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Michelmores has a significant international practice, representing clients based or doing business outside the UK on a whole range of matters covering, amongst other things, corporate deals, international disputes, trust administration, international funds, and commercial and residential property transactions.

We represent a wide range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, government agencies, private equity funds and foundations, as well as private individuals. 

With the world-wide recognition of the strengths of the English legal system and English law, there is an ever-increasing demand from overseas clients both for representation in litigation and arbitration based in this jurisdiction, and also for advice and representation in connection with international investment transactions based on English law.  For example, we have recently completed a transaction in relation to the disposal of a significant stake in a Mongolian Bank, in which none of the parties involved were based in the UK.

A number of our Partners have been engaged in international work for many years, and several of them are members of the International Bar Association. These contacts enable us to provide our clients with access to an established network of leading lawyers and other professional advisers around the world: we recently assisted a client in obtaining employment advice in 20 different jurisdictions in connection with an acquisition.

With the continuing attractiveness of the UK property market, we have been engaged in representing overseas buyers investing here and also in representing UK organisations selling UK property overseas.

The range of international work, including work in the emerging markets, is expanding all the time, and our team is well equipped to handle a wide variety of such work.

Recent experience

  • Advising a household name client on the termination of a problematic overseas distributor without incurring exposure to compensation. The matter concluded speedily without protracted litigation and resulted in the appointment of a new distributor with resulting significant savings for our client.
  • Pursuing a US$multi-million contractual claim against a major Nigerian television station. The claim has involved working with a law firm in Nigeria to initiate winding up proceedings locally and take other cross border enforcement measures, and resulted in a substantial recovery for our client.
  • Successfully concluding an international arbitration in Dubai against a UAE company in accordance with the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and which was subject to English law.
  • Acting for a leading multi-national satellite communications company. Our current caseload includes claims against companies based in France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Bolivia, and Nepal.
  • Advising two Triodos investment funds and the Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund on their sale of a significant stake in a Mongolian banking group to several buyers, including Orix Corporation, Japan and IFC.
  • Representing an Israeli company in a multi-jurisdictional commercial contractual dispute with a US group.
  • Pursuing a contractual claim against a satellite telecommunications company based in Uganda and part-owned by a Libyan entity. This involved a consideration of complex issues relating to the UN sanctions position both in England and Wales and Uganda. The claim has settled successfully.
  • Advising as to best practice for a Liechtenstein Foundation in view of the recent UK/Swiss tax agreement.