Adam R.Brown

Partner

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Adam Brown focuses his practice on multijurisdictional investigations and has more than 15 years of experience advising on high-profile litigation, contentious compliance, and insolvency matters. The Legal 500 (2019) calls him "one of the finest solicitors around — a knowledgable lawyer with a fine sense of judgment" and "supremely calm under pressure."

Adam has particular experience in matters relating to fraud, asset tracing, financial litigation, insolvency, and corruption. He is frequently called upon to advise on injunctive relief as well as on investigations and inquiries by governmental authorities into compliance with relevant legislation and regulation. He has acted on the UK's first ever deferred prosecution agreement (involving the first indictment under s.7 UK Bribery Act), investigations into the collapse of BHS (the highest profile UK retail failure of recent decades), and what are believed to be the two largest frauds ever perpetrated on the London AIM market.

In 2012, Adam spent six months seconded to Goldman Sachs, working within the litigation and regulatory group and advising on a wide range of matters.

He was named a Legal Week "Rising Star" in 2016.

Experience

  • Private equity group defends £26 million claim brought by investors in bespoke government-backed disaster response centersJones Day acted for a private equity group in its defense of a £26 million claim brought by over 125 investors who had invested in 5 bespoke government-backed disaster response centers.
  • Jones Day advises on UK's first Deferred Prosecution Agreement and closure of U.S. DOJ investigationOn Monday, November 30, 2015, the Right Honourable Sir Brian Leveson (the President of the Queen's Bench Division) approved the resolution of the first UK Bribery Act section 7 proceedings by way of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, a procedure never before used in the UK.
  • Private equity group successfully defends allegations of misrepresentation, negligence, and breach of statutory dutyJones Day successfully defended a private equity group against a class action brought by over 80 investors in seven separate sets of proceedings.
  • Bonhams succeeds on £4.5 million judgment against defaulting Qatari buyerJones Day represented the well known auctioneers, Bonhams, in successful proceedings against Sheikh Al-Thani.
  • Leading IT managed services provider successfully resolves joint venture disputeJones Day advised a leading UK managed IT services provider in its successful resolution of an unfair prejudice and employment dispute arising out of a joint venture for the provision of managed services.
  • Langbar defends Court of Appeal liens success in Supreme CourtJones Day has successfully represented Langbar International Limited ("Langbar") in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in defending an attempt by the law firm Withers LLP ("Withers") to prevent enforcement against funds held in its client account.
  • Goldman Sachs sells stake in DNick to Wickeder WestfalenstahlJones Day provided advice to Goldman Sachs' European Special Situations Group in connection with the takeover by Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH ("Wickeder") of DNick Holding plc ("DNick"), a UK corporation traded in the German unregulated market (Freiverkehr), including the subsequent sale of Goldman Sachs' approximately 23% stake in DNick to Wickeder.
  • Standard Bank obtains €137 million summary judgment against Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al JaberJones Day successfully represented Standard Bank Plc in proceedings against Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber.
  • Langbar wins action for damages against former chief executive involving fraudulent misrepresentationJones Day successfully represented Langbar International Limited ("Langbar") in its action for damages in excess of €12m ($15.4 million) against its former chief executive, Mariusz Rybak, following the discovery that Mr. Rybak had fraudulently misrepresented the value of his Monaco apartment during the settlement of the original fraud proceedings commenced against him by Langbar in 2006.
  • Operator and pilot of private jet undergo civil aviation authority investigation after fatal accidentJones Day advised the operator of a private jet and its pilot in respect of the UK regulator's investigation following a fatal third party accident in the Alps.
  • Alternative investment manager pursues theft of confidential information actionJones Day acted for a substantial alternative investment manager in relation to the misappropriation of substantial and extremely valuable confidential information by two separate employees.
  • Sibir Energy pursues action relating to the alleged misappropriation of over $400 millionJones Day has been acting for the energy company, Sibir Energy Plc, in relation to the high profile misappropriation of sums exceeding US$400 million by former directors and shareholders.
  • Senior director of U.K. manufacturer discloses highly sensitive information to major competitorJones Day advised a U.K. manufacturer and its American parent in relation to the disclosure of highly sensitive confidential information to a major competitor by a member of senior management.
  • Major building products supplier settles negligence claims against legal advisorsJones Day acted for a major buidling products supplier in proceedings against its alternate legal advisors for advice provided in relation to the supplier's one-time occupancy of a large industrial site in Manchester.
  • Major Russian consumer lending bank in ICC proceedings in Geneva relating to failed joint ventureJones Day advised a major Russian consumer lending bank in connection with ICC proceedings in Geneva relating to a failed joint venture with a French insurer. The dispute, with over $100 million at stake, also involved related proceedings in the Moscow Arbitrazh Court.
  • U.K. corporate jet owner succeeds in coverage arbitration against London Aviation Insurance MarketJones Day represented a U.K. private property company, owners of a Raytheon Premier 1 jet aircraft, in an arbitration against the London Aviation Insurance Market challenging declinature of a claim following constructive total loss.
  • Langbar International board successfully resolves fraud claims after 56-day trialJones Day advised the board of Langbar International Limited (the AIM-listed company that was believed to have assets in excess of $600 million) on matters arising out of the largest fraud to hit the AIM market.
  • Pillar issues units to Norwich Union Life FundsJones Day advised Pillar Retail Europark Fund, a leading provider in the UK of life and pension plans and schemes, in connection with its issuance of $141 million of New Units in a private placement to Norwich Union Life Funds.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 1, 2017
      Cross-Border Investigations, JD University
    • June 29, 2016
      Brexit: UK votes to leave the EU: What happens next?
    • February 9, 2016
      First Deferred Prosecution in the UK, US Department of Justice agrees to close investigation
    • May 7, 2014
      eDisclosure Costs: Risks and Opportunities for Litigation Lawyers, Law Society with Huron Legal Forum
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