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Andrew Stafford QC
Lawyer
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 5709

Andrew Stafford QC is an English barrister and Queen’s Counsel who advises corporations, hedge funds, and high-net-worth individuals in matters related to financial products and services, joint venture disputes, and regulatory defense litigation.

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Andrew Stafford QC is an English barrister and Queen’s Counsel who represents corporations, hedge funds and high-net-worth individuals in complex, high-value litigations spanning multiple jurisdictions. In the area of financial services and products, Mr. Stafford QC handles swaps litigation, including matters of currency fixing related to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) and foreign exchange markets.

Mr. Stafford QC also represents clients in joint venture and partnership disputes, as well as in regulatory defense matters involving UK authorities.

A highly regarded appellate advocate and trial lawyer, Mr. Stafford QC appears in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and acts in international arbitrations on a range of matters, including financial derivatives, insurance and international commercial fraud. He has been cited by industry publications as “a really good lateral thinker” and “a great tactician” with “fantastic courtroom demeanor.”

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Stafford QC practiced as barrister at Littleton Chambers and 4 New Square. He is a qualified and experienced mediator and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

Admissions

  • Barrister
  • Barrister, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)
  • Master of the Bench, Middle Temple

Education

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, MA

Select Engagements

Financial Products & Services Litigation:

  • Acting in €700 million Commercial Court litigation arising out of alleged misselling of Euribor swaps.
  • Representing special-purpose vehicles in defense to a £150 million claim brought by junior creditors in complex banking litigation arising out of international property financing and refinancing.
  • Representation of trader against a major bank in respect of the entitlements generated by fixed-income trading.
  • Representation of a former desk head in a claim against a foreign bank arising out of allocation of equity clients.
  • Representing insurers in arbitration relating to avoidance of professional indemnity policy coverage in the context of a series of property valuations.
  • Acting for insured in High Court claim against business interruption insurers arising out of arson at business premises.
  • Representation of a finance director in a dispute relating to breach of fiduciary duty arising in the context of a management buyout (MBO).
  • Representing pharmaceutical company in relation to shareholder demand arising in the context of cross-border acquisition.
  • Representing European group of companies in cross-border dispute arising out corporate restructuring.

Joint Venture and Partnership Disputes:

  • Representation of developer in connection with litigation arising from acquisition of prime London development property.
  • Representation of a U.S. software company in connection with recovery of license fees and potential proceedings in the English High Court for breach of a commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) contract by a foreign oil and gas company.
  • Representation of professional services firm in a groundbreaking Supreme Court appeal relating to scope of members' liabilities under UK legislation.
  • Representation of minority shareholders of an English industrial company in a shareholder dispute and unfair prejudice claims in face of various alleged instances of improper self-dealing by the majority shareholder and sensitivities from relations with bondholders, litigation with major customer, and an EU competition investigation.
  • Representation of an individual in claims brought against members of a partnership relating to their involvement in multimillion-pound Ponzi fraud.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery:

  • Representation of Chevron in the successful enforcement of an investment treaty arbitration award against the Republic of Ecuador for US $100 million+ (with interest). Kobre & Kim’s efforts in executing an enforcement strategy, including asset tracing, efforts to identify seizure targets and the service of numerous discovery requests, culminated in Ecuador’s paying Chevron the entirety of the original award plus interest. 
  • Acting for a major corporation in enforcing judgment against a sovereign state.
  • Advice to a company seeking recovery for losses accrued through sale of tax-based financial products.
  • Representation of a foreign-based company in resisting a worldwide freezing injunction.
  • Search and seizure orders in relation to a multinational company pursuing claims of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for company serving proceedings in Iceland and to freeze the defendant company’s Icelandic assets.

International Arbitration:

  • Representing a U.S. entity in an arbitration defending claims arising from reversal of negative trading positions.
  • Acting for a hedge fund in successfully challenging an adverse International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration award on grounds of serious irregularity.
  • Representing Asian business in relation to arbitration concerning oil shipments.
  • Acting in other arbitrations in relation to construction contracts, warranty claims, share-sale agreements, shipping contracts and partnership disputes.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • London Court of International Arbitration, Member
  • COMBAR, Member
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association, Member
  • The Employment Law Bar Association, Member
  • British Association for Sport & Law, Member
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Has EU Really Made Cross-Border Asset Preservation Easier?" (Law360, June 2017)
  • Co-author, “Partners in Crime” (New Law Journal, December 2015)
  • Co-author, “How Will London’s Specialist Court Affect US Companies?” (Law 360, November 2015)
  • Author, "Fiduciary Duties: Directors & Employees" (Jordan Publishing Ltd., March 2015)
  • Contributing author and editor, "Transfer of Undertakings" (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
  • Member of Advisory Board, Gore-Brown on Companies
  • Contributing author and editor, Atkins Court Forms on Employment

Credentials

Admissions

  • Barrister
  • Barrister, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)
  • Master of the Bench, Middle Temple

Education

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, MA

Engagements

Select Engagements

Financial Products & Services Litigation:

  • Acting in €700 million Commercial Court litigation arising out of alleged misselling of Euribor swaps.
  • Representing special-purpose vehicles in defense to a £150 million claim brought by junior creditors in complex banking litigation arising out of international property financing and refinancing.
  • Representation of trader against a major bank in respect of the entitlements generated by fixed-income trading.
  • Representation of a former desk head in a claim against a foreign bank arising out of allocation of equity clients.
  • Representing insurers in arbitration relating to avoidance of professional indemnity policy coverage in the context of a series of property valuations.
  • Acting for insured in High Court claim against business interruption insurers arising out of arson at business premises.
  • Representation of a finance director in a dispute relating to breach of fiduciary duty arising in the context of a management buyout (MBO).
  • Representing pharmaceutical company in relation to shareholder demand arising in the context of cross-border acquisition.
  • Representing European group of companies in cross-border dispute arising out corporate restructuring.

Joint Venture and Partnership Disputes:

  • Representation of developer in connection with litigation arising from acquisition of prime London development property.
  • Representation of a U.S. software company in connection with recovery of license fees and potential proceedings in the English High Court for breach of a commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) contract by a foreign oil and gas company.
  • Representation of professional services firm in a groundbreaking Supreme Court appeal relating to scope of members' liabilities under UK legislation.
  • Representation of minority shareholders of an English industrial company in a shareholder dispute and unfair prejudice claims in face of various alleged instances of improper self-dealing by the majority shareholder and sensitivities from relations with bondholders, litigation with major customer, and an EU competition investigation.
  • Representation of an individual in claims brought against members of a partnership relating to their involvement in multimillion-pound Ponzi fraud.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery:

  • Representation of Chevron in the successful enforcement of an investment treaty arbitration award against the Republic of Ecuador for US $100 million+ (with interest). Kobre & Kim’s efforts in executing an enforcement strategy, including asset tracing, efforts to identify seizure targets and the service of numerous discovery requests, culminated in Ecuador’s paying Chevron the entirety of the original award plus interest. 
  • Acting for a major corporation in enforcing judgment against a sovereign state.
  • Advice to a company seeking recovery for losses accrued through sale of tax-based financial products.
  • Representation of a foreign-based company in resisting a worldwide freezing injunction.
  • Search and seizure orders in relation to a multinational company pursuing claims of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for company serving proceedings in Iceland and to freeze the defendant company’s Icelandic assets.

International Arbitration:

  • Representing a U.S. entity in an arbitration defending claims arising from reversal of negative trading positions.
  • Acting for a hedge fund in successfully challenging an adverse International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration award on grounds of serious irregularity.
  • Representing Asian business in relation to arbitration concerning oil shipments.
  • Acting in other arbitrations in relation to construction contracts, warranty claims, share-sale agreements, shipping contracts and partnership disputes.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • London Court of International Arbitration, Member
  • COMBAR, Member
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association, Member
  • The Employment Law Bar Association, Member
  • British Association for Sport & Law, Member
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association, Member

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Has EU Really Made Cross-Border Asset Preservation Easier?" (Law360, June 2017)
  • Co-author, “Partners in Crime” (New Law Journal, December 2015)
  • Co-author, “How Will London’s Specialist Court Affect US Companies?” (Law 360, November 2015)
  • Author, "Fiduciary Duties: Directors & Employees" (Jordan Publishing Ltd., March 2015)
  • Contributing author and editor, "Transfer of Undertakings" (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
  • Member of Advisory Board, Gore-Brown on Companies
  • Contributing author and editor, Atkins Court Forms on Employment