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Mark Cooper, Partner

Mark Cooper

Partner

Languages

German - conversational

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Mark is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s Financial Services Disputes and Investigations group in London.

Mark advises clients on:

  • High value banking and commercial litigation, including:
    • acting for a foreign corporate in proceedings before the Court of Appeal in relation to the benefits received by a former business partner in breach of his fiduciary duties;
    • representing the branch of a leading private bank in relation to a broad and complex third party disclosure order together with related freezing orders arising out of a USD 300M fraud;
    • successfully defending a major private bank in relation to claims for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of historic finder agreements;
    • acting for a foreign corporate in proceedings concerning the enforceability and wrongful termination of various conditional fee agreements;
    • acting for a US investment bank in the context of market manipulation and fraudulent bankruptcy charges in Italy; and
    • acting for a leading UK bank in relation to claims brought by shareholders arising out of a rights issue

  • All forms of interim relief commonly encountered by financial institutions, e.g. freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal Orders, third party debt orders, disclosure orders, witness summons and orders arising out of corporate and individual insolvency processes. Mark also advises on the setting up and benchmarking of systems and processes for dealing with such orders, as well as editing the Eversheds Sutherland Court Order Update blog: https://bit.ly/30Dfuip

  • Insolvency litigation, including:
    • acting for a corporate trustee in the context of claims arising in multiple jurisdictions following the insolvency of a bond issuer; and
    • advising various clients on the recovery of assets following the collapses of Lehman Brothers and MF Global

  • Complex tax litigation and investigations, including:
    • acting for a US investment bank in judicial review proceedings in connection with disputed VAT assessments;
    • advising a large corporate on the recovery of historic VAT overpayments;
    • undertaking an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 commodities broker further to enquiries by a foreign prosecutor in relation to third party suppliers; and
    • advising various foreign and UK banks on responding to production orders related to HMRC investigations

  • Contentious regulatory proceedings, including successfully defending a commodities trader in connection with a criminal and civil market abuse investigation by the FCA