Head of Civil Fraud
Andy McGregor specialises in complex, high value international litigation and arbitration with a long history of working on high profile cases.
Andy has over 17 years' experience working on some of the largest cases that have been before the English High Court. These include:
- Sumitomo v Credit Lyonnais (value $2.6bn)
- Sibir Energy v Abramovich (value $1.5bn)
- Total SA v Chevron (the Buncefield litigation, value £750m)
For the past eight years Andy has worked on three of The Lawyer's Top 20 cases for the year, Fortress v Blue Skye in 2012, CF Partners v Barclays in 2013 and Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky in 2014 to 2020.
Andy is listed in Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Litigation 2020.
"He has the uncanny knack of working out exactly the best way to advance his client's case.” - Lexology Client Choice Awards 2020
Adept at helping clients, including institutional investors and high net worth individuals, resolve complex banking disputes concerning structured finance and derivatives. Clients say he provides "excellent analysis of the case facts resulting in a clear strategy" and also "has the ability to succinctly and fluently communicate highly complex matters so that decisions can be made." - Chambers UK 2019
"a high- class performer" - Legal 500 UK 2018
The "very bright" Andrew McGregor receives plaudits for his "excellent judgement" in banking litigation work - Chambers 2018 UK
Andy McGregor has extensive experience of disputes arising from structured finance and derivatives, including CDOs and credit default swaps - Legal 500 UK 2017
Andrew McGregor is "a class lawyer and a real rainmaker," report sources, who also call him "very mature, excellent and an expert on litigation." - Chambers UK 2017
"Sources highlight Andrew McGregor as "an outstanding oral advocate," and appreciate the way he "expresses complex ideas succinctly and clearly"" - Chambers UK 2016
"Understated but effective" - Legal 500 UK 2015
"Very energetic" - Legal 500 UK 2015
"A "careful, balanced tactician"" - Legal 500 UK 2014
"Andrew McGregor focuses his practice on banking and finance litigation and has specialist knowledge in derivatives, structured finance and credit default swaps" - Chambers UK 2014
"Andy McGregor..."combines a real understanding of the banking environment with the most imaginative litigation tactics"." Legal 500 UK 2012
Acting for Bank St Petersburg in relation to its debt claim against Vitaly Arkhangelsky and defending it from a $500m counterclaim in fraud. The matter was in trial in the Chancery Court for the first six months of 2016.
CF Partners (UK) LLP v Barclays Bank plc & Anor (Ch),  All ER (D) 179 (Sep). Acted for CF Partners in the trial of its breach of confidence claim against Barclays Bank which arose out of a corporate finance deal involving carbon credits trading. CF Partners was awarded the largest damages award in a breach of confidence claim to date.
Barclays Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd v Ernst & Young LLP  EWHC 869 (Comm) (20 April 2016). Successfully defended EY against a professional negligence claim for £25m brought by the Bell Leisure Group, which purchased Esporta Health & Fitness Clubs in 2007 for £470m and later alleged that EY had been negligent in carrying out financial and commercial due diligence work for them relating to the purchase. EY prevailed at trial on all three issues of breach, causation and loss.
Advising a group of claimants, including from the airline and mobile network operator industries, in relation to follow on damages claims arising from The European Commission's infringement decision on interchange fees.
Acted for a number of defendants in relation to claims brought by companies managed by the Fortress Group. The claim related to the reorganisation of a fund structure, the underlying assets of which were worth approximately €200m. The claims included conspiracy, causing loss by unlawful means, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment and claims under sections 423 to 425 of the Insolvency Act 1986.