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Donny Surtani

Call 2020

International Arbitration

  • Acted for a consortium of European banks in US$80 million LCIA arbitration proceedings against an Eastern European borrower and guarantors, and a related freezing injunction
  • Acted for a Middle Eastern investor in its US$200 million claim under the LCIA-India Rules seated in New Delhi against its joint venture partner in the food sector
  • Acted for a leading US cash fund manager defending a US$120 million LCIA claim by a former client for alleged misinterpretation of mandate terms and mismanagement of funds
  • Acted for an Indian investor on a potential bilateral investment treaty arbitration claim under the UNCITRAL Rules in connection with its investment into a European bank
  • Acted for a large European insurance group on an US$80 million LCIA arbitration claim against its external fund manager for negligent management of policyholder funds
  • Advising a litigation fund on the merits and risks of various investment treaty and commercial arbitration matters

Selected Cases

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  • LSE Hughes Parry Prize – Law of Obligations (2001)
  • CIMA Leverhulme Prize – Management Accounting Applications (1997)


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  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional examinations all stages (1997 – 1999)
  • LLB (Hons), London School of Economics (2000 – 2003)
  • LPC, BPP Law School (2003 – 2004)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (2006)
  • Solicitor-Advocate, England & Wales (2008)
  • Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (2017)



  • ICC Canada Arbitration committee
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre List of Arbitrators (2021)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


“Donny has a very crisp style in both his written and oral advocacy. He cuts to the core of the issues in dispute and presents them in a concise yet persuasive manner.”

Leading International Arbitration Silk

“He really excels in dealing with financial matters for which he has a natural aptitude far beyond the reach of most lawyers”

Leading International Arbitration Silk

“A first rate advocate with a modern, solutions-oriented outlook: clever, responsive and commercial in his approach.”

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

“An extremely bright and able lawyer: always in control even in the most difficult cases, Donny’s calm and measured approach always inspires confidence.”

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

“… an excellent junior … He is exceptionally bright and hard-working … He has the ability to take a case and analyse the issues clearly, succinctly and with insight and judgment. He is particularly strong on matters where his numeracy and analytical skills can be brought to bear. I would not hesitate to recommend him as junior counsel on a matter”

Partner, Stewarts

“Donny is that rare breed of advocate who can jump seamlessly between big picture strategy and key technical detail whilst always having an eye on damages/quantum and client objectives. Donny is also great to work with.”

Managing Partners, Global Litigation Funder

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