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Donna Newman

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Donna Newman Senior associate

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Donna Newman

Donna Newman
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2357 Email Donna | Vcard Office: London

Donna has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes with a particular focus on banking, investment and finance disputes. She has considerable experience of advising on complex, high value disputes often with an international element. She acts regularly both for and against banks and other financial institutions and is well versed in both High Court litigation and international arbitration.
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Donna frequently advises on disputes concerning complex financial instruments such as swaps, asset backed securities, collateralised debt obligations, repos, surety bonds, letters of credit, loan note instruments, facility agreements and participations.

She produces an annual webcast on the English court's approach to financial mis-selling claims. Donna also acts on more general commercial litigation matters and advises on disputes arising out of tax structures/products and pension schemes.

She is the lead associate on the litigation arising out of the high profile Arch Cru investment fund collapse. Donna acts for the new board of the Guernsey investment cell structure in relation to claims in excess of £150 million against a range of parties across a number of jurisdictions. She is also representing a bank in a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions. The claim also raises complex insolvency issues.

“Brings clear, intelligent and incisive thinking to complex matters. An excellent ally in difficult litigation”.
Hugh Aldous, Chairman, SPL Guernsey ICC Limited

  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial litigation
  • Banking and financial services litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Pensions dispute resolution

Arch Cru

Lead adviser on the litigation arising out of the high profile Arch Cru investment fund collapse, acts for the new board of the Guernsey investment cell structure in relation to claims in excess of £150 million against a range of parties across a number of jurisdictions.

Investment manager

Advising an investment fund in respect of a dispute with its investment adviser concerning the duties of the adviser and retainer fees.

Construction of a contract

Advised a bank in connection with a dispute with two other banks over the interpretation of trust documentation including the question of where liability falls under a tax indemnity.

Surety bonds

Advising an insurance company in relation to a dispute with a bank and a hedge fund arising out the terms of an agreement relating to the transfer of an economic interest in a surety bonds facility.

Dispute with Lehman Brothers International Europe

Acting for a bank in respect of a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions.

Swaps

Advising a French bank in connection with a number of disputes concerning its rights and obligations under swap documentation.

Forex

Advising a bank in respect of a dispute concerning the price at which a number of foreign exchange transactions were entered into.

LCIA arbitration

Advised the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to a US$20 million LCIA arbitration with an investment bank arising out of the bank's close out of the fund's positions on a number of repo transactions.

ICC arbitration

Acted for an advisory company in relation to an ICC arbitration to recover sums due to it in connection with the purchase and restructuring of a foreign bank.

Libor manipulation

Advised a defendant to arbitration brought by an investment bank about the prospects of bolstering its defence by adding contentions based on Libor manipulation.

More: Dispute resolution

Arch Cru

Donna is the lead associate on the litigation arising out of the high profile Arch Cru investment fund collapse. She acts for the new board of the Guernsey investment cell structure in relation to claims in excess of £150 million against a range of parties across a number of jurisdictions.

Investment manager

Advising an investment fund in respect of a dispute with its investment adviser concerning the duties of the adviser and retainer fees.

Construction of a contract

Advised a bank in connection with a dispute with two other banks over the interpretation of trust documentation including the question of where liability falls under a tax indemnity.

More: Commercial litigation

Surety bonds

Advising an insurance company in relation to a dispute with a bank and a hedge fund arising out the terms of an agreement relating to the transfer of an economic interest in a surety bonds facility.

Dispute with Lehman Brothers International Europe

Acting for a bank in respect of a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions.

Swaps

Advising a French bank in connection with a number of disputes concerning its rights and obligations under swap documentation.

Forex

Advising a bank in respect of a dispute concerning the price at which a number of foreign exchange transactions were entered into.

More: Banking and financial services litigation

LCIA arbitration

Advised the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to a US$20 million LCIA arbitration with an investment bank arising out of the bank's close out of the fund's positions on a number of repo transactions.

ICC arbitration

Acted for an advisory company in relation to an ICC arbitration to recover sums due to it in connection with the purchase and restructuring of a foreign bank.

Libor manipulation

Advised a defendant to arbitration brought by an investment bank about the prospects of bolstering its defence by adding contentions based on Libor manipulation.

More: International arbitration

Deficit contributions

Acted for the trustees to a pension fund in pursuing a number of participating employers in the fund for unpaid deficit contributions.

Recovery of overpaid pensions

Acted for a mutual life and pensions company in connection with a series of claims to recover amounts mistakenly overpaid to beneficiaries.

Section 75 debts

Acted for the trustees to a pension fund in pursuing a number of participating employers in the fund for statutory debts arising under Section 75 of the Pensions Act 1995.

More: Pensions dispute resolution
  • Banks and banking

Surety bonds

Advising an insurance company in relation to a dispute with a bank and a hedge fund arising out the terms of an agreement relating to the transfer of an economic interest in a surety bonds facility.

Dispute with Lehman Brothers International Europe

Acting for a bank in respect of a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions.

Swaps

Advising a French bank in connection with a number of disputes concerning its rights and obligations under swap documentation.

Forex

Advising a bank in respect of a dispute concerning the price at which a number of foreign exchange transactions were entered into.

Libor manipulation

Advised a defendant to arbitration brought by an investment bank about the prospects of bolstering its defence by adding contentions based on Libor manipulation.

ICC arbitration

Acted for an advisory company in relation to an ICC arbitration to recover sums due to it in connection with the purchase and restructuring of a foreign bank.

Construction of a contract

Advised a bank in connection with a dispute with two other banks over the interpretation of trust documentation including the question of where liability falls under a tax indemnity.

More: Banks and banking

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