Adam Erusalimsky is a solicitor advocate with considerable experience of using shareholder engagement and litigation to correct ESG failures. In Europe, Adam’s work is at the forefront of securities litigation.
His work at Woodsford has been at the cutting edge of ESG activism through litigation and collective redress. In Europe, Adam’s work is at the forefront of securities litigation. Since 2019, Adam has worked on over a dozen group actions brought under section 90 and/or 90A of the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, in which Woodsford has been key to facilitating access to justice to several hundred pension funds, asset managers and other institutional investors. He also has experience of securities litigation in the Netherlands, another jurisdiction in which Woodsford leads in addressing ESG failures through shareholder engagement and litigation. In Australia, Adam has been instrumental in establishing several class actions arising out of the Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry to compensate victims of corporate wrongdoing. He has also worked on a number of class actions relating to the mis-selling of certain vehicles to consumers.
As a litigator, Adam has over ten years’ experience in complex commercial litigation before the English courts. He trained at Herbert Smith before spending nine and a half years at Stewarts, working on some of the highest profile cases of the decade, such as acting for:
- The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary and 141 other investors in their group action against Morgan Stanley & others;
- The Administrators of Kaupthing Bank in its claim against Deutsche Bank for market manipulation and knowing receipt;
- Several retailers in their ground-breaking competition law claims brought against Visa and Mastercard in respect of unlawful interchange fees; and
- Orb a.r.l., Taylor and Thomas in their Commercial Court claim against Andrew Ruhan for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and related offshore proceedings in the Isle of Man and the BVI.
His private practice experience spans banking litigation, derivative actions, unfair prejudice, breach of fiduciary duty, civil fraud and contentious insolvency. He has appeared as sole advocate in the Queen’s Bench Division (including in the Commercial Court) and in the Family Division and is experienced in obtaining emergency injunctive relief in the form of freezing orders or Norwich Pharmacal orders.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Adam read a BSc in Mathematics at Imperial College and a Masters in Management, Economics & International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Adam is fluent in Spanish. He has published, with colleagues from the Centre of Social and Environmental Research, a paper in the Social and Environmental Accounting Journal, examining the corporate disclosures made in annual reports of listed companies.