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Abdul Azeem focuses his practice on complex multi-party disputes and international dispute resolution matters, in particular commercial litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience advising international listed companies on multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Significant Representations


Commercial Litigation
  • Advising an Ukrainian oligarch in relation to restructuring its loan to a Russian oligarch and upon the collapse of negotiations acting for our client in opposing an application by debtor seeking to restrain our client from presenting a winding up petition. Avonwick v Webinvest & Ors [2014] EWHC 3322 (Ch), [2014] EWCA Civ 1436 and [2014] EWHC 3661.
  • Acting for Smithton Limited (formerly Hobart Capital Markets Limited) in relation to a claim (and subsequent appeal) against the Chairman of its former parent company for alleged breaches of his duty as de facto director of our client, misrepresentation and arranging for the acquisition of a substantial non-cash asset from our client without shareholder approval in breach of s190 of the Companies Act 2006. Smithton Limited v Guy Naggar [2014] EWCA Civ 939.
  • Advising an AIM listed company on its dispute with various African companies over unpaid monies and damaged airplanes. This involved working with African counsel to formulate strategies to bring claims against the various African companies and to defend against vexatious claim brought against our client in Africa.
  • Advising a client in relation to an Order for Examination made against him pursuant to a letter of request from the plaintiffs in a Bernie Madoff-related class action lawsuit in the United States. Advising the same client in relation to a request from Swiss prosecutors requesting he give evidence in related criminal proceedings in Switzerland.
  • Acting for an asset manager in relation to claims brought against it by the Winding Up Committee of Kaupthing hf. and successfully negotiating a settlement agreement in respect of all possible claims.

Arbitration

  • Acting for a major AIM listed China based gas exploration company in relation to setting aside an ex-parte worldwide freezing injunction made against them in aid of an arbitration award rendered against them in an arbitration under the SIAC rules. The matter involved successfully setting aside the worldwide freezing injunction and resisting the enforcement of the award. Conocophillips China Inc v Greka Energy (International) BV & Ors [2013] EWHC 2733 (Comm).
  • Acting for a US oil rig provider in a LCIA arbitration in relation to its debt claim against Turkish oil company. This matter involved acting and representing the client in all matters from the start of the arbitration including successfully acting for it at the arbitral hearing.
  • Advising the winding up committee of a middle eastern national airline in relation to its obligations under its data contracts with its suppliers and negotiating settlement agreements with its suppliers in order to avoid potential arbitration.
  • Advising a Mexican oil producer on possible arbitration strategies under the LMAA rules. This involved a potential economic duress claim against a Chinese oil tanker builder.

White Collar Investigations and Sanctions

  • Advising a major international logistics company in relation to potential bribery allegations. This involved working with the investigations team to carry out investigations in three jurisdictions and negotiating and drafting a settlement agreement with its client, a major oil company, in light of alleged breaches of anti-bribery clauses within the contracts between the parties.
  • Advising the former CEO of a multi-national bank in relation to allegations by the SFO of discrepancies to the bank’s previous capital raisings exercises.
  • Acting for a major trader of an international bank in relation to the FOREX scandal. 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Mr. Azeem taught Tort Law at the University of Bristol from 2007-2008 and taught Constitutional Law and Legal Practice at a Private University in Singapore from 2008-2009. He was also the recipient of the University of Bristol Student Research Award during his LLM Master of Laws.

Education

University of Bristol College of Law, LL.B. (Hons), 2007
University of Bristol College of Law, LL.M., 2008

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

England and Wales

Languages

English
Arabic
Malay
Tamil