Rupert is a commercial barrister, PhD-economist, and expert adviser. Rupert brings a broad, creative and interdisciplinary approach to helping our clients add quantitative value and optimize their complex commercial and international legal cases.
He advises in particular on commercial litigation and international arbitration, legal economics and data analytics, M&A and private equity, pricing, transfer pricing and quantum, standard and follow-on damages and valuation modelling, third-party funding, financial markets, options and derivatives, sports and competition, cartels and anti-trust, legal and financial risk management, forensic accounting issues, external experts and the litigation expert process.
Rupert is a member of COMBAR, the Chancery Bar Association, International Bar Association competition and arbitration committees, ISDA derivatives and arbitration committees, UK State Aid Law Association, City of London Law Society, the Royal Economic Society, Royal Statistical Society, International Association of Sports Economists, Minerva Chambers, and St Cross College, Oxford and a former representative member on the Bank of England's securities lending and repo committee.
Rupert also coordinates our in-house economics and experts team, and contributes to our Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Programme.
Originally trained at a New York investment bank, Rupert subsequently taught economics at Oxford, before qualifying as a lawyer at Freshfields.
Advising on the transfer pricing of insurance premia for the captive insurer in a global energy sector group.
Advising on the valuation of linked exotic bonds and share warrants for an international tax case.
Advising on the pricing and transfer pricing and long term economic scenario modelling of oil revenues for a small oil producing state.
Advising on the the transfer pricing of Middle Eastern and Asian telecoms brands for an M&A deal.
Advising on the the transfer pricing of intercompany loans and parent company guarantees in a European fashion retail group.
Private equity and M&A
Analysing complex disputed LBO spreadsheet valuation models and advising on accounting, benchmarking, valuations and related pleadings and experts for a c.$1Bn consumer sector private equity M&A dispute.
Analysing complex disputed LBO spreadsheet valuation models and advising on accounting, statistical analysis, and related pleadings for a large Hong Kong consumer sector private equity M&A dispute.
Advising and optimizing share allocation ratchets design and drafting for a c.$4Bn global energy sector private equity M&A deal.
Advising and optimizing share allocation ratchets design and drafting for a c.£1Bn care sector private equity M&A deal.
Financial markets and derivatives
Advising on quantum and interest and the valuation of swaps contracts relating the restructuring of “Financial City” Madrid.
Advising on disputed spreadsheet trading record models and Bloomberg Professional data and complex analytics and portfolio economics for a multi-billion dollar English High Court banking dispute.
Advising on derivatives data, derivatives models and pricing and competition issues in connection with the ISDA SIMM (Standard Initial Margin Model) project.
Advising on pricing and trading anomalies in Italian treasury bonds for English High Court litigation using Bloomberg Professional data and complex analytics.
Advising on quantum and loss allocation and long term scenario modelling, in English High Court litigation concerning pollution remediation of the US Fox River system
Advising on experts, economics, econometrics, statistics and quantum of follow-on damages relating to the high voltage electric cables cartel.
Advising on 3rd party funding agreements (litigation derivatives) and economics for competition law class action claims.
Advising on expert economics relating to the aggregates, cement and ready-mix concrete market investigations.
Advising on retail shop location economics for a competition investigation.
Advising on quantum, loss, transfer pricing, financial markets transactions, real options and related pleadings in a Dutch arbitration concerning an East European soft commodities M&A dispute.
Analysing on alternative 3rd party funding proposals (litigation derivatives) for an Indian arbitration.
Advising on quantum and global interest benchmarking in a $1.2Bn Indian and Japanese joint venture arbitration using Bloomberg Professional data and complex analytics.
Advising on quantum and interest and related pleadings for a USA Korean arbitration using Bloomberg Professional data and complex analytics.
Advising on quantum, loss and expert economics for an African telecoms arbitration.
Analysing disputed trade invoices and company economic records for English High Court litigation concerning a major Asian fisheries fraud.
Analysing disputed contract signatures and group accounts and derivatives disclosures for an international arbitration concerning a major Middle Eastern banking fraud.
Analysing suspect financial markets trading record spreadsheets and deal pricing for English High Court litigation concerning a multi billion pound private investor dispute.
Analysing pricing and data errors in spreadsheet system for an international arbitration concerning hedge fund maladministration.
Selected experience before Freshfields
Extensive financial markets practitioner experience including responsibility for the accurate repricing and valuation of all financial instruments and derivatives at a AAA bank.
Broad experience teaching and supervising undergraduate economics to Oxford students and investigating the economics and econometrics of competitiveness of British firms.