Adam Wallin

Counsel, London

Biography

Overview

Adam Wallin is counsel and solicitor advocate in the firm's Dispute Resolution group. He advises clients on a broad range of international commercial matters, with a focus on corporate, M&A and financial services disputes.

Adam has extensive experience of litigation in the English Courts, and has represented clients in arbitrations under the rules of most major international arbitral institutions. In addition, Adam regularly advises on contractual drafting issues and post-contract risk management.

Adam is also committed to Pro Bono work. Among other projects, he recently taught a series of seminars on commercial litigation for judges in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

From 2017-2019, Adam was seconded to White & Case’s Singapore office. He also recently returned from a six-month secondment to a leading global financial institution.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales (Solicitor Advocate, Higher Rights of Audience)
Education
Legal Practice Course
BPP Law School
England
LLB Law with Study in Continental Europe
University of Bristol
Diplôme Universitaire des Études Juridiques Françaises
Université de Poitiers
France
Languages
English
French

Experience

Acting for a UK-regulated bank in a complex fraud-based dispute in the English Commercial Court arising from the enforcement of a share pledge securing a €150 million loan, and providing input on parallel litigation in the Luxembourg Courts.

Acting for an international mining group in relation to High Court proceedings arising out of breaches of a share purchase agreement relating to the US$7 billion acquisition of one of the world's largest copper projects.

Representing a European financial institution in an ICC arbitration arising from indemnity and warranty claims arising from the sale of a subsidiary bank.

Acting in an ICC arbitration arising from a share swap agreement on amended ISDA terms (dispute value in excess of US$80 million).

Acting in an LCIA arbitration for respondents in a post-closing M&A dispute arising from the sale of an international commodities business, with breach of warranty issues spanning South America, the United States, Europe and Asia (disputes valued in excess of US$100 million).

Advising a major international private equity group on legal issues and potential disputes arising from the acquisition of an online gaming and digital marketing business.

Advising a European bank on contractual claims arising from the sale of a retail banking business.

Advising a major social media company in relation to Norwich Pharmacal disclosure applications in the English Courts, and user privacy/take-down issues.

Advising a major South-East Asian telecommunications company on confidentiality and IP obligations under a software licensing agreement, in the context of a tender process to replace an existing software provider.

Acting in a SIAC arbitration for a claimant pursuing misrepresentation and breach of contract claims relating to the construction of a major oil refinery in South East Asia (disputes valued in excess of US$1 billion).

Advising on an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration, and related litigation, arising from the alleged defective design and construction of a power station in Malaysia.

Acting for claimants to enforce various judgments and arbitration awards in the English Courts, including the enforcement of an ICSID Award in excess of £150 million against Romania in Micula & Ors v Romania [2017] EWHC 31.

Publications

Secomb and Wallin, 'Singapore', book chapter in Leslie Perrin (ed) The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (Law Business Research, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021)

Secomb and Wallin, 'New JCAA arbitration rules effective 1 January 2019' (White & Case, 2019)

Secomb and Wallin, 'Singapore court refuses to adjourn enforcement pending award set-aside application at seat' (White & Case, 2018)

Secomb and Wallin, 'For your (attorney's) eyes only: Singapore court considers protective disclosure orders (and more)' (White & Case, 2018)

Secomb and Wallin, '"Unknown unknowns" and the limits of natural justice challenges in adjudication' (White & Case, 2018)

Secomb, Wallin and Tan, 'Update: No cross-contract set-off between construction contracts in adjudication'

Wheal, Secomb and Wallin, 'Separate requests essential in multi-contract LCIA arbitrations' (White & Case, 2018)

Secomb and Wallin, 'Singapore Court confirms limited scope for adjudication set aside' (White & Case, 2017)

Secomb, Wallin and Tan, 'No cross-contract set-off under Security of Payment Act' (White & Case, 2017)

Struckmann, Forwood, Kadri and Wallin, 'Enforcement of investor-state arbitral awards: more questions than answers' E. St. A.L. 2017, 16(2), 316-321

Eagles, Attenborough and Wallin, 'The reformulated rule against penalties and its impact on finance documents' B.J.I.B. & F.L. 2016, 31(1), 23-25

Eagles, Attenborough and Wallin, 'Supreme Court Ruling on Penalties: A Genuinely Commercial Approach' (White & Case, 2015)

Balmain, Hishon and Wallin, 'Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements – What you need to know' (White & Case, 2015)

Awards and Recognition

Legal 500: Recommended
"Bright, engaged and on the ball"

Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation, Premium

Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Banking Litigation, Investment and Retail