Robert Amey Called to the Bar 2012
Robert specialises in business and finance law, with a particular emphasis on insolvency/restructuring, banking law, company law and general commercial litigation.
The core of Robert’s practice is insolvency/restructuring work, particularly in relation to banks and other large corporates. Robert enjoys both the highly technical nature of this work, and the challenging factual disputes which often arise, involving allegations of fraud or breach of duty against company directors and professional service providers. He also accepts instructions in relation to high-value bankruptcies.
Robert has also appeared in a number of high-value commercial trials outside of the insolvency context. He finds that the technical skills he has gained from his bank insolvency practice, and the forensic experience from his insolvency fraud practice, are particularly valuable when advising and acting in general commercial disputes.
Insolvency and restructuring (both contentious and non-contentious) form the core of Robert’s practice. Having strong technical expertise in this field, he has written for some of the leading textbooks and journals (see the ‘Publications’ section below for more details). Many of the matters on which Robert has advised are confidential, but recent, public matters include:
Banking and financial sector insolvency
- Lehman Brothers: “Waterfall II”  BCC 759 (CA), distribution of the £8 billion surplus in the LBIE estate. Robert also appeared in a number of other hearings on the Waterfall II application, including those reported at  EWHC 924 (Ch) (costs of an officeholder’s application for directions),  2 All ER (Comm) 275 (‘cost of funding’ under the ISDA Master Agreement),  BCC 1 (currency conversion claims) and  BCC 239 (statutory interest).
- Landsbanki, Icelandic bank insolvency.
- Cyprus Popular Bank, Cypriot bank in special administration, effect of the Credit Institutions Directive.
- Rafidain Bank, winding up proceedings in respect of an Iraqi bank commenced by the Bank of England pursuant to its regulatory function.
- Banco Santos, Brazilian bank insolvency involving allegations of money-laundering.
- Bankas Snoras, Lithuanian bank insolvency following widespread fraud.
- Primeo Fund, Madoff feeder fund insolvency.
- New World Resources, international mining conglomerate.
- Videology  EWHC 2186 (Ch), relief granted under art.21(1)(g) of the UNCITRAL Model Law in support of US Chapter 11 restructuring, despite the company’s COMI being in the United Kingdom and there being no UK insolvency proceedings afoot.
- STX Offshore & Shipbuilding  BPIR 203, effect of Korean rehabilitation proceedings on pending English Commercial Court litigation
- MacRae v KPMG  Bus LR 726, successful application under Art.21(1)(d) of the UNCITRAL Model Law and s.236 Insolvency Act 1986 to obtain documents for the purpose of ongoing litigation.
- Finanzamt Braunschweig v Riemann, challenge to English bankruptcy proceedings on grounds of illusory COMI-shift/forum-shopping.
- Republic of Ukraine, restructuring $18 billion of sovereign debt following the annexation of Crimea.
- Advising the parties to a £700 million property purchase on the waterfall provisions in a suite of transaction documents.
- Advising the parties to a $70 million securitisation transaction.
- GP Cars (Herts) Ltd  EWHC 2639 (Ch), acted for the successful appellant in a case concerning the costs of s.236 proceedings.
- Force India Formula One Team  EWHC 3852 (Ch), high-profile administration application in respect of a Formula 1 racing team.
- Palmer & Harvey, administration of the UK’s largest grocery wholesaler.
- Broad experience of other insolvency and restructuring proceedings, including schemes of arrangement, winding up and bankruptcy petitions, injunctions to restrain presentation/advertisement, and administration applications.
Robert’s expertise in banking insolvency has given him extensive knowledge of technical banking and financial issues, which he also applies outside the insolvency context. He is familiar with a wide range of lending structures, securitisation programmes, dematerialised securities, derivatives and collective investment schemes. He is also a contributor to a major banking law textbook, Rowlatt on Principal and Surety. Many of the matters on which Robert has advised are confidential, but recent, public matters include:
- Primeo v HSBC, $2 billion claim for breach of duty against a fund administrator and custodian.
- Bankas Snoras v Antonov  EWHC 887 (Comm), acting as sole counsel for the claimant bank on a €492 million claim, which alleged that a complex series of financial transactions had been used as a cloak for a fraud.
- LBI v Rabobank, €70 million claim regarding close-out under the ISDA Master Agreement.
- BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee v Taberna Europe CDO, alleged events of default under a €2 billion securitisation structure.
- Lomas v Burlington Loan Management  Bus LR 1475, meaning of ‘cost of funding’ in the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master Agreements.
- VR Global v Exotix  EWHC 2620 (Comm), acted for the successful claimant in a dispute concerning the unwind provisions in a $10 million LMA Trade.
- Advising a retail banking customer on the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap.
In addition to his experience in specialist banking and fraud litigation, Robert’s general commercial litigation and arbitration practice includes the following:
- Bankas Snoras v Antonov  EWHC 887 (Comm), acting as sole counsel on a €492 million claim under Lithuanian law.
- Primeo v Bank of Bermuda, appeared as junior counsel at the four-month trial of a $2 billion breach of contract claim.
- Gerald Metals SA v Ardila Investments NV, $220 million dispute between two international mining groups.
- Bankas Snoras v Yampolskaya  EWHC 2136 (QB), contested application to enforce a £10 million foreign judgment which the defendant alleged had been obtained by fraud.
- An Arms Manufacturer v A Sovereign State, ICC arbitration.
- A v B, anti-arbitration injunction.
- Advising various clients, including a multinational technology company, on intellectual property disputes.
Robert’s corporate insolvency practice routinely involves dealing with difficult questions of company law and directors’ duties, and he is a contributor to the leading textbook on the subject, Mortimore on Company Directors. His experience includes the following:
- Bankas Snoras v Antonov  EWHC 887 (Comm), acting as sole counsel on a €492 million claim by a bank against its former directors for breach of duty.
- Primeo v Herald, redemption of shares and rectification of the register in respect of an investment fund.
- Primeo v Fielding, US$500 million claim by an investment fund against a former director for breach of duty.
- Acting for a company director accused of receiving bribes from suppliers over a 15-year period.
- Successfully resisting an injunction on very short notice against former directors accused of competing against their old company.
- Advising directors and shareholders on a wide range of corporate matters.
Robert’s insolvency practice regularly involves allegations of fraud and serious wrongdoing, and he has extensive experience of the use of freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and Bankers Trust Orders to secure and recover assets. Recent cases include:
- Bankas Snoras v Antonov  EWHC 887 (Comm), acting as sole counsel on a €492 million fraud claim.
- Palmer v Tsai, £25 million fraud carried out by a dishonest director.
- Kinaz v Adler, acting as sole counsel for the defendants in relation to a freezing injunction over assets worth several million pounds, following an alleged fraud.
- Acting for victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
- Acting for a company director accused of receiving bribes from suppliers over a 15-year period.
- Advising the defendant to a claim for dishonest assistance.
- Advising an elderly, high net worth individual who had been coerced into transferring property to a relative.
- Advising a City law firm on its obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations.
Robert has been admitted to the Bar of the Cayman Islands for particular cases, and a substantial part of his practice involves advising clients and appearing in court overseas. He has worked on disputes under the laws of Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Cyprus, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, Lithuania, Samoa, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA. Recent cases include:
- Appearing (as sole counsel at interlocutory hearings and junior counsel at trial) for a Cayman investment fund in a four-month commercial trial before the Grand Court.
- Advising the trustees of a family settlement in relation to major litigation proceeding simultaneously in London, the BVI and Guernsey.
- Advising a prominent African politician facing corruption allegations.
- Advising various trustees on applications for Beddoe relief to the Jersey Royal Court.
- Producing expert evidence on English law for use in foreign courts.
- Advising an insurer on the status of funds held by an intermediary under CASS 5.
- Advising an insurer on its obligations under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010.
- Advising a European champion athlete following her deselection from the national squad prior to the Rio Olympics.
- Bacheta v Greaves Motorsport, dispute between a professional racing driver and his team.
- Quantum v Heatherwold Stud, racehorse ownership dispute.
- Advising various professional football clubs on a range of matters, including the Home Grown Player Rule, sporting sanctions and FA Rule K arbitrations.
Robert appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal in Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd  EWCA Civ 855; and in the EAT for the successful appellant in Simpson v Hackney LBC  All ER (D) 168 (Feb), an equal pay claim against a local authority. Other pro bono clients include victims of unlawful discrimination and human trafficking.
|2016||Limited admission to the Bar of the Cayman Islands|
|2013||Judicial assistant to Advocate General Sharpston, European Court of Justice|
|2012||Called to the Bar of England and Wales|
|2011-2012||Bar Professional Training Course|
Associate, Deloitte LLP
- Chapter 19 in Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance (10th edition, LexisNexis, forthcoming)
- Chapters 9, 10 and 19 in Rowlatt on Principal and Surety (7th edition, Sweet & Maxwell, forthcoming)
- Chapters 31 and 32 in Mortimore, Company Directors (3rd edition, OUP)
- Contributor to Moss Fletcher and Isaacs, The EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (3rd edition, OUP)
- Contributor to Moss and Wessels, EU Banking and Insurance Insolvency (2nd edition, OUP)
- Contributor to International Corporate Rescue
- Contributor to Insolvency Intelligence
- Contributor to LexisPSL
Cross-border assistance after Singularis (Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts seminar)
Recent developments in the law of privilege (law firm training seminar)
Litigating under the LMA Standard Terms and Conditions (law firm training seminar)
Shareholders’ rights in common law jurisdictions (colloquium at Trinity College, Dublin)
Christ Church, Oxford, MA Jurisprudence (English law and French law)
Université Paris II, Certificat supérieur de droit français et européen
Winner, Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize 2012
Winner, The Times Advocacy Competition 2010
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Sir Jean-Pierre Warner Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Hardwicke Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
Essay prizes awarded by the Bar Council and the Financial Services Lawyers’ Association