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Max Darke

T: +44 20 7809 2708 M: +44 702 152 704 Email Max | Vcard Office: London

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Max Darke Associate

Contact details

Max Darke

Max Darke
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2708 M: +44 702 152 704 Email Max | Vcard Office: London

Max is an associate in the commercial litigation department with a focus on contentious insolvency. He has experience of High Court litigation, international arbitration and contractual disputes.
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Max is a member of the restructuring and insolvency team and his practice covers both corporate and personal insolvency. He is principally involved in acting on court driven procedures including Insolvency Act applications and related litigation.

Max was seconded for six months to the firm's Seoul office. Acting for some of the largest Korean conglomerates, he gained experience of high value international arbitration and Korean business culture.

  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution

Corporate insolvency

Advising insolvency practitioners on a range of issues that arise in administrations and liquidations including: in court and out of court appointments, validity of appointments, antecedent transactions, assignment of claims, office holder duties, adjudication of proofs of debt.

Personal insolvency

Advising on various bankruptcies including presentation of statutory demands and bankruptcy petitions, and advocating at a number of County Court bankruptcy hearings.

Enforcement Receivership  - multi-party High Court proceedings

Advising court appointed receivers on the recovery of over £65 million derived from the proceeds of a theft committed in 2002. The action has involved numerous High Court applications (including worldwide freezing orders) and multiple sets of connected proceedings in the UK and elsewhere in order to determine competing third party interests to certain property located in a variety of jurisdictions.

Overseas Restraint Order

Advising the liquidators of an Isle of Man company in relation to the recognition by the Serious Fraud Office of a Lithuanian overseas restraint order.

Enforcement of security

Advising a Latvian bank on the enforcement of its security and its rights as a creditor in the deceased estate of a Russian oligarch and its dealings with the trustees in bankruptcy.

Enforcement Receivership  - multi-party High Court proceedings

Advising court appointed receivers on the recovery of over £65 million derived from the proceeds of a theft committed in 2002. The action has involved numerous High Court applications (including worldwide freezing orders) and multiple sets of connected proceedings in the UK and elsewhere in order to determine competing third party interests to certain property located in a variety of jurisdictions.

Banking litigation

Advising the defendant financial institution in relation to a claim for declaratory relief arising out of the post-2008 Irish banking crisis.

Korean textile factory contractual dispute

Advising a Korean textile factory on its defence of a defective and off-spec goods claim from a UK-based customer.

Trademark infringement claim

Acting for a well-known group of companies seeking High Court injunctive relief for UK and EU trademark infringement against a Hong Kong company.

Enforcement Receivership  - multi-party High Court proceedings

Advising court appointed receivers on the recovery of over £65 million derived from the proceeds of a theft committed in 2002. The action has involved numerous High Court applications (including worldwide freezing orders) and multiple sets of connected proceedings in the UK and elsewhere in order to determine competing third party interests to certain property located in a variety of jurisdictions.

High value LCIA construction arbitration

Acting for the claimant Korean joint venture in a LCIA arbitration between contractors relating to the multi-billion dollar construction costs of a nuclear power plant in the UAE.

Offshore drilling contract dispute

Acting for a Venezuelan state controlled entity in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a dispute arising out of an offshore drilling contract.

Indian commodities dispute

Acting for the claimant, an Indian zinc smelter, in a LCIA arbitration relating to the quality of goods supplied by one of the largest international trading and mining companies.

  • Banks and banking

Banking litigation

Advising the defendant financial institution in relation to a claim for declaratory relief arising out of the post-2008 Irish banking crisis.

Enforcement of security

Advising a Latvian bank on the enforcement of its security and its rights as a creditor in the deceased estate of a Russian oligarch and its dealings with the trustees in bankruptcy.

Insolvency

Max regularly advises a variety of financial institutions, as creditors, on how to recover their debts from financially distressed or insolvent counterparties.

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