Octavia Knox Cartwright is Head of Litigation for the EME region of Barclays. Octavia joined the Investment Banking division of Barclays in August 2009 and took up her current role in March 2015. Barclays’ Litigation Team manages litigation, investigation and enforcement risk across all the bank’s business areas: Retail, Corporate, Barclaycard, Wealth, Non-Core and the Investment Bank. Octavia’s work has included benchmark investigations and litigation, notably LIBOR and ISDAfix, including the Graiseley (Guardian Care Homes) LIBOR test case, management of the IRHP/swaps portfolio, claims arising from the close out and valuation of leveraged bond portfolios and, more recently, claims and investigations in the Wealth, Cyber and Whistleblowing arenas. Octavia also works closely with the Tax, Financial Crime and Competition teams.
Octavia was in private practice at Linklaters and Nabarro LLP, where she acted on a wide range of litigation and investigation matters for clients such as JPMorgan, Ernst & Young and the SEC. She spent 6 months on secondment to Linklaters’ New York office, where she worked on Enron litigation, the air cargo investigation and claims for investment banking clients. She continues to have a strong cross jurisdictional element to her practice.