Adam Greaves


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  • The University of Law, Guildford, LLM, Law Society Finals, 1984
  • University of Essex, LLB, 1983
  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Member, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

Member, London Solicitors Litigation Association

Member, Commercial Litigators' Forum

Pro Bono Coordinator, McGuireWoods' Membership of Law Works

  • French

Adam focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex heavy-weight international cases, particularly fraud and corruption cases, and multijurisdictional disputes. Disputes are principally in the English Commercial Court, including bringing or defending freezing orders, and pursuing asset tracing remedies worldwide but often involve parallel arbitration proceedings against the contractual defendant. He also advises on anticorruption, including compliance systems, investigations and defence work. In addition, Adam has frequently assisted U.S. colleagues with the international investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.

He has experience of dealing with high value shareholders’ and trust disputes, warranty claims, professional negligence and product liability disputes. He has represented many Russian clients in investment disputes in several offshore jurisdictions as well as in the UK. The international scope of his practice means that he frequently advises on conflicts of laws and choice of forum.

He has more than 20 years of experience in project management of large multijurisdictional disputes. These frequently involve making or defending worldwide freezing injunctions that are then enforced in other jurisdictions, involving teams of lawyers in many countries around the world. For many years, Adam has also had a particular interest in the Middle East. He has worked with the insurance/reinsurance industry as well as industries including telecoms, aluminum, diamonds, construction, Islamic banking, media, information technology, shipbuilding, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, recruitment, investment, property development and accountancy.

Adam blogs frequently on the new UK Bribery Act, international business crime and regulatory and other fraud issues on McGuireWoods’ dedicated fraud blog. He also leads the firm’s London office pro bono initiatives and is the coordinator with the United Kingdom’s solicitors’ nationwide pro bono charity, LawWorks.

T: +44 20 7632 1649F: +44 20 7632 1638agreaves@mcguirewoods.com11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

Represented two well-known mobile telephone manufacturers against a wealthy Turkish industrialist family in a $2 billion fraud, with assets and proceedings in 20 jurisdictions.

Representation of lenders in recovery proceedings of $60 million in aluminum trading loans fraud.

Representation of owners of an aluminum plant in Russia who were defrauded of their assets by reason of "staged" bankruptcy proceedings, including proceedings in several jurisdictions.

Advice to shareholders in relation to Commercial Court proceedings and related US proceedings in $400 million Afghan mobile operator shareholder dispute.

Advice to large British construction group in relation to one of the largest ever public corruption investigations.

Representation of the lead defendant in a $250 million alleged fraud case including defending a worldwide freezing order, brought by a senior member of the Saudi Royal family.

Advice as part of a team on a $300 million fraud dispute against a number of individuals which perpetrated a highly complex fraud on major manufacturers pension fund.

Working as part of a very large team, leading a major discovery exercise on one of the world’s largest ever arbitration disputes concerning the problems with the construction of pipe laying vessel “Solitaire”, resulting in a €350 million settlement.

Representation of consumer electronics group in various product liability issues.

Advice to partner in a Middle Eastern accountancy partnership dispute.

Representation of purchasers/borrowers in the first reported Morobaha case in the English Commercial Court.

Representation of the errors and omissions insurers of a global insurance brokers in relation to a negligence claim against them in the placement of insurance and “back to back” reinsurance relating to the construction of LNG tankers.

Representation of insurers in a $17 million bankers blanket bond dispute.

Acting for insurers in a case involving an explosion in a new tunnel and water pumping station where many claimants were killed or injured. The designers, builders and owners were all sued. The cases ended up in the House of Lords.

Advice to Canadian run-off manager of a Canadian marine insurance company on its claims, reinsurance claims and commutation agreements including a number of reinsurance arbitrations.

£40m commercial court reinsurance dispute arising out of a fire in a Danish pig factory. 44 reinsurers needed to be served in many jurisdictions due the fragmented way in which the market responded to the claim.

Advice to insurer on a £70m reinsurance dispute with its 12 co-insurers and its reinsurance brokers. A scheme insured extended guarantees on white goods. The claim was made up of 2 underlying claims on the product guarantees.

Advice to the E&O insurers of a Lloyd's managing agency in a claim brought against it by its Names. An issue relating to limitation periods ended up in the House of Lords.

Providing English law advice and support on a London based $100m alternative risk transfer reinsurance dispute where the arbitration was seated in England and the law of the contract was North Carolina law.

Named to "London Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013

Selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 UK, Dispute Resolution/Commercial Litigation, 2012

Named a “Legal Expert,” Commercial Litigation, Legal Experts EMEA, 2010-2012

Listed as his “Scope of Expertise is Remarkable,” Dispute Resolution/Commercial Litigation, The Legal 500 UK, 2011

Co-author, "Finding the Right Legal Team for Litigation Funding," Inside Counsel, October 4, 2012
Speaker, "UK Bribery Act – 1 July 2011 – The Latest News," IBC European Conference, September 2012
Presenter, Continuing Practice Development Seminars on the Law of Privilege for Oil and Bank Clients, 2012
Speaker, The Bribery Act/FCPA Enforcement 2012 Briefing, November 10, 2011
Co-chair, Thomson Reuters Anti-Corruption Conference, November 10, 2011
Speaker, Global Anti-Corruption Legislation: The Impact on Your Business, McGladrey Webinar, October 13, 2011
Speaker, U.K. Bribery Act, LexisNexis Corporate Podcast, May 20, 2011
Speaker, "The UK Bribery Act and What U.S. Companies Need to Know About it," FX Conferences Audio Conference, May 17, 2011
Speaker, "Beyond the FCPA: Why the New UK Bribery Act Impacts on U.S. Overseas Business," Thomson Reuters Webinar, April 27, 2011
Speaker, "Beyond The FCPA: Why the New UK Bribery Act Impacts on U.S. Overseas Business," Thomson Reuters Webinar, March 22, 2011
Speaker, "Legal Issues in Doing US Business: UK Bribery Act 2010 and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," West of England Aerospace Forum, March 17, 2011
Speaker, "Beyond FCPA: Why a New U.K. Law Impacts on U.S. Overseas Business," Elsevier Webinar, February 24, 2011
Speaker, "Impact of the UK Bribery Act 2010 on UK, Belgian and other Foreign Organisations Doing Business in the UK,," British Belgian Chamber, November 30, 2010
Speaker, "Impact of the UK Bribery Act 2010 on UK, Swedish and other Foreign Organisations Doing Business in the UK," ICC/BSCC, Mannheimer Swartling, October 11, 2010
Speaker, Lexis Nexis International Litigation and Fraud Conference, May 20, 2008