Ewan is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Global Investigations Groups. He has a broad-based contentious practice. He has a particular focus on financial institutions, acting in both litigation and regulatory investigations. Ewan also has experience advising in relation to corporate crime, competition claims, shareholder disputes, outsourcing and tax appeals.

Highlights include advising:

  • Deutsche Bank on investigations by Government agencies in the US, UK and Germany into LIBOR misconduct, and on the subsequent coordinated settlements in the US and UK
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank on cross-border investigations conducted by the FCA, DoJ, and other regulators worldwide in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market, and on the subsequent settlements
  • Olympus in relation to investigations in several jurisdictions into transactions allegedly part of a ‘tobashi’ scheme used to hide investment losses over a number of years. This involved cooperating with an investigation undertaken by the SFO, as well as representing Olympus in claims brought against it by its former CEO
  • Fortress in High Court injunctive proceedings against an overseas fund management firm, and on related claims
  • the executive team and owners of Charterhouse Capital Partners, a private equity firm, in their successful defence in both the High Court and Court of Appeal of an unfair prejudice petition brought by a retired partner. The petitioner’s application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court was denied in February 2016
  • the Reed Group in the Court of Appeal and below on appeals against HMRC tax assessments relating to a travel to work benefit scheme operated over a 6 year period, and on related judicial review proceedings and claims against Reed’s professional advisers
  • Banco Santander Totta in successful litigation relating to the validity of interest rate swaps entered into on ISDA terms between the bank and Portuguese public sector companies
  • consumer goods company in respect of a number of cartel damages claims following an investigation by the European Commission
  • an international oil exploration and production company in relation to various disputes, subject to ICSID and ICC arbitration, regarding the exploitation and enjoyment of certain offshore oilfield interests
  • Nationwide Building Society in the high-profile test case proceedings brought by the OFT against the eight leading current account providers to determine the validity of unarranged overdraft charges. The current account providers were successful in the Supreme Court defending the OFT’s claims

Ewan is ranked as a leading individual for Banking Litigation and Litigation in Chambers UK, 2017. Ewan is recommended for Banking Litigation in Chambers UK, 2018.  He is also recognised as a leading individual for Banking Litigation in The Legal 500, 2017 and recommended for Commercial Litigation and Financial Services (Contentious). Ewan is one of the firm’s two Diversity and Inclusion Partners and has responsibility for promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of the firm.

Ewan 'is a delight to work with. He is very clever, with good judgement and lots of experience.'
Chambers UK, 2017

'He is enormously good with and beloved by clients,' 
Chambers UK, 2017

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