Leading dispute resolution boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP (CYK), has announced that senior associates Daniel Burbeary and Lydia Danon have been promoted to the partnership. This announcement follows the recent appointment of Robert Coffey as the firm’s new managing partner and supports its continuing growth strategy. In particular, the new partners will help drive the firm’s continuing growth across the full spectrum of dispute resolution work, including fraud and asset recovery, partnership and shareholder disputes and international commercial and investment arbitration.

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Daniel Burbeary

Daniel Burbeary specialises in complex, cross-border litigation and international arbitration, and regularly advises high net worth individuals, corporates and state-owned enterprises from China, the Middle East and Russia and former CIS countries. He joined CYK as a senior associate in April 2016 from King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin).

Lydia Danon, a qualified Solicitor Advocate, has a growing civil fraud practice, with experience in obtaining and resisting interlocutory relief, including freezing injunctions, search and seizure and contempt orders. Lydia is also part of CYK’s specialist partnership and LLP disputes team. Lydia joined CYK in March 2009 as one of its first associates.

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Lydia Danon

Commenting on the promotions, founding partner Philip Young said: ’This is a very exciting time for the firm. Eight years after we were founded we are entering a new phase of growth, extending our services into new areas of dispute resolution as well as continuing to build our established client base in the financial services arena.

’We are delighted to welcome Dan and Lydia to the partnership; they have both already played a significant role in the success of the firm and I know they will continue to do so as we move forward under the leadership of our new managing partner, Robert Coffey.’

CYK has built a strong reputation for handling difficult litigation since it was founded, and it has achieved many landmark victories for clients including:

  • RBS v. Highland: This was a long-running and aggressively-fought multi-jurisdictional litigation involving substantial sums. CYK acted for Highland which by the conclusion of the action was entirely successful in uncovering the substantial fraud perpetrated (and then concealed) by RBS, in defeating RBS’s claims and in establishing its own claims against RBS. In the process of this litigation English legal history was made as the Court of Appeal judgment handed down in April 2013 is the first time that the English Court has ever struck down a judgment obtained by a British bank on the basis that it had been obtained by that bank’s fraud.
  • Graiseley v. Barclays. This was the leading and “test case” before the English Courts in respect of dishonest LIBOR manipulation as it was the first case in which that charge has been alleged against a major bank.

In addition to litigation of this kind, the firm also has substantial expertise in international arbitration, partnership and LLP disputes, corporate and shareholder disputes, financial regulation, and fraud and asset recovery. Clients include major corporates, multinationals, fintech companies, financial brokers, hedge funds and asset managers, aerospace and shipping businesses, and wealthy entrepreneurs.