Jonathan Lass


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I am a consultant at Gordon Dadds. After graduating from Downing College, Cambridge with an MA in Law, I went on to gain extensive experience of corporate and financial cross-boarder transactions, having served at one time as joint head of banking and financial services at Lovells. I also act as general counsel and advise a number of high net-worth family groups in relation to their UK and international interests.

Outside the office, I have a wide range of interests, including communal and charity work, the arts, gardening and swimming, as well as spending time with my family.

What is your most interesting legal experience?

As general counsel for Citibank in Europe, I was involved with the Iranian asset freeze and hostage release 1979-81. US Banks in London had frozen in excess of 5 billion US dollars of Iranian funds. I was responsible for coordinating with other banks and law firms in negotiations for the release of the funds. The hostages were released and funds unfrozen, when Ronald Regan became president in January 1981.

What is your best legal anecdote?

My favourite legal anecdote arose when I was acting on behalf of a major US multinational oil company which went into chapter 11 bankruptcy. Our role involved rescheduling the major eurobonds from London. Their general counsel insisted we doubled our fee to match that of the City law firm on the other side, a rare occurrence!

Davenport Lyons, Partner

Citibank, General Counsel, UK and Europe

Downing College, Cambridge

The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer in 2015 for Corporate and Commercial.

Royal Society of Arts

Royal Automobile Club

UK Trade and Investment Network

Walpole Luxury Brand

West London Synagogue

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1327


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