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Donna Newman

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

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Banking litigation

Banking litigation

Donna Newman Partner

Contact details

Donna Newman

Donna Newman
Partner

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

Donna advises on a broad spectrum of commercial and financial disputes. She has experience across a wide range of financial products and markets as well as with disputes involving shareholders, partnership joint ventures, acquisitions and investments.
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Donna is particularly skilled at dealing with disputes involving very complex issues or very technical concepts.  She also advises on disputes arising out of tax structures/products.

She frequently advises clients in relation to disputes arising when contracts, trades or transactions have been derailed because of unexpected events including issues relating to business interruption, problems with performance of contracts, issues with counterparties, aborted transactions, loan defaults, margin calls, issues with collateral posting and valuation, close outs and erroneous trades or prices.

Donna advised on the litigation arising out of the high profile collapse of Arch Cru investment fund. She acted 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 acted for a bank in a dispute over trade prices which had been executed in a volatile market following the depegging of the Swiss Franc from the Euro and also acted for the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to the close out by five banks of the fund’s repo positions resulting in a series of disputes with the banks across multiple jurisdictions and a mix of litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Donna is ranked in the Legal 500 UK as a next generation partner (banking litigation – investment and retail) with sources noting that she ‘provides thoughtful advice’. 

“Provides thoughtful advice” 
The Legal 500 UK 2017

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

Arch Cru

Advising 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.

Extreme market events

Advising a bank in respect of a claim by a counterparty that contracts should be cancelled or amended in light of extreme market events.

Refusal to perform a contract

Acting for a seller to pursue completion of a contract and payment of the £70 million purchase price where the buyer under the contract has refused to complete the sale.

Claims for breach of contract e.g. unpaid fees

Acted for a number of clients across various matters to pursue breach of contract claims and to recover unpaid fees.

Defending claims for breach of contract

Advised a number of clients across various matters to defend allegations of breach of contract and resist claims for compensation.

Arch Cru

Advising 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.

Extreme market events

Advising a bank in respect of a claim by a counterparty that contracts should be cancelled or amended in light of extreme market events.

Refusal to perform a contract

Acting for a seller to pursue completion of a contract and payment of the £70 million purchase price where the buyer under the contract has refused to complete the sale.

Breach of warranty

Acted for the purchaser of a business in a claim against the seller of the business for breach of the warranty in the sale agreement that the accounts of the business gave a true and fair view.

Breach of shareholders agreement

Acted for a shareholder to defend a claim by a fellow shareholder for breach of their shareholders agreement and a claim for breach of warranty under a share sale agreement.

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.

Close out

Acted for the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to the close out by five banks of the fund’s repo positions resulting in a series of disputes with the banks across multiple jurisdictions and a mix of litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Swaps

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

Forex – market disruption

Acting for a bank to defend a claim concerning the price of a number of foreign exchange trades where the trades had been executed in a volatile market following the depegging of the Swiss Franc from the Euro.

Transfer of assets between two banks

Acted for an Asian bank in a dispute with another bank in connection with the sale of part of a business from one bank to another and undisclosed liabilities arising under an ISDA Master Agreement.

Non-performing loans

Acting for a European bank in relation to a dispute over the sale of non-performing loans.

Surety bonds

Advised 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

Acted for a client 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.

Breach of contract

Advising a placement agent in relation to a claim for unpaid placement fees and other amounts due under an agreement.

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.

  • Banks and banking

Close out

Acted for the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to the close out by five banks of the fund’s repo positions resulting in a series of disputes with the banks across multiple jurisdictions and a mix of litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Swaps

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

Forex – market disruption

Acting for a bank to defend a claim concerning the price of a number of foreign exchange trades where the trades had been executed in a volatile market following the depegging of the Swiss Franc from the Euro.

Transfer of assets between two banks

Acted for an Asian bank in a dispute with another bank in connection with the sale of part of a business from one bank to another and undisclosed liabilities arising under an ISDA Master Agreement.

Non-performing loans

Acting for a European bank in relation to a dispute over the sale of non-performing loans.

Surety bonds

Advised 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

Acted for a client 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.

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