Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP today announced that Steven Baker has joined the firm as a partner in London. Steven has extensive experience in litigation, international arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution, with a focus on the financial services, competition, energy and commodities, technology and telecoms sectors.
“As Cadwalader continues to grow our transatlantic litigation and investigations capabilities to seamlessly serve our core clients, we are excited by the addition of a prominent litigation partner to our London team,” explained Kenneth Wainstein, Co-Chair of Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group. “Steven has substantial experience in English High Court as well as multi-jurisdictional litigation, international commercial arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution. He is a welcome addition to our growing London presence and to our Global Litigation Practice.”
Renowned as a top-tier practitioner by leading legal directories, Steven has significant experience in UK and cross-border litigation and international arbitration, including arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules and also under a variety of systems of law. Baker also has substantial expertise conducting competition and regulatory litigation in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal.
“As financial services-related disputes have increased in the UK post-financial crisis, clients have increasingly required counsel for complex, high-profile matters,” Baker said. “My practice is a perfect fit at Cadwalader, a leader among law firms with financial services expertize. I’m looking forward to joining colleagues who are the best in the field and who will help me continue to serve clients at the highest possible levels.”
Steven’s appointment is the latest addition to Cadwalader’s litigation offering to clients: Jason Halper, a former partner of Cadwalader, recently rejoined the New York office as Co-Chair of Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group, while Joseph Facciponti, a former federal prosecutor with significant experience in the financial industry, also joined the firm in New York.
Cadwalader’s Global Litigation Group concentrates on several important areas for clients including antitrust investigations; corporate governance, M&A and securities litigation; and white collar defense and investigations. The group was recently named as an ‘Awesome Opponent’ in The BTI Group Litigation Outlook 2017 report, a survey of general counsel and in-house litigation heads on which firms they would least like to see as opponents.
The firm was also honored by The American Lawyer with two awards for its work on the landmark case that saw Standard Bank Plc (now known as ICBC Standard Bank Plc) enter into the UK's first-ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) while simultaneously entering into a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This type of coordinated resolution by a multitude of agencies is unprecedented. Subsequently, the matter won ‘Global Dispute of the Year 2016: Investigations’ while Cadwalader’s litigation team accepted ‘2016 Transatlantic Legal Innovator of the Year’, which “recognizes law firms for excellence in handling transatlantic matters across the key areas of corporate, finance and disputes, as well as highlighting law firm innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy, and in-house leaders.”
Steven joins Cadwalader from Bird & Bird, where he was the head of the London Dispute Resolution Group and co-head of the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Previously, he served as the head of the Commercial Disputes Group at Olswang LLP.
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