Search for:

Perspectives from Baker McKenzie’s London Dispute Resolution practice

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world, businesses continue to face significant levels of uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to supply chains, workplace operations and business pipelines. The inevitable consequence has been (and will continue to be) an increase in the number and types of disputes, and we have already seen judicial systems and the corporates operating in them twist and turn to adapt to the new “norm”.

In this podcast series, members of our London Dispute Resolution practice – along with some guest speakers from external organisations and elsewhere in the Baker McKenzie network – share bite-sized insights into the latest legal, commercial and industry hot topics to guide you as you shape your organization’s business resilience and strategy in the medium and long term.

The Year Ahead: Financial Institutions Trends in the Global Disputes Landscape

We are sharing an episode from the FInsight podcast series as part of the UK Disputes Soundbites series, because of its interesting findings, predictions and exploration of trends in the evolving disputes landscape, with reference to our fifth annual report, The Year Ahead: Global Disputes Forecast 2022.

Hear partners Amy Greer (New York), Marc Thorley (London) and Carolina Duque (Bogota) discuss key findings relevant for financial institutions and the factors driving the increase in disputes and emerging concerns related to liabilities. They also cover litigation around digital transformation, tax, ‘business-as-usual’ conduct, and; new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.

Spotlight on Class Actions in Europe

The third episode explores the increasingly prominent topic of class actions. Which European jurisdictions are at the forefront? What innovative alternative models are there in other jurisdictions? Sjef Janssen from our Amsterdam office to discuss class actions in the Netherlands, one of the jurisdictions leading the way in collective litigation, and Frankfurt colleague Max Sattler sheds a light on alternative claims models in Germany.

The Role of Compliance in Progressing Corporate Diversity & Inclusion

The second episode of the series explores the key role an organisation’s Compliance function plays in progressing Inclusion and Diversity, with reference to Part 1 in our Mind the Gap series. London Partner Yindi Gesinde discusses with Richard Davies, Senior Director of the International Litigation & Investigations Team at Gilead Sciences, how the Compliance function can enhance I&D efforts, through the creation of safe mechanisms and spaces for employees to speak up.

Corporate Criminal Liability: Has the US Got it Right?

The first episode of the series follows Baker McKenzie’s response to the UK Law Commission’s consultation on possible revisions to the law on corporate criminal liability.

That got us thinking about whether other jurisdictions have got it right.

US partners and former US Department of Justice prosecutors William Devaney and Tom Firestone discuss with UK senior associate Andrew Matheson the ins and outs of the US approach to prosecuting companies and, perhaps more importantly, how that approach could be improved upon.


Widge Devaney is a partner in the Firm's North America Litigation group in New York, Chair of the North American Government Enforcement Practice and Co-Chair of the Global Compliance and Investigations Group. Since 2011, Mr. Devaney has been listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category. Mr. Devaney is co-chair of the ABA's Transnational Crime Subcommittee, and an officer of the IBA's Business Crime Committee. He previously served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York, representing indigent clients in federal criminal matters. Mr. Devaney served as law clerk to the Honorable Oliver Gasch on the US District Court for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1994.


Yindi is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London, and a member of the Compliance and Investigations group. Yindi’s practice includes a broad spectrum of complex and high-value international and domestic commercial litigation for multinational clients, with specialist expertise in anti-bribery and corruption investigations, compliance and trust disputes.


Sjef Janssen is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office, where he focuses on commercial and competition litigation. Before joining the Firm in 2013, he was a junior lecturer on EU law for Leiden University's undergraduate and graduate programs.


Dr. Maximilian Sattler is a senior associate and practices in the areas of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He joined Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in 2013. While he advises clients on the entire range of commercial law, he focuses on construction disputes (from both the customer and contractor perspective) and on post-M&A disputes.

Write A Comment