Simon Osborn-King

Partner

London
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW
T +44 20 3580 4712
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Simon Osborn-King is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation and Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practices in London. Simon has a broad-ranging domestic and cross-border investigations, commercial litigation and arbitration practice.

Simon has significant experience in complex regulatory, criminal, and internal investigations and enforcement proceedings facing multinational corporations, financial institutions and individuals across a wide spectrum of business sectors. Simon has defended clients before the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office, US Department of Justice, European Commission, Italy Public Prosecutors’ Office, Japan Financial Services Agency and Korea Fair Trade Commission.

Simon has also represented a range of clients, including financial institutions, funds, major corporates, shareholders, and high-net worth individuals in high value and complex commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, often with parallel UK and US dimensions. He has particular experience in relation to disputes where allegations of fraud, conspiracy or misconduct have been central issues.

Simon was recognised in the 2020 edition of Global Investigations Review’s ‘40 under 40’, which celebrates the next generation of leading investigations specialists from around the world.

Simon is also recognised by The Legal 500 UK (2021) for ‘Commercial Litigation’ and ‘Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)’.

Simon is frequently called upon to provide urgent advice on compliance issues relating to anti-corruption, sanctions, whistle-blowing, money-laundering and data protection.

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Simon Osborn-King is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation and Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practices in London. Simon has a broad-ranging domestic and cross-border investigations, commercial litigation and arbitration practice.

Selected Significant Matters

Experience includes advising:

  • GLAS on all aspects of the capital structure of Hema BV leading into and through its €880 million restructuring by way of English scheme of arrangement and Dutch in-court share pledge enforcement
  • Deutsche Bank on multiple high-profile global investigations by enforcement agencies into LIBOR misconduct, and on the subsequent coordinated settlements in the US and UK.
  • A leading U.K. insurer in a broad ranging FCA investigation directed at the client’s core business and involving issues dating back over a decade
  • Olympus in relation to investigations in several jurisdictions regarding an alleged financial fraud. This included representing Olympus in civil claims brought against it by its former CEO
  • A major U.K. residential property developer in its investigations into bribery and false accounting allegations
  • A FTSE100 corporate in relation to an ICC arbitration brought against it by its JV partner concerning a dispute about the operation of a JV in the Far East
  • A systemically important Russian Bank in an LCIA arbitration in connection with subordinated loan repayments and multiple anti-suit injunctions
  • An investment holding company in its defence of high value shareholder disputes in the High Court

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements: a leap of faith? (2014) 9 JIBFL 600
  • Bribery Act 2010: the next chapter (2011) 6 JIBFL 340 (quoted in MacRoberts on Scottish Construction Contracts)
  • Clearing the final hurdle: execution requirements for overseas companies (2015) 10 JIBFL 650

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