Chris Webber

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

​T +44 20 7655 1655​


Chris Webber specialises in resolving complex business and finance disputes and regulatory investigations. He is a trusted adviser to clients including financial services firms, corporates, entrepreneurs and investors.

Chris is recommended in ​The Legal 500 UK​ for commercial litigation, banking litigation and contentious financial services matters. Clients have described Chris as “very smart, strategic and not intimidated by opponents”; “thoughtful, proactive and productive in finding solutions to complex challenges”; “technically smart, pragmatic and strategic”; “sensible, commercially minded and legally robust”; “he has an excellent understanding of FCA matters…approachable and user friendly. First- rate”; “a masterful technical lawyer who delivers consistently exceptional service” and is “organized, supportive, and intelligent”.

Representative Experience

Commercial Disputes

  • ​Acting for a major multinational US food products manufacturer in the defence before the High Court and Court of Appeal of a €40 million contractual claim by a Netherlands-based competitor. Our team was shortlisted for Commercial/Corporate Litigation Team of the Year at the Legal Week Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Awards for its work on this groundbreaking case.
  • ​Acting for a Middle Eastern public body in defence of a US$48 million claim involving parallel proceedings in the UK and New York courts in relation to a consulting services agreement with a US-based consulting firm.
  • ​Acting for the founders of a claims management company in a professional negligence claim against former advisers in relation to a £30 million sale of the business to a UK private equity fund.
  • Advising an Eastern European conglomerate in relation to complex multijurisdictional claims against its founder, auditors and various other parties arising from the discovery of €2 billion misstatements of the group’s accounts.
  • ​Acting for an international renewable energy development company in defence of a €5 million claim by a technical advisory firm under a memorandum of understanding relating to the development of energy projects in Greece.
  • Acting for an international sports advertising company based in the UK in pursuit of a £4 million claim and subsequent enforcement action arising from a breach of contract claim against a BVI and Singapore-based online betting company.
  • ​Acting for a European art collector in defence of a claim for a multimillion-pound commission in relation to the US$250 million sale of a famous work of art.

Company and Shareholder Disputes

  • Acting for a high-growth UK adtech company in high-stakes LCIA arbitration proceedings against a venture capital investor arising from a fund raising round and related consultancy services agreement.
  • Acting for a co-founder and substantial minority shareholder in a software company in a circa £20 million complex cross-border derivative claim against the directors following a sale transaction to a related party at an undervalue.
  • Acting for a major property developer in defence of a £18 million dispute arising from the expulsion of a member of a limited liability partnership established to develop a £75 million gross development value UK residential development site.
  • ​Acting for a party to a shareholder dispute in relation to the management of a UK-based hedge fund and related enforcement of a US$5 million judgment of the Seychelles courts.
  • Acting for an international flexible office space provider in defence of multiple investment mis-selling claims brought by shareholders in relation to investment activities totalling £15 million.
  • ​Acting in defence of derivative claims brought by a Middle Eastern property investment firm in relation to an AIM-listed UK luxury property developer.

Financial Services Disputes

  • ​Acting for a limited partner in a US$1.5 billion private equity fund in respect of US$200 million claims arising from the mismanagement of the fund.
  • Acting for the founder of a care home group in defence of £30 million restitution claims brought by the FCA, involving allegations of operating unauthorized collective investment schemes and breaches of sections 89 and 90 of the Financial Services Act 2012.
  • Acting for a commercial property development company borrower in a multimillion-pound dispute with its mezzanine lender following the declaration of a “material adverse change” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for a major international broker dealer firm in a €130 million claim against another financial institution arising from the negligent close out of over €4 billion of derivative contracts.
  • Acting for an FCA regulated alternative investment fund management firm in defence of several hundred mis-selling claims totalling circa £10 million by investors in a collapsed retail investment bond issuer.
  • ​Acting for a global investment bank in a dispute with a Middle Eastern bank arising from a default under a US$1.2 billion credit default swap forming part of a restructured SIV.
  • Acting for counterparties to derivative contracts in claims for more than US$40 million due on early termination following insolvency.
  • ​Acting for a pension fund in obtaining and executing multiple freezing, search and passport confiscation orders in support of US$40 million civil fraud proceedings in Florida.

​Regulatory Investigations​

  • ​Advising a wealth management firm and two of its senior executives in FCA enforcement investigations relating to its self-invested personal pensions management business.
  • Advising an FCA regulated alternative investment fund management firm in relation to a substantial section 166 “skilled person” review and remediation project in relation to its systems and controls.
  • Advising an international flexible office space provider in relation to an FCA investigation into its UK investment capital raising activities.
  • Acting for an international debt advisory firm in relation to an Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigation into alleged frontrunning of an AU$10 billion swap transaction.
  • Advising the UK branch of an EU-headquartered commercial bank on an internal investigation in response to FCA enquiries regarding potential anti-competitive conduct in the UK syndicated lending market.
  • Acting for an AIM-listed renewable energy company in defence of an investigation into alleged breaches of AIM rules arising from multimillion-pound related party lending transactions.
  • Advising an international broker dealer firm in relation to an FCA investigation into substantial alleged breaches of CASS (client money) rules.
  • Acting as an FCA approved “skilled person” on two major past business review and redress programmes in respect of sales by a commercial bank of interest rate hedging products.
  • Acting for a statutory body in a judicial review brought by more than 200 financial services firms challenging an exercise of its powers.
  • Advising a large retail bank in relation to an FCA supervised past business review and redress programme for PPI products.


  • Shortlisted as a Rising Star at the Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Awards 2019
  • Recommended in ​The Legal 500 UK​ for banking litigation –  investment and retail; commercial litigation; and contentious financial services