According to sources, “A fine lawyer who is always eager to explore different angles on a case and often comes up with good points that others might have missed.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Daniel Smith

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Dan Smith advises financial institutions and corporates on high-stakes commercial disputes and investigations, particularly in the areas of investment and finance, insolvencies, and bribery and corruption.

Mr. Smith regularly represents corporates, issuers, banks, bondholders, lenders, shareholders, investors, trustees, and related parties in major cross-border disputes, with a focus on High Court and appellate litigation, related to:

  • Investment and financial instruments disputes
  • Contentious restructurings, insolvencies, and related disputes
  • Complex commercial litigation

He also advises clients out of court on:

  • Pre-dispute counseling
  • Contentious regulatory and enforcement matters
  • Investigations into fraud and other wrongdoing
  • Transactional anti-corruption diligence, risk assessments, and compliance enhancement
  • Anti-corruption controls

Drawing on successful experience in the courts and with adverse parties, Mr. Smith provides clients tremendous value by developing a comprehensive dispute strategy early in line with clients’ business objectives.

After qualification, Mr. Smith was seconded to the Court of Appeal as a judicial assistant to Lord Phillips, MR (now former President of the UK Supreme Court) and is a member of Transparency International. He has written extensively in national and international legal journals about bribery and corruption issues, as well as commercial litigation issues.

  • Key Counsel – Commercial Litigation
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Rising Star – Banking
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Notable Practitioner – Litigation
    Chambers UK 2016
  • “Very impressive”
    “A very polished individual with a good eye for detail”
    Chambers USA 2016
  • “A really good lawyer - dependable, solid, articulate and well thought out”
    Chambers UK 2015

Mr. Smith has advised clients on cross-border matters involving nearly two dozen jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. His representative matters include advising and acting for:

Finance Litigation
  • Samba Financial Group in relation to an approximately US$450 million claim brought in the English High Court by liquidators of a Cayman Islands company arising from the Al-Sanea/Al-Gosaibi dispute
  • Bondholders in relation to a more than US$4 billion dispute in related US and UK court proceedings arising from Argentine sovereign bonds
  • A security agent in relation to a contested rectification claim in relation to a series of £500+ million bonds
Commercial Corporate Litigation
  • A global entertainment company and integrated merchant bank in relation to a claim by the previous employer of key personnel
  • A leading media company defending unfair prejudice proceedings, including successfully resisting an injunction application to prevent completion of a corporate acquisition
  • A PE real estate business resisting claims designed to prevent completion of a US$2.5 billion acquisition
  • A Russian telecommunications company in response to a freezing order in the context of a US$200 million arbitration
Restructuring and Insolvency
  • A major British travel group in connection with a scheme of arrangement and attempted recapitalization
  • An ad hoc committee of senior secured noteholders in a major British restaurant chain in relation to a contentious restructuring
  • Various counterparties in relation to ISDA defaults in the Lehman Brothers administration
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