Andreas is a commercial litigator, with particular expertise in corporate insolvency and restructuring; banking and financial services; company law; international arbitration (including investment treaty arbitration); and general commercial litigation. He has been nominated for Company/Insolvency silk of the year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016.

Andreas joined Blackstone Chambers in June 2010, having previously practised (for 17 years) from 3-4 South Square, Gray’s Inn.  He is a member of COMBAR and the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

Prior to taking silk, Andreas was on the Attorney-General’s “A” panel of junior counsel, and in that capacity, undertook advisory work for H.M. Treasury, and litigation in the direct tax field for H.M. Revenue & Customs.

Andreas is recognised as a leading silk in the latest editions of both the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2018 and Legal 500 2017, for his expertise in company and restructuring and insolvency. 

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Restructuring & Insolvency

Andreas has been involved in many of the high profile corporate collapses of the last 20 years: Comet Group (for the administrators); MF Global (for the US officeholders); EMI (for the private equity house, Terra Firma); Lehman (for various counterparties); Kaupthing (for H.M. Treasury, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and counterparties); Heritable Bank (for the FSCS); Bear Stearns (for Bear Stearns); Enron (for the administrators); Farepak (for bank lenders); TXU (for the administrators); and MG Rover (for the administrators).

He has been nominated for Company/Insolvency silk of the year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016.

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Company

Andreas was formerly a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, and has expertise in shareholders’ disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), derivative actions, claims under share sale agreements, proceedings for share register rectification, and claims against directors for breach of duty.  He also has experience of regulatory proceedings and company investigations, both instructed by, and against, the Government.

 He has been nominated for Company/Insolvency silk of the year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016.

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Banking

Andreas has substantial experience of banking and financial services litigation.  His cases have included disputes and advisory work in relation to bond and facility defaults, investment mis-selling, mergers and acquisitions, derivative transactions, close-out netting, company charges, custody agreements, invoice discounting, and forum issues.

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Arbitration

Andreas has significant experience of high-value international commercial arbitration under various rules (including UNCITRAL and ICSID) in the spheres of public procurement, oil and gas, insurance, telecommunications, IT and construction. 

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Commercial

All of Andreas' commercial work is listed below and can be found, where relevant, under the foregoing specific headings.

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Financial Services

Andreas has significant experience of financial services litigation, with particular strength in claims concerning investment mis-selling, and litigation concerning the rules of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

As part of his broader commercial practice, Andreas regularly handles claims concerning fraud and asset recovery, often with a cross-border dimension.

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Achievements

Education

MA (Cambridge) (first class hons, 1988)

Publications

Former contributing editor to Gore-Brown on Companies, and junior author of Muir Hunter on Personal Insolvency.

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