Bio

Daniel is an associate within the Dispute Resolution practice group. He specialises in commercial litigation, including contractual, fund, partnership and shareholder disputes, negligence claims and white collar crime, as well as regulatory disputes and individual and corporate insolvency.

Prior to joining Appleby in March 2017, Daniel was in the Commercial Litigation practice at Signature Litigation in London focusing on complex multi-party international disputes often with a financial markets or regulatory element. His experience included both High Court litigation and international arbitration. Daniel also sat as a magistrate in north London and on appeals at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Daniel trained as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills where he undertook a litigation weighted selection of seats, including advocacy. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Daniel was a manager in the M&A team at Lloyds Banking Group and an associate in Deloitte´s Private Equity Transaction Services group.

Daniel is admitted as an attorney in the Cayman Islands and as a solicitor advocate in England & Wales (non-practising).

 

Expertise:

Recent highlights include:

  • G3 Exploration (in provisional liquidation) – Acting for the majority bondholder (who had also appointed Receivers) in action to windup a holding company with significant coalbed methane assets in China. Matter engages criteria the Court needs to consider when adjourning an winding up petition and the viability of any purported refinancing.
  • PIAM v Upper Brook and ors – Acted for the Upper Brook funds and their (court determined, legitimate) directors to successfully resist an application for, inter alia, a declaration that PIAM was not validly removed as directors of the funds. The funds control in excess of US$700 million of Libyan assets. Matter also involved determination of sanctions issues. Successful defence of PIAM’s appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Ennismore Fund Management v Fenris Consulting – Successfully acted for Ennismore in its appeal of an €5.6m award following an inquiry into damages caused by a freezing injunction. The Court of Appeal substituted its own award of €0.6m.
  • OfReg v Datalink – Acted for Datalink, a subsidiary of Cayman’s sole electricity supplier (CUC) in its defence of certain ‘attachment fees’ relating to broadband providers attaching to CUC’s electricity poles, which OfReg had determined to be unlawful. Successful judicial review of OfReg’s determination. Not appealed.
  • Suntech Power v Wade – Acted for the surviving spouse of a former director of Suntech in a claim for breach of directors’ duties, brought in California. Drafted expert opinion on Cayman law in relation to director indemnities and interpretation of exculpation clauses. Successful at first instance and on appeal.
  • Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation – Acted for ENRC in defence of a civil court battle launched by the SFO against ENRC – currently also the subject of a lengthy criminal probe – to determine what material may be covered by legal privilege ahead of disclosure in the investigation. This was one of the “Top 20 Cases of 2017” as ranked by The Lawyer.
  • Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation v Dechert – Acted for ENRC in a cost claim against alleged overcharging by Dechert LLP over a £16m legal bill. In April 2016 Dechert lost its appeal to have the heard in public. In January 2017, the High Court ruled that the dispute would proceed to a full costs hearing for the fees accrued.
  • Barclays Bank plc v Lester Charles Landgraf, Londell McMillan and Elias Farrah – Acted for Mr Farrah. This case was of great interest to many in the legal profession. It related to the May 2012 collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf and saw the firm’s bank, Barclays, seek to recoup money from partners of the defunct firm. When Dewey folded, over 200 partners owed Barclays Bank about $60m which they had borrowed to fund their equity contributions to the firm and which had been lost in the firm’s bankruptcy. Issues under scrutiny included partner loan programmes and the financing of equity contributions in LLPs. The case settled in May 2015. This was one of the “Top 20 Cases of 2015” as ranked by The Lawyer.
  • Gudavadze and ors v Anisimov – Acted for the widow and daughters of the late Georgian billionaire Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, in their claim for over USD1.5 billion in damages from Vasily Anisimov. The claim related to an oral agreement that had been reached in 2004 between Mr Anisimov and Mr Patarkatsishvili as to the use that they would make of $600 million that the latter had received following the sale of a shareholding RusAl, a large Russian formerly state owned aluminium company. The case, which involved issues of jurisdiction, conflict of laws, privilege, fraud, Russian law, Georgian law and forensic accountancy, settled in Spring 2014. This was one of the “Top 20 Cases of 2014” as ranked by The Lawyer.

 

Teams:

  • Dispute Resolution

Education:

  • BA (Hons) English Literature & Classics, University of Durham
  • MA English Literature, University of Durham
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, London
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP University, London
  • Higher Rights of Audience (Civil), University of Law, London