Jenna Rennie

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Jenna Rennie is a partner in the Firm's Global Commercial Litigation Practice, and co-head of the London Technology Disputes Group. She focuses on the TMT sector and technology-related disputes. Jenna frequently advises on matters relating to contractual obligations and all aspects of internet and social media law. Her practice also involves advisory work on legislative and related policy issues that impact on technology and social media companies.

Jenna is also experienced in advising on trade law issues. She previously worked for the UK government, where she advised on EU and international trade and investment law and policy, including WTO law, trade treaty negotiations and ISDS. She has represented the UK government in international forums, including in UNCITRAL negotiations on what became the Mauritius Convention on Transparency.

Jenna has acted in complex commercial disputes before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She is also experienced in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, and is a CEDR-accredited mediator. In addition, she frequently works closely with clients to develop risk management strategies and avoid disputes arising.

Jenna has a strong interest in sustainability and ESG, and is a council member of TechUK’s Climate Strategy and Resilience Council.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of England and Wales
Education
LLM
University of Cambridge
LLB
University of Canterbury
BA
University of Canterbury
Languages
English

Experience

Examples of Jenna’s experience both at White & Case and at previous firms includes:

  • Representing Meta Platforms Inc. as a member of the team that handles all international litigation for Meta, including matters implicating international data protection, privacy, defamation, hosting provider liability, intellectual property and consumer protection laws
  • Acting for the sellers of a software company in a multi-million pound dispute in the High Court regarding the correct interpretation of earn-out provisions under the SPA
  • Advising a major multinational company on its response to a significant data centre outage, which gave rise to various complex jurisdictional and contractual issues
  • Advising financial institutions in relation to software licensing disputes, including commercial settlement discussions
  • Advising a consortia regarding a multi-million dollar contractual dispute relating to the ongoing use and maintenance of sub-sea communication cables 
  • Acting for a joint venture in connection with a multi-billion pound contract for the supply, maintenance and support of a complex technology-enabled defence system*
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs International in high-value, complex multi-party, multi-jurisdictional proceedings arising out of the transfer of assets and liabilities of a collapsed bank in a EU member state to a 'bridge' bank, including the legal effect under the European Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive of various resolutions of the member state's central bank on the transferability of a substantial loan (decisions in this matter include Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA [2018] HRSC 34)
  • Acting in an ad-hoc commercial arbitration claim valued at over £100 million regarding the contractual entitlement to royalty payments for new iterations of an existing technology*
  • Acting in a multi-million dollar high profile dispute in relation to the provision of emergency services mobile communications services*
  • Successfully representing a commodities trader in three multi-million dollar arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules*

* Experience gained prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

Guest Lecturer, “Dispute Management and Resolution in Major Programmes” MSC in Major Project Management, SAID Business School, Oxford University, July 2019

Speaker “Managing Contractual Risk in Exclusive Economic Zones and Continental Shelves Regulated by Coastal States” 16 May 2019, International Cable Protection Committee’s 2019 Plenary, San Diego

Speaker, ABIE-Franco-British Chamber BREXIT Breakfast panel discussion, 9 April 2019, Paris

Publications

Editor of “Getting the Deal Through: Technology Disputes”, 2021 and 2022 editions, Lexology

Co-author of “Global Overview” and “United Kingdom” chapters of Getting the Deal Through, Technology Disputes, 2021 and 2022 editions, Lexology

“Trending: Legal protection for cryptoasset stakeholders” 22 May 2020
“Recovering the ransom: High Court confirms Bitcoin status as property”, 10 Feb 2020

"Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparison of Regulatory Developments", January 2020 (with Laura Smith, Phoenix Kushner, Christian Theissen, Natalia Filandrianou, Steven Baker, Bijal Vakil)

“Status of cryptoassets and smart contracts under English law”, 28 November 2019

“Tech disputes adjudication: A new forum for dispute resolution”, 10 October 2019

“‘No deal’ Brexit Plan of Action”, 14 January 2019

Awards and Recognition

Foundation Scholarship, Jesus College, University of Cambridge (2011)

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship (2010)

Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship (2010)

Simpson Grierson Law Scholarship (2005)

Duncan Cotterill Prize in Equity and Succession Law (2005)