Adam Silver

Adam Silver Dechert complex commercial litigation lawyer London

Adam Silver


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7349 | +44 20 7184 7001


Adam Silver focuses his practice on commercial and financial litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency. He is particularly experienced in handling capital markets related litigation as well as advising on cross-border disputes and enforcement actions in a wide variety of jurisdictions.

Mr. Silver is described by The Legal 500 UK 2020 as “particularly impressive and…has great tactical instincts”, with clients stating “he gets what the client is really looking for and anticipates issues before they arise” and he “is tenacious and relentless in his pursuit of claims and leaves no stone unturned.” The 2019 edition recommends him as “a masterful strategist on complex litigation” and someone who “grasps both the details and the bigger picture”. He is recommended for commercial litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency. 

Mr. Silver has practiced before the High Court of England & Wales, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Advising the offshore holding company of a Ukrainian business group in a successful US$200 million claim in the English Court against a Russian individual and a company controlled by him - Avonwick Holdings Limited v Webinvest Limited and Another. The matter involved various interlocutory applications including an important finding by the Court of Appeal in favour of our client relating to the scope of the “without prejudice” rule. 
  • Advising Madison Pacific as Note Trustee in respect of linked arbitrations relating to US$375m, of Notes issued to finance PJSC Commerical bank “PrivatBank” of Ukraine.
  • Advising liquidators of an offshore company and others in relation to a claim in the English Court for unlawful means conspiracy as well as claw back actions under the Insolvency Act against two Russian business men and companies controlled by them relating to the diversion of assets of US$300 million. The claim has involved ancillary attachment proceedings in the Netherlands. 
  • Advising hedge funds seeking to set aside the restructuring of bonds issued by a leading Russian retail group and claiming damages for conspiracy (Spinnaker v Starling & Others). The matter involved multi-party litigation in the English Commercial Court, ancillary attachment proceedings in Germany and resulted in a confidential settlement of the claims. 
  • Advising Noteholders in a St. Petersburg-based property group in respect of claims arising from a fraudulent restructuring, including LCIA arbitration proceedings in London and related litigation in Cyprus and Russia. 
  • Advising hedge funds in relation to a partial arbitration award rendered against them in an arbitration under the SIAC rules. The matter involved successfully having the award set aside by the Singaporean Court and then that decision upheld by the Singaporian Court of Appeal, resisting enforcement of the award and dealing with various aspect of the arbitration. 
  • Advising a Bahraini bank and a Saudi Arabian real estate company in relation to a claim against the bank's former CEO and others for conspiracy and related matters. The claim involved litigation in the English Commercial Court. 
  • Acting for Liberty Bank JSC of Georgia in relation to a successful application to the English Court for the appointment of joint receivers over an English LLP for the purposes of ongoing litigation in the Georgian Court. 
  • Acting for a Russian corporate group in relation to multiple arbitration claims brought by a state owned Russian bank. The matter involved successfully resisting an application for injunctive relief in the English Court and subsequently settled on a favourable terms for our clients. 
  • Advising Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Limited and its parent VTB (Russia's second largest bank) in respect of claims in excess of US$500 million against an oligarch and various companies controlled by him in relation to oil and gas assets (Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Ltd v Khoroshilov [2011] EWHC 1721).* 

Insolvency Litigation and Restructuring

  • Advising funds managed by Franklin Templeton in successfully challenging the restructuring of  the International Bank of Azerbaijan before the English High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for Trustees in Bankruptcy in relation to multi jurisdiction investigations and asset recovery actions, including in: the UK, France, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malta, Switzerland, Russia, the BVI and St Vincent and Grenadine. 
  • Advising a creditor of Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. in challenging a scheme of arrangement before the English High Court. 
  • Advising funds managed by Argentem Creek Partners in challenging various schemes of arrangement by the Berau Coal Group and in relation to parallel enforcement litigation.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch in relation to restructuring of a Russian and Ukrainian agricultural business (the Valinor Group). 
  • Advising Noteholders in relation to the restructuring of a UK and Russian oil and gas group Vostok Energy plc.
  • Advising Noteholders in relation to the restructuring of a Kazakh oil and gas company Tristan Oil Ltd
  • Advising creditors of Russian Standard Bank in relation to the restructuring of the company’s debt via a UK scheme of arrangement. 
  • Advising Noteholders in relation to the restructuring of a Polish steel group (the Cognor Group)
  • Advising the senior lenders of IMO Carwash in relation to the dispute with mezzanine lenders regarding the restructuring of the group by way of schemes of arrangement and a pre-pack administration.* 
  • Advising creditors (and a court-appointed representative creditor) of Global Trader (Europe) Limited (in liquidation) in a dispute over assets held by the derivatives broker that has led to a leading judgment on the interpretation of the FSA Client Money Rules.* 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining firm.

  • University of Oxford, B.A., 1998, First Class Hons
  • The College of Law, London, CPE, LPC
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Ireland
  • R3: Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association