Rabin Kok

Called to the Bar 2021

Rabin practices in civil fraud, insolvency, company, banking and high-value bankruptcy – both in England & Wales and internationally.  Rabin is admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), and has full rights of audience in the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC).

Rabin’s current or recent instructions include several heavy cases in which serious, cross-border fraud is alleged. Highlights include instructions by (i) a Bahraini investment firm, in Sayacorp BSC v NMC Healthcare Ltd, to defend US$800m+ claims in conspiracy, fraudulent trading and under UAE law by the administrators of NMC Healthcare (ii) a prime brokerage in IS Prime v TF  Global Markets (UK) in a highly technical 4-week Commercial Court trial of deceit and conspiracy claims relating to forex and index swap trade execution and (iii) the liquidators of Three Arrows Capital, one of the largest cryptocurrency hedge funds to go bust following the May 2022 crypto crash, to pursue wrongful trading claims worth over US$1.3bn+ against the fund’s founders in the BVI High Court and advise on US$1bn+ unfair preference claims brought against BlockFi in the US Bankruptcy Courts.

Rabin’s practice also spans the full range of insolvency and commercial work, and work relating to complex financial instruments: he recently appeared as counsel for the successful Lead Secured Creditors in Re Avanti Communications Ltd [2023] EWHC 940 (Ch). This was the first significant judgment in 20 years (since Re Spectrum) on the proper characterisation of fixed and floating charges, is likely to have significant implications for structured finance and asset finance, and called into question many long-held academic views on the effect of Re Spectrum.

Rabin regularly acts unled in the High Court, as well as the Insolvency & Companies Court. Highlights include: (i) Re Time GB/Royale Group – successfully obtaining (for a creditor owed £57m) the appointment of “conflict” administrators over an insolvent treasury company whose financial affairs required urgent investigation, despite the opposition of secured creditors who proposed a different set of administrators (ii) successfully resisting an application for an proprietary injunction in the High Court, and obtaining an summary order for payment of indemnity costs (iii)successfully obtaining the first known administration extension order for a sanctioned UK company .

Before coming to the Bar, Rabin topped his year at Cambridge University and subsequently graduated with a First Class degree in Law and as a Senior Scholar of Peterhouse. He went on to read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford, graduating with a Distinction. He won several mooting titles while in Cambridge – including the Oxford vs Cambridge Intervarsity Advocacy Cup and a 2nd place at the Willem C Vis Moot 2018.

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