John Reynolds | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
John Reynolds
John Reynolds

John Reynolds

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 1802 / + 44 20 7532 1000

E johnreynolds@whitecase.com

John Reynolds “always has the outcome and goal at the back of his mind” according to an impressed client. He is “practical and pragmatic with an ability to think through things strategically”.

Chambers UK 2014, Dispute Resolution

Overview

John Reynolds is a well-known and formidable dispute resolution lawyer whose broad international practice has a particular focus on banking, finance and investment disputes.

Clients benefit from John's considerable experience in the English courts at all levels, as well as in numerous international arbitration tribunals. He also litigates in jurisdictions outside the UK, with recent experience in territories including the US, Nigeria, Eastern Caribbean – in particular, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and St. Lucia – and other offshore jurisdictions.

John's legal knowledge spans banking and finance disputes (including the representation of investment banks and other financial institutions), disputes arising out of the global financial crisis, joint venture and shareholder disputes, regulatory investigations, M&A disputes and cartel claims. In addition, he advises on fraud and asset-tracing claims and trust claims.

John is a member of the International Bar Association, the British Association for Sport and Law and the Committee of the Commercial Litigators Forum. He also sits as an arbitrator, including as a member of the FA Premier League Appeals Panel.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales

Education

  • Postgraduate
  • LPC, Bristol Polytechnic
  • LLB, Reading University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Çukurova's litigation over US$2 billion Turkcell shares, 2014

John led the team that successfully represented the Turkish conglomerate Çukurova in a long-running and groundbreaking litigation concerning the enforcement of security over a controlling block of shares in the leading Turkish mobile telephone operator. The litigation began in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands and has involved 14 hearings before the Commercial Court in the BVI, seven appeals to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, and eight hearings before the Privy Council in London.

Synthetic rubber cartel case, 2011

John led the team in London that successfully defended the private damages claim against two Czech petrochemical companies in the English and Italian Courts, and ultimately the European Union's (EU) General Court in respect of participation in a pan-European cartel in synthetic rubber. The EU's General Court annulled the European Commission's infringement decision against the companies, and overturned the fines imposed on them in their entirety.

Disputes arising out of the global financial crisis, 2008

John represented the largest shareholder (a hedge fund) in Northern Rock bank, at the time of its nationalisation by the UK Government, involving proceedings against HM Treasury in the English Court and against the British Government in the European Court of Human Rights. Additionally, he represented various financial institutions in claims against Lehman Brothers, in particular in relation to derivative positions.

Singapore private wealth management claims

John is leading the team acting for an investment bank in three separate, but related, claims brought by Private Wealth Management clients in Singapore.

An FCPA investigation into activities in the Gulf

John represented a party in connection with an FCPA investigation into activities in the Gulf.

Publications

  • Litigation in the Hedge Fund World, Hedge Funds: A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation, Globe Law and Business, September 2012, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual, Chambers UK 2014, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014

Dispute Resolution: Litigation - UK

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 UK 2012

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2013

"Described by clients as a 'highly business-oriented' and an 'effective' litigator whose greatest strength is his 'problem-solving approach,' which keeps clients' commercial goals firmly in mind."

The Legal 500 UK 2012, Banking Litigation

"John Reynolds 'uses targeted aggression, and is very client focused and pragmatic', and 'quality advocate'. "

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, , 2011

"[John has] a formidable reputation and always attracts high-profile work."

Legal 500 UK, 2010

"John Reynolds is 'a star' in this field; he is 'technically strong but very commercial and pragmatic and really gets into the detail"

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2010

"A powerful force in litigation both domestically and internationally"