Fabienne d'Adhemar, Managing Associate, Dispute Resolution

Fabienne d'Adhemar

Managing Associate

Personal Profile

Fabienne specialises in Dispute Resolution and Fraud and is part of the anglo-french group within the Family team.  She is dual French and English national and speaks fluent French.

Her background is in commercial litigation and more specifically complex financial disputes, search and freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and asset tracing.  She acts for corporates and high net worth individuals.

Within the anglo-french group, she advises in relation to divorce, jurisdiction issues and financial issues following divorce involving trusts, corporate assets and international assets.

Key Experience

  • Acting for an international media company in a claim against former employees accused of operating in competition with the claimant, diverting business and poaching employees. We sought and obtained a wide ranging without notice order against the defendants for computer imaging, delivery up and provision of information.  We successful defended a claim by the defendants to discharge the order on the grounds of alleged non-compliance with the duty of full and frank disclosure.

  • Acting for a number of defendants (Kazakh individuals and a Georgian bank) in a LCIA arbitration commenced by an international investment fund.  The dispute related to the sale of shares in a Georgian bank and the alleged breach of an option agreement and share purchase agreement.  Both sides brought a number of interim applications relating to security for costs and document production, amongst other issues.  The case involved complex issues requiring expert accountancy evidence and legal opinions on issues of Georgian law.  Settlement was reached a few days before final hearing of the claim.

  • Acting for a commercial bank against a high net worth individual and associated companies, in relation to a breach of a loan agreement.  Obtained a freezing order in the UK in support of proceedings in Switzerland.  Subsequently obtained a charging order over the defendant's London property portfolio. Issued an application to commit the defendant for contempt of court proceedings for non-compliance with disclosure obligations under the terms of the freezing order.  The disclosure obligations were amended by agreement and a settlement was negotiated and agreed.

  • Acting for a number of high net worth individuals in defending an ex parte freezing order bought by a politically exposed person.  Assets worth hundreds of millions of pounds were frozen included properties, shares, bank accounts, cars and other luxury assets and portfolios, in various jurisdictions. The freezing order was successfully discharged, on the basis of material non-disclosure on the part of the applicant, following an application that required numerous witness statements, legal opinions from experts on various jurisdictions and reports from investment and accountancy experts.

  • Advising high net worth individuals and related trusts in relation to civil and criminal investigations in the US, South Africa and Switzerland.  The central case consists of criminal proceedings and charges in South African and the US regarding the over-harvesting of fish and import into the US.  Following prison sentences, the accused required substantial legal advice on a number of multi-jurisdictional issues.

  • Acting for UK PLC in a harassment case.  A senior employee was subjected to harassment by a former employee.  We sought various disclosure orders from internet service providers to obtain evidence of the nature of the offence and prove the identity of the perpetrator.

  • Advising in relation to divorce, in particular: financial agreements, childcare arrangements, foreign divorces, complex assets and jurisdiction issues.

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Trainee, SJ Berwin LLP (including 6 months in the Paris office)
BPP Law School, London, LPC
BPP Law School, London, CPE/Post-Graduate Diploma in Law
The University of Leeds, BA (Hons) English with French

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