Donny practises international commercial arbitration as counsel, and also sits as arbitrator.

He has acted in a wide range of high-value and multi-party arbitrations, including under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LCIA-India Rules, as well as in arbitration-related court proceedings.

He is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List of Arbitrators, as well as the Expedited Procedures Arbitration Panel of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC).


He is a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration and ADR.

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Representative experience

  • Advised a US energy group in relation to LCIA arbitration proceedings (and related English High Court matters) arising out of an investment into a petroleum project

  • Advised a Chinese investor in relation to quantum and settlement aspects of a large SIAC arbitration claim against a European respondent

  • Advised a Japanese construction business on an LCIA arbitration dispute concerning a Middle Eastern agency relationship

  • Advised an Indian oil exploration company in ICC arbitration proceedings against its rig operator and repair contractor for defective work and overcharging of costs and wages

  • Advised a consortium of European banks in LCIA arbitration proceedings against an Eastern European borrower and guarantors, and a related freezing injunction

  • Advised an Indian telecommunications company on the quantum phase of its US$400 million ICC arbitration dispute in The Hague, for loss of access to the Indian market

  • Advised a Middle Eastern investor in a high value claim under the LCIA-India Rules seated in New Delhi against its joint venture partner in the food sector

  • Advised the purchaser of a Central Asian energy business in an LCIA arbitration claim against the seller for breach of accounting warranties

  • Advised a leading US cash fund manager defending an LCIA arbitration claim by a former client for alleged misinterpretation of mandate terms and mismanagement of funds

  • Advised an Indian investor on a potential bilateral investment treaty arbitration claim under the UNCITRAL Rules in connection with its investment into a European bank

  • Advised a FTSE-listed communications company on LCIA proceedings and a related injunction application in a claim relating to termination rights in key supply agreements

  • Advised the purchaser of a Latin American energy business on potential tax warranty claims under the UNCITRAL Rules

  • Advised a German insurance company on recovery of part of its liability under an SCC arbitration claim against co-defendants, through the English courts' contribution regime and enforcement in other European jurisdictions

  • Advised a large European insurance group on an LCIA arbitration claim against its external fund manager for negligent management of policyholder funds

  • Advised a specialist third party litigation funder on prospective investments into investment treaty arbitrations: (i) under the UNCITRAL Rules in connection with a precious metals mining asset in an East Asian state; and (ii) under NAFTA.