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Andrew de Mestre QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 6 departments
Ranked in : Banking & FinanceCompanyRestructuring/InsolvencyChancery: CommercialFraud: CivilCommercial Dispute Resolution
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Banking & Finance - London (Bar)

Band 4

Andrew de Mestre QC
Andrew de Mestre QC offers strong expertise in handling a range of commercial and financial disputes for clients including corporate trustees, bondholders and fund managers. He acts in all court levels in cases involving fraud, bond disputes and insolvency claims.
Strengths: "He is exceptional at being able to marshal and assimilate information. He is at complete comfort with numbers and accounts as well as the law." "He has excellent finance expertise and, in particular, structured finance technical knowledge. He really gets to the bottom of the underlying transactions and is a great team player."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Stanford International Bank in a multimillion-pound claim against HSBC relating to the Quincecare duty of case.
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Company - London (Bar)

Band 3

Andrew de Mestre QC
Andrew de Mestre QC enjoys a strong reputation across a broad range of company-related litigation matters, and has particular skill in disputes concerning securitisation transactions and bond issues. He is also notably experienced in unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes. De Mestre frequently represents investment banks, corporate trustees, issuers and bondholders.
Strengths: "Very academically intelligent." "He's very thorough and his pleadings are superb."
Recent work: Represented the defendant company in PEL v Shaftesbury, a high-value shareholder dispute.
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Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Bar)

Band 4

Andrew de Mestre QC
Andrew de Mestre QC has considerable experience across the full gamut of restructuring and insolvency law. He regularly acts on behalf of an array of clients, including bondholders, issuers and corporate trustees, and routinely appears as sole counsel in high-profile cases. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in litigation arising from securitisation transactions and other bond issues.
Strengths: "He's hands-on, very focused and really easy to work with. You really feel that he's invested and that he understands the commercial and legal driving factors."
Recent work: Acted for the receivers of the assets of Mukhtar Ablyazov in what was one of the largest and most complex pre-judgment receiverships ordered by the High Court.
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Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)

Band 3

Andrew de Mestre QC
Strengths: "Very bright and highly strategic in his approach." "He is effective, always available, hard-working, and on top of all of the detail."
Recent work: Acted for Global Energy Horizons Corporation in an appeal concerning the obligations of a fiduciary to account for opportunities which he had taken and developed in breach of fiduciary duty.
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Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)

Band 4

Andrew de Mestre QC
Andrew de Mestre QC is an expert in cases concerning dishonesty, negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation, and is proficient at tracing and recovering misappropriated assets. He approaches fraud as part of a wide-ranging commercial practice that also encompasses such areas as company and insolvency law.
Strengths: "He's hands-on, very focused and easy to work with. He has a good understanding of the case and the commercial and legal driving factors." "A superb barrister with excellent technical skills."
Recent work: Instructed in Playboy Club Ltd & Another v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, a case concerning whether the bank was liable to a London casino after a gambler made off with some £1 million in winnings having obtained gaming chips with forged cheques.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

Band 4

Andrew de Mestre QC
Strengths: "A very effective advocate who is an impressive performer in court."
Recent work: Acted for one set of claimants in Travelport & Others v WEX, proceedings to determine whether or not the pandemic had caused a material adverse effect sufficient to allow the defendant to complete a USD1.7 billion acquisition of two companies providing payment services to the travel industry.
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Practice Areas

Commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on civil fraud and asset recovery; financial services and banking including CMBS and other securitisation disputes; insolvency and company law including proceedings under the Insolvency Act 1986, directors’ duties, and shareholder disputes.

Recent cases include: Global Energy Horizons Corp v Gray [2021] EWCA Civ 123 and [2020] EWCA Civ 1668; Travelport v WEX [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm); Stanford International Bank Plc v HSBC Bank Plc [2020] EWHC 2232; Deutsche Trustee Co Ltd v Duchess VI CLO BV [2020] EWCA Civ 521; Singularis Holdings Ltd v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Plc [2019] UKSC 50, [2019] 3 WLR 997; Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2019] 1 WLR 3347; Re Peak Hotels and Resorts Ltd [2019] 1 WLR 2145; Playboy Club London v BNL SA [2018] UKSC 43; Credit Suisse Asset Management v Titan Europe 2006 – 1 Plc [2016] EWCA 1293; BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v LBG Capital No.1 Plc [2016] UKSC 29.

Career

Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple. Called March 1998. QC in 2019.

Professional Memberships

Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association (Main committee; Chair pro bono sub-committee).

Publications

Contributor to OUP's 'Annotated Companies Acts'; Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Finance Law.

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