August 17, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Chris Warren-Smith, a leading international disputes lawyer, has joined the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Warren-Smith joins Fulbright as a partner and will head the International Financial Services Disputes Practice.
Warren-Smith is the latest in a number of recent key hires made by the firm’s London office. Jeremy Sheldon joined Fulbright as an energy projects partner in March.
Warren-Smith joins Fulbright’s rapidly expanding London location from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he headed the Financial Services Regulatory Team and the Banking Litigation Team. He has considerable experience, including more than two decades handling heavyweight litigation, arbitration, international dispute resolution and investigations. Warren-Smith brings a notable mix of experience as Fulbright continues to expand to serve the firm’s international clients from a growing global platform.
Having recently handled high-profile cases involving Shell Reserves, Split Capital Investment Trusts, banking overdraft charges and finite reinsurance, Warren-Smith additionally is well-known for his work for clients during the Barings and Maxwell collapses. His financial services and insurance experience includes disputes in jurisdictions across the globe. Warren-Smith has also represented companies in foreign investigations in jurisdictions beyond the United Kingdom, such as the United States, Australia and the Channel Islands.
“With over 400 litigation and dispute resolution lawyers worldwide, we are seeing an increase in the complex international disputes and investigations we handle on behalf of our clients,” said Steven B. Pfeiffer, Chair of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. “Chris’ strong experience will definitely enhance our expanding global practice.”
Stephen C. Dillard, who heads Fulbright’s worldwide litigation practice commented, “Chris has a track record of accomplishments that is extraordinary. He is exactly who we were looking for as we continue to expand this core practice at Fulbright. He is joining forces with Lista Cannon, and together they will lead a formidable team in London.”
Cannon, who heads Fulbright’s London office, will oversee the International Disputes practice with Warren-Smith.
“We are increasingly involved in transnational disputes and enforcement proceedings, which require the depth of experience that Chris has,” she said. “Chris and I have worked together for many years, and I am pleased that he will join our London office at such an integral time.”
For Warren-Smith, Fulbright is a perfect fit given the firm’s litigation and disputes practice has been a cornerstone of the firm since its founding in 1919.
“Fulbright’s litigation and disputes practice has an excellent reputation,” he said. “I am delighted to be joining Fulbright’s distinguished practice at a time when global markets and capital flows are leading to growth in international disputes and investigations. Fulbright provides a perfect fit for many clients, who are finding they are having to deal more and more with cross-border matters. I have been very impressed by the firm’s commitment to developing its domestic and global disputes practice in and through London.”