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James Chapman-Booth
Lawyer
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6598
London
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
+44 (0) 20 3301 6598

James Chapman-Booth is an English barrister who focuses on cross-border commercial litigation. His experience includes disputes related to financial products and services, insolvency proceedings and U.S. regulatory enforcement matters.

Mr. Chapman-Booth studied English law and was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Admissions

  • Barrister, England & Wales

Education

  • Royal Holloway, University of London, BA

Select Engagements

  • Representation of clients challenging the UK recognition of a Russian insolvency on the grounds that the recognition is manifestly contrary to UK public policy. Obtained a first-of-its-kind award ordering the foreign liquidator to post substantial security for our clients’ costs, which significantly changed the dynamics of the litigation in clients’ favor.
  • Representation of Chevron Corp. in enforcing an investment treaty arbitration award against a sovereign nation for US $100 million+.
  • Representation of investors bringing claims against a consortium of UK and European banks seeking rescission of interest-rate swap contracts worth €700 million+ in reliance on the banks’ alleged involvement in wrongful manipulation of the Euribor. Described by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 UK cases of 2016.
  • Representation of a company at first instance and on appeal in the defense of a €100 million+ claim to enforce fees allegedly due under a contract and triggered by the cross-default of related third-party loan agreements, raising issues of construction and as to the law of penalties.
  • Representation of a U.S. software company in connection with the 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 several compliance executives with regional and global responsibilities for a major international financial institution in connection with a New York Department of Financial Services investigation into the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, and U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance program in its U.S. branches.
  • Representation of several compliance executives with regional and global responsibilities for a major international financial institution in connection with a New York Department of Financial Services investigation into the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, and U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance program in its U.S. branches.
  • Representation of a UK-based futures trader facing criminal and civil charges of commodities manipulation, fraud, and "spoofing" by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Representation of a trader at a major European investment bank in connection with a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) into alleged spoofing and manipulation of the precious metals market.
  • Representation of a Spanish multinational gaming company in a dispute against its former restructuring adviser over certain advisory fees totaling approximately €10 million.
  • Representation of the Turks & Caicos Island Financial Services Commission in insolvency proceedings against First Financial Caribbean Trust Company Ltd.
 

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Insolvency used as a tool in asset recovery” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, March 2020)
  • Co-author, "Has EU Really Made Cross-Border Asset Preservation Easier?" (Law360, June 2017)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Barrister, England & Wales

Education

  • Royal Holloway, University of London, BA

Engagements

  • Representation of clients challenging the UK recognition of a Russian insolvency on the grounds that the recognition is manifestly contrary to UK public policy. Obtained a first-of-its-kind award ordering the foreign liquidator to post substantial security for our clients’ costs, which significantly changed the dynamics of the litigation in clients’ favor.
  • Representation of Chevron Corp. in enforcing an investment treaty arbitration award against a sovereign nation for US $100 million+.
  • Representation of investors bringing claims against a consortium of UK and European banks seeking rescission of interest-rate swap contracts worth €700 million+ in reliance on the banks’ alleged involvement in wrongful manipulation of the Euribor. Described by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 UK cases of 2016.
  • Representation of a company at first instance and on appeal in the defense of a €100 million+ claim to enforce fees allegedly due under a contract and triggered by the cross-default of related third-party loan agreements, raising issues of construction and as to the law of penalties.
  • Representation of a U.S. software company in connection with the 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 several compliance executives with regional and global responsibilities for a major international financial institution in connection with a New York Department of Financial Services investigation into the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, and U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance program in its U.S. branches.
  • Representation of several compliance executives with regional and global responsibilities for a major international financial institution in connection with a New York Department of Financial Services investigation into the institution’s Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, and U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance program in its U.S. branches.
  • Representation of a UK-based futures trader facing criminal and civil charges of commodities manipulation, fraud, and "spoofing" by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Representation of a trader at a major European investment bank in connection with a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) into alleged spoofing and manipulation of the precious metals market.
  • Representation of a Spanish multinational gaming company in a dispute against its former restructuring adviser over certain advisory fees totaling approximately €10 million.
  • Representation of the Turks & Caicos Island Financial Services Commission in insolvency proceedings against First Financial Caribbean Trust Company Ltd.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Insolvency used as a tool in asset recovery” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, March 2020)
  • Co-author, "Has EU Really Made Cross-Border Asset Preservation Easier?" (Law360, June 2017)