Antonio Suarez-Martinez: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Antonio Suarez-Martinez

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Corruption & the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Asset Tracing & Recovery
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar & Government Enforcement
  • Investigations & Corporate Integrity
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
EducationDurham University (LL.B., with honors); College of Law
AdmittedEngland and Wales
LanguagesSpanish; French

Antonio trained with the Firm and qualified into the Commercial Litigation team in September 2002. He became a Partner at the Firm in January 2011.

Antonio acts for a broad range of clients with respect to large scale commercial disputes (both in court and arbitration) and civil fraud. Antonio has particular expertise and experience in advising Governments on highly sensitive matters, including asset recovery (of the proceeds of corruption), international arbitration and public international law issues. He has advised Governments on territorial and maritime disputes, and provided advice to major oil companies as to the potential risk of investing in certain regions. The majority of Antonio's cases involve cross-border disputes and coordinating and working with lawyers in multiple jurisdictions to achieve the best result for the client.

Antonio has advised companies on their response to allegations of serious internal fraud and corruption, and coordinated subsequent internal investigations, including liaising with the enforcement authorities (when required). He has also provided compliance advice and assistance to clients particularly on the Bribery Act and anti-money laundering measures, including providing internal training, ad hoc advice, and drafting and implementing Codes of Ethics and Anti-Bribery Compliance Policies and Programmes.

He has also acted for employers and employees in relation to high level contractual issues and restrictive covenants, including initiating and defending applications for injunctive relief; Antonio also advises on reputation management issues.

Antonio has a particular interest in anti-corruption issues and as Co-Chair of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee has advised anti-corruption NGOs including Transparency International.

Antonio was recommended in the 2014 edition of UK Legal 500 for his Civil Fraud and Public International Law work, and is also recognised by Super Lawyers for handling Commercial Litigation.

Antonio won the LawWorks award for Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Coordinator in 2011.

Anti-corruption, civil fraud and compliance
• Coordinated and advised on internal investigations involving fraud and corruption within companies allegedly committed by employees, including in the UK and in countries in Asia and Africa.
• Advised and assisted a large UK corporate in the coordination of the self-reporting of the allegations of corruption to the Serious Fraud Office. The result was that the company was not prosecuted.
• Advised a client in relation to a dawn raid by the Serious Fraud Office of the client's offices. Antonio led the team working on the ground and acted as the contact point with the SFO to protect the client's interests.
• Advised a high net worth individual on UK extradition issues.
• Delivered internal training for companies on the scope of the UK Bribery Act, and applicable anti-money laundering regulations.
• Advised UK and foreign companies on compliance with the UK Bribery Act, including in relation to corporate hospitality and entertainment.
• Drafted Codes of Ethics and Anti-Bribery policies for companies, and provided advice and guidance on their internal implementation.

Asset Recovery
• Acted for the Government of Indonesia in relation to proceedings for injunctive relief concerning alleged proceeds of corruption located in Guernsey.
• Acted for the Government of Nigeria in relation to the recovery of the alleged proceeds of corruption concerning former Governors, and the late former President Abacha.
• Advised numerous Governments in relation to strategic coordination of asset recovery efforts (concerning the proceeds of corruption, fraud and crime).
• Advised anti-corruption NGOs on asset recovery issues (with specific focus on corruption).

Commercial Litigation
• Represented one of the three main defendants in litigation arising out of the large explosion which took place at the Buncefield oil storage depot in December 2005. After a 12-week trial, my client was found not liable for negligence and was completely exonerated ([2009] EWCH CS40 (Comm)).
• Led the legal team in the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (of which Rawlinson & Hunter S.A. are the Trustees) High Court claim against Kaupthing Bank.
• Advised an IT software provider under the 12bn NHS National Programme for IT.
• Advised a technology company in relation to a dispute with a customer concerning allegations of non-performance under a development contract.
• Advised a technology company in relation to dispute with former owners of company it acquired, concerning [retention payments] with respect to a software development contract that had allegedly failed to meet certain milestones.
• Advised on product liability and risk management issues, including acting for a major engineering company on managing its litigation risk as a result of a train derailment.
• Acted for an international gaming company concerning a dispute with a US supplier of video slot machines - the work included coordinating litigation in Italy, the US and the UK. Ancillary proceedings were brought against competitors concerning allegations of tortious interference and defamation.
• Acted for company coordinating the arrest of ships in various jurisdictions with respect to the enforcement of maritime liens.
• Advised Spanish company concerning the recovery of its cargo that was detained due to the arrest of a vessel.

Public International Law and International Arbitration
• Represents African Governments in relation to major territorial boundary disputes.
• Advises major oil companies on maritime boundary issues which may affect production sharing agreements and exploration licences.
• Provides advice to Governments on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law as applicable to shared waters and maritime zones.
• Successfully acted for an African Government in relation to a large scale commercial dispute concerning a major power and gas contract brought by a US investor. The claim was for damages of over $500m.
• Acted for a major UK publisher in the successful defence of ICC arbitral proceedings concerning licensing rights in the Middle East. The claim concerned damages of over $100m together with an application for specific performance of the contract.
• Advised Spanish bank on potential claim on insurance policy as a result of loss suffered due to pesification in Argentina.

Reputation Management
• Antonio has acted for Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz in his successful prosecution of libel actions against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Jean-Charles Brisard and others.
• Acted for Harrods Limited in relation to libel proceedings brought against the Wall Street Journal.
• Antonio has acted for a number of entities and high net worth individuals in respect of reputation management issues, including advising internet publishers in relation to web content and dealing with complaints.

Restrictive Covenants and injunctive relief
• Represented three witnesses (referred to as the Tullett Three) in the proceedings between Tullett Prebon and others v. BGC Brokers and Others (see Judgment of Jack J dated 18 March 2011 [2010] EWHC484(QB)).
• Advised on complex injunctive proceedings concerning alleged breaches of confidentiality and contractual breaches arising out of the movement of employee(s) from one company to another.
• Antonio successfully acted for an employee against a former employer who was seeking to prevent him from working [2009] EWHC 1631(QB).
• Antonio also obtained injunctions on behalf of insurance brokers against former employees in respect of alleged breaches of their post-employment restrictions, and unlawful coordination of 'team moves'.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Antonio enjoys sport: he plays football, tennis and enjoys running (completing his first London marathon in 2005, the Berlin marathon in 2008 and then London again in 2011). He also enjoys travelling to remote places in search of wildlife including Brazil, Borneo, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India and Mongolia.

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The Bribery Act: Walking the Talk
Antonio Suarez-Martinez, April 17, 2014
Whilst the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) is expected to walk the talk in response to the Bribery Act, it expects corporates to do the same when self-reporting wrongdoing. On 26 March 2014, Alun Milford, the Serious Fraud Office’s General Counsel delivered a speech on the Bribery...

The United States Begins Move Towards Transparency on Beneficial Ownership
Antonio Suarez-Martinez, April 16, 2014
The White House has publicised a legislative proposal as part of the President’s budget to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies for unlawful purposes including money laundering. The purpose of the legislation is to allow the Inland Revenue Service to share beneficial...

Ukraine: UK Treasury Issues Financial Sanctions Notice against Individuals
Antonio Suarez-Martinez, March 11, 2014
Following the Council of the European Union’s agreement through Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014 on 6 March 2014 to impose financial sanctions, including asset freezes, against certain Ukrainian persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine, the UK Treasury has published...

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