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Amanda Montano

Amanda Montano

Associate

I specialise in commercial dispute resolution representing insureds and have varied cross-border and advisory experience with a particular focus on insurance coverage disputes in the finance sector.

About

I specialise in trade finance and insurance related disputes, which are frequently large-scale, highly complex and involve multiple parties. In addition to my contentious experience, I advise on the interpretation of insurance policies, with a particular focus on those utilised by credit institutions and other firms as credit risk mitigation for capital adequacy purposes.

I am dual-qualified in England and Wales and New York State and am a member of LexisPSL’s Banking & Finance Next Generation Board.

Outside of work, I am a keen traveller and love to experience the local food.

Expertise

Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.

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We are an experienced team representing policyholders and their captives in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution with insurers. The group also advises on insurance programmes and renewals, on the drafting and interpretation of policies, including Warranty & Indemnity cover for M&A deals, and on properly notifying and presenting claims to insurers.

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We advise international companies both in the UK and abroad in relation to conducting arbitration proceedings and enforcing international arbitration awards. Our team is also experienced in dealing with investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the Energy Charter Treaty.

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We provide comprehensive advisory and transactional services to our clients. Our lawyers understand the regulatory environment in which both lenders and borrowers operate and the diverse range of financing structures now available.

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Experience

  • Acting for an international bank against multiple insurers in a long-running dispute relating to the discounting of bills of exchange issued in connection with agricultural commodities, the payment obligation in respect of which was insured, and culminating in LCIA arbitration.
  • Advising a construction company in a dispute with structural steel subcontractor that supplied faulty materials to be used in construction of a covered market in Africa.
  • Advising a trade finance fund in a dispute with multiple insurers in respect of an invoice purchasing facility with an agricultural commodity trading company for the supply of goods, the payment obligation in respect of which was insured.
  • Acting for a European bank in connection with a dispute over shipment of agricultural commodities, the purchase of which had been financed by the bank, that were wrongfully released from the vessel against a letter of indemnity.
  • Advising a European corporate on LCIA arbitration in connection with machinery financed via promissory notes, the payment obligation in respect of which was insured.

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