Adam Rizzo

Senior Associate

London

Adam Rizzo is a Senior Associate in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. He focuses on internal and regulatory investigations, and commercial disputes.

Adam has significant experience of conducting internal investigations and handling contentious regulatory matters, often for professional services firms.   He has experience of representing clients in regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice in the US as well as the UK's Financial Reporting Council, Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office. Adam has also acted for clients on ad hoc Governmental inquiries. As part of his wider commercial disputes practice, Adam acts on disputes involving professional services firms, financial instructions and other companies.

Recognised by Legal 500 as a recommended individual, Adam is described as an “efficient and highly personable senior associate, who is excellent at running cases on a day-to-day basis”.

    • Defending negligence claims brought against a range of professional services firms, including auditors, accountants and solicitors.

    • Pursuing a claim on behalf of a private equity firm in relation to breach of warranties given by a portfolio company.

    • Defending a claim on  behalf of a wind farm manufacturing company in relation to the alleged damage caused to equipment leased on site. 

    • Pursuing subrogated recoveries on behalf of political risk insurers following the seizure (and possible theft) of oil in Ukraine.

    • Defending a claim brought by the freeholder and head lessee of a commercial premises in London relating to damages caused during fit-out works.

    • Defending a claim brought by an insurer alleging systemic negligence of the handing of some 56,000 motor vehicle claims.

      Notable cases include:

    • Cunningham v Ellis & Others [2018] EWHC 3188 (Comm) in which a £39m claim for conspiracy to defraud the shareholders of an engineering company was struck out and summary judgment given in favour of the client (Ernst & Young (EY)).

    • Rentokil Initial 1927 plc v Goodman Derrick LLP [2014] EWHC 2994 (Ch) in which a claim for allegedly drafting, approving or agreeing a contract for the sale of a commercial premises was dismissed on behalf of the client (Goodman Derrick).

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