About us

Iain Sheridan

Iain Sheridan graduated with a Diploma in Law from Exeter University in 1995. He was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1997 and qualified at One Crown Office Row. Additionally, he trained with Paul Phillips in the Financial Services Regulation practice 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.

Over the last 20 years he has acted for, against or alongside the following businesses: ABN AMRO, Accenture, Bank of America, Barclays, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fox-Pitt, Goldman Sachs, HP Autonomy, HSBC, IBM, Intel, JC Flowers & Co, Lenovo, Macquarie, JP Morgan Chase, RBS, Santander Group, Société Générale, TP ICAP, Tradeweb 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 attitude
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.

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 has been instructed by both the OECD and the United Nations to train High Court judges on the New York Convention. He is familiar with the rules and procedures of the LCIA and the VIAC (Vienna International Arbitral Centre). He is able to accept appointments or instructions concerning Financial Services and Technology disputes in London and Vienna.

Iain Sheridan is a former member of the Vienna Bar.

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. Iain Sheridan has advised or represented the following businesses on contractual, regulatory or dispute-resolution matters: ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Barclays, 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.

Iain Sheridan has advised on or negotiated a variety of main and service-level agreements that all include intellectual property issues. 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, Verizon 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