Chris Caulfield



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Chris Caulfield is a partner in Baker Botts’ Litigation Practice Group based in the London office. His experience covers UK and international disputes. Mr Caulfield has experience in a wide range of high-value contentious work in both arbitration and the English courts. He also provides high-level tactical advice and support in relation to domestic litigation in overseas jurisdictions. Mr Caulfield also has very considerable experience in the field of economic sanctions and export control. He assists clients faced with investigations by national authorities and advises clients in relation to the requirements of UK and EU law.

Mr Caulfield has conducted numerous mediations and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator.

Related Experience

Banking and Finance

  • Representing a Spain-based bank on a number of high-value disputes arising out of a €400 million securitisation
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a major construction company on the potential effects of Iranian sanctions on bank guarantees in the amount of £50 million
  • Advising a leading stockbroker on the enforceability of personal guarantees and contractual provisions relating to liabilities on share trading accounts in the amount of £20 million
  • Advising a Switzerland-based hedge fund on complex claims to trust assets and client money with a total value of approximately £55 million in the Lehman Brothers administration, including filing protective claims to secure a fall-back position for the fund as an unsecured creditor
  • Advising the Italian arm of a global insurer in relation to claims valued at €125 million arising out of the collapse of a Lehman Brothers securitisation structure
  • Acting for a Russian bank in relation to a €32 million loan dispute, including the enforcement of the bank’s security through the sale of a super yacht arrested in Spain and then Gibraltar

Oil and Gas

  • Acting in an arbitration in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) relating to the ownership of an oil and gas business with assets of approximately US$3 billion including the coordination of a multijurisdictional team of 25 individuals
  • Acting for an Italian energy company in relation to a billion dollar dispute arising out of the construction of a major pipeline
  • Acting in LCIA proceedings in respect of a US$8 million dispute regarding an offshore drilling project
  • Acting for a UK registered overseas company in English court proceedings relating to the recovery of a deficit in the funding of a pension scheme in the region of £40 million
  • Advising in respect of a dispute arising out of the operation of a major offshore gas field in the Gulf of Venezuela
  • Acting in a dispute relating to the provision of corrosion protection services on a North Sea oil rig
  • Representing an engineering business regarding the supply of complex machinery for laying subocean pipelines
  • Advising a plastics company regarding subocean pipelines
  • Acting for the UK government in assisting in the filing of an amicus curiae brief in the much reported matter of BP v The United States Environmental Protection Agency

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

  • Acting for a Russian investment company in LCIA proceedings in relation to the enforcement of a US$150 million “drag-along” right in a joint venture agreement
  • Acting for the minority shareholders in a £300 million claim for unfair prejudice
  • Representing a major shareholder in Agent Provocateur regarding sale proceedings
  • Acting for an international law firm in an £8 million dispute with a number of its former partners
  • Advising an African company in a dispute regarding a £25 million investment in a UK technology company
  • Advising a Russian business in relation to an £38 million dispute regarding a Singaporean joint venture vehicle

Professional Negligence

  • Advising in respect of a claim for circa €150 million relating to the negligent preparation of a financial model for an infrastructure project
  • Assisting in relation to a circa US$2 billion negligence claim against accountants arising out of a major corporate insolvency
  • Advising an international law firm in relation to a £20 million claim against its auditors
  • Acting for a UK Plc in defence of a £3 million class action brought in the United States
  • Acting for an English football club in a professional negligence claim against its former lawyers valued at circa of £5 million

Guarantee and Warrantee Claims

  • Acting for a France-based company on a €20 million warranty claim
  • Acting for a UK-based company in a high value tax warranty claim
  • Acting for an international engineering business on the injuncting of a bank guarantee
  • Acting for a UK-listed property company in defence of a claim in the UK courts relating to a guarantee given in respect of a joint venture in the Bahamas
  • Acting for a well-known commercial brand in defence of a £3 million claim under a guarantee
  • Acting in two LCIA arbitrations concerning the enforcement of guarantee obligations relating to a loan for the purchase of a superyacht

Breach of restrictive covenants and theft/misuse of confidential information

  • Advising a US company in respect of Scottish proceedings relating to the misuse of confidential information by a former employee
  • Acting for a US company in relation to restrictive covenant breaches and misuse of confidential information by a competitor based in the UK and Dubai
  • Acting for a company in respect of a data theft by a departing employee, including the obtaining of injunctive relief and extensive early disclosure
  • Acting for a global franchise business in enforcing restrictive covenants against former franchises based in the UK

Other Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for a global consultancy business in two disputes with the UK government relating to contested charges in the region of £12 million levied under two high profile contracts
  • Advising the Attorney General of a South American country in relation to a successful appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of a judgment of the Bahamian courts in the sum of circa $200 million
  • Acting for a member of the Qatari Royal Family in seeking to set aside a judgment of the English Commercial Court
  • Acting in the English courts for an individual in defence of a claim in the amount of £21 million arising out of a corporate reorganisation and share capital reduction
  • Representing one of the world’s largest consultancy businesses against a global law firm in relation to a “pay when paid” clause
  • Advising shareholders in a Cypriot company in relation to bringing tort claims (with a value of circa €10 million) in BVI and the Cayman Islands regarding the procuring of a breach of contract
  • Representing a UK-based research and development business on claims under a high value contract with an Ireland-based supplier
  • Provision of a legal opinion for use in the Russian courts in relation to the sale of a participatory interest governed by English law
  • Acting for one of the world’s largest printing press manufacturers on the supply of a printing press to New Zealand including a challenge to the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts
  • Acting for a representative beneficiary in one of the largest pension cases to come before the courts

Export Control and Economic Sanctions

  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a global engineering business on exporting goods and technology to Iran for building petrochemical plants
  • Acting as lead advisor to a major Russian energy business in relation to EU sanctions regarding Ukraine
  • Acting as lead advisor to a major Russian bank in respect of EU sanctions regarding Ukraine
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest engine manufacturers on European and worldwide controlled exports
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers on worldwide controlled exports
  • Advising the UK subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed electrical equipment manufacturer on controlled exports and an audit by the UK Export Control Organisation
  • Acting for a global industrial business on an audit by the UK Export Control Organisation and the roll-out of a pan-European export control system
  • Advising an optics company on the export of sniper sights
  • Advising an aircraft leasing company in the relation to the impact of economic sanctions on its business
  • Advising a Cayman Islands company in relation to economic sanctions regarding a gas project with Iranian involvement
  • Advising a variety of businesses in relation to appropriate export control and sanctions warranties and indemnities in share purchase agreements and loan documents
  • Acting for an Isle of Man company in relation to economic sanctions on the Syrian oil and gas sector
  • Performing pre and post-acquisition due diligence for compliance with UK/EU economic sanctions and export controls
  • Working with the UK industry Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGAD) on providing seminars and hosting events on export control
  • Presentation to the Ministry of Defence and BIS in relation to the scope, usage and risk of the UK/U.S. Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty
  • Advising a global drinks producer in relation to sales and payments (made in accordance with EU law) to countries targeted by EU sanctions, including Iran

Anti-corruption and Bribery

  • Acting for a UK business in respect of a voluntary self-disclosure under the UK Bribery Act to the Scottish Crown Office resulting in one of only a handful of settlements to date with the Scottish authorities 
  • Drafting and implementing Bribery Act compliant policies and procedures for a variety of international businesses
  • Performing due diligence in relation to Bribery Act compliance

Awards & Community

Recognised in The Legal 500 UK, 2014-2017 for Public International Law

Recognised in The Legal 500 UK, 2017 for Arbitration


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