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Joe Smouha QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 8 departments

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Banking & Finance - London (Bar)

Band 1

Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is a highly accomplished banking silk with additional expertise in the civil fraud arena. He handles a wide range of financial disputes for major banks and is an accomplished advocate in international arbitrations. Active both domestically and internationally, he has appeared in courts in the BVI and the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "He is a big hitter with heavy trial experience. He has the expertise for very large trials and arbitrations." " A real heavyweight all-rounder for the big cases, particularly those with high-profile clients."
Recent work: Acted for the Republic of Mozambique in a claim against Credit Suisse in respect of the 'hidden debt' and 'tuna bond' scandal relating to government backed loans arranged by Credit Suisse
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Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)

Band 2

Joe Smouha QC
Strengths: "Very measured and very, very experienced. He has good judgement and a very nice manner." "His ability to digest information and make really tactical calls is incredibly impressive. He's also great at multitasking."
Recent work: Instructed in a USD550 million claim in the Hong Kong courts in which the liquidator of the plaintiff company is bringing professional negligence claims against the US firm Paul, Weiss.
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Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)

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Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is a skilled commercial silk who champions clients' interests in domestic and international courtroom trials and arbitrations.
Strengths: "He has great strategic vision and is excellent with clients." "One of the go-to silks for big fraud claims - his advocacy is impeccable, he's always well prepared and he deals with points easily on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for PCP Capital Partners in a dispute against Barclays. The case involved deceit claims arising from Barclays' recapitalisation in 2008.
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International Arbitration: Arbitrators - London (Bar)

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Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is a highly reputed international arbitrator, appointed in ad hoc arbitrations, as well as under principal arbitral bodies such as the ICC, the LCIA and ICSID. He specialises in hearing commercial disputes and has notable experience acting in arbitrations seated in London and Geneva.
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International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance - London (Bar)

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Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is widely considered to be one of the strongest practitioners at the International Arbitration Bar due to his extensive experience in handling notable commercial disputes under a number of prominent arbitral institutions including the ICC and LCIA. He also takes appointments as a commercial arbitrator. His advocacy experience includes court appearances in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "He's incredibly client-friendly, commercial and a smooth operator." "He stands out in terms of quality. He is excellent and a knowledgeable advocate." "He is pre-eminent in terms of his reputation and he is excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of International Military Services in a claim for recognition of an arbitration award obtained by the Ministry of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the New York Convention.
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Offshore - London (Bar)

Band 2

Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC has a wealth of experience in international commercial litigation. His offshore portfolio includes cases in the BVI and the Cayman Islands. Smouha is an expert in fraud, money laundering and joint venture ownership disputes, to name but a few.
Strengths: "He is someone who manages the entire compass of commercial litigation, from trench work to courtroom advocacy. He's skilled in every single aspect of the work."
Recent work: Acted in Bouvier v Rybolovlev, an alleged fraud and money laundering case proceeding in Switzerland, Monaco and the USA.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

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Joe Smouha QC
Strengths:"Universally acknowledged as one of the most effective courtroom advocates, he also has a very good understanding of commerce and makes sure things are aligned with the client's business priorities."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Tyndaris v VWM, a Commercial Court trial concerning a USD5 billion investment by a major Hong Kong investor, Mr Sam Li, into an 'algorithmic fund'.
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Art and Cultural Property Law - London (Bar)

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Joe Smouha QC
A well-respected commercial silk who handles complex and high-value disputes in the art world, often in relation to contested ownership and title issues. He also handles cases in connection with art dealer commissions.
Strengths: "His written work is impeccable and his advocacy is a pleasure to watch. He instantly gets to the nub of things, is very, very good with the client and is tactically always on the money."
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