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Call: 1993    QC: 2017

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Banking & Finance

Max’s background in the financial markets ensures that he gives clients a competitive edge in dealing with complicated disputes involving banks, financial institutions and complex financial instruments such as derivatives and cryptocurrencies. He has wide experience in cases involving improper trading on financial and commodities markets such as front-running, market manipulation and mispricing. In recent years he has acted for many clients in disputes arising out of interest rate swaps, credit default swaps, financial spread-betting and other derivative instruments. Max also acts frequently in claims based on negligent investment advice and negligent advice in relation to tax avoidance schemes such as film finance schemes, EBTs and EFRBs.

Chambers & Partners refers to the fact that “he is fluent in investment banking cases”, the 2019 edition describing him as “a very numerate lawyer, who is better with numbers than pretty much any other barrister out there”. Both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 praise his considerable ability to deal effectively with both clients and the court.

Some of his ongoing and recent cases include:

  • Max is currently acting for a group of investors in relation to claims for conspiracy, breach of contract and negligence arising out of failed investments in unregulated investments schemes.
  • BGC Brokers LP & Ors v Tradition (UK) Limited/Martin Brokers Group Limited v Bell & Ors. Max acted for the Claimants in these related actions which settled during a 20-day trial in December 2019. Both claims arose out of disputes between inter-dealer brokers in the City and involved claims for breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and breach of contract.
  • Max recently acted for a client seeking very substantial damages against one of the high street banks for its role in a fraudulent scheme to pressure the client into selling his shares in a large private company owned and controlled by him at an undervalue.
  • Max is advising in relation to a potential group action for breach of duty in relation to the FCA’s swaps redress scheme.
  • Over the past few years Max has advised and acted for a large number of companies and individuals with claims against the banks arising out of tax avoidance schemes and swap transactions.
  • ACS Scout v Ebullio & Anor, AC Scout v Ebullio & Ors (Commercial Court). Max acteds for the Claimant in this large claim for damages for conspiracy to injure arising out of wrongful trading in Tin futures on the London Metal Exchange.
  • Max acted for creditors of a failed investment bank in their claims to recover their investments.
  • Dexia v Comune di Forli. Max acted for the Defendant (an Italian local authority) in this multi-million dollar interest rate swap dispute. Max has been and is still involved in a number of other such claims.
  • Cambridge Commodities Limited v Proedge. Max acted for the Claimant in this very substantial claim for damages for negligent investment advice in relation to and EBT and EFRBs. Max has been and is still involved in a number of other such claims.