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Andrew King

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Andrew joined Travers Smith in 1986 as a trainee solicitor, qualified in 1988 and became a partner in 1996. Andrew's practice covers a broad range of commercial cases, with a particular emphasis on disputes arising from contentious banking and insolvency matters, the sale and purchase of companies and businesses and joint venture and shareholder disputes.

Andrew regularly acts for banks, investment managers, private equity houses and other financial institutions in a wide variety of commercial disputes, often with an overseas dimension and involving parallel proceedings abroad. Many of Andrew's cases involve allegations of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty and/or proprietary or restitutionary claims.  Andrew also has experience of professional negligence, environmental, IT and intellectual property disputes.

Chambers UK, 2014 describes Andrew as “a very bright intelligent lawyer with a lot of experience in commercial litigation”.  He is praised for being "very hard-working and very client-focused."  Andrew is “highly rated” in the Legal 500, 2013 for his work in banking litigation, and also noted for his work in commercial litigation.

Recent cases include:

  • representing Sebastian Holdings Inc. in its multi-billion dollar claim in the Commercial Court against Deutsche Bank arising from a series of exotic derivatives transactions
  • acting for the Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in its settlement with Citigroup concerning custody assets valued at over US$2.5bn
  • advising the liquidators of Lehman Brothers (Luxemburg) SA on various issues arising from the termination of Securities Lending Agreements with its principal counterparties
  • acting for the liquidators of Peloton, a $2 billion mortgage-backed ABS bond fund, in various contentious matters, in particular in relation to alleged mistaken payments by Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse and Barclays
  • advising the directors of the Weavering Macro Fund which went into liquidation in March 2009 with an NAV shortfall of approximately $600m following discovery of a series of suspect derivatives trades
  • acting for Merlin Entertainments in relation to civil proceedings for damages and an injunction for alleged noise nuisance.  The case runs off the back of lengthy, high-profile criminal and later, administrative noise nuisance proceedings relating to various noise sources at the Alton Towers theme park on which Andrew was also instructed
  • lead partner acting for NatWest in multi-jurisdictional litigation against Rabobank, involving $220m, one of the largest and longest cases in recent history, which finally settled in 2009
  • acting for a number of private equity houses, household name investee companies and management shareholders in respect of unfair prejudice / breach of shareholder agreement claims arising from restructurings of the investee companies.

Andrew has lectured widely, both internally and externally. He serves as a member of the firm's Management Committee and is Training Principal.