Amanda Cowell

Partner, London

Biography

Amanda is ‘someone clients definitely want in their corner’.
Legal 500 UK 2020

Overview

Head of White & Case's Commercial Litigation Practice in London, Amanda has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration, primarily working with corporates, funds and investment banks. 

Amanda has acted for clients in the English Courts at all levels and has been involved in international commercial arbitrations before various institutions. She has considerable offshore experience and has acted for clients in over twenty jurisdictions. She also has substantial experience of post-judgment and award enforcement.

Amanda frequently acts for clients involved in board and shareholder disputes, representing multinational companies in response to activism risks and advising on strategy, governance and wider transformational change.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LPC
BPP Law School

London

MA
Jurisprudence
Oxford University
Languages
English

Experience

Advising Amigo Holdings Plc, the UK's largest guarantor loan company, in its successful defence of a takeover by its majority shareholder

Representing FTSE 250 listed gold mining company, Petropavlovsk Plc, in English High Court proceedings concerning activist shareholders

Representing a shareholder and licensee of a major global corporation in multi jurisdictional litigation proceedings in England, Canada and the USA 

Representing VTB Capital in a complex long-running, multi-jurisdictional fraud dispute arising from the sale of Vivacom, Bulgaria's largest telecoms group

Represents Wilmington Trust in relation to several sets of ongoing and potential proceedings in Nigeria, France and England, worth over $1 billion in connection with the collapse of Afren Plc in England and Afren Resources Limited in Nigeria

Advising a European bank in ICC arbitration proceedings regarding alleged post-closing breach of warranty and other contractual claims arising from the sale of a retail bank

Advising a major international private equity group in relation to disputes arising from the acquisition of an online gaming and digital marketing business

Acting for an investment fund in connection with allegations of misrepresentation and breach of agreement.

Representing an investment fund in LCIA arbitration proceedings in a US$300 million dispute arising out of a slum clearance project in Mumbai

Representing a large mining company in an LCIA arbitration and related High Court proceedings concerning multiple issues arising from his client's purchase of another mining company

Representing the owner of a controlling stake in Turkey's leading mobile phone operator in successful proceedings before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council), and English Administrative Court, concerning the disputed ownership of a US$1.5 billion stake in the operator. The litigation began in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands and has involved 14 hearings before the Commercial Court in the BVI, seven appeals to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, and eight hearings before the Privy Council in London

Ongoing multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings in England (High Court and Court of Appeal), Cyprus, the Isle of Man and India in aid of enforcement of US$380 million LCIA arbitration awards dealing with a range of relief including disclosure of assets, worldwide freezing orders, orders appointing receivers by way of equitable execution, third party debt orders and proceedings seeking Chabra relief and related jurisdictional issues. English Case reports: [2013] EWHC 1323 (Comm); [2013] 2 All ER (Comm) 1137; [2013] EWCA Civ 1512; [2014] EWHC 1323 (Comm); [2014] EWHC 3131 (Comm); [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 336; [2014] Bus LR D25; [2015] EWHC 467 (Comm); [2014] EWHC 3704; [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 305; [2015] 1 Lloyd's Rep 191; [2015] EWHC 86 (Comm); [2015] EWHC 597 (Comm)

Acting for a consortium of shareholders in adjudication proceedings under a power services contract

Representing a Lithuanian oil company in a dispute before the Commercial Court concerning an oil trading agreement. English Case report: Proton Energy v. Orlen Lietuva [2014] 1 All ER (Comm) 972; [2013] EWHC 2872

Representing a Turkish conglomerate in relation to a dispute concerning the ownership of a significant share in one of the largest telephone companies in Turkey and in proceedings before the English Administrative Court, seeking the quashing of the Financial Collateral Arrangements (No. 2) Regulations 2003 on the grounds that they are ultra vires section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972

Defending a major investment bank in an LCIA arbitration brought against the bank for alleged breaches of a prime brokerage agreement

Advising a major investment bank in English High Court proceedings concerning amendments to the waterfall provisions in a senior facilities agreement

Representing a Lithuanian oil company in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning wrongful termination of a supply contract