About us

Iain Sheridan

Iain Sheridan graduated with a Diploma in Law from Exeter University in 1995. He was called to the Inner Temple Bar in 1997 and qualified at One Crown Office Row. Additionally, he trained with Paul Phillips at Allen & Overy. He holds degrees from Cambridge (MPhil), LSE (MSc) and Oxford (MBA), and also an Advanced Diploma in International Tax from the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

The foundations of his practice are 18 years’ in-house experience in London covering both buy-side and sell-side risks, and acting as Legal Counsel on three trading floors. Over this period, which included the Global Financial Crisis, he has acted for, against or alongside the following businesses: ABN AMRO, Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Investment Bank, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fox-Pitt, Goldman Sachs, HP Autonomy, HSBC, IBM, Intel, JC Flowers & Co, Lenovo, JP Morgan Chase, RBS, Santander Group, Société Générale, TP ICAP and Wall Street Systems. Between 2007-9 he was also Head of Legal (Europe and Asia) for Fox-Pitt Kelton, a financial services sector dedicated investment bank.

Preventative dispute advice, pre-litigation advice and court representation
We provide advice, drafting, negotiation and renegotiation of complex commercial contracts, such as the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreements. Other types of high-risk business contracts we work on include trading and settlement systems agreements. In our experience, it is only on breach or termination that weaknesses are exposed in many negotiated and signed international contracts. The consequences can be unnecessary financial loss, damage to reputation and time wasted on managing litigation.
We look to prevent disputes or curb litigation by negotiating or renegotiating agreements on behalf of our clients, especially companies competing in the Financial Services and Technology sectors. If litigation is the best course of action, we will protect your long-term interests with equal thought and endeavour.

International Arbitration
Iain Sheridan is a Chartered Arbitrator and acts as counsel or arbitrator on ad hoc submissions or under the auspices of international institutions. He is familiar with the rules and procedures of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), the LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) and the ICSID (International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes). He is able to accept appointments or instructions in many arbitral seats, including London, Stockholm, Vienna and Washington D.C.

Vienna 
Iain Sheridan is a former member of the Vienna Bar and is able to meet clients in Austria and throughout the rest of Central and Eastern Europe.

Expertise
Our legal expertise is rooted in English law and its often complex rules of evidence. This includes advising on compliance with FCA rules. However, the international nature of our practice also requires a detailed and strategic understanding of EU regulations, and many international treaties covering arbitration, intellectual property and corporate taxation. We are dedicated to two business sectors: Financial Services and Technology.

Financial Services
The global Financial Services sector includes a vast number of investment banks, fund managers, hedge funds and private equity firms. Over a 18 year period in London, including throughout the Global Financial Crisis, Iain Sheridan advised or represented the following businesses on contractual, regulatory or dispute-resolution matters: ABN AMRO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fox-Pitt, RBS and Société Générale.

We provide advice, drafting, negotiation and renegotiation of complex commercial contracts, such as the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreements. Other high-risk business contracts include trading and settlement systems agreements. The recurring issues on which we provide comfort include regulatory compliance with FCA rules, contract-based risk and international tax.

Technology
Iain Sheridan has advised or represented clients on a variety of contractual or dispute-resolution matters that often include intellectual property. This has often involved computer trading systems or telecommunications agreements. He has acted on behalf of, against or alongside Accenture, Bloomberg, IBM, HP Autonomy, Orange Business Services, Intel, Lenovo, Thomson Reuters and Wall Street Systems.
For all clients, whether based in the Financial Services or Technology sectors, we are committed to act independently and for their long-term interests.

“Since 2006, Lawyer Iain has made over 20 presentations in our Beijing headquarters. He provides valuable legal advice on English law.”
GC, Chinese Global Technology Group