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Gabor Bognar

Gabor Bognar

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Gabor accepts instructions on disputes, as well as non-contentious advisory and drafting matters. He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, the Employment Tribunal, and before the disciplinary committees of professional regulatory bodies.

Gabor is registered to work on a public access (i.e. direct access) basis. He is an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Gabor’s legal skills are complemented by deep commercial and entrepreneurial experience from a 16-year career in investment management and investment banking. Before turning to law, he was a partner at Elsworthy Capital, a fund management business he co-founded. Earlier, Gabor was an investment strategist and portfolio manager for equities at Cheyne Capital. He was an economist at Dresdner Kleinwort (as it then was) and Goldman Sachs, advising on foreign exchange and sovereign bond investments in Emerging Europe and the Middle East.

Gabor completed the BPTC at City University; has an LLM (Qualifying Law Degree) from Birkbeck College, University of London; an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge; and a BA in Economics from Bard College (Annandale, New York). He has also studied at the London School of Economics, the University of Melbourne and the National Law School of India University (Bangalore), amongst others.

Banking

Luwum v Royal Bank of Scotland plc (Queen’s Bench Division, 2017)

Application for stay of warrant of eviction after debtor’s default on secured loan. Debtor intending to sell property and to repay creditor from proceeds of sale (instructed by Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Lowenthal v Bank of Ireland Home Mortgages Ltd (Queen’s Bench Division, 2016)

Negligent undervaluation of property when sold by mortgagee in possession. Successfully resisted application for reverse summary judgment and for strike-out of particulars of claim (instructed by Bar Pro Bono Unit).

Termination of financing resulting in insolvency (Commercial Court, 2016)

Advised defendant bank on disclosure and privilege in relation to litigation valued at £700 million. Bank alleged to have unlawfully terminated financing provided to group of property companies, resulting in latter’s insolvency (instructed by Dentons as part of team).

Firstplus Financial Group plc v Okoye (County Court, 2016)

Assessment of sum owed under loan agreement, including whether agreement was modified to extend repayment period (instructed by Debenhams Ottaway).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Company Insolvency Pro Bono Scheme
  • Competition Law Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA Institute)

Awards

  • Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn; 2015)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn; 2014 – 2015)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn; 2013)
  • External Studentship (King’s College, Cambridge; 1995 – 1996)
  • Jerome Levy Economics Scholarship (Bard College; 1992 – 1995)
  • Eric Warren Goldman Scholarship (Bard College; 1992)
  • Soros Foundation Scholarship (Bard College; 1991 – 1992)

Languages

  • Hungarian (bilingual)
  • Spanish (advanced written)
  • French (intermediate written)
  • Russian (basic)
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