Adam Al-Attar Called to the Bar 2007

Adam has a split practice divided between insolvency and restructuring, and commercial matters, in particular, banking, financial services and the law of trusts.  He acts both as junior counsel, as a sole advocate and as a leader.

Adam has had substantial experience of bank and fund insolvencies.  In the period 2009 to 2019, he has acted in relation to the insolvencies of Lehman Brothers, MF Global and certain Madoff feeder funds, appearing in many of the leading cases in that decade.

Adam has also appeared in many of the leading contested restructurings cases including IMO Car WashApcoaOcean Rig, and Lehman.  He has a substantial restructuring practice in the UK and offshore jurisdictions.  Recent cases include New Look, Travelodge, PizzaExpress, KCA Deutag, Matalan and Castle Trust.

Adam’s commercial work involves cases in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division.  In 2019, he was part of the team that restored the world-wide freezing injunction in Privatbank v Kolomoisky [2020] 2 WLR 993, CA.  Recent cases in which Adam appeared as the sole advocate or as leading counsel include: Banco San Juan v PDVSA [2020] EWHC 2145 (Comm) and [2020] EWHC 2937 (Comm), in which Adam acted for the bank on its summary judgment application against the Venezuelan state oil company; and IS Prime v TF Global Markets (UK) Limited [2020] EWHC 3375 (Comm), in which Adam acted for the claimant broker to resist an application to stay the broker’s claim for a breach of its exclusivity terms in the Commercial Court pursuant to section 9 of the Arbitration Act.

Adam is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Global for restructuring and insolvency, and in Tier 1 in the Legal 500 for offshore work.  He is also ranked in commercial ligation and dispute resolution, financial services regulation and banking and finance. In 2014, he was recognised as the Insolvency and Restructuring Junior of the Year at the UK Bar Awards.

His entry in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK described Adam as a: “Standout junior exhibiting great strength in bank and fund insolvencies. He regularly attracts instructions in headline cases and demonstrates notable skill in contested restructurings.

Adam stands out for his responsiveness, clarity of advice, commerciality and intellectual ability.” “He is phenomenally intelligent and has a brain the size of a planet.” “He’ll happily command the court and gets the judge’s respect – he’s great.

In relation to his commercial work, the 2020 edition of Chambers UK records the following client comments: “He’s very bright, incredibly hard-working and he will pick up any point you need him to no matter how difficult it might be. He’s really creative in terms of problem solving – give him a blank sheet of paper and he’ll always find a way to solve a client’s problem.” “He is exceptionally bright and very tactically smart. He is prepared to go the extra mile for clients and shows considerable empathy.

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