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          Darren Kenny


          Darren specialises in complex, high-value, cross-jurisdictional disputes. His practice embraces all aspects of international trade, commerce and finance, with a particular focus on Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe and off-shore jurisdictions/tax havens.

          Darren's case load is a mixture of litigation and arbitration, particularly within the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He also has the expertise to act in ad hoc or other institutional international arbitrations, pursuant to a variety of rules such as ICC, UNCITRAL and SCC.

          Darren has significant experience of alternative dispute resolution. He has been involved in numerous mediations and accepts instructions to act as an expert witness in expert determinations and early neutral evaluations. He has acted as an expert for the Russian Courts on matters of English law and he also receives instructions from large accountancy practices and in-house lawyers to provide expert opinions.

          Over the past few years, he has been involved in cases governed by a variety of laws, including Russia, BVI, Cyprus, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands, India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, New York, Bermuda, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

          Due to the nature and value of his work, his cases are often high-profile and have featured in many publications including The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Kommersant, The Moscow Times, New York Times, Bloomberg, Sky News, Dow Jones, Business Week, Forbes, Hollywood Reporter, Crain's New York Business, Reuters, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and the BBC.

          Darren's cases also often involve household names such as BP plc, 20th Century Fox, the London Stock Exchange, Facebook, Sony Computer Entertainment, Merrill Lynch and FIFA, and he is well-versed in reputation protection and brand management.

          Darren is an accomplished orator and has spoken on International Arbitration at the British Embassy in Moscow, in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). He also hosted and spoke at the first ever Russo-British Young Lawyers Exchange Programme.

          Darren also contributed to the arbitration section of Shareholders' Agreements by Muth and Fitzgerald, co-wrote the English Law chapter of 'Kommentar zur CMR' by Karl-Heinz Thume (a leading textbook on international transport law) and also contributes to the LCIA's Young International Arbitration Group e-newsletter.

          Significant recent cases include:

          • $9billion dispute regarding oil ventures in Russia and Ukraine
          • 12billion rouble dispute in the LCIA regarding a loan agreement between a Russian bank and Cypriot fund
          • Co-ordination of proceedings in Russia, Guernsey, BVI and Cyprus worth $0.5billion
          • $100m Commercial Court Yukos-related shareholders dispute concerning allegations of breach of trust and fiduciary duty
          • $50m personal guarantee dispute in the LCIA
          • 83m Euro High Court dispute between a German aluminium company and a world-leading packaging company
          "Darren Kenny specialises in cross-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration pertaining to all areas of international trade, commerce and finance. His practice extends to Russia and CEE. Sources contend that he is "thorough, practical, sensible in his approach and easy to work with as well"."
          Chambers & Partners, 2018

          "‘Particularly strong in litigation’, DWF’s team is jointly headed by Darren Kenny, who ‘has a great understanding of the commercial position of his clients and builds good client relationships’."
          Legal 500, 2017

          "Very dedicated and astute."
          Legal 500, 2017

          "Darren Kenny actively advises clients on cases involving Eastern European and Asian jurisdictions, assisting with cases in areas such as international trade, commerce and finance. Clients state: "He is meticulous, very user-friendly, straightforward and effective. I was very impressed"."
          Chambers and Partners, 2017

          "Darren Kenny is an extremely dedicated, bright and determined litigator."
          Legal 500, 2016

          "Darren Kenny has considerable experience handling cross-border litigation and arbitration. Sources admire his "excellent coordination of complex matters," adding that he is "meticulous and on top of all the paperwork; absolutely thorough and reliable"."
          Chambers and Partners, 2016

          "DWF's clients say Darren Kenny is experienced and commercially aware; he is also praised for his knowledge of disputes arising in the domestic and international carriage of goods by road"
          Legal 500, 2016

          "Very well prepared and thorough."
          Legal 500, 2015