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Donna Newman

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Commercial Litigation


Donna has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes with a particular focus on banking, investment and finance disputes. She has considerable experience of advising on complex, high value disputes often with an international element. Donna acts regularly both for and against banks and other financial institutions and is well versed in both High Court litigation and international arbitration.

She frequently advises on disputes concerning complex financial instruments such as swaps, asset backed securities, collateralised debt obligations, repos, surety bonds, letters of credit, loan note instruments, facility agreements and participations.

Donna produces an annual webcast on the English court's approach to financial mis-selling claims. She also acts on more general commercial litigation matters and advises on disputes arising out of tax structures/products and pension schemes.

She advised on the litigation arising out of the high profile Arch Cru investment fund collapse. Donna acts for the new board of the Guernsey investment cell structure in relation to claims in excess of £150 million against a range of parties across a number of jurisdictions. She is also representing a bank in a dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International Europe concerning a proof of debt arising out of repo and swap transactions. The claim also raises complex insolvency issues.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Finance litigation is a core practice area for Stephenson Harwood, which frequently advises on matters involving litigation in multiple jurisdictions and 'combines excellent sector knowledge with a genuine litigation focus'. The 'excellent team provides very prompt responses and is very strong at analysing cases' strengths and weaknesses'. Key work included acting for Natixis in a claim against Marex Financial (an independent commodities broker and trader) and Access World Logistics (Singapore) (a Glencore-owned provider of London Metal Exchange warehousing), which involved five spot-purchase contracts (and related repo transactions) for the sale of nickel; the case is expected to produce significant implications in the context of commodity financing, particularly the use of warehouse receipts in repo and other transactions of this nature. In other matters, the group advised Commerzbank on its claims against Liquimar Tankers Management and Pauline Shippingo, which arose out of loan and guarantee documentation that contained asymmetric jurisdiction agreements. The finance co-litigation heads are Sue Millar and Edward Davis. Other recommended names are commercial litigation department head John Fordham, 'who has excellent knowledge of cases', Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne.

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