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Damien Byrne Hill

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Position

Damien is Regional Head of Practice for Dispute Resolution in the UK and US.

Career

Based in London, Damien helps banking sector clients resolve or navigate major disputes. He has guided clients to successful outcomes in a number of high-profile matters, and is working on some of the largest cases currently progressing through the English courts.

Damien specialises in providing advice on high-value, contentious issues facing domestic and international banks, investment funds, private equity houses and other financial institutions. These include disputes about corporate finance transactions, investment advice, fund management, securities trading, project finance, private equity investment, enforcement of security and structured finance.

He has helped clients with company and commercial disputes in London and Asia across a wide range of industries, in both High Court litigation and international arbitration.

 

Damien is recognised as a leading individual in The Legal 500, and is ranked in tier one for his banking litigation practice in both. He was also named as the Dispute Resolution Individual of the Year (London) in Legal 500 UK 2019 awards

Education

Damien has an M.A. in history from Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (1993) and Hong Kong (1998).

Damien trained with Herbert Smith in London and spent five years in the firm’s Hong Kong office in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. He was promoted to partner in 2000.


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Damien Byrne Hill - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'A top-tier banking litigation practice with a strong mix of investment and retail bank disputes', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP continues to advise many of the largest national and international banking groups and other major financial institutions on their high stakes, complex litigation cases. Recent work included high-profile shareholder actions and multiple parallel claims arising out of contentious issues such as the Panama Papers, mis-selling, film finance, interest rate swaps and tailored business loans. The 'very impressive' Damien Byrne Hill , who  assumed the role as head of disputes for UK and US in 2018, is 'among the very best banking litigators; he is direct, focused, and robust in his approach'. Simon Clarke  handles highly complex banking and financial services litigation, often involving structured products and derivatives. The 'immensely hard working and fun-to-work-with' Harry Edwards, who is 'a strong litigator with a deservedly rising profile', led advice to Watchstone (formerly known as Quindell) on a threatened group litigation brought by shareholders of Watchstone, arising out of various public announcements made by the company in 2013; the claim, if pursued, would be one of the first claims brought on the basis of section 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, which provides a cause of action for investors who buy, sell or hold listed securities in reliance on deliberately misleading information published to the market. Other key advisers are the 'first-rate, bright and insightful' Rupert Lewis, who 'has shown that he can handle even the most challenging cases superbly'; and John Corrie, who is 'a very able litigator who combines high intellectual ability with great charm'. Chris Bushell, Adam Johnson QC, Gary Milner-Moore and John Whiteoak are also highly rated; Donny Surtani was made partner; and Julian Copeman returned from secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office. The key senior associates are Ajay Malhotra, Tom Henderson and Emma Deas. James Norris-Jones  joined  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

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Commercial litigation

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Damien Byrne Hill - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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