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Antonio trained with the Firm and qualified into the Commercial Litigation team in September 2002. He became a Partner at the Firm in January 2011.
Antonio acts for a broad range of clients with respect to large scale commercial disputes (both in court and arbitration), advising on anti-corruption issues and reputation management issues. He has particular expertise in acting for Governments in related asset recovery matters, boundary and international arbitration disputes; as well as proceedings involving injunctive relief (both prosecuting and defending) and actions involving a foreign law element. He also regularly provides ad hoc advice to clients on the scope of the UK Bribery Act.
Antonio is also the Firm's Pro Bono Coordinator (in the UK) and won the LawWorks award for Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Coordinator in 2011.
- Antonio is advising Governments on asset recovery matters and on the resolution of boundary disputes.
- Antonio recently acted for a gaming company in England in relation to breach of contract involving proceedings in the UK, US and Italy.
- Antonio led the team in the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust (of which Rawlinson & Hunter S.A. are the Trustees) claim against Kaupthing Bank.
- Antonio regularly advises UK and foreign companies (with a UK footprint) on compliance with the UK Bribery Act. Antonio also advises US companies on the Act and anti-corruption policy issues in the UK and Europe, including the impact of the FCPA.
- Antonio advised a large multi-national company with a presence in the UK in relation to allegations of bribery of foreign public officials.
- Antonio advised and assisted in the coordination of the self-reporting of the allegations to the Serious Fraud Office. The result was that the company faced no sanctions from the SFO.
- Antonio recently advised a high net worth individual on UK extradition issues.
- Antonio recently advised a client in relation to a dawn raid by the Serious Fraud Office of the client's offices. Antonio led the team working on the ground and acted as the contact point with the SFO to protect the client's interests.
- Antonio has acted for the Government of Indonesia in respect of the recovery of assets held in Guernsey. He has also acted for the Government of Nigeria in relation to asset-recovery work.
- Antonio has acted for technology companies involved in disputes concerning major software development agreements.
- Antonio represented three witnesses (referred to as the "Tullett Three") in the proceedings between Tullett Prebon and others v. BGC Brokers and Others (see Judgment of Jack J dated 18 March 2011  EWHC484(QB)).
- Antonio advises on complex injunctive proceedings concerning alleged breaches of confidentiality and contractual breaches arising out of the movement of employee(s) from one company to another. In 2009, he successfully acted for an employee against a former employer who was seeking to prevent him from working  EWHC 1631(QB). Antonio also obtained injunctions on behalf of two corporate clients against former employees in respect of alleged breaches of their post-employment restrictions.
- Represented one of the three main defendants in litigation arising out of the large explosion which took place at the Buncefield oil storage depot in December 2005. After a 12-week trial, our client was found not liable for negligence and was completely exonerated ( EWCH CS40 (Comm)).
- Antonio has successfully acted for a client in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning licensing rights in the Middle East. The claims of damages of over US$100m was dismissed by the Tribunal.
- Antonio acted for a Government in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning a major power and gas contract.
- Antonio has advised on product liability and risk management issues, including acting for a major engineering company on managing its litigation risk as a result of a train derailment.
- Antonio has advised a client in relation to its potential exposure to asbestos claims in the UK.
- Antonio has acted for Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz in his successful prosecution of libel actions against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and others.
- Antonio has acted for a number of entities and individuals in respect of reputation management issues, including advising internet publishers in relation to web content and dealing with complaints.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- "Investigating and Self Reporting Corruption: New Serious Fraud Guidance on the UK Bribery Act Raises Stakes," author, American Bar Association (ABA) Winter Newsletter, January 2013.
- "Using Civil Remedies to turn the Master into a Puppet," speaker, The Puppet Masters Anti Corruption Conference, Guernsey, May 23, 2012.
- "The U.K. Bribery Act Today," co-author, Financial Fraud Law Report, October 2011.
- "Irani scoops JLD pro bono award," quoted, Law Society Gazette, June 24, 2011.
- "Married footballer Twitter storm set to change privacy landscape," quoted, V3, May 23, 2011.
- "Tchenguiz brothers will pursue claim against Kaupthing," quoted, The Deal, March 18, 2011.
- "Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz get go-ahead for £1bn Kaupthing action," quoted, The Daily Telegraph, March 16, 2011.
- "Trio of firms advise as Tchenguiz brothers win right to sue Kaupthing," quoted, LegalWeek, March 16, 2011.
- "Britain's Conditional Fee Arrangements Under Scrutiny," quoted, InsideCounsel, February 2011.
- "Prevent confidential leaks as there might not be a cure," author, The Lawyer, February 28, 2011.
- "Tchenguiz brothers file £1.8 billion fraud claim against Kaupthing," quoted, The Lawyer, February 21, 2011.
- "UK takes further steps towards modernising its Anti-bribery Laws," co-author, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Briefing Note, August 2009.
- "The FCPA & Doing Business Internationally: Compliant or Complaint," speaker, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Greater New York Chapter, New York, June 26, 2008.
- Antonio is the author of the following Guidance Notes:
- Antonio has written a number of articles which have been published in the firm's Commercial Litigation Review and Litigation UK Newsletter, In-House Lawyer Magazine and ACCA magazine.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Antonio enjoys sport: he plays football, tennis and enjoys running (completing his first London marathon in 2005, the Berlin marathon in 2008 and then London again in 2011). He also enjoys travelling to remote places in search of wildlife including Brazil, Borneo, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India and Mongolia.