Alexander Riddiford Called to the Bar 2011

Alex specialises in all aspects of domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring law (for which he has been ranked in Chambers & Partners for the last two years) and commercial litigation (both domestic and offshore).

Alex’s cases often involve complex securitisation structures and structured finance issues. He also has a keen interest in the law of cryptoassets and cryptoasset recovery, on which he speaks regularly to law firms and at conferences.

Recent domestic cases in which Alex has appeared include acting:

  • unled for the successful Claimants in Business Mortgage Finance 4 plc v Rizwan Hussain & Ors [2021] EWHC 171 (Ch) (a decision of Miles J granting final injunctions restraining unlawful interference in various true-sale securitisations);
  • as junior counsel led by Daniel Bayfield QC for the successful Claimants in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) v Exotix Partners LLP [2019] EWHC 2380 (Ch) (a decision of Hildyard J concerning the construction and implication of terms in oral trades of Peruvian bonds);
  • as junior counsel led by William Trower QC (now Mr Justice Trower) for the successful Claimants in Business Mortgage Finance 6 Plc v Greencoat Investments Limited [2019] EWHC 2128 (Ch) (a decision of Zacaroli J concerning, among other things, the construction of various terms of a securitisation’s transaction documents);
  • as junior counsel led by Tom Smith QC in Business Mortgage Finance 6 Plc v Roundstone Technologies Limited [2019] EWHC 2917 (Ch) (a decision of Nugee J concerning, among other things, the concept of ostensible authority in the context of a purported receivership); and
  • unled for the successful Applicants in Re Nortel Networks France SAS [2019] EWHC 2447 (Ch) and [2019] EWHC 2778 (Ch) (applications seeking, among other things, Snowden J’s approval of the Nortel administrators’ remuneration); and
  • as junior counsel led by Tom Smith QC for the successful Applicants in Oyekoya v Target Servicing Limited [2020] EWHC 1910 (Ch) (applications before Birss J for the strike-out of numerous sets of proceedings certified as “totally without merit”).

 

Alex’s recent experience also includes acting in very high-value arbitral proceedings seated in Hong Kong.

Before joining South Square Alex gained a double first and a doctorate in Classics from Oxford University, becoming a lecturer at Magdalen College. As the sole winner of the Peter Taylor Scholarship for 2010/2011 Alex was the top Inner Temple scholar in his year.

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