Sam specialises in commercial litigation, dispute resolution, and regulatory investigations.
He has expertise in a broad range of disputes, with a particular focus on banking and finance, insolvency and construction matters. Sam also represents clients in connection with regulatory investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission, Securities Commission, Financial Markets Authority and Serious Fraud Office.
Sam recently returned from the UK where he worked in the banking litigation team at Dentons, and completed a secondment to Barclays Bank in which he managed the litigation portfolio of the bank’s private client division.
He has appeared as counsel in proceedings in the District Court and High Court, and has represented clients in various alternative dispute resolution forums.
Sam has represented:
- banks and financial service providers, most recently assisting a Cayman bank to preserve and recover US$8m following a fraud at a New Zealand financial services provider
- receivers, administrators and liquidators, most recently appearing for the receivers of Capital + Merchant Finance in successful High Court proceedings to determine entitlement to a fund
- creditors, most recently assisting a large New Zealand company in a dispute with the receivers of a collapsed construction company concerning the relative priorities of security interests
- developers, contractors and subcontractors in significant construction contract disputes, most recently assisting a government agency in a $50m dispute over the progress of a key infrastructure project
- large New Zealand companies on internal investigations regarding sensitive matters with litigation risk
- Barclays Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland in a significant portfolio of claims brought by customers in relation to the alleged misselling of various financial products, including interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives, and LIBOR manipulation, and
- Barclays Bank in regulatory investigations initiated by the Financial Markets Authority.