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Samantha Kakati


Personal Profile

Samantha is a Partner in the Finance & Banking Disputes team and a member of the Commercial Litigation group. She specialises in banking and finance disputes and also works on general commercial dispute resolution matters.  Her practice comprises of a mixture of high profile commercial litigation and confidential high value finance disputes resolved commercially with innovative approaches.

She has acted both for and against financial institutions on a range of financial services matters, including: securitisation; structured finance; property finance; trading, bank accounts; and fraud.  She also has experience of shareholder, director, joint venture and founder disputes and of obtaining urgent injunctive relief.

Her sector experience includes the Fashion and Retail, Hotel, Luxury Asset, Shipping and Technology industries.

Samantha is the Firm's Co-Training Principal and leads the Education Strand of our Access to Law Impact Pillar. 

Key Experience

  • Representing The ECU Group plc, in proceedings against various HSBC entities for unlawful foreign exchange trading practices, specifically front running and misuse of confidential client information.

  • Representing  a number of Russian individuals and corporations in a multi-jurisdictional US$500m claim by TNK-BP relating to the funding and finance of substantial real estate assets in Montenegro and successful discharge of a worldwide freezing injunction and similar orders in the foreign jurisdictions.

  • Acting on behalf of one of the largest ship recycling entities in the world against a global bank in relation to a trade finance dispute.

  • Acting in proceedings arising from a restructuring concerning a minority shareholder petition, s423 Insolvency Act 1986 (transaction at undervalue), unlawful loss and unlawful means conspiracy claims.

  • Advising on loan facility disputes concerning allegations of covenant breaches, defending enforcement of security and urgent applications for prohibitory injunctions.

  • Acting for petitioners/claimants and respondents/defendants in multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceedings, including disputing winding up petitions, appointment of provisional liquidators and freezing injunctions.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Associate, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker (Europe) LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 
BBP Law School – GDL and LPC 
University of California Los Angeles - Education Abroad Programme scholarship 
King's College London – Bsc(Hons) Physiological Science and Associate of King's College (Hanson Prize)

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