, and cross‐border matters in diverse circumstances and industries for many of the world’s most sophisticated companies. Our lawyers are recognized for prevailing when the odds are longest and the stakes highest.

We regularly take cases to trial, and we prepare each one accordingly from the start. We have the experience, judgment, and vision to develop the arguments that achieve favorable outcomes, whether those arguments are needed inside or outside of the courtroom. We build deep relationships with our core clients that allow us to represent them in any matter, in any forum, anywhere in the world. We regularly represent our clients as plaintiffs as well as defendants, often sharing the risk of litigation through creative fee structures.

We strive every day to build upon that reputation and to achieve exceptional results for our clients.


Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a leading set of barristers’ chambers, specialising in commercial and financial litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law.

Members of Chambers are recognised specialists in all areas of commercial law and handle disputes across the full spectrum of the business and financial world, including banking and finance, civil fraud, corporate/chancery and offshore, insolvency, insurance & reinsurance, energy, trade, shipping, revenue, and employment.

The barristers at Essex Court Chambers advise and act in disputes both in the UK and worldwide. They have a reputation for exceptional talent, top-class advocacy and a client-oriented approach.


Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Our commitment, local and multi-national expertise and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most.


Serle Court is a set of barristers’ chambers offering genuine expertise across a broad range of both chancery and commercial disciplines. We cover the whole range of ‘business’ law, from offshore litigation about the world’s largest companies to domestic advice on probate matters, for both private and professional clients at home and abroad. We are applauded for handling “matters of the greatest worth and complexity.” Widely recognised as one of the top sets at the English Bar, members of chambers are recommended in 22 practice areas by Chambers UK and 18 practice areas by The Legal 500. We are one of the largest commercial chancery sets, with 69 members, including 27 silks, so we are well placed to offer the right barrister or team for each case. Our Head of Chambers is Alan Boyle QC, he and all our barristers and staff are committed to providing exceptional service which is regularly recognised in the directories and at awards ceremonies.

Networking Sponsor

Independent Mediators

Launched in 2007, Independent Mediators (IM) manage the practices of nine of Europe’s leading full-time civil and commercial mediators. The mediators are; Charles Dodson, Phillip Howell-Richardson, Kate Jackson, Michel Kallipetis QC, Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, Mark Lomas QC, Bill Marsh, Andrew Paton and Nicholas Pryor.

All have been mediating full time for a minimum of ten years and in some cases for over twenty years and have mediated in excess of 8,500 matters between them during their careers. The commercial disputes mediated range in value from tens of thousands to multi-billion pounds and include almost every sector of business and law with parties from all over the UK and internationally. The mediators have worked with parties from over 85 countries, as mediators, mediation advisers to governments and companies and in delivering mediation training.

They are acknowledged as leading mediators in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. They all feature in the international directory Who’s Who Legal: Mediation which recognises the world’s leading commercial mediators, with three featuring in a list selected by Who’s Who Legal as ‘Global Elite Thought Leaders’ in mediation.

Speakers include


Ben Strong QC

Barrister, One Essex Court

Ben has a wide ranging commercial practice at One Essex Court. His recent cases have focussed on banking and financial services, as well as civil fraud, professional negligence, international joint venture disputes and jurisdiction challenges. Ben acts for both private and public sector clients, and in court litigation, arbitration and disciplinary hearings.

Natasha Harrison

Managing partner, Boies Schiller

Natasha Harrison is managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office. The firm focuses on complex litigation, arbitration and investigations. Acting on behalf of funds, investment banks, corporations and governments, Natasha’s practice focuses on high‐stakes international litigation and arbitration. She has extensive experience in all types of finance and business disputes and has litigated many of the most important creditor disputes of the last decade.

Piers Reynolds

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Piers is a partner in Freshfields’ Financial Institutions Disputes Group. He acts for banks, insurers, and other financial institutions in litigation, regulatory matters, and investigations including in the retail, wealth, and wholesale sectors. Many of Piers’ cases are multi-jurisdictional. Piers’ recent matters include advising on: one of the largest-ever Dubai FSA investigations; proceedings before the Financial Reporting Council; numerous FCA enforcement and other regulatory proceedings; civil litigation in relation to M&A in the financial services sector; breach of confidentiality; mis-selling; sanctions; tax disputes before the First Tier Tribunal; FOS issues; and derivatives disputes.

Philip Marshall QC

Serle Court

‘One of the Bar’s most successful silks’, Philip Marshall QC is a senior commercial and chancery silk who specialises in complex commercial disputes and commercial fraud, particularly international fraud. He continues to be involved in a number of high-profile matters and is ‘selected for very sophisticated cases’. In 2009 he was authorised to sit as Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery and Queen’s Bench Division) and regularly acts and advises in several overseas jurisdictions, including the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Hong Kong. He is called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands. Philip is classified in Chambers & Partners as one of ‘the Stars at the Bar’ and is recommended in eight different practice areas. He is a legal commentator for the BBC, ITV and Sky News and was The Times ‘Lawyer of the week’ for work on a major fraud case. Significant cases include Emmerson International v Renova Industries; Raj Al Khamah Investment Authority v Bedfort & ors; Orb v Ruhan & ors; Mazey Properties v Harris; Constantin Medien v Ecclestone; Aeroflot v Berezovsky; and JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. Philip has acted for claimants in a number of group clams including the RBS Rights Issue litigation and in respect of the Tesco accounting scandal.

Matthew Waudby

Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright

Matthew Waudby is a specialist in banking disputes and civil fraud. He has a particular focus on derivatives, structured finance and debt capital markets litigation. Matthew is recommended for both banking litigation and civil fraud in The Legal 500 2018 where he is described as “the most extraordinary person, whose strategic and analytical thinking is impressive and he manages the most stressful situations in a calm and undisturbed manner”.

Anna Boase QC

One Essex Court

Anna Boase QC has acted for a number of leading global banks and financial institutions, including Commerzbank, Citigroup, Lloyds, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. She has particular experience of large scale and group litigation, including in the financial services context. Anna also receives instructions from the Financial Conduct Authority. She practices as counsel (in litigation and arbitration) and as an arbitrator.

John Reynolds

Partner, White & Case

John Reynolds is a well-known and formidable dispute resolution lawyer whose international practice has a particular focus on banking, finance and investment disputes. John is also global co-head of the firm’s financial institutions group.

John represents investment banks and other financial institutions in a broad range of disputes, and in regulatory enforcement and investigation processes, commonly spanning several jurisdictions. His workload related to the global financial crisis began with the landmark litigation arising from the nationalisation of Northern Rock.

Chris Brennan

Partner, White & Case

Chris Brennan is a partner in the global commercial litigation practice at White & Case. Chris joined the firm in 2018, having previously led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice at another leading law firm.

In recent years, he has advised on a number of the most significant regulatory cases in both the retail and wholesale markets. He has represented many of the leading financial institutions in relation to regulatory enquiries, investigations and enforcement action. He has also acted for individuals in relation to regulatory and criminal investigations or prosecutions. He also has experience advising public companies on market disclosure investigations.

Leeor Cohen

Leeor Cohen

Vice president, Burford Capital

Leeor Cohen is a vice president with responsibility for assessing and underwriting legal risk as part of Burford’s investment team.

Prior to joining Burford, Leeor was a director in leveraged finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in London and in New York. He focused on origination of high yield bonds and leveraged loans for corporate clients and financial sponsors. Before working at BAML, Leeor worked as a consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago. Leeor has also practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv and served in the Israeli Artillery Corps.

Leeor earned his MBA and MPP degrees from the University of Michigan and graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann School of Law.


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