Stewarts is the UK’s largest disputes-only law firm with more than 70 partners and is considered the UK’s leading structured finance and derivatives dispute practice. Most corporate law firms represent only defendants, while we frequently represent claimants as well.

As a disputes-only firm, with no transactional departments, and the resources and expertise to succeed we are able to act against the largest financial institutions.

Why choose our derivatives and structured finance disputes lawyers

We have experience litigating cases involving various financial derivatives and structured products such as:

  • Synthetic and cash collateralised debt obligations
  • Credit default swaps and credit linked notes
  • Constant proportion debt obligations
  • Equity derivatives
  • Foreign exchange (FX) and credit options, including barrier, basket and knock in/out

Litigating cases involving these financial products requires an in-depth understanding of transaction documents and market practices. Stewarts and, in particular, Harry McGowan CFA, who spent time in his prior career trading and structuring these products, has the expertise and experience to analyse these complex products. He also has the reputation and skillset to go head-to-head with defendant law firms that represent the major financial institutions. As a result, we are able to act adverse to major financial institutions such as Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Our clients include asset managers, hedge funds, public and private pension funds, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and financial institutions.


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Meet the Securities Litigation team

Our team has the depth and expertise to conduct heavyweight securities litigation. 

We act in some of the most high-profile securities litigation cases in the UK and around the world. 

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