Céline Barnwell is a commercial litigator who acts in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters including construction claims, fraud, joint venture and shareholder disputes, and regulatory/compliance issues. Having worked in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the UAE (onshore matters and Dubai International Finance Centre [DIFC] Court matters), Céline brings valuable international experience to multijurisdictional disputes. She has acted in litigation before the English High Court, the Hong Kong High Court, and the DIFC and before tribunals in DIAC, ICC, and LCIA arbitrations.
Céline's recent experience includes acting for a leading private equity group in its defence of a claim brought by a large number of investors who had invested in bespoke government-backed disaster response centres.
Céline is currently advising an investment firm for frontier and illiquid markets in a multiparty English litigation relating to the unwinding of two back-to-back Loan Market Association (LMA) trades. She is also representing a foreign government ministry in arbitration proceedings brought against it under a procurement contract for the development, delivery, and installation of information systems.
Owens Corning acquires Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer, for approximately €900 million (US$1.04 billion)
Jones Day advised Owens Corning in its acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe, from CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million ($1.04 billion).
Exotix Partners defends litigation relating to $10 million back to back LMA loan trades
Jones Day successfully represented Exotix Partners LLP in English Commercial Court proceedings instigated by a hedge fund seeking to unwind back to back loan trades (under LMA standard terms) where Exotix acted as a matched principal broker.
Private equity group defends £26 million claim brought by investors in bespoke government-backed disaster response centers
Jones Day acted for a private equity group in its defense of a £26 million claim brought by over 125 investors who had invested in 5 bespoke government-backed disaster response centers.
Bonhams settles multiple litigations in the Commercial Court arising out of £9.6 million sale of rare 1954 Ferrari at auction
Jones Day advised the auction house Bonhams 1793 Limited on discharge of contracts, complex title, and other related issues in four multiparty pieces of litigation in the Commercial Court.
- 2017"Overview of English law and key features of English contract law" Civil Law, Issue 50, Articles-Commentaries-Practice, Caspian University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
- BPP Law School, Holborn (Legal Practice Course with commendation 2010); BPP Law School, Waterloo (Graduate Diploma in Law with commendation 2010); National Taiwan Normal University MTC (Mandarin Chinese Studies, 2008); SOAS, University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies) (B.A. Hons. in Chinese and Law 2007)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- French (native); Mandarin Chinese