Natasha Harrison is the managing partner of the London office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) LLP and an experienced English barrister and solicitor.
Ms Harrison is recognised as a leading banking litigator by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and as a leading commercial litigator by Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Lawdragon. She won Best in Litigation at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards (2015), and was named one of Financial News’ “Rising Stars of Legal Services” in 2013 and The Lawyer’s “Hot 100 2011” for banking litigation. Ms Harrison has been described as “incredibly commercial for a litigator”, with an “unparalleled ability” to turn a client’s thoughts into a “cogent argument”, and an "absolutely outstanding partner".
Ms Harrison acts on behalf of hedge funds, investment banks, corporations and governments in high-stakes international litigation and arbitration. She has extensive experience in all types of finance and business disputes, including distressed debt investments, investments in special situations and emerging markets, sovereign debt investments, securitisations and complex finance arrangements, and has litigated many of the most important investor disputes of the last decade. She is regularly retained on behalf of clients to provide strategic litigation advice and to coordinate large international commercial disputes.
Representative matters include acting on the Class A1 Noteholders of Canary Wharf Finance II in connection with payment of Spens under a securitisation structure; acting for investors in a complex and high-profile board dispute; acting for holders of convertible notes and debt issued by the Spanish conglomerate Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA; acting for holders of senior notes issued by Heta Bank; acting for the institutional investors of ECNs issued by Lloyds Banking Group; acting for a regional government in a significant and important oil dispute; acting on behalf of bondholders in the second-largest insolvency in the world and challenging the Icelandic government’s emergency legislation; representing holders of bonds issued by the Polish telecommunications company Elektrim, recovering over €700 million for her clients; and acting on behalf of holders of sovereign debt in the Eurozone and beyond.
Ms Harrison opened the London office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in 2014, which has "very quickly established itself as a leading litigation practice".
Ms Harrison completed the Bar Vocational Course in 1996 and the Common Professional Examination in 1995. She received a BA (honours) in modern history from Durham University in 1994.
WWL says: Natasha Harrison represents companies, funds and financial institutions in arbitration and litigation as part of her “excellent practice”.
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