Commercial Litigation — Our Services
Banking and Financial Services Disputes
Recognised by the directories as a leading firm in banking litigation, we have acted both for and against many major UK and international banks.

Unlike most City dispute resolution departments, we are a conflict-free firm. We have acted against major UK banks, who are often prepared to throw big resources at their opponents. We are one of a handful of firms with the status and expertise to take on such heavyweight litigation, in a highly cost-effective way.

We also act for banks, primarily in the recovery of substantial bad loans, often rising into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Some claims have been directly against debtors, while others have been against guarantors or individuals alleged to have fraudulently procured the lending. With proceedings often involving asset recovery on a multi-jurisdictional basis, we leverage the wider asset investigation expertise of the team to handle even the most complex cases in house.

Our notable experience
  • Acting for high-net-worth individuals against a UAE bank in a US$1 billion claim arising from the collapse of NMC Health plc.
  • Acting on a portfolio of claims for one of India's largest banks.
  • Acting on a US$200 million dispute between Russia's two largest banks.
  • Obtaining judgments for VTB Bank and the Bank of Moscow for many hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Acting for the main defendant to a US$1 billion claim by a Bahraini, which was discontinued against our client during the course of a nine-week trial.
  • Numerous disclosure orders against banks that received stolen assets.
  • Miss-selling and market manipulation claims.
  • Disputes arising from structured products.
  • Project and trade finance disputes.
Our specialists
Anthony Riem
Senior Partner
0207 842 1650
07887 732522
Nicola Boulton
0207 842 1659
Trevor Mascarenhas
0207 842 1656
07775 910586
Civil Fraud and Commercial Dispute Services
Asset Recovery and Enforcement
We have decades of expertise working across complex international fraud and asset recovery cases – delivering creative solutions, at pace.
All Asset Recovery and Enforcement Services
Civil Fraud
Regarded as a leader in the civil fraud space, our team is experienced representing both claimants and defendants in all areas of fraud litigation.
All Civil Fraud Services
Commercial Litigation
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with high-value, complex and heavily contested commercial litigation cases – often against large City and international firms.
All Commercial Litigation Services
Insolvency and Restructuring
With wide-ranging experience acting for corporations and individuals alike, members of the PCB Byrne team have dealt with some of the largest insolvency cases to reach the English Courts.
All Insolvency and Restructuring Services
International Arbitration
We have worked with clients from around the world, who seek us out for our outcome-driven approach and pragmatic advice. We ensure every case is tailored to meet the needs of each client – often leaning on our litigation colleagues to support arbitration proceedings, for example in the case of interim relief applications.
All International Arbitration Services
Business Crime and Regulatory Services
Asset Seizure and Forfeiture
With one of the most experienced teams in the country, we routinely tackle asset seizure and forfeiture investigations for a wide range of clients. We have established a number of legal precedents in this space, and have become the go-to firm for proactive, expert advice.
All Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Services
Corporate and Financial Crime
Working across jurisdictions on all areas of corporate and financial crime, we regularly advise on issues such as fraud, bribery and corruption, economic sanctions and money laundering.
All Corporate and Financial Crime Services
Crypto Currency and Cyber Crime
We have built a reputation for our tenacity in building cases and in tracing, freezing and recovering assets. We work at the cutting edge of the law on interim relief, using the full armoury of the law in order to obtain results for our clients.
Financial Sanctions
In a fast-evolving, global environment, where penalties for any breach are severe and the need to bring timely challenges is crucial, our sanctions team provides specialist advice, backed by worldwide experience.
All Financial Sanctions Services
Regulatory and Disciplinary
Whether clients are facing investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Dental Practice Board, we bring a wealth of international experience across regulatory and compliance enquiries.
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Serious and General Crime
We bring our criminal defence expertise to bear across a range of general crime issues, from theft and fraud to sexual and violent offences.
All Serious and General Crime Services