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John D. Magnin

Over 30 years’ experience in international arbitration

ICC arbitration concerning joint venture investment in Saudi Arabia involving issues of English, Sharia and Swiss law.
ICC arbitration concerning joint venture investments in India, and associated litigation (freezing order, anti-suit injunction and determining the law of the arbitration agreement), Shashoua -v- Sharma, incl [2008] 2 All ER 74).
ICC arbitration concerning sale of power plant from Baltic to India.
ICC arbitration concerning termination of distributorships.
ICC arbitration concerning participation arrangements for major sporting events.
LCIA arbitration relating to financial services business in Kazakhstan.
LCIA arbitration relating to rights connected with sporting event.
LCIA arbitrations concerning Gas/LNG price reviews.
LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations relating to supply of oil shipments to Kamchatka.
UNCITRAL arbitration relating to LNG project in Africa.
Fast-track arbitration for noteholders in a structured investment vehicle.
Fast-track arbitration for policyholder under contingency event insurance.
Ad hoc arbitration concerning a landmark building.
Ad hoc arbitration concerning reinsurance disputes.
Commodity trading arbitration involving sugar trading.
Commodity trading arbitration involving cotton trading finance and letters of credit.
Non-ferrous metals arbitration involving quality of alumina supplies.
Non-ferrous metals arbitration involving economic effects of downturn in gallium market.

Over 30 years’ Experience of Litigation in England and Internationally

Challenging jurisdiction, Idemia -v- Decatur and Ors, [2019] EWHC 946.
Acting for a Brazilian defence contractor discharging an injunction obtained by Israeli defence systems company concerning a Brazilian Air Force project, Rafael Advance Defence Systems -v- Mectron Engenharia [2017] EWHC 597.
Acting for litigation funders successfully resisting security for costs in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation [2017] EWHC 1217.
Acting for the Note Trustee in CSAM -v- Titan and Others (x4), Financial List trial concerning Class X Noteholder rights in securitisation structure, [2016] EWHC 969 (first instance) and [2016] EWHC Civ 1265 (Court of Appeal).
Advising on limited partner disputes involving substantial real estate assets.

Acting for non-executive directors in successful defence of disqualification proceedings in the Farepak litigation [].

Acting for an investment manager in recovery of its performance fee in Proteus -v- SAPRO [2011] EWHC 768.
Acting for China International Mining in unfair prejudice proceedings leading to boardroom change at Mwana Africa.
Acting for “WWE” striking out $80m claim by World Wide Fund for Nature, [2008] 1 All ER 74.

Sheikh Fahad -v- Grupo Torras [1999] EWHC 300 (Comm): multi-jurisdictional fraud claims.

Euroalliages -v- Commission, ECJ [2003] ECR II - 2359 discontinuance of anti-dumping duties on ferro silicon.
Central Bank of Ecuador -v- Conticorp [2015] UKPC 11: $570m decision in the Privy Council.

Joint-venture, Transactional and Boardroom Disputes

Joint venture dispute involving assets in Kazakhstan.
Joint venture dispute involving assets in Kurdistan.
Joint venture dispute involving assets in Nepal.
Joint venture dispute involving assets in Ghana.
Joint venture dispute involving assets in Poland.

“Unfair prejudice” proceedings resulting in a nine-figure buy-out of venture capital client.

Activist investor dispute involving proceedings before the Takeover Panel and the Takeover Appeal Board.

Successful defence of £43m warranty claims.

Advising on favourable resolution of warranty claims on purchase of telecoms business.

Recovery of $18m through completion accounts expert determination.
Adjustment of completion accounts through expert determination to reflect status of ageing inventory.
Advising on boardroom disputes involving severance and bad leaver provisions.
Advising investment manager on limited partnership departures.

Sport and Media

Advice to international cricket boards on separate disputes with players, promoters, sponsors and a broadcaster.

Advising on the postponement and re-staging of the 34th Ryder Cup matches, and on insurance issues affecting the matches.

Advising PGA European Tour on governance and accounting issues.

Advising Ryder Cup Limited on governance issues.

PGA European Tour -v- KLO re Dubai Desert Classic.

Acting for The Racing Partnership Limited and Attheraces Limited in litigation concerning protection of data, confidentiality and conspiracy (including [2020] EWCA Civ 1300, [2019] EWHC 1156 and [2017] EWHC 431).
Acting for Press Association in the British Horseracing Board/bookmakers litigation concerning data rights [2005] EuLER 924.

Acting for ISP facing withdrawal of telecom network services and obtaining urgent injunctive relief to maintain services.

Acting for European telecoms company on its withdrawal from joint ventures in Asia.
Acting for major telecoms company on disputes over use and deployment of infrastructure assets.

Copyright licensing dispute: K-Tel -v- Tring re licensing of sound recordings.

Copyright licensing dispute: Palan -v- Nosebag re “Video Killed the Radio Star”.

Acting for then-Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday FC in successful defence of libel action brought by Ken Bates.

British Newspaper Printing Co -v- Kelly [1989] IRLR 222; Mirror Group Newspapers -v- Gothard [1988] ICR 729.

Finance and Financial Services Disputes

Litigation over structured finance transactions.
Litigation over bills of exchange and promissory notes.
Litigation over security, guarantees and indemnities.
Successful mediation of alleged Quincecare claim.

Defending CFD broker against claims brought by customers alleging mis-selling, churning and provision of false information.

Defending forex broker against claims brought by purported customers over the operation of sub accounts.

Defending futures broker against claims brought by customers over the operation of stop loss instructions.

Defending stock broker against claims brought by customers concerning inter-action of trading and loan accounts.

Advising stock broker on regulatory investigation into trading execution practices.

Advising stock broker on challenge to regulator's refusal to grant authorization.

Advising investment bank on regulatory investigation into identity/disclosure of ultimate beneficial ownership of customer.

Advising investment bank on regulatory investigation into alleged concert party involving a fund promoted by the bank.

Advising investment manager on regulatory investigation into alleged concert party in takeover of listed company.

Injunction proceedings involving departing team in financial services sector.

Advising life insurer in mis-selling proceedings.

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