Daniel Natoff is a solicitor-advocate with experience straddling international litigation, commercial arbitrations and UK Financial Conduct Authority investigations. Mr. Natoff advises clients on a range of international commercial disputes, with a particular focus on civil fraud and the financial services sector. He has extensive experience in advising major financial institutions, asset managers and listed companies on civil fraud, multi-billion pound class actions, derivatives mis-selling and investment management disputes. Mr. Natoff has also twice acted in court as an advocate for an international bank in connection with the enforcement of judgments.
The Legal 500 UK lists Mr. Natoff as a key lawyer for Fraud: Civil, Commercial Litigation, and Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime, describing him as "switched-on and hard-working, and a nice guy" and "a rising star… He has the trust and confidence of the clients, and gets things done in a seemingly effortless fashion" (2022-2023). The Legal 500 UK 2020 guide regards Mr. Natoff as "a rising star, who is assured, polished, and with a remarkable focus on clients and their needs"; "smart, hard-working, warm and glues many different parties together to deliver a coherent and powerful output to the client."
Mr. Natoff also advises on regulatory investigations and enforcement in the financial services sector. He has acted in matters involving a wide variety of domestic and international regulators, including the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Natoff acts for global financial institutions and senior executives on all stages of internal and external investigations, section 166 FSMA investigations and enforcement proceedings. His experience includes counseling clients on issues of market abuse, financial crime, insider dealing, anti-money laundering systems and controls, senior manager accountability, mis-selling of financial products, disclosure of confidential information and internal corporate investigations more generally.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Natoff served as an associate at another international law firm where he focused on litigation and regulatory investigations and enforcement. Mr. Natoff spent two years on two secondments to a major bank where he reported directly to the Head of Litigation, Regulatory and Investigations. His previous experience also includes a secondment at Nestlé, working on several contentious and commercial matters.
Banking and commercial litigation
- A major bank on the defense of a multi-billion pound shareholder class action.
- An investment bank on defending a US$100 million fraud claim by investors in a private placing.
- A Qatari investment company on defending litigation and arbitration proceedings involving its investment manager and its US$200 million hotel portfolio in the Middle East and Africa.
- Investment arm of a Government on the pursuit of a claim in the UAE courts concerning a joint venture dispute.
- A Dubai management consultancy company on a multi-million dollar claim against a Libyan investment company for breaches of a services agreement.
- A European asset management firm on off-shore litigation proceedings concerning the management of its funds.
- A sovereign wealth fund on possible claims it may have against the management and majority shareholder of a company in which it had invested.
- An investment manager on potential professional negligence claims following the purchase of an arbitral award.
- A former CEO of a media and entertainment company in relation to the defence of threatened claims made by the company and its creditors.
- A major pharmacovigilance company on possible claims against a service provider and strategic matters in connection with exiting the relationship with the service provider.
- A Singaporean company on claims arising under the terms of a share purchase agreement for breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent misrepresentation.
- An international media services group on its defense of claims relating to a global TV show and box office movie.
- A major bank on defending misrepresentation claims relating to a commercial loan.
- An international bank on defending litigation concerning the disclosure of confidential information.
- A large European commercial bank on a claim against an international bank with regard to the mis-selling of interest rate swaps.
- A major UK bank in relation to a claim concerning the mis-selling of interest rate swaps.
- Advocating the defense of a global bank in the courts with respect to Third Party Debt Orders.
- A major clothing manufacturer on litigation concerning the license of its European trade marks and defending a jurisdiction challenge.
Regulatory and investigations
- Airbus SE in a global investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and subsequent coordinated settlements with the UK Serious Fraud Office, French Parquet National Financier, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of State.
- The CEO and other senior executives of an international bank in connection with UK and US regulatory enforcement proceedings into LIBOR fixing.
- A global corporation on an internal investigation into FX spot rate manipulation and its internal systems and controls.
- A UK-based international bank on an internal investigation into money laundering involving its foreign branches and UK and US regulators.
- The MLRO of a major private bank on an FCA investigation into money laundering and its internal systems and controls.
- A major corporation on an FCA investigation into insider dealing, compliance with the Listing Rules and Disclosure and Transparency Rules, and internal policies and procedures.
- Major UK banks on FCA enforcement action relating to the their advised mortgage sales businesses.
- A major wealth manager on a regulatory investigation into the mis-selling of investment products.
- The Head of Credit Sales at a global bank on FCA enforcement proceedings relating to the disclosure of confidential information.
- The CEO of a financial adviser network on an appeal of an FCA decision to the Upper Tribunal.
- The Managing Director of an insurance provider on regulatory enforcement proceedings relating to the mis-selling of insurance products.
- A major gold mining company on an internal investigation into the conduct of the previous board of directors of the company and defending various claims made against the company by former directors and employees.
- An international investment manager on possible regulatory and litigation exposure in connection with the short selling of shares in publicly listed companies.
- A UK investment management firm on a potential FCA investigation and notification requirements for the firm and its senior managers.
- A global bank on the conduct of a section 166 FSMA Skilled Person investigation.
- A law firm on FCA and SRA investigations into its involvement in ATE insurance referrals.
- An international private investment group on legal and strategic matters in connection with a variety of proceedings (and prospective proceedings) arising out of the insolvency of a major natural resources company in Central Europe.
- A global food and drink company on its claims in the administration of a major UK retailer.
- A global cruise company on its claims in the insolvency of a supplier.
- A major bank on its claims in the winding up of a property developer.
- A Formula 1 racing driver on contractual and sponsorship disputes with his team.
Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.
- Law Society
- Higher Rights of Audience, Civil Courts
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- London Solicitors Litigation Association
- University of Bristol, LL.B., 2006
- England and Wales