Adam Greaves

Adam Greaves


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Adam is a partner in our London Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.

Adam advises on a range of complex commercial litigation and arbitration disputes with a particular interest in international cross-border asset tracing and recovery cases, shareholder disputes, product liability and professional negligence claims. Qualified for 30 years, Adam often project manages disputes in multiple jurisdictions, obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions and attachment orders.

Adam also advises and lectures on the UK’s Bribery Act 2010, including compliance, internal and criminal investigations, defence, and related civil claims.

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"Scope of expertise is remarkable"

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Relevant experience

  • A client on international arbitration against the foreign government on breach of contract and tort claims for value in excess of $100m.
  • Shareholders on a $400m claim in relation to ownership of a mobile telephony company.
  • A foreign bank on the recovery of a $60m debt in which the security provided to the bank was fraudulent.
  • A number of defendants on a dispute with a Middle-Eastern royal family involving allegations of fraud, value $250m.
  • A mobile telephone manufacturer on a $2bn fraud by a Turkish industrialist family.
  • A ship owner on a $300m shipbuilding dispute.
  • Pension trustees on a highly complex cross-border $500m fraud.
  • A FTSE 100 house building company on a wide-ranging national and international corruption investigation.
  • Advising on several very large disputes relating to the "aluminium wars" in Russia involving staged bankruptcies, illegal share dilutions, corrupt local courts and other forms of corporate fraud.
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  • 1984 – Solicitors Finals, The College of Law, Guildford
  • 1983 – LL.B. Hons, The University of Essex, Colchester
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  • Member, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.
  • Committee Member, Commercial Litigators Forum
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4 December 2017
Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor Up­date (Winter 2017/18)
NCA res­ists first chal­lenge to Un­ex­plained Wealth Or­der
The Na­tion­al Crime Agency (“NCA”) has suc­cess­fully res­isted an ap­plic­a­tion to dis­charge the first Un­ex­plained Wealth Or­der made against “Mrs A” in Feb­ru­ary 2018 (with Mrs A be­ing iden­ti­fied as Zamira Haji­yeva, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful chal­lenge of her an­onym­ity.
Ukraine and Rus­sia to have full tri­al over re­pay­ment of USD 3 bil­lion...
On 14 Septem­ber 2018, the Court of Ap­peal handed down judg­ment for Ukraine in its long-run­ning dis­pute with Rus­sia over the re­pay­ment of a USD 3 bil­lion Euro­bond loan (the "Notes") is­sued in 2013 (Ukraine v The Law Deben­ture Trust Cor­por­a­tion PLC [2018] EW­CA.
Fraud de­fence can­not sur­vive dis­con­tinu­ance of pro­ceed­ings to en­force...
The Court of Ap­peal has held that a fraud de­fence did not give rise to an in­de­pend­ent claim and could not sur­vive the dis­con­tinu­ance of pro­ceed­ings to en­force a for­eign award. Back­ground In Stati and oth­ers v Re­pub­lic of Kaza­kh­stan [2018] EW­CA Civ 1896, the.
Court of Ap­peal up­holds stay of en­force­ment in state aid case, but...
The Court of Ap­peal has up­held a High Court or­der to stay en­force­ment of an In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (IC­SID) award pending a de­cision of the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on as to wheth­er or not en­force­ment would amount.
Court of Ap­peal calls for re­stric­tions on evid­ence of for­eign law...
The Court of Ap­peal has held that an Eng­lish jur­is­dic­tion clause in an ISDA mas­ter agree­ment took pre­ced­ence over an Itali­an jur­is­dic­tion clause in a wider con­tract for debt re­struc­tur­ing ad­vice. In do­ing so, the Court ques­tioned the value of ex­pert evid­ence.
Court must not give weight to "re­sid­ual con­cerns" that do not reach...
The Court of Ap­peal has over­turned a de­cision by a Com­mer­cial Court judge who ap­peared to take in­to ac­count “re­sid­ual con­cerns” that ad­mis­sions of bribery might have been ob­tained by tor­ture des­pite de­cid­ing that tor­ture was not proven on the bal­ance of prob­ab­il­it­ies.
Am­bi­gu­ity in ar­bit­ra­tion clause not suf­fi­cient to re­ject jur­is­dic­tion
The Com­mer­cial Court re­cently de­cided that the prop­er ap­proach is to look at the pro­vi­sions of the con­tract as a whole in con­stru­ing their mean­ing. By do­ing so, the Com­mer­cial Court con­cluded on the bal­ance of prob­ab­il­it­ies that the parties did not in­tend to.
West Tankers is still good law, says Com­mer­cial Court
In the first re­por­ted case on the is­sue since the in­tro­duc­tion of the Brus­sels I (Re­cast) Reg­u­la­tion (the “Re­cast”), the Com­mer­cial Court has held that it is still bound by the de­cision of the CJEU in West Tankers Inc v Al­li­anz SpA (Case C-185/07), which de­cided.
Claims un­der bills of ex­change can be caught by an ar­bit­ra­tion clause
The Com­mer­cial Court has held that dis­putes un­der bills of ex­change were dis­putes arising in con­nec­tion with the un­der­ly­ing sales con­tracts pur­su­ant to which the bills were is­sued. They there­fore fell with­in the ar­bit­ra­tion clauses con­tained in the con­tracts.
Lit­ig­a­tion priv­ilege can ap­ply to in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions con­duc­ted...
In a de­cision that will be wel­comed by com­pan­ies in reg­u­lated in­dus­tries, the Chan­cel­lor of the High Court has up­held a bank’s claim of lit­ig­a­tion priv­ilege in re­spect of doc­u­ments pro­duced as part of an in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tion, in­clud­ing tran­scripts of in­ter­views.
New Bill to pre­serve UK’s abil­ity to en­force and im­pose sanc­tions...
The Gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced a new Sanc­tions and Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Bill in the House of Lords, the first Bill Par­lia­ment will con­sider re­lat­ing to post-Brexit ar­range­ments. The Bill is de­signed to en­able the UK to con­tin­ue to en­force ex­ist­ing EU sanc­tions.