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Imogen Kenny

Senior Associate
Senior Associate
Melbourne Australia

Imogen is a Senior Associate specialising in international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Her practice includes both commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters. She also advises clients on private and public international law issues. 

Imogen has acted for clients in arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and LCIA rules, and in State-State dispute settlement mechanisms. She has also worked on disputes with a variety of applicable laws, including those of Singapore, Hong Kong, England, Korea, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Australia, and customary international law. In addition, she has experience in a wide range of sectors, with a focus on TMT, energy, and finance sectors.

Imogen speaks and writes on international arbitration issues. She is also a member of the ACICA45 Steering Committee, and the Expert Advisory Committee for Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) of UNCCA. In addition, she is an Australian Ambassador for the Arbitration Lunch Match

Background

Imogen holds a Master of Laws in International Dispute Resolution from the Queen Mary University of London, and Bachelors of Laws and Business from the Queensland University of Technology. She is admitted in Victoria, Australia. She is currently completing the Asialink Leaders Program.

Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Imogen was an Arbitration Associate to a leading international arbitrator.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • acting for a South Asian power producer in a LCIA arbitration seated in London against a South Asian State-owned entity concerning a tariff for a hydropower plant
  • acting for a South Asian power producer in a LCIA arbitration seated in London against a South Asian State concerning a guarantee
  • acting for a telecommunications conglomerate in an ICSID arbitration against a South Asian State relating to a taxation dispute
  • defending one of Asia's largest private equity funds in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning a Korean M&A dispute
  • representing a US technology conglomerate seeking diplomatic aide in relation to business operations in a South-East Asian State
  • defending one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms in a HKIAC arbitration seated in Hong Kong concerning a system outage
  • acting for a Chinese state-owned enterprise in relation to an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning a coal seam gas joint venture in Australia
  • defending a US hotel operator in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore regarding management of a hotel in South-East Asia
  • acting for a global energy company in respect of potential BIT claims against a South-East Asian State
  • acting for Chinese private investors in a HKIAC arbitration seated in Hong Kong regarding a Chinese M&A dispute
  • defending a global energy company in ICC arbitrations seated in Australia relating to information technology services
  • defending a leading global supply chain and logistics business in a HKIAC arbitration seated in Hong Kong regarding disputed distribution agreements