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Damien Byrne Hill

Damien Byrne Hill

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

London, , GBR


Damien is leader of the firm's banking litigation practice in London and advises on contentious issues facing domestic and international banks, investment funds, private equity houses and other financial institutions. He has acted on high-profile matters including UBS' $2.3 billion fraudulent trading losses, the defence of Goldman Sachs in the claim brought against it by IFE Fund, and Rabobank's Enron-related proceedings against Royal Bank of Canada.

Damien has advised on disputes concerning corporate finance transactions, investment advice, fund management, securities trading, project finance, private equity investment, enforcement of security and structured finance.

His experience includes company and commercial disputes in London and Asia across a wide range of industries and professions, in the context of both High Court litigation and international arbitration.

Credentials

  • Goldman Sachs in relation to claims brought by the Libyan Investment Authority to recover substantial sums in respect of derivatives trades executed in 2008
  • Credit Suisse in its successful defence of a claim over the sale of an interest in an oil field in Azerbaijan
  • Pioneer in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal over the correct interpretation of clause 2(a) (iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement
  • UBS in relation to the regulatory and criminal proceedings following the Kweku Adoboli rogue trading incident in 2011
  • Goldman Sachs in successfully defending a claim by a mezzanine investor fund alleging misrepresentation in relation to the information memorandum issued on syndication of the investment
  • Rabobank in a dispute with Royal Bank of Canada which arose in the context of a complex structured finance arrangement for Enron and involved parallel proceedings in London and New York
  • First Investments and others in a claim against US investment manager, Trust Company of the West, in respect to investments in mortgage-backed securities
  • the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in obtaining evidence in Hong Kong for use in insider dealing and fraud proceedings

Accolades

  • Damien Byrne Hill is a "standout individual," sources describe him as "razor-sharp."

    Chamber UK 2014
  • Damien Byrne Hill is identified as a "terrific" litigator and "a very clever guy."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • Damien Byrne Hill is ‘clearly on top of the detail, and his advice is commercial’.

    Legal 500 UK 2013

  • Damien Byrne Hill elicits praise for his "no-nonsense approach".

    Chambers UK 2012

  • Damien Byrne Hill is "enthusiastic, engaged and really identifies with the clients position".

    Chambers UK 2012
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