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Tom Ainsworth focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. Mr. Ainsworth has acted on a broad range of litigation, arbitration, and white collar matters for clients from wide variety of different jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Ainsworth trained with a magic circle law firm in London and Abu Dhabi before qualifying into their dispute resolution team in Dubai.

Significant Representations

  • Advising a forex broker and certain related individuals in connection with several cross border disputes in the forex trading and technology sector in the London Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. The disputes involved an alleged fraud akin to a Ponzi scheme which resulted in several interim applications, including for cross-examination, pre-action disclosure, Norwich Pharmacal relief, and a worldwide freezing injunction.
  • Acting for a commodity trading and logistics company in its successful application for a worldwide freezing injunction before the High Court of Hong Kong in support of an LCIA arbitration claim in fraud for US$ 40 million. 
  • Advising one of the world's largest marine terminal operators and its Egyptian subsidiary on their defense to an unlawful conspiracy claim for US$50 million in litigation before the Dubai World Tribunal.
  • Advising a European investment bank subject to a regulatory investigation concerning the conduct of its private client department in Dubai.
  • Advising an investment banker subject to an FSA investigation into his role on various capital raisings in London.
  • Advising a Fortune 500 company in relation to a potential breach of warranty claim against the sellers of a stake in a Middle Eastern oilfield services company.
  • Acting for the respondent in a large DIAC arbitration concerning the wrongful termination of a hotel management agreement between a Dubai based hotel owner and Singaporean hotel management company.
  • Advising a major South Korean company in respect of an adjudication concerning a landmark construction and engineering project in Dubai.
  • Acting for the respondent in a settled infrastructure arbitration concerning four claims totalling in excess of AED 1 billion between a Dubai developer and a European contractor.

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

Education

Keble College, University of Oxford, B.A. (Hons), Jurisprudence, 2009
College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2010

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

England and Wales