Partner and Head of Disputes Back

John Reynolds

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John Reynolds is a partner and Head of Disputes at Avonhurst. Prior to joining, he spent over 15 years at White & Case as Head of the London Litigation Department and Global Co-Head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice, and he was also a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and Herbert Smith.
John has helped clients resolve complex problems for more than 30 years and is a deeply-connected member of the global dispute resolution community. As a leading figure in the legal world, he has been involved in many of the landmark cases that have shaped the litigation landscape, from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and BCCI to the nationalisation of Northern Rock and the Maxwell Fraud. Over the years, John has maintained a broad practice, believing that diverse experience brings benefits in looking at most problems. His specialist areas of focus include corporate and M&A disputes, finance litigation, shareholder disputes, investigations, crisis management, fraud and competition litigation.
John has been a ranked litigator in both Chambers and Legal 500 for more than 20 years. He has been described as “a titan of the London litigation landscape” in Legal 500’s 2021 “Hall of Fame”, an ‘esteemed litigator’ in Chambers 2021 and is ranked as a “global leader” in “Who’s Who Legal // Litigation”.

Selected Experience
// 13-year battle for control of a Turkish mobile telephone operator arising from financing and restructuring during the Turkish banking crisis.

// Suing the UK Government in respect of its nationalisation of Northern Rock Bank following the first UK bank run for 150 years.

// Investigation relating to transatlantic regulatory enforcement proceedings against a global investment bank, involving anti-money laundering systems and controls, arising from so-called “mirror trading” of Russian blue-chip stocks.

// Multi-billion Euro M&A transaction termination as a consequence of measures taken by the target company to respond to the pandemic.