Jonathan Edward Wheeler

Jonathan Edward Wheeler

Education

University of Exeter (B.A., 1990)
College of Law, Chester (C.P.E., 1991)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales

Jonathan Wheeler is Co-Managing Partner of the London office. Mr. Wheeler specialises in complex cross-border disputes. He has conducted court proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations on behalf of many international clients. His expertise includes general commercial disputes, international fraud and asset tracing, investigations, international trust litigation, and contentious insolvency.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Acting for the liquidators of Cayman Islands company, Saad Investments Company Limited, dealing with global banking disputes and other issues worth US$9 billion. Acting as part of this retainer in Akers and others v Samba Financial Group, a US$350 million constructive trust claim brought in England against a Saudi Arabian bank. 
  • Representing a multinational in the defence of two competition follow-on damage claims in connection with the cathode ray tubes and batteries sectors.
  • Representing a publicly listed media company in matters arising out of a procurement process conducted by a national UK broadcaster for the provision of marketing services. 
  • Representing a German manufacturing company in the successful defence of a procurement claim arising from a national rail contract award.
  • Acting for a large mining company in a US$130 million dispute concerning an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone. The case was successfully defended in the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for the beneficiaries of a Nevis law trust with assets of US$400 million, successfully obtaining the removal of the trustee and protector and the recovery of all assets following interlocutory orders freezing the trust assets worldwide.
  • Acting for a Jersey trust company in a claim arising out of a fraud against a number of defendants worldwide, including in the Cayman Islands, the United States, Switzerland, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Acting in the US$800 million Grupo Torras action for a member of the Kuwaiti royal family in defence of trust assets in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jersey, and Switzerland.
  • Acting for the claimant, a trader, in a complex hedge fund dispute in Jersey and Anguilla (Koonmen v Bender).
  • Acting for the liquidators of Trading Partners Limited (TPL) arising out of the collapse of the Versailles Group.
  • Acting for all of the major music (and other entertainment) companies, in particular in retail and wholesale administrations, such as Woolworths, Zavvi and HMV, recovering their retention of title property.

Mr. Wheeler is ranked in Chambers UK. Chambers notes that: “Clients praise him as ‘very knowledgeable and calm,’ while commentators say that he is ‘absolutely incisive and very creative.’” Mr. Wheeler is also recommended in The Legal 500, where he is described as “exceptional,” with “[…] a superb sense of tactics.”

Mr. Wheeler is a Higher Court Advocate.

Saad Investments Company Limited (Akers and others v Samba Financial Group)
Acting for the liquidators of Cayman Islands company, Saad Investments Company Limited, dealing with global banking disputes and other issues worth US$9 billion. Acting as part of this retainer in Akers and others v Samba Financial Group, a US$350 million constructive trust claim brought in England against a Saudi Arabian bank.


Competition Follow-on Damages Disputes
Representing a multinational in the defence of two competition follow-on damage claims in connection with the cathode ray tubes and batteries sectors.


Procurement Disputes
Representing a publicly listed media company in matters arising out of a procurement process conducted by a national UK broadcaster for the provision of marketing services.

Representing a German manufacturing company in the successful defence of a procurement claim arising from a national rail contract award.


Mining Dispute
Acting for a large mining company in a US$130 million dispute concerning an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone. The case was successfully defended in the Court of Appeal.


Nevis Trust Dispute
Acting for the beneficiaries of a Nevis law trust with assets of US$400 million, successfully obtaining the removal of the trustee and protector, and the recovery of all assets following interlocutory orders freezing the trust assets worldwide.


Jersey Trust Dispute
Acting for a Jersey trust company in a claim arising out of a fraud, against a number of defendants worldwide, including in the Cayman Islands, the United States, Switzerland, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Trading Partners Limited (TPL)
Acting for the liquidators of TPL arising out of the collapse of the Versailles Group.


Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI Records, Macmillan Publishers, Cinram, etc.
Acting for all of the major music (and other entertainment) companies, in particular in retail and wholesale administrations, such as Woolworths, Zavvi and HMV, recovering their retention of title property.


Koonmen v. Bender
Acting for the claimant, a trader, in a complex hedge fund dispute in Jersey and Anguilla.


Grupo Torras
Acting in the US$800 million Grupo Torras action for a member of the Kuwaiti royal family in defence of trust assets in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jersey, and Switzerland.


Jonathan Wheeler is ranked in Chambers UK. Chambers notes that: “Clients praise him as ‘very knowledgeable and calm,’ while commentators say that he is ‘absolutely incisive and very creative.’”

Mr. Wheeler is recommended in The Legal 500 UK. He is described as “exceptional,” with “[…] a superb sense of tactics.”

Mr. Wheeler is recommended as a leading lawyer in financial services regulatory, capital markets: derivatives by IFLR1000 2017.

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