Kiran Unni


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  • Advised Attorney General of Ecuador on issues arising from the conduct and submissions of parties in UK Privy Council case of Central Bank of Ecuador and others v Conticorp SA and others [2015] UKPC 11 that concerned the probity of a transfer by a Bahamian mutual fund to an Ecuadorian company of a portfolio of loans and shareholdings in exchange for global depository receipts and shares with connected allegations of dishonest assistance and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Acting for major UAE oil group in relation to shareholder dispute concerning African oil terminal
  • Acting for U.S. project management/construction consultancy corporation in dispute with UK plc concerning allegations of unlawful means conspiracy, inducing a breach of contract and breach of confidence
  • Advising Russian state-owned bank on application of EU sanctions against Russia to existing and proposed financing arrangements
  • Advising Cypriot bank on application of EU sanctions against Russia to existing and proposed financing arrangements in connection with Russian entities and their international affiliates
  • Acting for majority shareholders of Cypriot company in dispute with Russian and BVI entities over alleged breach of share purchase agreement
  • Advising Russian oil company on interpretation of contracts for offshore oil drilling operations in Russia and Vietnam
  • Advising Russian oil company on issues under UK and EU law arising from potential economic sanctions in relation to suite of commercial contracts
  • Acting for Qatari individual in English commercial court proceedings involving issues of service and jurisdiction/forum
  • Advising Russian oil company on consequences of potential economic sanctions in relation to substantial joint venture with U.S. corporation relating to the extraction of oil in Western Siberia
  • Advising African energy company in relation to potential proceedings against an African state and international auditors/accountants
  • Advising Russian gas producer in commercial dispute relating to joint venture with Chinese energy company
  • Acted for directors of an off-shore Investment Manager and Investment Fund in multi-party, multi-jurisdictional high-value shareholder dispute concerning various alleged frauds and breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Settled draft pleading in relation to claim against independent financial adviser for mis-selling of financial products
  • Assisted in advising on claim in respect of corporate shareholding brought in contract, constructive trust and proprietary estoppel
  • Assisted leading counsel in advising on professional negligence claim by trustees/employers against actuaries and legal advisers in respect of deficit under multi-party pension scheme
  • Assisted in advising on dispute concerning accrual of causes of action in multi-party claim against British telecommunications company
  • Settled draft opinion for leading counsel advising on issues on interpretation of pension trust deeds and whether purported amendments validly effected
  • Assisted leading counsel advising on contractual/indemnity claim brought by administrators of insolvent company in respect of pension scheme deficit owed as participating employer under multi-party pension scheme
  • Assisted leading counsel advising on issues arising from a termination for convenience provision in a contract for the supply of nuclear energy
  • Assisted leading counsel advising facilities management provider on claims in contract and restitution against public authority, including on basis of alleged ultra vires payment by public authority
  • Assisted leading counsel advising Australian liquefied natural gas producer on interpretation of multi-party EPC contract governing project for transformation of coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas
  • Assisted leading counsel advising civil engineering contractor in contractual dispute in relation to the design, construction, operation and management of excavated materials transfer station in connection with the Crossrail project in central London
  • Assisted in acting for building contractor resisting enforcement of adjudicator’s decision by mechanical and electrical sub-contractor on basis of corporate insolvency of the enforcing sub-contractor
  • Assisted in the defence to claim by building management systems and controls contractor brought against supplier of building management systems and controls to UK Ministry of Defence
  • Settled draft pleading claiming contributions against civil and structural engineering consultancy firm and geotechnical and civil engineering company in construction dispute
  • Acted for private equity fund in professional negligence proceedings against ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm
  • Acted for former employee of global internet-telephony company in proceedings for breach of confidence, mounting jurisdictional challenge to stay proceedings on grounds of forum non conveniens
  • Acted for U.S. credit insurer in U.S. proceedings governed by English law against Canadian bank for losses relating to issue of $4.4bn of credit protection in respect of credit default swaps
  • Acted for private investor in proceedings against Israeli bank for €13m losses arising from sale of derivatives by alleged misrepresentations and regulatory breaches under FSMA 2000
  • Acted for subordinated noteholders in holding company of second largest Greek telecoms company in English administration proceedings
  • Acted for private equity fund in proceedings against a Dutch investment bank for breach of investment agreement, resulting in a favourable settlement.
  • Acted for UK private bank in £32m arbitration against Cuban mining company for breach of joint venture agreement, involving issues of public international law (expropriation)
  • Acted for U.S. investment bank in multi-jurisdictional proceedings against German telecommunications company, concerning jurisdiction issues and injunctive relief (enforcement of a covenant not to dispose of material subsidiaries)
  • Instructed on defence of ex-CEO of insurance plc which collapsed with debts of £1bn (SFO prosecution – 3 month trial for charges of fraudulent trading and conspiracy to defraud)
  • Acted (as led junior) in judicial review proceedings against Legal Services Commission challenging implementation of new costs regime for specified cases
  • Acted (as led junior for the prosecution) in trial of high-ranking Serb officials charged with war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague