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Clarissa Coleman

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Clarissa Coleman is a partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes group in the firm's London office.

Clarissa advises corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional disputes and arbitration, enforcement strategies, reputation and crisis management, internal and external investigations, ethics and governance.

Clarissa has extensive experience (private practice and in-house) of regulatory investigations and claims relating to private equity structures, fee agreements, shareholder agreements, failed joint ventures and contractual disputes.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Clarissa was a partner in the Disputes Resolution practice of an international law firm based in London.

In April 2013, Clarissa finished a seven month secondment as Deputy General Counsel at ENRC plc, a FTSE 100 mining company, where she assisted with a multi-jurisdictional investigation into claims of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Clarissa has spent 2 years in-house as Head of Litigation at Consensus Business Group (CBG), the property investment firm owned by billionaire businessman Vincent Tchenguiz. At CBG, Clarissa dealt with several multi-million pound commercial disputes and a high profile dawn raid and fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office following the collapse of Kaupthing Bank in Iceland. Clarissa co-ordinated the immediate response on the morning of the dawn raid and arrest of Tchenguiz, and planned the subsequent judicial review against the SFO which later dropped its investigation and settled with Tchenguiz for an undisclosed amount.

Clarissa trained and spent the first 11 years of her career in a London-based global law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Trustee of MoneySavingExpert.com Charity Fund
  • Anne Frank UK Trust Fundraising Committee
  • Committee Member of Commercial Litigators' Forum
  • Member of London Solicitors Litigation Association

Speaking Engagements

Clarissa regularly presents at events and conferences on litigation and commercial fraud and delivers client training in these areas.

Additional Information

Clarissa has authored/featured in the following recent publications:
  • Legal Privilege & Professional Secrecy (England & Wales) - Getting the Deal Through 2016
  • UK Litigation Teams Ready for Post-Brexit Dispute Boom - Law360.com, July 2016
  • Fold Woman - thefoldlondon.com/fold-woman, December 2016
  • US$100 million International Chamber of Commerce arbitration relating to the construction of a power plant in the Middle East
  • Settlement of a £5 million dispute against a bank involving procedural impropriety and fraud claims
  • €11 million International Chamber of Commerce arbitration relating to the financing of gene therapy drugs
  • Representing Sir Bob Geldof and other HNWIs and private equity fund 8 Mile LLP in a partnership dispute.  Summary judgment obtained and upheld on appeal.  Dutia v Geldof & Others [2016] EWHC 547
  • Settlement of a £3 million fraud negligence and money laundering dispute against a property management company
  • Advising an international transport company in relation to a dispute concerning its joint venture business in Poland
  • Advising a high net worth individual on a fraud claim against his former corporate trustee
  • Successfully defending the largest Inheritance Act 1975 claim to reach the English courts for the son of a high net worth individual who died in a helicopter accident.  The case attracted widespread media coverage as the estate was valued at over £10 million and included a polo estate and a family-owned construction business.  Wooldridge v Wooldridge [2016] Fam Law 451 (Family Division)
  • Advising on a negligence claim relating to an option agreement for the sale and purchase of a real estate investment trust
  • Advising on fee disputes relating to introduction agreements and consultancy agreements for private equity funds
  • Secondment to a FTSE 100 mining company as Deputy General Counsel to manage a SFO self-reporting investigation relating to transactions and assets in Asia and Africa