Kofi specialises in acting for corporates and individuals in their most significant, complex and hard-fought disputes. He has extensive experience of investigating and advising on potential claims, obtaining and enforcing court orders and judgments and negotiating high-value settlements – in each case with complete focus on the client’s commercial objectives. After Worcester College, Oxford, Kofi spent 7 years at Linklaters and 4 years at Macfarlanes prior to joining CANDEY.
Kofi is often instructed in disputes involving multiple jurisdictions and parties, frequently with parallel litigation or arbitration proceedings being conducted around the world. His practice encompasses company and shareholder disputes, director misfeasance, civil fraud, contractual warranty claims, complex financial product disputes and related regulatory and insolvency issues. Kofi has represented clients across a broad range of sectors including banking, private equity, energy, manufacturing and media, though he has particular experience of acting both for and against financial institutions and investment companies.
Kofi joined CANDEY in August 2020 from a leading civil fraud litigation practice, where he acted primarily on matters involving Russian and CIS parties and led the conduct of large-scale freezing injunctions, search orders, international asset recovery and jurisdictional disputes. Kofi was also previously seconded to the Royal Bank of Canada for almost a year, managing a broad range of litigation and contentious regulatory matters across the European and the Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. Kofi is a qualified solicitor-advocate.
Representative previous instructions include:
Acting for a Russian state-owned bank in relation to an alleged £200 million fraud conspiracy involving multiple other parties.
Acting for the liquidator of a Russian bank to obtain and enforce a worldwide freezing order and related relief in relation to a £1.3 billion cross-border fraud (Vneshprombank v Georgy Bedzhamov & Ors).
Acting for the British Bankers’ Association in relation to claims (and US criminal proceedings) arising from manipulation of the USD LIBOR benchmark by various international banks (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v Barclays Bank PLC & Ors).
Acting for a leading European private equity firm in relation to claims arising from its acquisition of a classic car business.
Acting for a prominent Indian businessman in relation to an internal investigation by a UK listed company, and related claims (and regulatory investigations) in respect of alleged misfeasance and joint venture agreements.
Acting for the successful Bahraini corporate claimant at first instance and on appeal in a $200 million telecommunications dispute (BMIC Limited v Chinnakannan Sivasankaran & Siva Limited).