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Practice Summary

Alyssa has a broad commercial practice and has been instructed in a number of high-profile recent cases, including Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation v Dechert LLP and Neil Gerrard, and v Serious Fraud Office, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2021 and PrivatBank v Kolomoisky, Bogolyubov & Ors, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2022. Alyssa enjoys working as sole counsel or as part of a larger team.

Alyssa is currently acting as part of the counsel team for Mr Bogolyubov (with Clare Montgomery QC, Matthew Parker QC and Nathaniel Bird) in PrivatBank v Kolomoisky, Bogolyubov & Ors, which was listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2022. The claim concerns allegations that the defendants misappropriated c.US$2bn from the Ukrainian bank, PrivatBank. The trial was due to begin in June 2022 but was adjourned due to the war in Ukraine. It is now listed for up to 13 weeks from the beginning of June 2023.
Last year, Alyssa acted for ENRC in the 12-week trial in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation v Dechert LLP and Neil Gerrard, and v Serious Fraud Office, which was one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2021. Alyssa was part of a team of nine counsel (with Clare Montgomery QC, Nathan Pillow QC, Anna Boase QC, Tim Akkouh, James MacDonald, Jack Rivett, Freddie Popplewell and Matthew Hoyle). The trial was of two joined high value and high-profile claims brought by ENRC (1) in professional negligence against ENRC’s former solicitors and the partner with conduct of the matter (an internal bribery and corruption investigation); and (2) in misfeasance in public office against the SFO. A summary of the judgment can be found here.

Other recent instructions include:

  • Agate Assets & Ors v Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild & Ors (2015, Commercial Court)
    Acting for the Claimants (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Adam Rushworth) in a claim for declaratory relief arising out of a transaction involving the sale of a structured note ultimately acquired by a UCITS fund and defending against counterclaims for over US$30m brought in unlawful means conspiracy, deceit, dishonest assistance and negligence.
  • Minera Las Bambas SA v Glencore Queensland Ltd (2018, Commercial Court)
    Acting for Glencore (with Jamie Goldsmith QC) in a dispute brought under a contractual indemnity in a share purchase agreement, concerning payments of US$45m made to the Peruvian tax authority. Interlocutory issues raised included the stay of proceedings due to ongoing proceedings in Peru ([2020] EWHC 108 (Comm)) and waiver of privilege ([2020] EWHC 1358 (Comm)).
  • Minera Las Bambas SA v Glencore Queensland Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 972
    Acting for Glencore (with Conall Patton QC) in the Court of Appeal. The appeal raised issues of the correct interpretation of certain tax indemnities and warranties contained in a contract for the purchase of shares in a company owning a large copper mining project in Peru.

From October 2018 to March 2019, Alyssa spent five months as a Judicial Assistant in the Commercial Court, where she worked on cases such as Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v Natwest Markets Plc [2019] EWHC 366 (Comm) (sitting with Picken J), Tugushev v Orlov [2019] EWHC 645 (Comm) (sitting with Carr J) and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited v ING Bank N.V. [2019] EWHC 676 (Comm) (sitting with Moulder J).