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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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John Kemkers

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John became a partner with Eversheds in 2005 before moving to the Abu Dhabi in September 2008. He has recently returned to our London office but is still actively involved on a number of matters in the Middle East working in conjunction with our offices in that region.

John’s particular area of expertise is dispute management. His dispute management expertise in the Middle East includes:

  • advising in relation to claims totalling in excess of USD 2 billion in local Courts across the Middle East; 
  • advising a major Qatari developer on a $300 million dispute subject to DIAC arbitration;  
  • advising in relation to a +USD 100m dispute in the DIFC Courts; advising a UK based joint venture partner in a high profile shareholder dispute arising from the downturn in the real estate market in Dubai;  
  • advising a US based defence consultant in relation to a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute in Abu Dhabi;  
  • advising an Indian multi-national company in relation to a USD 30 million dispute with its employer and JV partner arising from a project in Saudi Arabia.

He has also advised on the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards throughout the region including the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait and Iraq.

In the UK, John’s experience includes:

  • advising on the implementation of a vacant possession strategy on the 300 hectare site of the 2012 Olympic Games; 
  • acting in all five judicial review proceedings and statutory challenges relating to the Compulsory Purchase Order affecting the Olympic Site;  
  • advising on contentious issues arising from a number of high profile developments within the West End of London;  
  • acting in a number of High Court cases relating to the enforcement of agreements for lease in a substantial mixed use development in the City of London.

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Property litigation

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP delivers an ‘excellent service’ with ‘timely responses’ and ‘fantastic sector knowledge’. Practice head Will Densham is singled out as ‘one of the few genuine specialists in rent review work’ and his team also has expertise in insolvency matters and dilapidation disputes. The department has added Shell and Canary Wharf Group to its list of clients and Densham continues to advise Chelsea FC on the development restrictions and planning elements arising from the £1b re-development of Stamford Bridge stadium. Kate Poole has also been involved in the matter and is praised as being ‘on par with the best for high end property disputes’. In another highlight for the team, the ‘excellent researcher’ Stuart Wortley has been acting for Manchester United FC and The Shard in an effort to tackle the developing trend of dangerous activities being filmed on the rooftops of iconic buildings. John Kemkers and Heather Tomlinson  are recommended while Polly Laycock departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP .

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Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Tunis-based team is led by Farès Koussay El Heni. Its diverse workload spans corporate transactions, disputes and insurance-related matters. It also provides ancillary advice on finance and labour law issues. Mohamed Raouf El Heni and recent hire Soundès Mejdoub who joined from Ferchiou & associés are recommended. In one highlight, the firm advised Italian pharmaceutical company Recordati on its acquisition of a Tunisian pharmaceutical company and it is acting for Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé in all aspects of the multimillion-euro construction of multiplex cinemas in several cities in Tunisia. Paris-based Boris Martor co-heads the firm’s Africa group with London-based John Kemkers.

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