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Named as a key adviser in the Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail area
Alex Sciannaca has extensive experience of litigating complex and high value commercial disputes on a wide range of issues and for a variety of clients. As a Partner in our Financial Services Litigation team, he has advised major commercial institutions and ultra-high net-worth individuals in proceedings in the UK and abroad, both as claimant and defendant. He has particular experience of contractual and shareholder disputes, fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, and mis-selling claims and is known for his intelligent and practical application of the law to solve his clients' problems and help achieve their goals. Alex has a comprehensive knowledge of the interlocutory weapons available to the English courts, in particular freezing injunctions, search orders and third party disclosure orders.
He has an in-depth understanding of international contractual disputes including those arising out of the CIS, particularly Russia and Ukraine, and has developed a network of contacts in offshore jurisdictions such as Cyprus, BVI and Cayman to assist with the cross-border elements that are typical of those claims. Most notably, Alex advised BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in relation to its ground-breaking and successful US$6bn claims against its rogue former chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, which included victory in the Supreme Court regarding the scope of the English freezing order regime. Alex also advises banks and other financial institutions in relation to their contentious regulatory matters and consumer claims.
He has many years of experience in dealing with disputes arising out of the financial markets and has a deep understanding of the challenges that currently face his clients' businesses.
Legal 500 2017
Alex Sciannaca is ‘singled out for his great organisational skills in rapidly assembling and managing multi-jurisdictional teams for complex litigation’.
- B.A., University of Bristol