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Provided by Alexander Milner KC

Practice Areas

Commercial litigation and arbitration, with wide experience of civil fraud, aviation, banking, financial services, mining and energy-related disputes.

Regularly appears before the High Court, Court of Appeal and arbitration tribunals both with and without a leader.

A Russian speaker, he has appeared in many significant cases emerging from Russia and the former Soviet Union such as Tatneft v Bogolyubov, Yukos Finance v Lynch, Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, Mezhprombank v Pugachev and Berezovsky v Abramovich, as well as numerous confidential arbitrations. These are often heavy, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving extensive factual and expert evidence and issues of foreign law. He also frequently acts in cases relating to the enforcement of arbitration awards, including a $2.5 billion award in favour of Naftogaz of Ukraine against Gazprom and, currently, a $10 billion award made against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His aviation practice includes leasing, financing, insurance, slot regulation, injunctions and passenger claims. He also sits as an arbitrator, and has been appointed to numerous tribunals seated in London, Moscow and Singapore.

Career

Called 2006.

Professional Memberships

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Russian and CIS Arbitration Network; COMBAR

Publications

Lessons from Huawei v ZTE (Italian Antitrust Review, 2017); Liability for property fraud (Journal of Professional Negligence, 2017); Liability for negligent investment advice following extraordinary market turmoil (Journal of Professional Negligence, 2013); Advantages and disadvantages of arbitration CIS disputes in Western Europe (Transnational Dispute Management, 2012); Regulation EC 261/2004 and ‘extraordinary circumstances’ Air and Space Law, 2009).

Personal

King’s College, Cambridge (BA Modern and Medieval Languages, first class with distinction, first in university; choral scholar).

Chambers Review

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Aviation - London (Bar)
New Silks

Alexander Milner KC
Alexander Milner KC is an experienced barrister with renowned intellect and clarity of vision. In his multifaceted aviation practice he acts in claims arising from leasing and breach of contract, and has a strong client base among lessors and airlines. He has an excellent ability to effectively handle multi-jurisdictional matters, with his recent work having included the representation of overseas clients in legal issues falling outside of UK law.

Strengths

"He's really thorough, he gets to the point quickly, and he's accommodating and very good on his feet." "He is my first choice at the Bar for aviation matters. He's phenomenally bright."

Recent work

Instructed by Enter Air as sole counsel in a contractual dispute valued at USD10 million relating to the provision of aircraft parts.


Banking & Finance - London (Bar)
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Alexander Milner KC
Alexander Milner KC is an accomplished barrister who is equally adept at acting both for and against banks, and is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. Milner speaks fluent Russian, and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result. Domestically, he acts for and against banks in litigation covering a variety of banking and finance issues. Mis-selling claims and LIBOR misrepresentation cases are a particular specialism.

Strengths

"He is absolutely unflappable, clever and really helpful on strategy and tactics." "He is brilliant legally and strategically. He is responsive and deals with complex issues very easily."

Recent work

Acted for Roman Pipia, a Georgian businessman and owner of Dinamo Tbilisi FC, in a USD300 million claim against the Bank of Georgia for allegedly fraudulently misappropriating a major fertiliser plant.


Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)
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Alexander Milner KC

Strengths

"Has a fantastic brain and has built a very strong practice in Russian and oligarch cases." "He has a heavyweight practice."

Recent work

Acted for Process & Industrial Developments in proceedings concerning the enforcement of an arbitration award worth USD10 billion against the state of Nigeria, which Nigeria alleged to have been procured by fraud and bribery.


International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance - London (Bar)
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Alexander Milner KC
Alexander Milner KC is well versed in handling cases involving Russian and CIS elements. He has a varied practice that covers arbitral proceedings under LCIA and ICC rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He demonstrates his strength in providing counsel on enforcement issues as well as commercial and investment-treaty work. He draws strength from his bilingual capabilities.

Strengths

"Alex is brilliantly clever and has fantastic experience in Russia and CIS-related matters." "An excellent advocate. His knowledge is very impressive."

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