Armando Neris focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration, together with investor-state disputes. He represents a broad range of clients – including state-owned entities and SWFs, major financial institutions, private equity funds, multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals – in complex and high-value disputes. Armando has a strong background in banking and financial services, private equity and energy and natural resources disputes.
Apart from conducting commercial litigation before the English courts, of which he has considerable experience, Armando has acted as counsel in a number of institutional (ICSID, LCIA, AAA, SIAC and HKIAC) and ad hoc international commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He has appeared as counsel in the New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal. Armando also has experience of managing and coordinating cross-border disputes and foreign proceedings in a number of different jurisdictions around the world.
Prior to joining the firm in 2021, he worked at another prominent US litigation and arbitration firm in London. He started his career nearly a decade ago at one of New Zealand’s premier commercial law firms.
Armando is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he was conferred with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (First Class) and a Bachelor of Arts. He was recognised on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence and was one of the top graduating students in his year. In 2016, he received a master’s degree in law from Columbia University in New York, where he graduated as a James Kent Scholar (equivalent to First Class Honours) and was ranked first in a number of commercial subjects. His particular academic focus was on commercial remedies and international arbitration.
Acting for an investor in an ICSID dispute against an Eastern European country in relation to its investment in the petrochemicals sector
Acted for a private equity firm in major High Court litigation arising from alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made by Barclays Bank plc during its GBP 7 billion capital raising from Middle Eastern investors in late 2008*
Acted for a financial institution and its majority shareholder in an ICSID dispute against an Eastern European state involving allegations of corruption and unfair regulatory treatment*
Acted for a Middle Eastern company in High Court litigation against a financial institution arising out of a complex multi-million-dollar fraud perpetrated by one of its customers*
Acted for a Middle Eastern financial institution in certain litigation matters arising out of the collapse of a major Middle Eastern private equity firm, as well as advising on the enforceability of its security under financing documentation*
Acted for a group of bondholders in a claim before the General Court of the EU arising out of the write-down to zero of securities issued by a Spanish financial institution following its forced resolution and sale*
Acted for a state-owned financial institution of a Central Asian state in relation to asset-tracing claims arising out of a multi-million-dollar fraud*
Acted for a senior investment banker in High Court litigation arising out of an internal investigation by a major financial institution into allegations of bribery and corruption overseas, resulting in the suspension of millions of dollars of deferred compensation*
Acted for a major private equity fund in an HKIAC arbitration relating to a shareholders’ dispute in one of its portfolio companies over a capital raising*
Acted for an investor in the photovoltaic industry in an ICSID dispute brought under the ECT against a European state arising out of unfavourable changes to the established incentive regime for renewable energy*
Acted for and against major financial institutions, private equity firms, and asset managers in litigation and arbitration proceedings and in an advisory capacity on a range of different disputes arising out of securitisations, derivatives and structured finance transactions (including under ISDA and other documentation), prime brokerage agreements, hedging agreements, facility agreements, and trade finance arrangements*
Columbia University School of Law, LL.M, James Kent Scholar, 2016
College of Law, Wellington, Professional Legal Studies, 2012
Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), 2012
Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and International Relations, 2012
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