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Lydia Danon

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Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

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Dispute Resolution; Litigation; Banking Litigation; Fraud: Civil; Partnership; International Arbitration


Partner at CYK


Trainee Solicitor and Solicitor at IBB Solicitors (2005 to 2009); joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in 2009 as an Associate, then Senior Associate and made Partner in 2017.


Law Society of England and Wales; London Solicitor Litigation Association; International Bar Association; Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.  

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

'A well-established powerhouse boutique in banking and financial services litigation', Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has also 'developed an excellent regulatory practice which compliments the fine work they have been doing in the banking litigation sphere since the firm’s inception'. Himself formerly in-house at MF Global, the 'very bright and utterly charmingStephen Elam is a 'very safe pair of hands' in relation to regulatory enforcement work on behalf of a range of financial institutions including a growing number of brokers. The 'hugely energetic and indefatigableMarc Keidan is 'particularly well-known in the field of banking and financial services disputes'  and regularly acts in financial disputes adverse to the banks and in hedge fund related work. Other recommended practitioners include 'skilled litigator' Sinead O'Callaghan, 'rising starDaniel Burbeary and the 'very bright and client-focusedLydia Danon.

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Within: Partnership

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique litigation firm, which handles partnership disputes across industries with ‘an excellent level of service’, although it has particular expertise in the financial services sector. The group acts for and against LPs, LLPs and traditional partnerships in the spectrum of partnership disputes, including allegations of bad faith, misappropriation of assets, breaches and enforcement of restrictive covenants and minority shareholder oppression. Promoted to partner in October 2017, ‘especially capableLydia Danon is the primary contact and noted for her ‘forensic discipline’, which she has recently employed in a high-value, multi-jurisdictional partnership dispute in the High Court. Name partner Marc Keidan is ‘ideally suited to partnership litigation’ and stands out for his ‘willingness to get stuck into difficult fights’. Sinead O’Callaghan  and ‘brilliant strategistPhilip Young are also key contacts.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Innovative, super-efficient, devastatingly effective and technically excellentCooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique firm of ‘well-lead, intelligently strategized, highly motivated and very successful fraud litigators’. The firm acts for CMOC Sales & Marketing after it was defrauded by unknown conspirators. This matter has involved asset tracing and obtaining a worldwide freezing order against ‘persons unknown’. This is believed to be the first such freezing order of its kind and the case is valued at over £8m. Key practitioner Marc Keidan is ‘a no-nonsense lawyer who gets results for his clients’. Philip Young is ‘super-bright, technically spot-on and a thoughtful strategist’. Lydia Danon, who is ‘very plugged into the market’ and Daniel Burbeary, who is ‘excellent and is genuinely starting to make a mark in the civil fraud arena’ were both promoted to partner. Robert Coffey was appointed as managing partner and Gerald Cooke retired as senior partner but remains a consultant within the firm.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Free of conflicts of interest and 'delivering service, knowledge and skills that are impeccable and of the highest quality', Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'has carved a solid reputation on the claimant side'. The practice regularly acts against financial institutions, and the practice is well known for acting in major claims in the financial sector. Recent work includes obtaining a suite of orders to assist tracing stolen sums for CMOC Sales & Marketing, part of the China Molybdenum mining conglomerate and the victim of a fraud whereby monies were stolen from its bank accounts following a sophisticated payments fraud; it also assisted the third defendant in Commercial Court litigation proceedings issued by a UK fund manager for a Libyan capital investment fund, FM Capital Partners, which alleged breach of fiduciary duties, related proprietary claims and unlawful means conspiracy in the structuring of complex structured products and investments. The 'diligent and knowledgeable' Philip Young focuses on substantial fraud-related cases, including those requiring urgent injunctive steps, and Marc Keidan, who is 'tenacious and aggressive', is best known for his claimant-side work. Other key names are the 'calm and knowledgeable' Sinead O'Callaghan and Stephen Elam; Lydia Danon  and Daniel Burbeary were made partners.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

The 'amazingly good' specialist disputes practice Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP was recently active in substantial commercial litigation, involving commercial contracts, shareholder conflicts, disputes over arbitration awards, civil fraud cases, and matters involving banks. The team acted for OFSB in High Court Chancery Division proceedings regarding its shareholding in Zavarco. Philip Young is 'always thinking of new angles'; and Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'motivates the troops with a combination of hard work and good humour'. Other recommended advisers are Marc Keidan and Stephen Elam, while Daniel Burbeary and Lydia Danon were made partners. Gerald Cooke retired as senior partner but remains a consultant with the firm.

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