Jovita Vassallo - People - Gateley

Jovita Vassallo

Legal director

Gateley Legal

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Expertise

Before coming to Gateley, Jovita was head of a commercial litigation department in a City law firm, driving an expansion in their client base as well as expanding into international arbitration. Jovita works closely with her clients and, where necessary, foreign lawyers as she progresses each matter, whilst balancing commercial reality alongside the clients’ goals.

Jovita’s expertise encompasses director/shareholder disputes, fraudulent transactions, asset tracing, contractual disputes, breach of directors’ duties, professional negligence claims, injunctive relief/freezing orders and, enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments. 

Jovita has significant experience in complex, multi-jurisdiction disputes in many sectors, and is acutely aware that a step taken in one jurisdiction can significantly affect the trajectory of a claim in another. 

Voted onto the Board of an international network of lawyers, Jovita has successfully pitched for and secured work within the network to include representing: Spanish pharma-companies against breach of a distribution agreement;  Swedish director/shareholder to maximise share valuations on exit; and, UK/Iranian entities on allegations of copyright infringement. Jovita often liaises with those lawyers to provide clients with local knowledge, thus providing a global service whilst retaining control and, with it, client confidence.

Due to her reputation in the legal industry, Jovita often receives referrals from barristers and other legal firms where they are conflicted to act.

Jovita previously co-founded a MENA desk (Middle East and North Africa), which she actively ran and expanded through her network, experience and interpersonal skills across cultures. 

Experience 

  1. ICC arbitration involving parties in numerous offshore jurisdictions in a £multi-million dispute concerning allegations of fraudulent transactions, breach of directors’ duties, conspiracy to defraud and misrepresentation. World-wide freezing injunctions and Norwich Phamacal Orders used to obtain materials otherwise unavailable within the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal. Applying English law to the shareholders agreement, BVI to the special purchase vehicle and, Swiss procedural law to the arbitration.
  2. Representing an investor in a £53 million claim against FX broker institutions for breach of contract and conspiracy to defraud. 
  3. LCIA arbitration/negotiations representing a Turkish company over a £multi-million infrastructure project in Iraq and a dispute over the laying of a pipeline.
  4. Supreme Court case in excess of £50 million. Initially representing nine foreign respondents and successfully setting aside worldwide freezing injunctions. Thereafter successfully defending further attempts to hold clients liable for the judgment debt of a third party via the appointment of receivers, which was later overturned by the Court of Appeal.  Thereafter working in tandem with Spanish lawyers in a dispute spanning three jurisdictions. 
  5. Piercing corporate veil and acting for 23 investors (out of around 3000 who invested c£405 million in a property scam in the Caribbean). Thereafter successfully enforcing against the directors whilst tactically avoiding potential preference claims from the liquidators in the future. David Ames and anor v Conrad Davies and ors [2016] EWCH 235 QB. 
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