Adam Al-Attar KC

KC 2024, 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.


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


He has a substantial restructuring practice in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions.   Adam has appeared in many of the leading contested restructuring cases including IMO Car Wash, APCOA, Ocean Rig, Lehman, Adler, McDermott and Aggregate.  Other notable restructuring cases include New Look, Travelodge, KCA Deutag, Castle Trust, Nero Holdings, Amigo 2, NMC and Link Fund.


Adam’s commercial work involves cases in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division.  He was part of the team that restored the world-wide freezing injunction in Privatbank v Kolomoisky.  Recent cases include Banco San Juan v PDVSA, 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, in which Adam acted for the claimant broker.  The case produced a series of judgments concerning the Arbitration Act 1996, the ‘passing on’ defence in unjust enrichment and when a fiduciary duty is owed between brokers transacting in currency and index swaps.


Adam is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Global for restructuring and insolvency, and in Tier 1 in the Legal 500 for insolvency and for his offshore work.  He is also ranked by Chambers Global and Legal 500 in commercial ligation and dispute resolution, chancery commercial, banking and finance and offshore.  In 2014 and again in 2021, he was recognised as the Insolvency and Restructuring Junior of the Year at the UK Bar Awards.


His entry in the 2024 edition of Chambers Global lists Adam a Star Individual “exhibiting great strength in bank and fund insolvencies. He regularly attracts instructions in headline cases and demonstrates notable skill in contested restructurings. He also has considerable experience in cases concerning trusts law, and banking and financial services.


Adam is brilliant. You expect to see him on all of the large global restructuring/ insolvencies. He’s great on his feet.


Adam is conscious of client care, really very easy to deal with, and a very smart guy with a lot of confidence in the restructuring space.


In relation to his commercial work, the 2024 edition describes Adam as “Exceptionally good. He has a very calm, considered and persuasive advocacy style, and displays real gravitas in court. He’s excellent on his feet, has first rate skills of analysis and is easy to work with.”  “Adam is exceptionally good. He is very calm and considered, and has a persuasive advocacy style.”

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