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Max Davis, Senior Associate

Max’s key areas of expertise are complex disputes involving claims of civil fraud and asset recovery, multi-jurisdictional disputes in the financial services and banking sectors with an insolvency element, and corporate anti-bribery and corruption compliance.

Summary

Max specialises in high value, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving fraud and corruption in the financial services and banking, energy, technology and EU procurement sectors. He also advises clients in the UK, USA, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean on the impact of the Bribery Act 2010, including advising on compliance issues, dawn raids and regulatory investigations by the SFO, SEC and FCA.

Max acts for high profile, high net worth individuals as well as corporates and liquidators. He has extensive experience of dealing with the public relations strategic considerations that impact some disputes, including by reference to "phone hacking", Operation Weeting and in the political arena.

Max is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • Advising the Joint Liquidators of Cayman companies in a multi-billion pound dispute in the finance and banking sector currently in trial in the Cayman Islands. The dispute comprises allegations of fraud, forgery and the misappropriation of monies, institutionalised false accounting, claims for tracing and asset recovery through European and Middle Eastern jurisdictions and involves one of the most prominent and wealthy families in Saudi Arabia
  • Advised Tanzanian company in respect of claims against a global financial institution, which claims proceeded simultaneously in four different jurisdictions, over a period of 15 years, for sums in excess of USD 150 million. The dispute encompassed a jurisdictional challenge that was determined by the English Court of Appeal, claims before ICSID, allegations of fraud and corruption within the Tanzanian Government and Judiciary, and a press campaign during the Tanzanian general elections that prompted statements from the British Ambassador
  • Successfully resisted claims brought by financial institutions following the Icelandic banking collapse against a high profile, high net worth individual including the withdrawal of a Statutory Demand for an amount in excess of GBP 1 million and the abandonment of a pre-action claim in excess of GBP 1.5 million
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