a very experienced strategic thinker
Chambers UK 2015
Ian McDonald is head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution practice in London, and is the former head of the restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency practice in London. He acts for banks and funds, particularly in high value disputes relating to loan structures, structured finance and derivatives, many of which have cross-jurisdictional elements. He has advised on cases for financial institutions involving allegations of mis-selling, misconduct, misrepresentation, deceit, fraud, breach of duty, contractual interpretation and breach of transactional documentation, as well as on matters of enforcement, rectification and restitution. He is co-leader of the firm’s International Banking and Financial Litigation Action Group. Ian also acts for licensed insolvency practitioners, noteholders, lenders, creditors, directors and borrowers in contentious insolvency matters.
Ferociously intelligent and extremely practical, Ian consistently impresses peers, counsel and clients. Sources say he immerses himself in the detail of the case and is absolutely exceptional at tactics and leading a team. He is recognised for being calm, disciplined, great with clients and demonstrating excellent judgement. As head of the commercial dispute resolution team he is a solid option in contentious insolvency matters. (Chambers UK 2014).
He joined Mayer Brown in 1990.
•The Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
•Associate Member of R3
•Head of department Ian McDonald is a key contact and is noted for his ability to balance getting into the detail of a case with his management of the team. Sources call him a very experienced strategic thinker. (Chambers UK 2015);
•outstanding and an experienced, first-rate litigator (Legal 500 2014);
•Ferociously intelligent and extremely practical, Ian McDonald consistently impresses peers, counsel and clients. Sources say he immerses himself in the detail of the case and is absolutely exceptional at tactics and leading a team. Ian McDonald is recognised for being calm, disciplined, great with clients and demonstrating excellent judgement. As head of the commercial dispute resolution team he is a solid option in contentious insolvency matters. (Chambers UK 2014);
•Ranked as a key name, sources say Ian “has a real flair for banking litigation” (Chambers UK 2012);
•He is clear thinking and superb (Legal 500 2012);
•A very capable banking litigation lawyer - calm, thorough, experienced and with excellent judgement (Legal 500 2011);
•He is clearly a heavyweight on the academic side, but he doesn't inflict that on you; instead he comes up with commercial solutions (Chambers UK 2011);
•He has a cool temperament and keen intellect and wins further client praise for his open and approachable demeanour (Chambers UK 2010);
•excellent and very strong both in terms of legal analysis and commercial outlook (Legal 500, 2010);
•He has a fine reputation and is solid and calm (Legal 500, 2009);
•Ranked as a leading individual by Chambers & Partners UK Directory 2009 the highly intelligent Ian McDonald is great for the nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts part of the law;
•He offers common sense advice (Legal 500, 2008);
•He is respected for being 'extremely bright, with a sound knowledge of complex situations' (Chambers UK 2007);
•His understanding of technical issues is second to none (Chambers UK 2006);
•He was also highly rated for his quality of service and efficiency (Legal 500 2004).