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Cooke Young & Keidan LLP

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Managing Partner: Robert Coffey
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 28
Languages: English, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Marathi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a leading disputes boutique in the City of London, specialising in high-value and cuttingedge litigation and arbitration. CYK has a strong reputation in the London legal market for having the technical know-how, creativity, agility and tenacity to deliver excellent results in challenging and often high-profile cases, against the highest quality opposition. The firm provides hard-hitting commercialism and exceptional service. Clients are sophisticated purchasers of legal services and include multinational companies listed on the NYSE and FTSE 100, substantial hedge-funds and high net worth individuals. CYK often acts against the banks and other substantial corporates.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking Litigation:
7 partners; 21 other fee earners
CYK is well known for acting in major claims in the financial sector, often taking on the banks and the top 20 London law firms that represent them.
■ Representing CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited (part of the China Molybdenum mining conglomerate) in a very high-profile commercial cyber-fraud claim in the High Court described as ‘ground-breaking litigation’ involving over 80 parties and 25 jurisdictions
■ Defending two entities within the Cheyne Capital hedge fund group against claims brought by Blackstar Advisors Limited for payment of substantial introducer fees
■ Defending Yoshiki Ohmura in a claim relating to the structuring of complex structured products and investments (US$30m)
■ Acting for a substantial corporate in a high value claim against a bank in relation to Forex manipulation
Key Clients: CMOC Sales & Marketing, Cheyne Capital Yoshiki Ohmura, Grove Park Properties Ltd and Highland Capital Management
Contact: Sinead O’Callaghan
Tel: +44 20 7148 7815
Email: [email protected]

Commercial & Corporate Litigation:
7 partners; 21 other fee earners
The firm acts on a broad range of high-value multijurisdictional commercial disputes including:
■ Representing CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited (part of the China Molybdenum mining conglomerate) in a very high-profile commercial cyber-fraud claim in the High Court described as ‘ground-breaking litigation’ involving over 80 parties and 25 jurisdictions
■ For Mohamed Yasser Hussein, the former private secretary to Her Highness Princess Nouf bint Khalid, in a claim for unpaid salary, expenses and other remuneration (£7m)
■ For three individuals in their defence of claims connected to their successful management buy-out of a company (£39m)
■ Acted for the successful party, Eastern European Engineering Limited (part of a major Russian conglomerate), in widely publicised proceedings in the English High Court concerning the enforcement of an arbitral award.
■ Acted for India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited to set aside a third party debt order as part of attempts by Hardy Exploration & Production (India) Inc. to enforce a substantial award against the Government of India
Key Clients: CMOC Sales & Marketing, Eastern European Engineering, India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited, SWP Group Ltd and Mohamed Yasser Hussein
Contact: Lydia Danon
Tel: +44 20 7148 7805
Email: [email protected]

Financial Services Contentious Regulatory:
7 partners; 21 other fee earners
CYK handles an increasing number of cutting-edge financial services disputes, including:
■ Defending Yoshiki Ohmura in a claim relating to the structuring of complex structured products and investments (US$30m)
■ Acting for a prominent financial advisory business, for an asset management company, and also for various financial sector individuals, in FCA regulatory investigations and actions
■ For Grove Park Properties Ltd in a fraud and forgery claim against RBS (£17m)
Key Clients: Yoshiki Ohmura, Grove Park Properties Ltd and various individuals and entities in the financial sector
Contact: Stephen Elam
Tel: +44 20 7148 4530
Email: [email protected]

Fraud: Civil:
7 partners; 21 other fee earners
Recent domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters for both corporate and private clients include:
■ Representing CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited (part of the China Molybdenum mining conglomerate) in a very high-profile commercial cyber-fraud claim in the High Court described as ‘ground-breaking litigation’ involving over 80 parties and 25 jurisdictions
■ Acting for Pearse Trust International Ltd and Infund LLP in a multi-jurisdictional dispute related to ownership of $2 billion in shares in the Forbes Listed company Grupo Mexico
■ Defending Yoshiki Ohmura in a claim relating to the structuring of complex structured products and investments (US$30m)
■ For three individuals in their defence of claims connected to their successful management buy-out of a company (£39m)
■ For Grove Park Properties Ltd in a fraud and forgery claim against RBS (£17m)
Key Clients: CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited Grove Park Properties Ltd, Pearse Trust International, Infund LLP and Yoshiki Ohmura
Contact: Philip Young
Tel: +44 20 7148 7802
Email: [email protected]

International Arbitration:
7 partners; 21 fee earners
CYK’s profile in the international arbitration community has increased substantially in recent years, and the firm has a proven track history of handling significant instructions to act in large-scale commercial arbitrations under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions, enforce awards and bring and resist challenges to awards. The firm has a particular focus on cases emanating from Africa, India, Russia and former CIS countries.
Highlights include:
■ Acting for a major Brazilian energy company in an ongoing ICC arbitration concerning Brazilian tax liabilities valued at US$87m
■ Represented the successful party, Eastern European Engineering Limited (part of a major Russian conglomerate), in widely publicised proceedings in the English High Court concerning the enforcement of an arbitral award
■ Acted for India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited to set aside a third party debt order as part of the high profile (and ongoing) attempts by Hardy Exploration & Production (India) Inc. to enforce a substantial award against the Government of India
■ Advising the claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration in a very substantial African mining dispute relating to misappropriation and misuse of funds and fraud Key Clients: CPFL Energias Renovaveis S.A.; Eastern European Engineering Limited; India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited; Venco Imtiaz Construction Company.
Contact: Daniel Burbeary
Tel: +44 20 7148 7814
Email: [email protected]


Partnership:
4 partners; 4 other fee earners
Partnership and LLP disputes work includes:
■ Acting for Pearse Trust International Ltd and Infund LLP in a multi-jurisdictional dispute related to ownership of $2 billion in shares in the Forbes Listed company Grupo Mexico
■ For members in a LLP against a defaulting partner and potential professional negligence claim against LLP’s previous solicitors (£5m)
■ For exiting members of a well-known hedge fund in respect of their forced retirement
Key Clients: Pearse Trust International, Infund LLP, senior members of law firms and financial sector entities
Contact: Lydia Danon
Tel: +44 20 7148 7805
Email: [email protected]