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Christopher Yates

Christopher Yates


Christopher Yates

Chris Yates is a dual qualified (England and Wales and Hong Kong) litigation partner with a wealth of experience in cross-border commercial and corporate litigation, international arbitration, cross-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings and multi-jurisdiction regulatory investigations involving US, UK and APAC regulators.

Chris has a high-profile client base of investment banks, multi-national corporations, private equity firms and individuals. He also leads the firm's sports sector practice in London.

Chris is a member of our global Shareholder Risk team.

Shareholder Risk

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  • Advising a global investment bank in defence of class action claims under s90 and s90A FSMA
  • Acting on shareholder disputes, including the dispute concerning Blackpool Football Club
  • Advising an ex-director of a global investment bank in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and follow-on litigation arising out of LIBOR manipulation
  • Advising a joint venture partner in a shareholder action for breach of fiduciary duty in Hong Kong relating to a significant IPO on the HKSE
  • Advising high net worth individuals in trust and shareholder disputes

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Career and qualifications

  • King's College London (LL.B) 2000
  • King's College London (PGCert) 2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2010
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong 2011
  • Partner since 2016

Awards and citations

  • Up-and-coming Chris Yates is described as “unflappable, charming and able”.
    The Legal 500 2017
  • Chris Yates is regarded as a rising star in the commercial litigation arena. He has recently been active representing financial institution clients.
    Chambers UK 2017