Richard Boynton - Partner


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Professional Profile

Richard Boynton is a partner in the Firm's international litigation and arbitration group in London. Prior to joining Kirkland, Richard worked for 12 years at Clifford Chance LLP in London. He has represented international banks, multi-national corporations and private equity funds in English Court litigation and international arbitration cases with seats in London.

Representative Matters

Acted for Blackstone and Telereal Trillium on the £1.46 billion privatisation of Network Rail’s commercial estate.

Acted for Klockner Pentaplast, a global leader in packaging solutions, in relation to the litigation issues raised by its transformational acquisition of LINPAC.

Acted for Indigo Capital on its sale of Premier Research, a leading middle-market contract research organisation, to Metalmark Capital.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Richard was involved in:

Banking Litigation

  • Defended a major international bank in a number of swaps mis-selling claims following the alleged manipulation of LIBOR.

  • Acted for a French bank obtaining worldwide freezing orders from the English Court against a series of companies who misappropriated large amounts of gold; overseeing litigation in Turkey and Dubai arising out of the theft of the gold and acting in English proceedings against the bank’s insurers.

  • Acted for Issuer of a large number of Principal Protection Bonds in proceedings brought by the Bondholder against the Issuer, Trustee and the bank which bore the economic risk of the bonds failing to perform.

  • Acted for an international bank against the owner of a mine in China. The case involved detailed analysis of the value of various options issued by the Chinese company.

  • Acted for an international bank in a mis-selling claim brought by the Vatican bank.

  • Advised a French Bank on its open positions following the administration of Landsbanki.

  • Acted for a bank subject to a European Commission investigation into the development of exchange traded Credit Default Swaps.

Commercial Litigation

  • Acted for a private equity purchaser in a claim against the seller of a mobile phone manufacturing business.

  • Acted for a shareholder and lender to a group of international companies in respect of an unfair prejudice petition in England.

  • Advised a subordinated bondholder in respect of the restructuring of the debt owed by the owners of Battersea Power Station.

  • Acted for the manufacturer of allegedly defective electrical equipment in a dispute with its customer and suppliers.


  • Acted for a multi-national defence manufacturer in a complex international arbitration arising out of the termination of a major IT project which encountered significant delays.

  • Assisted with an LCIA arbitration arising out of a quota share reinsurance treaty.

  • Assisted with a number of ad hoc arbitrations in relation to PA/Workers compensation reinsurance "spiral" issues.

Internal Investigations

  • Investigated fraud by the managers of the subsidiary of one of the world's largest international energy companies.

  • Acted for a large international company in respect of the alleged manipulation of oil prices.

  • Investigated the Eastern European subsidiary of a major international firm in relation to claims of money laundering, bribery and tax evasion.

  • Investigated allegations of fraud at an insurance company.

Prior Experience

Clifford Chance LLP (2004–2016)

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