Amel has experience of High Court litigation and arbitration proceedings and helps clients (primarily large investment and commercial banks) with heavyweight banking litigation matters.
Amel works as part of a team ranked in the first tier for banking litigation in Legal 500. She has worked on complex, strategically critical disputes including two of the largest financial disputes progressing through the English courts.
Clients have appreciated her ability to take the lead in matters and comfort in working with technical subject matter and expert teams.
Amel contributes regularly to industry publications as well as pro bono and diversity initiatives.
Amel's experience includes:
- advising Goldman Sachs in a US$1.2 billion claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority in relation to a series of equity derivatives transactions, featuring allegations of undue influence and unconscionable bargain
- advising Lloyds Banking Group and its former directors on a shareholder action (under a group litigation order) arising from the acquisition of HBOS at the height of the financial crisis, alleging negligent mis-statement in the shareholder circular
- a bank in respect of the UK aspects of a US DoJ/SEC investigation
- acting for a major global technology company in ICC arbitration proceedings seated in Tokyo against another well-known global technology company*
- acting for a Korean airline to defend proceedings in the High Court arising from claims by more than 600 companies for damages in excess of £1 billion alleged to have resulted from competition law infringements relating to air cargo services.*
*Experience at a previous firm.
Amel joined Herbert Smith Freehills as an associate in September 2015, having trained at an American law firm in London.