Firms To Watch: Fraud: civil

Kobre & Kim LLP has offices in several key jurisdictions and takes on a variety of high-stakes civil fraud work.
The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers a wide variety of civil fraud matters in numerous jurisdictions, including India and South America, and was recently strengthened by the arrival of John Adams from Browne Jacobson LLP, where he was London head of insolvency and dispute resolution.
Quillon Law LLP is a specialist disputes firm with a strong focus on civil fraud, founded by a trio of experienced litigators including former Addleshaw Goddard practice head Michael Barnett.
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Fraud: civil in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP‘s civil fraud team is praised for its ‘strategic leadership with a keen eye for detail’ and was bolstered by the arrival of Andy McGregor and Michael Godden in January 2022, previously the practice heads at RPC and Norton Rose Fulbright respectively. The practice members are continuously instructed by corporates active in the oil and gas, telecoms and manufacturing industries, high-net-worth individuals and banks and financial institutions. With experience in acting for claimants as well as defendants, the team is involved in a range of fraud issues, including bribery, embezzlement, deceit, and corruption mandates, freezing and disclosure orders, and urgent worldwide asset freezing issues. Eve Giles combines criminal and civil knowledge, while Jonathan Hitchin specialises in litigation. Brandon O’Neil is ‘a sage head‘ and senior associate Juliet de Pencier is well versed in dispute resolution and enforcement work, while counsel Helen Biggin handles internal fraud investigations. The disputes practice is led by Calum Burnett and Arnondo Chakrabarti.

Responsables de la pratique:

Calum Burnett; Arnondo Chakrabarti

Autres avocats clés:

Andy McGregor; Eve Giles; Jonathan Hitchin; Brandon O’Neil; Juliet de Pencier; Tom Spackman; Helen Biggin; Michael Godden

Les références

‘Excellent and patient, strategic leadership with a keen eye for detail. This team operates at the very top of the market – and rightly so. In depth quality, no weak links.’

‘Brandon O’Neil is a sage head, a partner who thinks all the way round a problem. Low key but firm manner. Very effective.’

‘The team are very collaborative – they work very well with other firms both across and outside their network. They excel at large cross-border cases where they co-ordinate and get the best from other team members. Their technology resources are top rate.’

‘The team is at the forefront of the Civil Fraud market and obtains some of the best cases going through the courts. The reason they get this work is because the team is exceptionally bright, hard working but also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Juliet de Pencier: She is a real team player and will fight for each client very hard. Juliet is exceptionally bright and a real star for the future.’

‘A&O has a large disputes practice with depth and breadth of experience in civil fraud and many other areas. A&O fraud work draws on its specialism in banking and financial services and is supported by the considerable expertise of other departments in the firm. The lawyers are consistently excellent.’

‘Tom Spackman: very smart associate who really stands out.’

Principaux clients

ARISE B.V.

IIFL Wealth Management Ltd.

Riccardo Silva Holding DAC

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted by clients for its ‘great depth from the partner to the most junior associate and a full international reach.’ It has considerable knowledge of cross-border fraud investigations and litigation such as conspiracy claims, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation and duress matters. It further assists governments, sovereign wealth funds and international corporates with international asset tracing, preservation and disclosure orders. Charles Thomson is ‘an extremely effective operator who gets the job done for his clients’, and Hugh Lyons is well-versed in queries in connection with the Middle East; together, they lead the practice. Other key practitioners are the ‘thorough and approachableHenry Garfield and Marc Florent.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Thomson; Hugh Lyons

Autres avocats clés:

Marc Florent; Henry Garfield

Les références

‘The team has a broad range of experience, including both big civil fraud work and criminal. They have great depth from the partner to the most junior associate and a full international reach.’

‘Charles Thomson is an extremely effective operator who gets the job done for his clients. He is personally, hardworking and incredibly bright.’

‘Henry Garfield is a brilliant lawyer and fantastic to work with.’

‘The worldwide team with local knowledge. Excellent team in London, but can draw on offices in just about any jurisdiction due to the firm’s global reach. Unprecedented coverage and great knowledge in this field.’

‘Hugh Lyons just keeps getting better every year; with an impressive practice focusing on the Middle East (notably Banks) which he has built up over many years. He is trusted by lay clients and is culturally savvy.’

‘Experienced, practical, able to draw on expertise in any other relevant areas.’

‘Marc Florent is an exceptional tactician.’

‘Everything you would expect in a top flight firm and yet more. They are truly excellent at what they do but are also real people who engage with their clients in a way that other firms do not.’

Principaux clients

Prandicle Limited

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Bluewater Shipping Kazakhstan LLP

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

Gazprom

State of Kuwait

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Kuwaiti State legal department, and two emanations of the State of Kuwait (KPA and PIFSS) in connection with their investment in a Cayman Islands Fund.
  • Represented the largest Islamic bank in the UAE in multijurisdictional proceedings arising from a large-scale receivables fraud in the early 2000s and a settlement of claims in 2007.
  • Acted for a wealthy Saudi Arabian businessman on a number of high-value proceedings in the High Court.

CMS

The team at CMS is described as ‘a real force in the fraud market‘. It is often instructed by banks and other financial institutions to handle financial fraud matters, as well as by a range of energy companies. The group’s offering includes support in cyber fraud, corruption, tax evasion and money laundering mandates, and it is also noted for its integration of legal tech tools. Bernard O’Sullivanis particularly strong at developing big-picture strategy and finding opportunities for negotiation and settlement‘; he leads the practice together with Omar Qureshi, who covers a range of corporate crimes. Eoin O’Shea has knowledge of account freezing orders, Tamsin Blow is an ‘excellent litigator‘, and senior associate Anita De Villiers also gets involved in cryptocurrency related disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bernard O’Sullivan; Omar Qureshi

Autres avocats clés:

Eoin O’Shea; Tamsin Blow; Andrew Taplin; Anita de Villiers

Les références

‘A real force in the fraud market.’

‘Bernard O’Sullivan – a creative and innovative fraud lawyer who gets quick and excellent results for his clients.’

‘CMS has a strong civil fraud team, comprising very experienced partners who lead projects on a ‘hands on’ basis. The Senior and Junior Associates also have a broad range of experience, making them valuable team members.’

‘Bernard O’Sullivan – Engagement partner and industry expert. Bernard is particularly strong at developing big-picture strategy and finding opportunities for negotiation and settlement.’

‘Tamsin Blow – an excellent litigator who works carefully to ensure that her client’s needs are satisfied.’

‘Stand out individuals are Bernard O’Sullivan and Andrew Taplin. They have forged excellent reputations in this area and as a result attract some of the most significant cases in this area.’

Principaux clients

Yukos International UK BV, Yukos Capital Limited, Yukos Hydrocarbons Investments Limited

Amsterdam Trade Bank

nChain Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the former CEO of Solo Capital in a cross-border tax fraud trial following the collapse of the company.
  • Acting for several defendants in a billion-dollar fraud claim relating to a Thai wind energy company.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well-positioned to handle fraud matters for clients active in the financial services, energy and resources, funds, private wealth and media, sports and entertainment sectors. The group acts in cases brought by litigation funders and has a notable track record in class actions involving fraud elements; Jeremy Sher is a key contact here. Jamie Curle is considered to be a ‘shrewd tactician‘, and Jeremy Andrews has considerable cross-border expertise; they lead the group together with Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry. Newly promoted partner Charles Allin's practice covers cross-border fraud cases, often in offshore jurisdictions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Autres avocats clés:

Adam Ibrahim; Jeremy Sher; James Carter; Charles Allin

Les références

‘Jamie Curle and Jeremy Andrews are a powerful team with hands-on experience in a variety of sectors.’

‘Jeremy Andrews is responsive and energetic, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Jamie Curle is a shrewd tactician with excellent client skills.’

‘James Carter is an up and coming partner who takes no nonsense when dealing with difficult points.’

Principaux clients

Renova Industries Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Renova in a high-profile oligarch dispute involving serious allegations of fraud brought in the British Virgin Islands by Renova Industries Ltd against an individual and their affiliated companies.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP impresses with its team of highly regarded civil fraud experts. It regularly deals with fraud investigations, litigation and arbitration matters as well as assisting with the locating, freezing and recovery of assets. The members work closely with the firm’s corporate crime and investigations department, as well as with offices globally. The client portfolio includes numerous major corporations and financial institutions. Practice head Jeremy Garson is ‘tactically second to none and a superb all-round lawyer‘. Natasha Johnson also advises on class actions, and senior associate Heather Rankin is noted for her expertise in cases of allegations of fraud against banks. Gary Milner-Moore departed to Seladore Legal in December 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Garson

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Bushell; Natasha Johnson; Heather Rankin

Les références

‘Jeremy Garson is one of the strongest fraud litigators around. Tactically second to none and a superb all round lawyer.’

‘Overall, I think HSF London has extremely impressive civil fraud capabilities. It has both strength and depth in breadth, in that it can draw on a large number of extremely impressive lawyers, each with their own particular and complementary strengths. I regard it as being at the very front of the market in this field.’

‘In-depth fraud expertise in the best litigation firm in London.’

‘Jeremy Garson is a superb strategist, an extremely clever lawyer and very responsive.’

‘Chris Bushell is a first-rate fraud partner. Very hands on. Charming but firm. Complete star.’

Principaux clients

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC); Addax Petroleum UK Limited

Tarek Investments Limited, Pontwelly Holdings Company Limited, AH Overseas Limited

Jinxin Inc

G4S Limited (formerly G4S Plc)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising SIPC and Addax (subsidiaries of the Sinopec Group) on a claim filed with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, valued in excess of $4bn.
  • Advising Tarek Investments Limited, Pontwelly Holdings Company Limited, AH Overseas Limited and an individual in relation to a dispute regarding the Aman Resorts group of luxury hotels.
  • Acting for G4S in relation to three class actions arising out of historic allegations that a G4S subsidiary was involved in fraudulent billing practices.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team ‘has the lot: pedigree, reputation and, most importantly, a boatful of lawyers who are both fantastic and personable‘. The team enjoys an excellent reputation for its work across the full range of fraud mandates, including asset recovery issues. Matters often have an international element, and the group has a particularly strong understanding of Ukraine and other former CIS countries as well as Libya. Crispin Rapinet leads the practice and is further well versed in Asia and Middle East instructions. Michael Robertsmakes thorough and tested strategic decisions‘ and Richard Lewis specialises in financial fraud claims. Chris Hardman and Rebecca Wales are both noted for their involvement in some of the most high-profile cases, while Liam Naidoo also has white collar expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Crispin Rapinet

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Roberts; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales; Liam Naidoo; Richard Lewis; Oliver Humphrey

Les références

‘I was very impressed by their work. They had complete command of all the evidence and all the law, they dealt with client management with tact and good judgment, and their strategy was wise and successful. I would place them in the top rank of solicitors in this field.’

‘Fantastic team full of bright minds.’

‘Excellent knowledge and work ethic. Very skilled litigations.’

‘Crispin Rapinet – very experienced pair of hands.’

‘Hogan Lovells has the lot: pedigree, reputation and, most importantly, a boatful of lawyers who are both fantastic and personable. The firm’s all-found capabilities, coupled with its size, makes it the obvious choice for any major new civil fraud instruction (especially on the claimant side). I would recommend them to a new client in a heartbeat.’

‘Richard Lewis is the other stand-out partner at HL’s London office. He’s very smart, is as aggressive as the case allows, and knows how to get the most out of his team and counsel. I worry when he’s on the other side.’

‘Michael Roberts is a thoughtful and intelligent partner who is always on top of detail and makes thorough and tested strategic decisions.’

‘Richard Lewis and Rebecca Wales. Fantastic litigators. Aggressive, smart and extremely good when client facing. They’re a couple of the brightest litigators I’ve seen and it’s a pleasure to work with them. My go-to team for significant, big ticket, high stakes legal disputes.’

Principaux clients

Dargamo Holdings Limited

JSC CB PrivatBank

National Bank Trust

ENRC

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc

FM Capital Partners Ltd

State Corporation “Deposit Insurance Agency”

JSC BTA Bank

Gramercy Funds Management LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising an individual and Dargamo Holdings Limited on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy in connection with a shareholder dispute between four Ukrainian oligarchs who were long-standing partners in Industrial Union of Donbass (ISD).
  • Advising ENRC in relation to the investigation by the SFO and a number of related court proceedings arising out of that investigation, including its $93m claim against the SFO.
  • Advising on a claim brought by JSC CB PrivatBank (PrivatBank) against its former shareholders and six companies alleged to be (secretly) owned by them.

Jones Day

Clients note Jones Day for its ‘absolutely outstanding offering, with depth and breadth in terms of both expertise and seniority‘. Key capabilities in this space span asset recovery and tracing issues, investigations and enforcement matters, and the group has seen increased instructions from the Middle East, India, and the offshore jurisdictions. Team leader Sion Richards combines fraud and insolvency expertise, while Barnaby Stueck has expertise in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. Other key individuals of the group are Daniel Travers and ‘up-and-coming associateJames Fidler.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sion Richards

Autres avocats clés:

Barnaby Stueck; Daniel Travers; Annabel Treadgold; James Fidler

Les références

‘Market leaders in this field. Excellent London office, very well supported by offices abroad – notably US and Dubai. Fast and efficient.’

‘Top of the list is partner Sion Richards, who is all over this space and always goes the extra yard.’ 

‘Jones Day has an absolutely outstanding offering, with depth and breadth in terms of both expertise and seniority. The global disputes/civil fraud team has a very strong partner-led approach, with excellent support from a large pool of talented and dedicated associates.’

‘Annabel Treadgold: Excellent. Dedicated, responsive, great tactically, hugely personable.’

‘James Fidler is an up-and-coming associate and certainly one to watch. He is very clever, has fantastic attention to detail, is extremely diligent and hardworking, and provides excellent support to counsel in and out of hearings. He is responsive and considered, pragmatic in finding solutions often under intense time pressure, and manages clients effectively.’

‘Professionalism, dedication, good knowledge, commitment. Jones Day team has the in-house competence to professionally handle complicated and sophisticated fraud cases.’

‘The Jones Day team is reliable, efficient and effective. Advice and strategy are always well considered and delivery of client service is outstanding.’

Principaux clients

EssilorLuxottica SA

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Project Today Holdings Limited

Alta Trading UK Limited (formerly known as Arcadia Petroleum Limited)

Joint Stock Company Eurasian Bank

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The members of Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s civil fraud practice are praised for ‘always going above and beyond for clients, acting swiftly and taking an out-of-the-box approach to each of the matters‘. It is particularly noted for its expertise in obtaining and striking out freezing orders and injunctions, often with a cross-border element. The practitioners work closely with other involved parties such as investigators and funders. Head of the division Hugo Plowman‘s recent highlights include working on a significant US tax evasion case, and Robert Wynn-Jones is a specialist in asset freezing and tracking issues. Clients consider Gary Miller to be ‘the original grand master in the fraud field’ and Rhymal Persad is well versed in cryptocurrency-related matters. Kasra Nouroozi chairs the firm’s dispute resolution department. Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt left for Greenberg Traurig, LLP in October 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hugo Plowman

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Wynn-Jones; Gary Miller; Rhymal Persad; Kasra Nouroozi; Oliver Felton; Rebecca Belgrave

Les références

‘Thorough knowledge of this field, with superb tactical insight and excellent judgment. They are highly collaborative, both within the firm and externally, championing co-operation between international fraud lawyers and investigators.’

‘A complete offering, with strong partners and associates and excellent connections across different sectors, to facilitate a completely smooth and solution-focused delivery to the client.’

‘Rebecca Belgrave: new partner, outstanding. Dedicated, hugely knowledgeable, engaging and excellent to work with.’

‘The civil fraud team at Mishcon are simply exceptional. They always go above and beyond for clients, acting swiftly and taking an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to each of their matters. The team members are extremely dynamic and they work collaboratively to implement innovative strategies. It is therefore unsurprising that the civil fraud team always deliver outstanding results.’

‘Oliver Felton is an outstanding solicitor. He is diligent, proactive and resourceful, and his commitment to excellence is unflinching, even in the most complex matters. Oliver consistently seeks to go ‘the extra mile’ for his clients, offering them an unmatchable level of client care.’

‘Kasra Nouroozi who is an exceptionally skilled tactician with a dynamic personality who can win over an adversary or client alike. Mr. Nouroozi’s legal acumen and instincts are the best I have come across in the profession. He knows when to fight hard and when to compromise (often before anyone else realizes it).’

‘Huge Plowman – as clever and as reliable as they come.’

‘Gary Miller: the original grand master in the fraud field. Hugely knowledgeable and experienced.’

Principaux clients

Koza Altin Isletmelerei A.S.

Raiffeisenbank International AG

Ocado Group plc

Evatt Tamine

PCB Byrne

Practitioners at PCB Byrne are praised for having the ‘intellectual ability, experience and sheer grit to hold their own against any rival‘. The team covers an impressive range of civil fraud matters, including ancillary issues, and takes on asset forfeiture and extradition matters, working closely with the firm's white-collar crime and regulatory disputes teams. Nicola Boulton has long-standing experience in fraud, dishonesty and corruption matters; she leads the practice together with Anthony Riem, who is an established adviser to financial institutions, government agencies and high-net-worth individuals. Trevor Mascarenhas has strong cross-border capabilities, and Ben Davies is noted for his ‘astute tactical awareness‘. Jon Felce and Natalie Todd departed to Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP in early 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anthony Riem; Nicola Boulton

Autres avocats clés:

Trevor Mascarenhas; Elizabeth Seborg; Nick Ractliff; Ben Davies

Les références

‘Masters in this field, they know more about civil fraud than many of the bigger practices.’

‘The practice is unique. It is not a large firm but its lawyers have the intellectual ability, experience and sheer grit to hold their own against any rival. Their standing in the fraud market is second to none. You would not get a better service elsewhere.’

‘The stars at PCB are Trevor Mascarenhas and Anthony Riem. They are giants of the civil fraud market and deservedly so. They combine a wealth of experience with a commercial approach that always gets the best possible result for the client.’

‘This firm is doubtless one of the pre-eminent fraud firms in the country with a global reputation. Put simply, the lawyers there handle cases which other firms cannot.’

‘The quality of the people is unrivalled, not least as they have the experience and knowledge which comes from working on the most complicated of cases.’

‘Nicola Boulton is one of the stand-out fraud lawyers of her generation. A tactical genius in difficult cases.’

‘Elizabeth Seborg is excellent with a razor sharp mind.’

‘Nicola Boulton & Ben Davies: highly experienced and experts in their field. Astute tactical awareness and a focus on pragmatically commercial outcomes.’

Principaux clients

Balda Foundation & Nysco Management Corp

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine (as liquidator of National Credit Bank)

Republic of Cuba & Banco Nacional de Cuba

VTB Commodities Trading Designated Activity Company

Lopag Trust Reg and others

Invest Bank PSC

Ace City Holdings

Associazone Cassa Nazionale di Prevedenza Ed Assistebnza A Favore dei Ragioneri E Periti Commerciali

PJSC PhosAgro

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for an individual in recovering assets in settlement of a £450m divorce award.
  • Acted in the successful defence of a $1.85bn Commercial Court claim by Vale.
  • Acting for two of the main shareholders of NMC Health Plc in defending a $1bn claim in deceit and conspiracy brought by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is praised for its ‘excellent brainpower and superb client handling skills’. It has a track record of being involved in high-value, multi-party civil fraud claims, often in a cross-border context. The group is further noted for its capabilities in contentious insolvency-fraud interface cases and cyber-related fraud as well as its in-house forensic accountancy and white-collar crime expertise. Alan Sheeley leads the practice and is a trusted adviser to banks, corporates, insolvency practitioners, governments and government agencies. Legal director Jennifer Craven often takes on fraud investigations, and senior associate Andrew Barns-Graham is well versed in freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and other forms of interim relief.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alan Sheeley

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Barns-Graham; Jennifer Craven; Stuart McNeill

Les références

‘Huge presence of Alan Sheeley who is deeply committed to this area of work. The firm is able to add depth of expertise on any case, no matter how complex or large.’

‘Pinsents have an experienced and incisive team which can compete with the Magic Circle at lower rates without compromising client and case attention.’

‘Go-to practice for large, cross-border matters, often involving financial services. Very accessible in terms of how they provide advice and bring in third party experts to support where appropriate.’

‘They cut through to the core of an issue quickly, communicate clearly and are a pleasure to deal with. Stand out partner – Alan Sheeley, stand out associate – Jennifer Craven.’

‘Excellent brainpower, superb client handling skills, really clever decision-makers, and they have strength in depth across all levels.’

‘Andrew Barnes-Graham: Clever, careful, diligent, taking responsibility for delivering real substance.’

‘Stuart McNeill- cool, calm, collected. A very steady pair of hands with sound commercial judgment.’

‘Alan Sheeley- very astute and commercially minded.’

Principaux clients

Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration)

Teamtrend Limited, Trade Point Agro Limited, Collyer Limited, Rossyn Investing Corp, Milbert Ventures Inc and Zao Ukrtransitservice Ltd

BDO LLP

LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz) AG

Aldermore Bank Plc

NatWest Markets Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Danish Customs and Tax Administration as the claimant in a multi-jurisdiction fraud claim seeking to recover c. £1.5bn in the English High Court.
  • Acting for several defendant companies in relation to a $2.6bn claim brought by a Ukrainian bank in the English High Court.
  • Acting for RBS in a claim brought by a claimant group involving 17 liquidators.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

The team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has established itself as a go-to counsel in high-value civil fraud cases, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The group has national and international corporations, bankruptcy office holders and high-net-worth individuals on its client roster, and is well-positioned to advise on the interface of white-collar crime matters. Practice head Nick Marsh has experience acting in matters involving parties from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Ted Greeno is a key contact in cases in the energy sector, and Alex Gerbi also acts for governments and states, while Khaled Khatoun is regularly sought out by financial services clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Marsh

Autres avocats clés:

Khaled Khatoun; Ted Greeno; Justin Michaelson; Marina Boterashvili; Anna Parfjonova; Alex Gerbi

Les références

‘QE are to my mind the most effective heavy litigators in London. Their offering is backed by huge international heft and their client offering is 360 degrees.’

‘They are talented and committed across the board.’

‘Without a shadow of a doubt, the best civil fraud litigators in question.’

‘Nick Marsh is one of the great lateral thinkers in the London market. Every civil fraud case would benefit from Nick’s creative strategies and dynamism.’

‘Very experienced team in matters of civil fraud, among the leaders in the field.’

‘Justin Michaelson: Very experienced, quickly absorbs issues and forms strategy, great to work with.’

‘An absolutely outstanding commercial fraud team, from top to bottom. Cool-headed leadership and decision making. Very pragmatic/commercial. Strategically smart.’

‘Anna Parfjonova: Very efficient and reliable associate.’

Principaux clients

PCP Capital

Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation

Raga Establishment Limited

Navigator Equities Limited

Quantum Global Group

Terre Neuve SARL, Largely Investments SA

Bluecrest Capital Management UK LLP and Special Capital Limited

Avonwick Holdings Limited

Gerald Metals SA

The Joint Administrators of JD Classics Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Joint Administrators of NMC Health PLC (in administration) and NMC Healthcare LTD (in administration); NMC Health PLC is the ultimate parent company of the NMC Group which was the victim of a very substantial fraud that involved NMC Group companies borrowing substantial sums.
  • Acted for the Ukrainian Gaiduk Family and their company (Avonwick) in a $1.2bn fraud claim against a Ukrainian politician and a Ukrainian oligarch.
  • Filed a claim on behalf of the FDIC, a US government agency, in the English Courts against a number of high-profile English and European banks, and also the British Bankers Association, for losses suffered by 39 failed U.S. banks as a result of alleged collusion in relation to the setting of USD LIBOR between 2007-2011.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons impresses with deep knowledge of financial fraud, offering clients assistance in cross-border asset tracing and the international enforcement of judgments. Through its seamless collaboration, the full-service firm is well positioned to advise on civil, criminal and regulatory parallel proceedings, in which it is active on the claimant as well as the defendant side. Nick Benwell covers a wide range of corporate crimes, such as corruption, money laundering and fraud related matters. He leads the practice together with Patrick Boylan who has experience in fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Adam Brownhas a razor sharp mind‘ and supervising associate Chloe Morris is knowledgeable of the interplay between civil and criminal law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Benwell; Patrick Boylan

Autres avocats clés:

Ed Crosse; Adam Brown; Chloe Morris

Les références

‘Very experienced and hardworking team that are regularly instructed on high-profile and multi-jurisdictional cases.’

‘Top drawer firm – top intellects and innovative addressing of solutions.’

‘Patrick Boylan – experienced and clever and hardworking.’

‘Strong team with some very strong individuals: can handle very large cases confidently.’

‘Ed Crosse: combining good sense and good humour.’

‘Adam Brown is a stand out individual and destined for great things. He has a razor sharp mind, and no point escapes him: quite intimidating if you are being instructed by him, even as a QC!’

 

Principaux clients

The O1 Group

EFG Bank AG

Keleston Holdings Limited

Macquarie

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending the former CFO of Autonomy Corporation plc in a civil claim before the English Court.
  • Representing Nori, Centimila and Coniston in a $600m arbitration, and two high-net-worth individual defendants in a near-identical dispute, both of which involve what was one of Russia’s largest private banks, Otkritie Bank.
  • Acting for EFG Bank AG, a Swiss private bank, as one of 38 Defendants in an $800m claim brought by The Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait in the Commercial Court.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood stands out for ‘the sheer quality of the people involved at every level of seniority‘. The group has regular exposure to significant fraud and asset recovery cases, with a particularly considerable track record in Russian/CIS disputes. Financial institutions, corporations, states and individuals instruct the members to represent them as claimants and defendants. The group is headed up by ‘great team leaderRos Prince and Alan Bercow, who ‘provides excellent strategic advice.’ Senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is a dedicated asset recovery specialist. John Fordham retired.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ros Prince; Alan Bercow

Autres avocats clés:

Priya Grigoriadis; Galina Usorova

Les références

‘Excellent command of litigation strategy and tactics.’

‘Ros Prince – great team leader.’

‘A very experienced team with a particular interest in Russia/CIS. The team also works well with SH’s insolvency team.’

‘Ros Prince has the rare ability to charm a client and terrorise an opponent almost simultaneously!’

‘Alan Bercow has seen it all before and provides excellent strategic advice.’

‘The thing which stands out about this team is the sheer quality of the people involved at every level of seniority. It is not just that there are no weak links. There is nobody who is anything less than exceptional.’

‘Priya Grigoriadis: Seemingly able to do a hundred things at once, all to a very high standard.’

‘Galina Usorova is a stand-out associate. She is extremely hardworking, has impressive skills of legal analysis, and is a master of managing the client. You want her on your team.’

Principaux clients

Former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and an underlying company of the Trust

Cossac Holdings Limited

Aggreko International Projects Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company on their enforcement action in England in relation to a $54bn+ arbitration awards against the Russian state.
  • Acting for a successful Russian businessman against two state-owned Russian banks, PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, which commenced proceedings claiming $572m against him, his father and his two brothers.
  • Assisted Medlands PTC Limited with obtaining a freezing order over $16.8m, and further monies.

Brown Rudnick LLP

The ‘legally and strategically astute‘ team at Brown Rudnick LLP has a comprehensive offering which spans civil fraud, criminal and regulatory mandates. Acting for both claimants and defendants, the cases often involve Russian and other CIS countries. It deals with pursuing domestic and international freezing and search orders and asset tracing issues. Neil Micklethwaite is often sought out by financial institutions and funds while Jane Colston is considered a ‘superb litigator‘. Olga Bischoff has experience with offshore jurisdictions and associate Jessica Lee is often involved in financial services litigation. Neill Shrimpton leads the dispute resolution practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neill Shrimpton

Autres avocats clés:

Neil Micklethwaite; Jane Colston; Olga Bischoff; Anupreet Amole; Jessica Lee

Les références

‘One of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London. With all the weight and resource of an American/international law firm behind them, BR’s litigators are regularly instructed in the most important cases of the day and achieve stellar results for their clients, often against the might of much larger outfits. Incredibly nice to work with, too, which gives them a distinctive edge over many of their rivals.’

‘Great engagement.’

‘A formidable team who work their cases really well.’

‘Neil Micklethwaite – inspires confidence in his clients and understands the tactics of his cases.’

‘Legally and strategically astute. User-friendly and collaborative. Very commercial.’

‘Jane Colston. One of the best fraud lawyers in the London market. Superb litigator.’

‘Olga Bischoff – a thoughtful and thorough lawyer who has particular expertise in dealing with foreign clients.’

‘Neill Shrimpton immerses himself in the detail of his cases and is excellent at spotting the point that may win a case.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the defendant, a Russian businessman and deputy chairman of OJSC PhosAgro, against a former business associate alleging he is entitled to a shareholding in PhosAgro based on a series of arrangements in Russia in the 1990s and various alleged oral representations.
  • Representing the Fifth Defendant in a claim brought by a Russian individual who formerly advised the First Defendant and various companies associated with the Fourth Defendant on Russian tax issues, and a company of which he is the sole shareholder.
  • Representing the 7th Defendant in proceedings in the Commercial Court brought by two Russian banks.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in representing clients in cases of dishonesty, fraud or corruption. The firm can offer its own in-house forensic services team, forensic accountants and IT specialists, and is also actively incorporating legal technology. Practice head Segun Osuntokun is a key contact for state entities, international conglomerates, financial services institutions and high-net-worth individuals, and further specialises in advising issues involving Africa and developing nations. Andrew Tuson advises regulated clients in pursuing claims in connection with investment frauds. Graham Shear and senior associate Andrew Street are further integral team members.

Responsables de la pratique:

Segun Osuntokun

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Tuson; Rachel Ziegler; Graham Shear; Andrew Street

Les références

‘Down to earth, commercial good sense, attention to detail.’

‘An excellent all round team with great strength in depth.’

‘Segun Osuntokun – a master in everything he does. Peerless.’

‘Andrew Tuson – excellent technically, hardworking, great commercial acumen and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rachel Ziegler is a great lawyer. She is good at drafting, has a strong knowledge of the law, and a strong sense for what will and will not work in Court.’

‘Andrew Tuson – very calm, incisive, decisive. Responsive to advice but applies independent judgment. Fights hard for the client.’

‘Rachel Ziegler – a brilliant lawyer who has great client handling skills.’

Principaux clients

BGC Partners

Asturion Fondation

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully advised an individual on their battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer personal funds out of Lebanon.
  • Representing BGC Partners in respect of large-scale frauds perpetrated on BGC Partners by rogue employees.
  • Representing the Asturion Fondation in highly contested proceedings for the recovery of an ultra-high value property portfolio including property in London.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts as trusted adviser to national and international businesses, regulators, and firms of professional advisers as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals on the claimant side. The team is ‘able to draw on its extensive experience to anticipate – and so avoid – problems before they arise‘, and is well-equipped to handle fraud actions and investigations as well as obtaining and resisting freezing orders, injunctions, and search orders. Stewart Hey leads the team and is well versed in the financial services, government and energy and natural resources industries. Charlotte Pender and Rhys Novak are both well positioned to assist clients in internal and external investigations, particularly with a fraud element. Caroline Greenwell is another dedicated specialist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stewart Hey

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Pender; Caroline Greenwell; Jason Freedman; Rhys Novak

Les références

‘The individuals at this practice all have their own personalities and skills; whilst they deliver a top quality product, it is also useful to have people that are not afraid to ‘get involved’, and are tenacious in their approach.’

‘Jason Freedman is an excellent litigator, and his hunger and passion to get to the bottom of what has gone on in fraud situations is admirable, and reflects well in evidence that is prepared by him and his team.’

‘Stewart Hey is a unique blend of smart, personable and always online.’

‘The team is able to draw on its extensive experience to anticipate (and so avoid) problems before they arise. By anticipating likely outcomes the team is able to work several steps ahead of events, which makes for a smooth and comfortable client experience.’

‘The partner I have worked with – Rhys Novak – is fantastic.’

‘The civil fraud team at CRS are second to none – they are responsive, creative and incredibly hardworking.’

Principaux clients

RSM

FRP Advisory

Central Bank of Bahrain

Fica Frio Limited

Gulf Air

Grant Thornton

Begbies Traynor

PwC

Credit Suisse

Ooredoo Q. s.c

Aldemore Bank plc

Accountable Accountancy Limited (in liquidation)

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, known collectively as the AwalCos, who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the multibillion dollar trial which uncovered a $330bn Ponzi scheme.
  • Pursuing the recovery of Awal’s $5.8bn of balance sheet assets in numerous jurisdictions around the world, whilst defending those assets from hostile creditors.
  • Successfully represented a former employee of a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell against allegations of international bribery and corruption in the Nigerian OPL 245 affair.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clients note Clifford Chance LLP for combining ‘the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch‘. The team has a strong track record in acting in fraud and asset recovery matters, often seeking interim relief and securing recoveries through trial or settlement. Kelwin Nicholls is knowledgeable in fraud disputes arising out of business transactions. The group is led by Russia, France and Middle East-specialist Matthew Scully, and also includes Roger Leese, who is sought out by trusts and financial services clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Scully

Autres avocats clés:

Kelwin Nicholls; Roger Leese; Luke Tolaini

Les références

‘I think its one of the best practices in this sector in the world. You get all the might of a major international law firm with remarkable deftness of touch in their London team.’

‘Luke Tolani is one of the very best; manages very complicated hostile litigation in the sector and his team walk in his footsteps.’

Principaux clients

Serco Group Plc

Panasonic Europe B.V.

Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd

Apax Partners

Deutsche Bank

Terra Firma

Enyo Law LLP

Disputes boutique Enyo Law LLP is noted for ‘punching above its weight’. The highly regarded team often acts in matters involving allegations of wrongdoing and dishonesty and advises clients on bringing and defending applications for interim remedies, freezing orders, passport orders, inquiries as to assets and contempt proceedings as well as securing and enforcing judgments and awards. Pietro Marino has a track record in advising on high-value commercial fraud mandates; he is retiring from day-to-day practice but will remain as a senior consultant to the firm. Edward Allen, who leads the practice, is often instructed by banks. Oil and gas-specialist Tim Elliss, the ‘hugely intelligentKonrad Rodgers and Nick Jones are also prominent practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Edward Allen

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Elliss; Pietro Marino; Konrad Rodgers; Nick Jones, Lucinda Orr; Steven McDonald

Les références

‘The instructions are testament in themselves to the team’s experience and expertise, from top to bottom, in the highest value and most complex fraud cases.’

‘Enyo really punches above its weight: it regularly comes up against Magic Circle firms in a number of high-value, high-tech commercial disputes and more than holds its own.’

‘Tim Elliss is a very bright and seasoned litigator. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with and very hardworking, but has a deep knowledge of the law and a fine sense of how a court will deal with things.’

‘Edward Allen is simply outstanding. One of the best solicitors I’ve ever come across – intelligent, on top of the detail of a vast number of cases, strong management skills and client care.’

‘Konrad Rodgers – Hugely intelligent and incredibly hardworking. He is a pleasure to work with and is very committed to getting excellent results for his clients.’

‘Partner Tim Elliss has an excellent grasp of both the wider strategy and the detail of the matter, which is very reassuring as you feel in safe hands.’

Principaux clients

Petronas Brasil E&P Limitada

The Libyan Investment Authority

Banco Comercial Portugues S.A., Banco Internacional de Moçambique S.A., and United Bank for Africa PLC

Credit Agricole Indosuez SA

Rusnano Group

Blockchain Optimization SA and Petrochemical Logistics Ltd

Grant Thornton LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully defending Petronas in a claim for $1.4bn arising out of a $850m investment into offshore oil fields in Latin America operated by the Brazilian oil and gas entity, OGX Petróleo e Gás SA.
  • Acting as lead global counsel for a Ukrainian businessman in his defence of a series of claims, including the orchestration of a fraudulent scheme to misappropriate $5.5bn from the Bank, brought by Ukraine’s largest commercial bank, PrivatBank.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher traditionally has a strong track record in dealing with multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims, often in relation to Russia, Ukraine and other CIS regions. Recently, it has seen an increase in its workload of cases with novel assets, such as cryptocurrencies, and is increasingly advising on fraud and corruption investigations within companies and organisations. Practice head Tony Lewis is an experienced specialist in matters arising from fraudulent conduct, while Andrew Lafferty and Kit Jarvis have strong international capabilities. Director Nathan Capone is ‘relentless and always completely on top of the facts.’

Responsables de la pratique:

Tony Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Lafferty; Kit Jarvis; Nathan Capone; Daniel Hayward; Alexandra Underwood; Nicola Sewell

Les références

‘A very highly regarded civil fraud practice that easily goes up against the biggest firms. A stand-out USP is their use of innovative tech and litigation techniques to trace and secure assets and to identify the perpetrators of the fraud.’

‘Tony Lewis – partner – highly experienced, respected by his team, flexible and innovative in his use of tech and established remedies in new ways. A very safe pair of hands.’

‘Nathan Capone – a rising star, clearly on his way to rapid partnership – relentless and always completely on top of the facts.’

‘The team is very professional with highly skilled and qualified people, with top notch sector focus. Unlike several other firms we have worked with, after assisting us with a case, Fieldfisher went beyond ordinary legal service by helping us with preventative compliance, to avoid issues arising in future.’

‘Highly skilled and qualified lawyers who are able to give concrete and strategic advice in an international setting and in a timely manner.’

‘The team puts in the hard graft when it is needed, and takes advice when required. These are under-rated qualities in litigation!’

‘Andrew Lafferty – partner- competes with the biggest players in the super-case field. Understated and unflappable.’

‘Dan Hayward is a very hands-on partner, who delegates to his senior associates without abdicating responsibility.’

Principaux clients

LocalBitCoin OY

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Leo Services Holdings

Penrich Capital Limited (in liquidation)

German Property Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for an individual in respect of a $2.6bn claim and freezing order brought against him by PrivatBank, involving complex allegations of fraud and spans multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a high-net worth individual in securing a ‘persons unknown’ freezing order in respect of €15m of stolen monies and subsequently making a successful contested summary judgment application against several defendants.
  • Acting for the Israeli court appointed trustee in bankruptcy in High Court proceedings in connection with the recovery of assets on behalf of creditors reportedly owed $420m on which judgment was successfully obtained following trial.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is noted for ‘having strength in depth and a diverse team of civil fraud practitioners with a highly-regarded criminal team to complement its civil offering‘. Its client roster includes foreign governments, banks and office holders, as well as offshore trustees, and the team is often instructed in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud disputes and asset tracing and recovery issues. Practice head Richard Foss acts for a number of commercial clients against various financial institutions. William Christopher is well positioned to assist in investigations, and Sue Thackeray gets praise for being ‘an ultimate professional and innovative’. Mary Young knows property hijack cases and crypto-asset matters well.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Foss

Autres avocats clés:

William Christopher; Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan

Les références

‘The team truly care about the client. Nothing is taken at face value. They are realistic, direct and fight your corner like lions. When you doubt yourself, they support. When you over extend, they pull you back. They are the ultimate professionals.’

‘The team is big and diverse. They really do have decades of experience between them.’

‘They have strength in depth and a diverse team of civil fraud practitioners with a highly-regarded criminal team to complement their civil offering.’

‘Sue Thackeray sees around corners. She never lets ego get in her way. She is the ultimate professional. She knows her law better than anyone in my experience. Most of all, she is innovative.’

‘Sue Thakeray, William Christopher, Mary Young and Fiona Simpson are all highly regarded civil fraud practitioners.’

‘Mary Young is highly intelligent.’

‘Very smart and astute team. So down to earth and incredibly focused on the client relationship and objectives. Absolutely pleasure to work with magnetic Mary Young and Sue Thackery. There is no messing around, they get to the point exceeding quickly.’

Macfarlanes LLP

The members of Macfarlanes LLP‘s team are considered to be ‘good collaborators and open-minded.‘ The group handles a wide range of civil fraud matters and is led by James Popperwell, who is active in matters relating to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region. Senior counsel Chloë Edworthy is well versed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Neill Blundell is experienced in matters at the intersection of fraud and white-collar crime. The practice is also recommended for its knowledge of offshore structures and the litigation funding elements of fraud cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Popperwell

Autres avocats clés:

Chloë Edworthy; Nikolas Ireland; Neill Blundell

Les références

‘Good collaborators. Open-minded.’

‘The team has very substantial depth. Its associates are the strongest I have encountered in the market, which allows the team to deliver a very efficient service. They have considered all angles of an issue before they discuss it with us and give clear options, making the trade-offs very clear.’

‘James Popperwell is a brilliant litigator. He is unflappable and always provides sound and well considered advice.’

‘Nikolas Ireland has matured into an extremely competent associate and has impressed me more than partners at other leading law firms. He is one to watch.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has 'lawyers of the highest quality at all levels with a particularly strong, new generation of partners‘. The team’s fraud and asset tracing expertise also encompasses knowledge of insolvency, white-collar crime, cyber-fraud, and bribery and corruption mandates. Ruth Cowley leads the firm’s commercial disputes and investigations practice. Barrister Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is a specialist in ancillary relief measures, while Radford Goodman is often sought out by banks and insolvency practitioners. James Lockwood was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ruth Cowley

Autres avocats clés:

Harriet Jones-Fenleigh; Radford Goodman; James Lockwood; Antony Corsi

Les références

‘The team leaves no stone unturned in trying to achieve a good outcome for the client.’

‘Excellent litigation team — well resourced; good internal and external communications; realistic long-term planning.’

‘NRF boasts lawyers of the highest quality at all levels. The new generation of partners is particularly strong, and NRF has a growing reputation for attracting top-class fraud work. Team members are highly flexible and very well integrated, with associates in particular being encouraged to take responsibility and add value.’

‘Radford Goodman – a master of the detail whose contributions on legal analysis and strategy are always sensible and realistic.’

‘James Lockwood is utterly outstanding and, although a newly made-up partner, has the qualities of the most seasoned of litigators. He’s extremely bright, and an excellent lawyer; he’s has a vice-like grip on the details of the case while never losing sight of the big-picture.’

‘Harriet Jones-Fenleigh – Exceptional lawyer and strategic thinker with an outstanding reputation in the market. Clients love her.’

‘James Lockwood: a very slick operator and rising star who made partner this year. Leading the next generation for NRF.’

‘An excellent choice for commercial and civil fraud litigation.’

Principaux clients

Citibank N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Limited

HSBC

Orange Liberia, Inc.

Citicorp Trustee Company Ltd

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank

Emirates NBD Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Orange Liberia on a high-value cross-jurisdictional Commercial Court conspiracy claim.
  • Acting for BNPP on a number of complex payment fraud disputes.
  • Acting for Citi on a high-value commodities fraud.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

The highly regarded team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is a go-to choice for numerous governments, multinational corporations and ultra-high net worth individuals. It often acts in freezing and disclosure orders, and has notable expertise in cross-border cases. Practice head Jonathan Tickner is a key contact for multi-jurisdictional emergency procedures, while Sarah Gabriel is the name to note for internal investigations. Keith Oliver is another individual with longstanding expertise in the field.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Tickner

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Gabriel; Keith Oliver; Jason Woodland; Emma Ruane

Principaux clients

The Republic of Mozambique

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority

Select Lifestyles Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting on behalf of the Republic of Mozambique in $2bn Commercial Court proceedings arising out of purported sovereign guarantees said to have been fraudulently obtained through bribery and corruption in the so-called “hidden debts” scandal.
  • Successfully acting for the claimants, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority, which allege fraud and serious misconduct by a large multinational pharmaceutical group (Servier) in respect of the sale and supply of a blood pressure lowering “blockbuster drug”, perindopril, to the NHS.
  • Acting for an individual in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business referred to in the proceedings as the Norebo Group.  

Signature Litigation LLP

The ‘heavy hitting litigation shopSignature Litigation LLP is regularly involved in high-stakes fraud matters; these often have cross-border elements with the team possessing particular strength in matters involving Eastern Europe. The team’s capabilities range from handling interim measures and asset tracing issues to securing and enforcing foreign judgments. Practice head Graham Huntley has more than 35 years of experience and Ioannis Alexopoulos is noted for his ‘superb commercial and practical sense’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Graham Huntley

Autres avocats clés:

Ioannis Alexopoulos; Kate Gee

Les références

‘Highly conscientious and switched-on team of experienced commercial and civil fraud litigators. Extremely impressive.’

‘Heavy hitting litigation shop – great team for the most complex and high value disputes in the Commercial Court.’

‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment. The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again.’

‘Graham Huntley is truly a force of nature – very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients. His only “weakness” is that there are not three of him!’

‘Ioannis Alexopoulos is a highly experienced litigator and has superb commercial and practical sense.’

‘Kate Gee: a partner in counsel’s clothing, with real depth of experience in civil fraud matters, including cryptocurrencies.’

‘Ioannis Alexopoulos, a senior partner and his team are excellent.’

‘Very smart, very commercial and fierce litigators.’

Principaux clients

Privinvest companies

Georgian Co Investment Fund

Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd

Various related entities of private equity firm Hunnewell Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Privinvest Group companies in a high-value Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others.
  • Advising Georgian Co Investment Fund, claiming $500-800m against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group for losses arising out of the fraudulent handling and investment of family assets by employees of Credit Suisse AG and sister companies.
  • Representing an individual in a high profile $350m claim brought against him alleging conspiracy to misappropriate and/or deny the existence of his interest in the Norebo Group, and his direct shareholding in a Russian company.

Stewarts Law LLP

Areas of expertise of Stewarts Law LLP include taking on investigations and recovery work for governments and large corporates; representing clients in disputes including cases relating to cryptocurrencies; advising on fraud cases arising in insolvency situations and trusts; and providing tax advice and advice on avoidance schemes. Practice head Mo Bhaskaran divides his time between Leeds and London, and is instructed by corporates, public sector organisations and overseas governments. Pia Mithani specialises in fraud and corruption matters. David Hughes retired in late 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mo Bhaskaran

Autres avocats clés:

Martin Walsh; Pia Mithani

Les références

‘Exceptionally talented and well-organised team able to deal with the heaviest and most complex international fraud matters. Excellent advice and strategic judgment from the partners and engaged and hard-working associates.’

‘Great teamwork from a group of highly able and motivated lawyers.’

‘Mo Bhaskaran, Martin Walsh, Pia Mithani. A pleasure to work with all of them. Great at integrating barristers, partners and associates into a large team.’

‘They tend to work with a lean team, which makes them good value for clients, and results in a very hard working bunch of people. I highly rate this team at Stewarts.’

‘A team of exceptional lawyers across all levels of seniority. Talented and experienced in the sector they are really very impressive indeed. Top quality partners are supported by a team of up and coming associates who look to be stars of the future.’

Principaux clients

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority

Grant Thornton BVI

SKAT

Lands Company Limited

The Eclipse Group

Global Green Development Limited

United Homes Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for nine Defendants in a massive civil fraud claim which is being brought by SKAT (the Danish tax authority) against over 100 Defendants arising from dividend withholding tax reclaims made by various entities and paid out by SKAT.
  • Acting for lead claimant group in the ‘Ingenious Litigation” case, where the clients are seeking in excess of £160m for claims including fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy.
  • Acting for a sovereign wealth fund, ‘Ras Al Khaimah’ in ‘RAKIA v Azima’ in connection with cyber fraud issues.

Travers Smith LLP

The practitioners at Travers Smith LLP are praised as ‘fantastically clever lawyers’ with considerable experience in a variety of civil fraud cases, in particular in the commercial and financial sectors, as well as asset tracing and recovery claims; the instructions are often cross-border in nature. Rob Fell leads the firmwide dispute resolution team and dedicates a significant amount of his time to civil fraud cases. The practice also features Andrew King who acts as a key contact for banks, investment managers, private equity houses and other financial institutions. Toby Robinson has knowledge of advising clients facing enforcement actions brought by the FCA. Other noted individuals are the ‘quick and resourcefulStephen Paget-Brown and Alexa Day who has ‘exceptional analytical skills.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rob Fell

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Paget-Brown; Stephanie Lee; Alexa Day; Andrew King; Toby Robinson

Les références

‘Rob Fell is absolutely superb, and runs a team on a big case beautifully. He’s incredibly clever, is one of most experienced financial services litigators in the market, and has a detailed knowledge of both the industry and the law in this area. He’s a terrific strategist, and a brilliant negotiator. He’s perfect for any really tough financial services dispute. In civil fraud, he’s been picking up top cases for a number of years; and is rightly regarded as a leading practitioner in the area.’

‘The cooperation and the collaboration within the team are exceptional, the best I have ever experienced. The team is also very well equipped. I have been highly impressed with every member of the team, from top to bottom. The team is diverse as well and the roles of individual members of the team are well defined and clear.’

‘Excellent strength and depth, collegiate and collaborative approach, determined and hard working.’

‘Travers Smith has cultivated an unusually deep bench of highly skilled associates.’

‘Travers Smith has an excellent civil fraud practice and is one of the top litigation firms in London. Its teams are brilliant – with fantastically clever lawyers. It has a great approach to diversity and collaboration.’

‘Stephen Paget-Brown is an exceptional attorney and a very experienced partner. He is quick and resourceful as well. He always gives his honest opinion, which is very valuable to his clients.’

‘Alexa Day is an upcoming partner with exceptional analytical skills.’

‘Stephanie Lee is simply masterful. She is a star of the future.’

Principaux clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Hewlett Packard in relation to fraud claims amounting to $5bn, with parallel criminal proceedings in the US, arising out of the $11bn acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc in late 2011.
  • Advising an IT services company in relation to potential claims against a UK media entertainment company, and its key representatives, in relation to fraudulent misrepresentations which induced the client to enter into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) and invest in the company.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement’. It acts in the full range of civil fraud claims, from initial investigations and injunctive relief issues to the prosecution of actions, and ultimately, enforcement and recovery matters. Clients include corporates, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Polly Sprenger has experience acting before the civil and criminal courts; she leads the practice together with Maria Frangeskides who is noted for being ‘very clear and concise in her advice’. Commercial disputes practitioner Mark Molyneux  also handles a number of fraud cases, and Mark Chesher made partner in May 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maria Frangeskides; Polly Sprenger

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Molyneux; Lauren Hamilton; Mark Chesher; Alex Unger; Paul Ferguson

Les références

‘We worked with a fantastic team at AG and we are very happy with their work ethic, always available and very clearly know the areas of law they specialise in.’

‘I worked with Maria Frangeskides and she is absolutely excellent. She is very approachable and very clear and concise in her advice.’

‘The team are one of the best regarding client care, hard work and legal ability. They always go the extra mile. Their results speak for themselves. I can’t recommend them enough.’

‘Polly Sprenger is superb. A fantastic lawyer, imaginative and fearless.’

‘Excellent litigation firm, with real strength in civil fraud matters.’

‘A terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement.’

‘You will get real hands-on involvement from partners who are committed to your case.’

‘Mark Molyneux is one of the standout lawyers in the market. He really understands what his client’s commercial wants and needs, and he knows how to get it.’

Principaux clients

Unitel S.A.

CDC Group Plc

Langston Group Corporation

Kroll Advisory Limited

Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Unitel SA in proceedings it has brought against Unitel International Holdings BV.
  • Acting for CDC defending a $200m Commercial Court claim brought by Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan bank) for unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt alleged to arise from the acquisition of Crane Bank’s assets by DFCU Bank Limited.
  • Representing Langston Corporation and a Lebanese businessman in a claim for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation against the Championship football club Cardiff City FC and its owner.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is regularly sought out by corporations, professionals and individuals from a variety of industry sectors. The team has particular expertise in regulatory investigations in cases of bribery and corruption, false accounting, fraud, and market abuse. Practice head Sophie Eyre is knowledgeable in ancillary relief applications to preserve documents and assets, and in trust issues arising from fraud claims. Senior associate Simona Peter has experience acting for claimants and defendants.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sophie Eyre

Autres avocats clés:

Simona Peter

Les références

‘With the team, you are in very good hands. They area smart, inventive/out of the box and responsive.’

‘Sophie Eyre: a pleasure to work with, smart and creative lawyer.’

‘Simona Peter: good lawyer, very responsive.’

Principaux clients

UK Global Healthcare Ltd

Chenco Chemical Engineering and Consulting GmbH

Consulum

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully advised a group of Bitcoin developers in the Tulip Trading Ltd v Bitcoin Association for Bitcoin SV (BSV) and others judgment.
  • Acting for a UK Global Healthcare Limited in proceedings – UK Global Heathcare Limited v IGC International Pte Limited in relation to PPE supply contracts including fraud in the supply chain.
  • Acting for the trustee of a Cayman Island Trust in the context of a high-profile fraud litigation commenced by PJSC National Bank Trust.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is a boutique law firm with a significant workload in the fraud space. The team is active in representing both corporate and private clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Natalie Todd and Jon Felce who joined in early 2022 from PCB Byrne. Lydia Danon‘s broad fraud practice also encompasses crypto-related matters, and consultant Philip Young is a ‘doyen of the London boutique litigation market’.

Autres avocats clés:

Philip Young; Lydia Danon; Rosie Wild; Jon Felce; Natalie Todd; Stephen Elam

Les références

‘The team is well organised, has good strength in depth and is sensibly focused on giving clients value for money.’

‘Lydia Danon – clever and tenacious, a very good litigator.’

‘A super-nimble but exceptionally well regarded banking, financial and fraud litigation team with the experience and aptitude to take on and win against the biggest players. Very well connected both in the UK and internationally. An absolute pleasure to work with not least because the team are all clever, friendly and inclusive in their dealings with counsel.’

‘Natalie Todd: deeply experienced in CIS and international financial and commercial and fraud litigation. A rising star.’

‘Jon Felce – a hire that every boutique would have liked to have made – Jon has a deserved reputation for his drive, legal knowledge and quiet, steely, effective drive for successful results.’

‘Philip Young; doyen of the London boutique litigation market. Nobody with better judgment, knowledge of the law and tactical nous.’

‘Stephen Elam – thorough knowledge of financial services industries, especially broking; has excellent judgment e.g. as to when to fight/not fight; sensitive and proactive in relation to client’s needs and commercial ends; excels at managing his team.’

‘Lydia Danon – clever and tenacious, a very good litigator.’

Principaux clients

Domidias Limited and Merbau Synergy Limited

ThinkMarkets

Grove Park Properties Ltd

The ECU Group PLC

VP Bank AG, VP Bank (Schweiz) AG

(i) VP Fund Solutions (Luxembourg) SA (ii) VP Fund Solutions (Liechtenstein) AG.

Infund LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Grove Park Properties in a £22m claim against RBS in which the bank had, among other things, falsely accused GPP’s director of forging bank documents.
  • Acting for ThinkMarkets group companies in Commercial Court proceedings brought by IS Prime Limited (part of the ISAM Capital Markets group) relating to the basis upon which IS Prime provided matched principal brokerage services to ThinkMarkets on exclusive terms.
  • Acting for two defendants, a Liechtenstein bank and its related Swiss bank, in a high-profile civil fraud dispute in a claim made by a Kuwaiti government entity, which is suing multiple individuals, alleging large-scale payment of secret commissions and money laundering.

Dechert LLP

The civil fraud practice at Dechert LLP fields a mix of commercial litigation and white-collar defence practitioners. The members are regularly involved in fraud investigations and the international recovery of assets. The group's client portfolio includes multinational corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states and instrumentalities, debt holders, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Andrew Hearn is well versed in cross-border enforcement, while team leader Dorothy Cory-Wright specialises in contentious regulatory issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn; Daniel Natoff

Principaux clients

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Axle and Centigon

Knight Assets

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the independent investigator appointed at the direction of Her Majesty’s Treasury in respect of the FCA’s regulation and supervision of London Capital & Finance plc which collapsed in January 2019.
  • Representing a businessman active in the field of railway freight in a multi-year dispute with another Russian businessman related to the ownership of two valuable Russian companies.

Farrer & Co

Led by John Wilkinson, the civil fraud team at Farrer & Co can showcase involvement in several multi-party cases, frequently involving freezing injunctions and asset tracing elements. The workload often spans numerous jurisdictions, and the group puts an emphasis on financial services claims. Adrian Parkhouse has more than 30 years of experience in dispute resolution, and Jolyon Connell acts in matters concerning digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Wilkinson

Autres avocats clés:

Adrian Parkhouse; Jolyon Connell; Oliver Blundell; Tom Rudkin

Les références

‘The team are engaged, humble and highly competent. They work very well as a team and no ego shines above their commitment to the work. Very creative, responsive and practical.’

‘I work closely with John Wilkinson and Tom Rudkin, both of whom are stand-out lawyers who apply creativity, empathy and practicality to their work. I love working with them, and they make our engagements with other clients easier through their seamless collaboration and support.’

Principaux clients

RP Explorer Limited

Edgeworth Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising an individual on his defence of multiple sets of high value proceedings around the world in connection with the collapse of the NMC group, valued at c. $8bn.
  • Advising an individual in his defence of Commercial Court proceedings in which he was accused of a $280m fraud against Ukrainian state controlled entities.
  • Advising RP Explorer Limited, a Cayman investment fund, in its $80m claim for fraud against multiple defendants, arising out of the client’s investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is well equipped with its dedicated civil fraud and asset tracing team to handle matters relating to anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, MTIC fraud, and insolvencies, among others. It saw an increased workload in Brazil-related work due to the opening of a local office as well as an uptick in cryptocurrency-related fraud cases. Andrew Witts leads the practice, which also includes financial services specialist Catherine Naylor.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Witts

Autres avocats clés:

Catherine Naylor; Emily Till

Les références

‘The team has global knowledge to lead complex asset recovery cases. They make great use of disclosure applications and freeze orders in UK.’

‘Andrew Witts has worked with asset recovery on fraud cases for more than 30 years and has managed transnational litigation in many foreign jurisdictions.’

‘Gowling is a standout litigation practice within an excellent firm.’

‘Andrew Witts has long been a stand out individual, his practice being mainly fraud and asset recovery within the Gowling litigation group.’

Principaux clients

Grant Thornton LLP

CPC Group Limited

Global Equities

Interpath Advisory

Liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited

Joint liquidators of the Refined London Group

Liquidator of Capital Alternatives Sales and Marketing Limited and Green Planet Investment Limited (Gibraltar)

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by the liquidators of Durant International Corp, Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited, three BVI companies connected to Paulo Maluf to recover assets misappropriated by the former Mayor of Sao Paulo.
  • Acting for Global Equities GmbH, a German company, in claims by the Danish Tax Authority concerning tax reclaims that it alleges were obtained fraudulently.
  • Advising the liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited to pursue contribution claims related to the claims made in the liquidation by a number of companies who committed large-scale MTIC fraud.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The civil fraud team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for claimants and defendants, representing corporations and individuals across a diverse range of industries, including the retail, finance and investment, energy, and real estate sectors. Kathryn Garbett is considered to be a ‘doyenne of the civil fraud world’; she leads the practice together with the ‘excellent, hardworking and astuteClaire Broadbelt. Masoud Zabeti and Annabel Thomas are involved in several cross-border matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kathryn Garbett; Claire Broadbelt

Autres avocats clés:

Masoud Zabeti; Annabel Thomas; Hannah Blom-Cooper; Mohammed Khamisa KC; Elizabeth Fox

Les références

‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’

‘A brilliant fraud defence team who fight to the last to defend their clients.’

‘Kathryn Garbett – a seasoned player who is excellent at identifying an opponent’s weak spot.’

‘Claire Broadbelt – excellent, hard-working and astute.’

‘Annabel Thomas is a calm presence when a fraud case becomes difficult.’

‘Kathryn Garbett is a doyenne of the Civil Fraud world.’

‘Elizabeth Fox is a strong and effective presence on any team.’

‘Hannah Blom-Cooper is a reassuring presence for clients and provides good guidance.’

Principaux clients

Kingdom of Sweden (through the Swedish Pensions Agency)

JSC BTA BANK

Crane Bank Ltd and its shareholders

Shareholder of Somap International PTE Limited

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending an individual in a dispute before the Commercial Court against Kuwait’s pension fund which is alleging bribery and corruption over a thirty-year period.
  • Acting for a HNW Russian businessman who has fled to the UK, who alleges he is the victim of a corporate raid in civil fraud proceedings brought by a now-insolvent Russian bank.
  • Instructed by the Kingdom of Sweden through the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) in relation to a significant fraud uncovered in Sweden.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has notable expertise in representing multi-nationals, states and high-net-worth individuals on both the claimant and defendant side in fraud trials, injunctions, freezing orders and asset recovery matters. It is well-positioned to advise on cross-border matters and in particular matters taking place in the energy and mining sectors. The team fields several Queens Counsel, among them practice co-head Thomas Sprange KC and Ruth Byrne KC. Fellow group head Sarah Walker is well versed in the financial sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Sprange KC; Sarah Walker

Autres avocats clés:

Ruth Byrne KC

Principaux clients

Government of Mongolia

IREO Funds

Deutsche Bank

Unidentified Syrian claimants

Libyan Investment Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Deutsche Bank in a claim issued by 1MDB in the UK High Court that relates to the high-profile frauds and misappropriations suffered by 1MDB, a defunct former Malaysian state-owned fund, at the hands of various third parties.
  • Acting for the Mongolian Government in relation to an LCIA arbitration regarding one of Mongolia’s most strategic and valuable mining assets, the Oyu Tolgoi mine in connection with a contractual stabilization claim.
  • Acting in a civil claim brought by the victims of terrorist attacks by the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front in Syria.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP‘s practice focuses on international fraud work, in particular relating to CIS countries and the Middle East. Areas of expertise include advising corporates and individuals in connection with UK and international investigations into bribery and corruption, fraud and integrity issues; these often stem from the energy and infrastructure industries. The practice is led by Tom Ellis and also includes the ‘committed and tacticalAndrew Bartlett.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Ellis

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Bartlett; Nick Price

Les références

‘Depth of skill, experience and knowledge.’

‘Andrew Bartlett is committed and tactical.’

‘Nick Price is a strong lawyer with good strategic sense.’

Principaux clients

AITAS Group (Kazakhstan)

Wirecard Solutions Limited

Wirecard Technologies GmbH (in administration) and Wirecard Bank AG

Sotheby’s

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

BB Energy group

Northampton Borough Council

PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands

Promsvyaz Capital B.V. and others

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for one of the defendants in the $847m High Court claims by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS).
  • Acting for the oil trading business, BB Energy, in its $120m Commercial Court conspiracy claims against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco, following its collapse in 2015.
  • Acting for Wirecard as claimant in a fraud claim brought against the private equity house Greybull Capital and its co-founder.

RPC

Alongside corporates, financial institutions and states, RPC acts for numerous ultra-high-net-worth individuals in a range of civil fraud matters. Its workload includes corporate investigations and the related disputes as well as crypto-fraud matters and cross-border mandates; Tom Hibbert‘s recent work involved African and CIS jurisdictions. Dan Wyatt is considered to be ‘bright and diligent‘, and Rupert Boswall is knowledgeable in the financial, technology, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Former practice head Andy McGregor left for Allen & Overy LLP in early 2022.

Autres avocats clés:

Dan Wyatt; Rupert Boswall; Chris Whitehouse; Tom Hibbert

Les références

‘Fearless approach to litigation and able to conduct it across multiple jurisdictions and fronts.’

‘Dan Wyatt – incisive, decisive and pro-active in the most complex of cases.’

‘This is a strong team that is very effective in big litigation including at trial, where they are very agile under tight time pressure (as trials often require). They have a great deal of expertise in the banking space and are able to put that to good use.’

‘RPC combine bloodhound sleuthing determination with all the skills of the litigation arena meaning that they keep on coming until their clients’ goals are achieved – they invariably get a result.’

‘Excellent to work with. Sensible and realistic in advice.’

‘Dan Wyatt is a bright and diligent partner who is destined for great things.’

‘Rupert Boswall has an in-depth understanding of the market and engages very well with clients.’

‘Chris Whitehouse is one of the best associates in any firm in this area. He is highly intelligent and extremely hard-working and sensible. He is trusted with work beyond his seniority and is always across the details.’

Principaux clients

Federal Government of Nigeria

Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited

Bank St Petersburg

Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited

Libra Holdings Limited

Steenbok Newco 10 SARL and Ibex Retail Investments Limited (subsidiaries of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.)

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Federal Government of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising out of the bank’s role in transferring $875m to a company, Malabu Oil & Gas Limited, which was a vehicle pursuant to a fraudulent and corrupt scheme.
  • Acting for a Ukrainian billionaire, Frold Project Limited, Eastroad Commerce LLP and Portman Shipping UK Limited in relation to claims brought by the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine and Bank Finance and Credit which allege the defendants had engaged in certain unlawful transactions.
  • Acting for Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited Financing in a $100m+ claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy against various Credit Suisse entities in relation to a synthetic CDO which Credit Suisse structured and sold to Loreley.

Slaughter and May

The practitioners at Slaughter and May are well positioned to advise on the interplay between civil and criminal fraud, and often work closely with the firm's global investigations group. Clients including global corporates, financial institutions and governments are selecting the team for fraud-related matters. Jonathan Cotton has expertise in extractive frauds, accounting frauds, misrepresentations and information theft, while Peter Wickham has a ‘can-do attitude‘. Richard Swallow leads the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Swallow

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Cotton; Efstathios Michael; Peter Wickham; Megan Sandler

Les références

‘A high-powered team that leaves no stone unturned in seeking the best outcome for the client.’

‘Super smart, diligent and engaging lawyers from top to bottom. Their meticulous approach and eye for detail marks them out in the largest fraud cases, in my experience. Whether claimant or defendant you cannot be in better hands.’

‘Efstathios Michael – simply the best.’

‘Jonathan Cotton – brilliant and so experienced in fraud matters.’

‘Peter Wickham is a young partner with a can-do attitude.’

Principaux clients

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Former director of Patisserie Valerie

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from $2bn “tuna bond scandal”.
  • Advising a former non-executive director of Patisserie Holdings plc (the holding company for Patisserie Valerie) following the October 2018 announcement to the market of material fraudulent misstatements in the company’s accounts.

Taylor Wessing LLP

The civil fraud practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is well positioned to take on a variety of matters such as fraud recovery, corruption, investigation and advisory work. Banks, asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, pensions trustees, corporates and clients in the technology, media and telecoms sectors are singling out the team for its expertise. The group is led by ‘brilliant negotiatorDavid de Ferrars and also includes Andrew Howell and Julian Randall.

Responsables de la pratique:

David de Ferrars

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Howell; Emma Allen; Julian Randall

Les références

‘Very experienced, efficient, effective litigators, who are all over the detail, whilst at the same time never losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘David de Ferrars – hugely experienced, which means he is able to identify and implement a really wide range of ways of tackling any problem, choosing the solution which most closely fits the particular features of the case. He is a brilliant negotiator, able to engender a lack of confidence in the other side, without any appearance of doing so. Excellent at leading a team and getting the best out of people.’

Principaux clients

Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)

KMD

Deloitte

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP fields a ‘high calibre‘ team which acts for financial institutions, companies, states and individuals on the claimant and defendant side. Besides its high involvement in cross-border civil fraud disputes, it also regularly supports clients in bringing and defending applications for interim relief, including freezing orders, other orders relating to asset recovery and disclosure, and court orders in support of arbitration proceedings. John Rogerson is sought out by corporates from emerging markets and EMEA-based financial institutions; he is the key UK civil fraud contact, while Mark Clarke leads the wider commercial litigation group. Charles Balmain is ‘very considered and logical‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Rogerson; Mark Clarke

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Balmain; Stephanie Stocker

Les références

‘A dedicated and innovative litigation team, able to draw on the firm’s inter-disciplinary skills at short notice to provide comprehensive solutions for their clients.’

‘John Rogerson is an excellent litigation partner, who works tirelessly and round the clock to achieve results for his clients.’

‘White & Case is a well-established firm in the commercial litigation sector. Their Partners and Associates are all of a very high calibre.’

‘Ability to grasp a very complex multi jurisdiction case in a very short time.’

‘Charles Balmain is very considered and logical with razor sharp strategic thinking.’

Principaux clients

The Russian Federation

Deutsche Bank

VTB Capital

Republic of Mozambique

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Deutsche Bank in relation to investigations by multiple regulators (in the UK and the US) arising from suspicious trading on its Moscow Equities desk, which resulted in substantial penalties.

Akin Gump LLP

Akin Gump LLP showcases expertise in acting in investment disputes on behalf of investment funds, creditors and private equity investors as well as cases in the energy space. Thanks to its cross-border network, the team regularly acts for international corporates, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals; it is well-versed in matters relating to Russia and the Middle East. Practice head Kambiz Larizadeh is considered to be ‘very smart, with real attention to detail‘. Counsel Jenny Arlington often deals with clients from the technology and AI arenas, while counsel Aimee Smart is knowledgeable of misconduct, fraud and money laundering cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kambiz Larizadeh

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Hornshaw; Justin Williams; Jenny Arlington; Aimee Smart

Les références

‘Very strong in civil fraud; sophisticated and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is terrific – very smart, with real attention to detail.’

‘Strength in depth. The ability to call on a skilled team of partners and associates to resource any type and size of case.’

‘Aimee Smart is exceptionally bright, astute and persuasive. She will go far.’

‘They have a strong civil fraud team, with experience of dealing with big fraud litigation cases.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is an excellent lawyer and very nice person to work with. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for the most complex, high profile disputes.’

Principaux clients

The administrators of African Minerals Limited

NOC Swiss

Drax Smart Generation HoldCo Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted in the Commercial Court in complex commercial proceedings for one of the world’s largest oil companies.
  • Acting for the joint administrators of African Minerals Limited (AML) against Shandong Iron and Steel Group, AML’s former joint venture partner, regarding a security enforcement sale process.
  • Acting for the director and shareholder of a UAE oil and commodities trading company, NOC Swiss LLC, in High Court proceedings in England brought under a letter of indemnity and s. 423 Insolvency Act 1986 by Greek ship-owners arising out of a time charter.

Bivonas Law LLP

Bivonas Law LLP fields a ‘close knit group that strives to provide a highly personalised service for clients’. The boutique firm can cover civil, criminal and regulatory matters and has experience in acting in cases with a CIS region or Russian element. Its clients include states, international banks and bankers, and high-net-worth individuals. Team leader John Bechelet has long-standing experience in commercial and civil fraud litigation, while Antony Brown also covers criminal fraud cases. Roland Ellis has knowledge of white collar crime, and Manraj Somal joined as senior consultant in July 2021 from Rosenblatt (part of RBG Legal Services).

Responsables de la pratique:

John Bechelet

Autres avocats clés:

Antony Brown; Roland Ellis; Manraj Somal

Les références

‘This practice provides true bespoke dedication and client care. The individuals within Bivonas are without doubt some of the most highly skilled professionals I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Outstanding patience, dedication and attention to detail. They cover every intricate detail of a case and work precisely and intensively to achieve the desired outcome. Incredible level of professionalism.’

‘John Bechelet has always shown a level of outstanding professionalism. A very personable individual. John has always displayed an ultra-high level of workmanship and expertise and is one of a kind. He is dedicated to the client and spends all the time necessary to achieve the desired result.’

‘Manraj Somal is a real fighter who rolls his sleeves up and gets the job done. Clients love him.’

‘The team are a close knit group that strive to provide a highly personalised service for clients. Dedicated to fulfilling clients’ needs. The size of the firm enables them to keep up this level of service and collaborate closely with each other.’

‘Antony Brown is a good communicator and provides practical common sense to seemingly complex problems.’

‘The team is very responsive and fights its client’s corners hard but is very commercial in its approach.’

‘Roland Ellis is an experienced commercial litigator. He has excellent judgment – he knows when to fight and when not to.’

‘Outstanding expertise in legal matters which involve high profile and complex subjects, combined with sensitive handling of reputational issues. The practice operates where appropriate collaboration with relevant parties.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the CEO of a public listed company in administration in relation to a claim by the administrators involving allegations of fraudulent trading, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, constructive trust and knowing receipt.
  • Acting for a high-profile businessman and former politician in South East Europe in relation to claims by a Greek bank concerning secured assets.
  • Acting for directors of a plc listed on the London Stock Exchange in relation to an internal investigation of alleged fraudulent misconduct followed by proceedings to set aside an issue of new shares for an alleged improper purpose.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co covers a wide range of fraud matters such as non-contentious compliance advice, internal and regulatory investigations and injunctions, asset tracing work and recovery issues. It has experience acting for claimant and defendant clients spanning national and international corporates, law firms and insurers. The team is led by commodity and natural resource expert John Whittaker and Fergal Cathie, who focuses on regulatory investigations and malpractice claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Whittaker; Fergal Cathie

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Burdett; Sabina Cahajic; Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Les références

‘Clyde & Co have an excellent fraud practice. Its teams are well led and they are a delight to work with.’

‘John Whittaker and his team stand out for their systematic and detailed work getting to grips with the underlying factual detail of a complex fraud case.’

‘Thanks to the work and efforts of the Clyde & Co team, we achieved a fantastic result for the client on all fronts. The work ethic of the Clyde & Co team was exceptional throughout and the whole team was a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Very capable of handling large scale litigation. Hard-working and effective team.’

‘Stand out name: Sabina Cahajic – able to manage complex disclosure exercises and trial preparation.’

‘John Whittaker – partner: he is excellent at leading the team and in dealing with clients. He is a very experienced litigator and highly respected in the profession. He has excellent judgment and a joy to work with. First rate.’

Principaux clients

Stichting Vestia

Moorgate Industries (formerly of Stemcor)

ED & F Man Holdings Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting on behalf of the senior partner of a law firm, who acted as a legal adviser to another of the Defendants and is alleged to have acted in furtherance of the conspiracy.
  • Representing a law firm and a former partner in a litigation with serious allegations being made.
  • Acting on behalf of two defendants, one being the senior partner of a prominent law firm, the other the CEO of Siam Commercial Bank, in a fraud case.

Covington & Burling LLP

Clients praise Covington & Burling LLP for its ‘excellent strategic vision‘ in civil fraud matters. The group acts for claimants and defendants from the life sciences, media and technology, financial services and energy sectors, and covers criminal, regulatory and civil fraud work. Team leader Ian Hargreaves advises on international asset-tracing and recovery issues, bribery and corruption and money laundering mandates. Craig Pollack acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings with a fraud element.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Hargreaves

Autres avocats clés:

Craig Pollack; Eddy Eccles

Les références

‘Covington have exceptional expertise in complex cross-border fraud cases and are one of the very few firms that I would recommend to coordinate strategy on a difficult matter. They are notable for their robust approach to defence and creativity in Freezing Order related issues.’

‘The team is built on high competency and great support across its network. Associates are heavily involved with levels of responsibility that bring out the best in the workforce.’

‘Covington combines several capabilities and look beyond the legal aspect of the matter at hand; and that makes the firm unique.’

‘Craig Pollack is a great litigator. I admire his tactics, the way he expresses himself and he is very conscious of what a client drives/wants to achieve.’

‘Ian Hargreaves – hugely experienced and calm individual.’

‘Highly commercial approach with excellent strategic vision.’

‘Creative and expert in the field.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully obtained a worldwide post-judgment freezing order against an individual following its successful defence in July 2020.
  • Defending a high profile claim by Vale with an accompanying worldwide $1.85bn freezing order, against the Director of BSG Resources Ltd and others in the English High Court, relating to contested allegations of corruption in procuring Vale to enter into a joint venture in respect of a mining licence in the Republic of Guinea.
  • Representing one of three defendants in a claim for unlawful means conspiracy in the Commercial Court.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP has noteworthy expertise in acting for as well as against regulators in matters relating to fraud. Other areas of expertise are the housing sector and litigation against banks. The team's w expertise covers fraud, cross-border investigations and regulatory work. Philip Barden‘s experience also spans the insurance, IT, PFI and supply chain arenas. Practice head James Dunn has an accountancy background, and David Pack knows offshore jurisdictions well.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Dunn

Autres avocats clés:

Philip Barden; Nikki Bowker; David Pack

Les références

‘Wide-ranging practice areas. Very easy to deal with.’

‘The firm is a medium-sized firm which delivers a high quality service and reasonable cost.’

‘Philip Barden is exceptional. He is the go-to person for this area.’

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is well positioned to act for claimants in claims of mass fraud and also has expertise is fraud matters with insolvency elements. The team, which is appreciated for its ‘efficient and client-friendly attitude‘, is led by group action specialist David Greene and Ali Zaidi, who handles fraud investigations and insolvency matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Autres avocats clés:

Zahira Hussain

Les références

‘Efficient, approachable and responsive team, and particularly experienced in group litigation matters. A pleasure to work with.’

‘David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.’

‘Very high-quality team.’

‘The most important and unique feature of this team is its ability to react quickly to sometimes unexpected needs that suddenly arise. Unlike many other firms I’ve dealt with, the lawyers here always take an extra step to ensure prompt real-time communication in order to find a prompt solution. Combined with the firm lawyers’ extensive knowledge and practical experience in many areas, such an approach allows the client to make quick decisions in complex situations.’

‘We have been really pleased with the level of service that the team have always provided to us. A stand out point is value for money.’

‘Edwin Coe are pre-eminent in Civil fraud and have a stellar reputation because of their huge knowledge and experience in the subject, as well as their efficient and client-friendly attitude. They are up-to-date with the latest developments and are innovators.’

‘Zahira Hussain is a gifted litigator with sound judgment and results focus.’

Principaux clients

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Poundland Limited

Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited

MC Rental Limited

Somerset County Council

The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London

Cemex UK Cement Limited

Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited

Bridgemarts Limited (T/A Gowing & Pursey)

Gap Group Limited

BM Advisory LLP

Conran Holdings Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a group of 130 Claimants in relation to their claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing the Claimants who invested in, and became members of, the Eclipse Scheme.
  • Representing consumers in claims arising from the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is regularly instructed by national and international financial services institutions and their portfolios to handle fraud work. Its work is often cross-border in nature, and the team works closely with the firm’s criminal practitioners. Neville Byford has more than 30 years of experience in the field and also acts in sports fraud disputes; he leads the practice together with Birmingham-based Neville Gray. Kari McCormick is well versed in seeking recoveries from companies and individuals in offshore jurisdictions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neville Byford; Neville Gray

Autres avocats clés:

Kari McCormick; Tim Browning; Daniel Jackson

Les références

‘They recognise the commercial challenges faced with dealing with these types of claims and seek to resolve them with as little impact on the business as possible. There hasn’t been anything that the team hasn’t been able to handle due to their breadth of knowledge and expertise across the financial services industry.’

‘Neville Byford, partner, is a highly experienced and well organised litigator. Organises his team well and ensures maximum cost benefit for clients.’

‘Neville Byford is well organised and knows the area extremely well. He is a real fighter for his clients. Uses counsel efficiently and operates in an efficient way for clients.’

‘Neville Gray/Daniel Jackson – both have very good working knowledge of fraud, investment in understanding clients, and the industry as a whole.’

Principaux clients

HSBC – Ingenious

The Government of Malaysia and 1MDB

HSBC – Mercury

Bemaco Steel Limited

Pension Fraud (General)

Credit Suisse Trust

Barclays Pharmaceutical Limited

Fladgate LLP

The practice at Fladgate LLP is led by Sophia Purkis, who is appreciated for being ‘on top of every detail and having superb judgment‘. The group acts equally for claimants and defendants, which instruct the team to assist with obtaining and defending emergency injunctive relief such as search and freezing orders. It also offers advice on civil fraud claims within the context of corporate insolvencies and personal bankruptcies. Mark Buckley and Joel Seager are also prominent practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sophia Purkis

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Buckley; Joel Seager; Judith Davidge; Ben Drew

Les références

‘Fladgate has a great team of lawyers that supported me through my case. They are an impressive firm and we have met lawyers from their disputes and property teams. The team works very closely together. Their strengths are that they are very commercial, well prepared and responsive.’

‘Sophie Purkis is unique. Hard working, very hands on, actually reads papers in detail and has a wonderful relationship with both clients, colleagues and counsel. Unlike many practitioners these days, she does not just process, she thinks and strategizes.’

‘Really impressive resourcing and very friendly team.’

‘Sophia Purkis: a formidable opponent who commands the utmost respect in my dealings with her. Her attention to detail is impressive and she does not leave any stone unturned to get the results for her client. Her technical excellence is consistently noted by her peers, clients and opponents.’

‘Highly skilled operation in the mid-market sector with many strong practitioners.’

‘Sophie Purkis is brilliant – she is on top of every detail and has superb judgment.’

‘Mark Buckley exudes knowledge and authority – an excellent person to have on your side in complex litigation. Very calm.’

‘Joel Seager is clever, tactically astute and works really well with his team. What marks him out is that he is ultra dedicated and highly responsive.’

Principaux clients

Pensée Foundation

Holy Group Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Pensée Foundation in The Public Institution for Social Security v. Al Rajaan & Other, a $1bn Commercial Court claim.
  • Representing two individual defendants in a $700m claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy relating to the sale of a sports television broadcasting rights business.
  • Acting for a group of defendants in a Part 20 claim concerning pre-existing proceedings alleging that the clients were involved in a conspiracy to deprive an individual of a valuable asset as part of a ‘loan-to-own scheme, and that the clients had contrived to prevent him repaying the loan in order to obtain the asset.

HFW

In close cooperation with its international offices, HFW‘s team is well positioned to advise on Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Caribbean fraud cases. It handles fraud work arising in the context of insolvencies as well as insurance-related fraud. Rick Brown is the team leader and covers claims for breach of contract, fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing as well as offshore trusts matters. Noel Campbell and the ‘highly effectivelySimon Jerrum are also prominent practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rick Brown

Autres avocats clés:

Noel Campbell; Simon Jerrum; David Chalcraft

Les références

‘Simon Jerrum – an up-and-coming partner who is equally adept at running a case on his own or managing a team, in either case highly effectively and with an easy charm.’

‘The team is resourceful and works hard. Very impressive.’

‘Richard Brown is an extremely well rounded legal adviser who I would trust to work alongside me on any complicated dispute. Rick is measured in his advice and is very easy to work with on long projects running 10 years.’

‘David Chalcraft is a standout within the team with a wealth of experience. I trust David’s advice and am reassured that he has the client’s interests in mind.’

Principaux clients

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Quantuma Advisory Limited, the Joint Liquidators of various BVI and Isle of Man companies, in relation to numerous proceedings in the Commercial Court, the BVI and the Isle of Man.
  • Acting for the Grant Thornton UK LLP as the Trustees of the insolvent Estate of Boris Berezovsky.
  • Representing Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in a very substantial claim against a number of key personnel in the NMC Group of companies.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s members have wide expertise in the field of fraud and financial crime matters, which spans the handling of commercial litigation arising out of allegations of fraud, corruption, regulatory issues, freezing orders and asset tracing work. Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs has knowledge of cross-border cases, while Louise Abbott is well versed in cryptocurrency and asset recovery matters. Robert Lawrie went to Grosvenor Law in March 2022.

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Louise Abbott

Les références

‘The structure of Keystone Law means that senior lawyers are very engaged and work is not simply signed off by partners. The firm increasingly has junior lawyers available to handle the administrative and procedural issues – and so there is a good balance.’

‘The structure of the firm ensures both strength in depth and an exceptional degree of partner involvement (they are effectively a large group of sole practitioners). Support where needed, so cost-effective as well.’

‘Louise Abbott – an effective litigator who is able to manage difficult clients well and can get to grips with complex litigation speedily.’

‘Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs is hugely experienced and can cut through difficult issues in complex cases. He’s also extremely user-friendly, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Total hands-on commitment and round the clock availability.’

‘In my experience, Louise Abbott is a superb practitioner in the fields of commercial litigation and civil fraud. She is knowledgeable and bright, hard-working and highly effective. She is also very good to work with and a good member of a team.’

Principaux clients

Indigo Global Partners Limited (In Liquidation)

Galmarley Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending Indigo Global Partners Limited (In Liquidation) against claims commenced by SKAT against 107 defendants in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representing an individual in a claim arising out of the dealings between the claimant and defendant in relation to an alleged agreement for a contractual joint venture, involving allegations of serious financial fraud.
  • Obtained a Worldwide Freezing Order for an individual made against the unknown fraudsters and a Proprietary Injunction and Bankers Trust Order as against Binance (registered in the Cayman Islands).

LK Law LLP

LK Law LLP  represents government agencies, liquidators and other restructuring professionals, corporations and individuals. Work often includes securing assets, disclosure orders and obtaining freezing orders, usually with a cross-border element. Andrew Ford has experience in investigating acts of fraud as well as in the pursuit and defense in fraud matters. Principal Caroline Phipps combines fraud, banking and insolvency know-how.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Ford

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Phipps; Adam Flacks

Les références

‘A very talented, young and international minded team.’

‘Well connected. Great legal and client skills. Approachable and commercial.’

‘Andrew Ford is a superb operator, charmismatic and smart to boot.’

‘Andrew Ford – a doyen in the fraud market; he has been in all the big cases and is very experienced.’

‘Caroline Phipps is very clever and will be a leader in the field.’

‘Andrew Ford is commercial and strategically savvy.’

Principaux clients

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company

Scully Royal Ltd

ICS Investment Consulting Services, Methis Management Limited and Sintesi Limited

Russian investors

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised AHAB on a Court of Appeal application with a value of $4.029bn.
  • Acted for Scully Royalty Limited and a number of other defendants to a claim brought in the Cayman Islands by Raiffeisen Bank International to recover approx. €100m.
  • Acting for an individual and his companies who are Defendants in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Public Institute for Social Security (Kuwait) for alleged bribery, unjust enrichment and knowing receipt.

ONTIER LLP

ONTIER LLP puts emphasis on dispute resolution and insolvency work for national and international clients. In civil fraud, the team acts in a range of related matters, but is particularly noted for its knowledge of the blockchain and crypto technology spaces. Oliver Cain has more than 25 years of experience; he leads the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Oliver Cain

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Cohen

Les références

‘Tough but sensible.’

Principaux clients

Advanced Control Systems (division of Indra Sistemas)

Luzar Trading S.A.

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation

Eviivo Limited

Brunswick Gold Limited

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading Limited

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Brunswick Rail Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Tulip Trading Limited against the developers of various Bitcoin blockchains in seeking to restore control over Bitcoin worth over £3bn.
  • Acting for Grupo Mexico SAB de CV in proceedings relating to the fraudulent restoration of a company valued in excess of $1.5bn.
  • Acting for a Saudi Arabian real estate investment company in pursuing claims in fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a joint venture to invest in European real estate.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ offering includes obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Banker’s Trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims, and works particularly close with its Middle Eastern offices in fraud matters. It has predominantly banks and other financial institutions on its client roster, and Chris Webber is a key contact for these clients. Director Ian Debbage further covers the retail, sport and construction industries, and Stephen Sampson leads the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Sampson

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Webber; Ian Debbage; Gareth Timms

Les références

‘Outstanding on strategy, tactics and execution.’

‘Gareth Timms – very available, cost effective.’

Principaux clients

GDS Publishing Limited

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP has ‘considerable experience of major fraud litigation, in particular freezing orders‘. The team is regularly instructed by international clients, particularly on cases with Russian/CIS elements. Team leader Neil Dooley is well versed in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and property industries, and Ivan Gordienko puts a particular emphasis on cryptocurrency mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Neil Dooley

Autres avocats clés:

Ivan Gordienko; Natalia Gofman

Les références

‘Extremely commercial, fantastic value for money.’

‘Its reliable and solid practice is always available to assist around the clock. This exceptional group of lawyers are clearly experts in commercial litigation and our work on various multi-jurisdictional projects was fruitful and effective on both ends.’

‘Neil Dooley is a star litigator with a wealth of experience in the Commercial Court and impeccable judgment.’

‘The quality of all the individual lawyers at both partner and associate level is outstanding. They are experts at winning truly challenging cases. They also have a good number of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers at all levels which makes them easily one of the leading firms for disputes relating to those and other former Soviet countries.’

‘Responsive, fast and strategic thinking. Always on top of the details and facts. Easily accessible at any time.’

‘The team has considerable experience of major fraud litigation including in particular freezing orders.’

‘Natalia Gofman is well known for her CIS work. Extremely responsive and has an impeccable work ethic. Highly recommended.’

‘Ivan Gordienko is a truly sophisticated litigator. He really understands the psychology of litigants and has the right tactical moves even in the tightest situations.’

Principaux clients

National Bank Trust

Hytera

Valla PTC Limited (acting as Trustee of the Westline Trust)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising National Bank Trust on English procedural law issues in relation to the Mints Family, Russian oligarchs who moved to England after the collapse of their O1 Group.
  • Represented an individual in the post-judgment phase of proceedings brought against him by his mother arising out of his parents’ divorce.
  • Representing ALINA R MOISE, UMUT UTKAN AND THOMPSON CROSBY & CO. LIMITED in proceedings brought against clients by London Partners Capital Management LLP.

Wedlake Bell

Led by Frances Coulson, the team at Wedlake Bell is well-equipped to handle fraud matters at the interface of debt recovery and insolvency issues. The client roster includes insolvency practitioners, high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, business owners, managers and directors, and several utilities companies; the team is also regularly involved in matters taking place in overseas or offshore jurisdictions. James Latham is knowledgeable in tax and government-backed grant fraud cases, while Richard Saunders handles payroll fraud matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frances Coulson

Autres avocats clés:

James Latham; Richard Saunders; Sam Fenwick; Sara Crystal

Les références

‘Small, focused team with substantial lead from the partners, which was always very reassuring.’

‘The three key litigation partners that we work with are Richard Saunders, James Latham and Francis Coulson, and they all similarly provide a significant level of senior input on every case that they work on.’

Principaux clients

RSM UK LLP

British Gas

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Haslers

KPMG LLP

Mazars LLP

Begbies Traynor PLC

Azets Limited

Opus Restructuring

Resolve

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Liquidator of MSD Cash & Carry in assessment of damages against de facto and de jure director following findings of fraud for circa £1m plus significant interest.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP impresses with its involvement in several cases before the High Court, and acts both on the claimant and defendant side, especially for clients active in the private equity and funds spaces. The team is considered to be ‘fantastic at delivering a considered and tailored service to big corporate clients on high-value and high-octane matters‘. Team leader Peter Burrell also specialises in regulatory investigations, and Simon Osborn-King acts as adviser to corporates, shareholders and high-net-worth individuals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Burrell

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Osborn-King; Jerry Healy

Les références

‘I’ve worked with the same Willkie team members on civil fraud as on commercial litigation and have seen the same excellent, hands on approach. Sensible on budgets, efficient on delivery, and lovely people to collaborate with.’

‘Peter Burrell – despite being managing partner in London, somehow still seems to be able to be in the detail on his cases. A hugely impressive individual.’

‘They are particularly good at working across a range of different jurisdictions and different proceedings, which is so often required in fraud work. They consider the potential responses to any step thoroughly before taking it. They are tireless and creative in seeking another angle, a new solution for the client.’

‘Jerry Healy – great judgment, always focused on what will add value for the client and what really matters. Superb at motivating and managing a team and getting the best out of everyone.’

‘The team is fantastic at delivering a considered and tailored service to big corporate clients on high-value and high-octane matters.’

Principaux clients

Nopporn Suppipat, Symphony Partners Limited, Next Global Investments Limited and Dynamic Link Ventures Limited

Man Group Plc

MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV

Man Asset Management (Ireland) Limited, formerly GLG Partners Asset Management Limited, Man Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Claimants Nopporn Suppipat, Symphony Partners Limited, Next Global Investments Limited and Dynamic Link Ventures Limited in a $2bn claim in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for Man Group in its defence of a large-scale fraud launched by the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait.
  • Secured a successful judgment for MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV, an Irish investment fund, in proceedings it brought in the English High Court against Kidman Asset Management Limited and Tiber Capital LLP (in administration).

Withers LLP

Withers LLP offers ‘a rare combination of excellent legal knowledge, tactical expertise and humanity’. The team covers a wide gamut of civil fraud matters for corporations, individuals and their businesses, and is well equipped to handle cross-border engagements, particularly in offshore jurisdictions. Practice head Stephen Ross advises on international asset freezing and recovery cases. Associate Laura Mattar is another key contact in dishonesty, fraud and asset recovery cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Ross

Autres avocats clés:

Roberto Moruzzi; Laura Mattar; Joshua Swift

Les références

‘A relatively small but really effective team, with great knowledge and experience and a really practical approach. A rare combination of excellent legal knowledge, tactical expertise and humanity.’

‘Stephen Ross – superb. Great legal knowledge, but most of all tactically brilliant. Always calm and measured, inspiring others to raise their game.’

‘Withers is notable for its expertise across a range of sectors, geographies and legal systems.’

‘Top tier civil fraud practice – highly experienced team offering the very best service to clients. Accustomed to dealing with very urgent matters, including applications for freezing injunctions, and heavyweight litigation.’

‘Strength in depth and foreign language capabilities, worldwide.’

‘The firm has a large pool of solicitors working on civil fraud matters and is therefore able to offer a depth of experience.’

‘Stephen Ross heads up the Fraud team. He is very hands on and gives clear instructions to his team. He is also very easy to work with and places a strong emphasis on cohesion and collaboration. He is also extremely calm under fire – a rare quality in a solicitor, particularly one who heads a department with many demanding clients.’

‘Laura Mattar – an associate to watch, she is always at the top of her game. Fantastic with clients and a pleasure to work with.’

Principaux clients

Transworld Aviation FZE

Barrowfen Properties Limited

Transomas Limited and Transomas Investments Limited

Church Bay Trust Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising an individual and his investment vehicles in an alleged multi-million investment fraud.
  • Advising Barrowfen Properties Limited in fraud and professional negligence proceedings, successfully lifting legal professional privilege based on the iniquity exception.
  • Advising CPOD SA in fraud proceedings against a trusted adviser which ultimately resulted in a significant settlement for the benefit of the client.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Instructed by private and public sector clients, the team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts in corruption, investigation, asset recovery and insurance matters on a regular basis. It has noteworthy connections to Asian, African and Caribbean jurisdictions. James Maton leads the practice, which also includes Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart as integral team members.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Maton

Autres avocats clés:

Laurence Harris; Henry Stewart

Principaux clients

The Governor and Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG)

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the TCI Government in its civil recovery efforts.
  • Acting for TCIG in a claim against a US developer arising out of his involvement in a failed development in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Dorsey & Whitney

The practitioners at Dorsey & Whitney have knowledge of a variety of fraud cases. It is well-positioned to advise on cases with UK, US and Asia connections, and also supports clients in SFO, HMRC and FCA investigations and private prosecutions. Practice head Tim Maloney and the ‘very cleverMatthew Blower are the names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Maloney

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Blower; Joseph Lewin; Shamilee Arora

Les références

‘My main point of contact is Matthew Blower. He is a very clever lawyer, and excellent with clients. However, where he is unusual is in his ability to deal sensibly with the other side in a way which saves the client time and cost, whilst still maintaining his advantage over the other side.’

‘Small team with great experience and follow up. Always deliver what the client needs.’

Principaux clients

Watchstone Group PLC

Otello Corporation ASA

Traffic Monsoon, LLC (in receivership)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Claimant, Watchstone Group Plc, in its litigation against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, arising out of the £637m purchase by Slater & Gordon of the professional services division of Quindell in 2015.
  • Acting for the Claimant, Otello Corporation ASA in a shareholder dispute with a US-based joint venture partner in London, New York and Norway.

DWF

Led by Richard Twomey, the team at DWF acts for corporations, financial institutions, trustees and high-net-worth individuals. Its offering also includes support in forensic accounting, regulatory advice, and criminal mandates, for which it works closely across practice groups. Joshua Fineman also covers post-fraud recovery actions, and Jonathan Isaacs is another prominent practitioner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Twomey

Autres avocats clés:

Joshua Fineman; Jonathan Isaacs

Les références

‘Both Richard Twomey and Joshua Fineman were absolutely excellent – fantastic attention to detail along with strategic nous and excellent client skills; totally committed to the case.’

‘As most of the cases of fraud are complex and require  people to respond and act without delay, DWF’s team is always available, fast and up to date with the developments of the relevant sectors.’

Principaux clients

Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee Fund

Flexiscale Limited

Flexiant Limited

The Assam Family Trusts

Firexo Inc

P1.07 Sports Media and Agency

Rafax Invest AB

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing three of the alleged fraud defendants in the SKAT proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of the Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee Fund in the recovery of substantial monetary sums which it has been defrauded of ($1bn+).
  • Acting for Attel Finance as part of global enforcement efforts to enforce a personal guarantee.

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP handles matters for individuals and directors of organisations. The team is well versed in interim relief measures such as obtaining and discharging freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and asset tracing claims, as well as frauds involving commodities and financial instruments, and securities litigation. Gavin Foggo and David Butler jointly lead the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gavin Foggo; David Butler

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Hill; Rebecca Richardson; Evie Meleagros

Les références

‘They are in the happy place of being large enough to take on the biggest cases, whilst small enough that their teams remain focused on the matters in hand.’

‘Excellent breadth of experience in commercial litigation in the UK & offshore.’

‘Fox Williams’ civil fraud capability is nimble and committed, capable of outmanoeuvring larger opposing teams.’

‘Gavin Foggo is an excellent litigator with a good strategic sense. He knows exactly what clients want to achieve.’

‘The team works very closely as a unit and plays to everyone’s strengths. They are very imaginative and strategic on both sides of the claimant/defendant divide.’

‘David Butler: really clever; best strategist I work with; gets offshore and gets what you can or cannot do in various jurisdictions.’

‘Rebecca Richardson – very deservedly recently promoted. Rebecca not only gets into the detail of the case, but also directs it to get the best possible results.’

‘Evie Meleagros is a tough and tactical litigator who is on top of the detail.’

Principaux clients

Genesis Properties Holding LLC and others

Hertz Europe Ltd

Global Risk Partners Limited

Pamplona Strategic Investments Limited

MS Amlin Plc

IFG Group Plc

Balderton Capital LLP

Meem Memory Limited

Euro Pacific Card Services Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Chipper Management Limited in defending a €65m claim brought by KMG International NV arising out of the alleged fraudulent dissipation of the shares in Novero GmbH and their eventual sale to Laird Limited.
  • Acted for Genesis Properties Holding LLC, Genesis Kinghwa LLC, Transcendent Global Finance Inc and Transcendent (SG) Pte Ltd in claims against them for knowing receipt of $30m dollars.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc covers a range of litigation and arbitration cases involving fraud, misconduct, or corruption. The group is particularly noted for its expertise in acting for banks, financial institutions, and investment funds, as well as for foreign regulators and in matters in the fintech and blockchain spaces. Richard Healey has considerable knowledge in fraud, asset tracing and recovery cases. He leads the practice together with Birmingham-based Mark Wilson and Rebecca Hume, who joined the team in September 2021 from Kobre & Kim.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Wilson; Richard Healey; Rebecca Hume

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Thompson

Les références

‘The team are very innovative with a strong focus on client satisfaction. Their knowledge and experience in dealing with the litigation funding sector makes them incredibly helpful in any collaboration. Their work is consistently quick and precise.’

‘Individuals are always easy to contact and incredibly professional.’

‘The team demonstrates a systematic approach to resolving complex cross-border fraud cases, a well-organized and well-coordinated team of lawyers takes the client’s problem as their own, and always tries to solve it as effectively as possible for the client.’

‘Knowledgeable, client focused with very good technical capability.’

‘Individuals are always easy to contact and incredibly professional. Richard Healey has been brilliant in the cases where we have collaborated.’

‘Mark Wilson is a standout. He is technically savvy and committed to delivering a positive outcome for his clients.’

‘Rebecca Hume is excellent. Her wide and deep fraud experience from her time in the Cayman Islands means she is well able to advise clients, and provide a first class service. She is a ‘go to’ for me with clients who need advice on issues relating to fraud and asset recovery.’

Principaux clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Deposit Guarantee Fund and PJSC Bank “Finance and Credit” in their significant fraud claims against a Ukrainian billionaire and others.
  • Acted for liquidators in relation to a tax fraud claim in excess of £67m against a high-net-worth individual based offshore.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s team ‘operates in a way that is forthright and effective and provides a first-class service to clients’. The practitioners are instructed by banks, investment managers and advisers, hedge funds, insolvency practitioners, accountants, law firms, and insurers, acting on the claimant as well as the defendant side. Areas of expertise span investment and trading frauds, insolvency and insurance-related work, and bribery and corruption-related civil claims. Alistair Graham leads the practice, in which Susan Rosser, Jim Oulton and Michael Fiddy are noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Graham

Autres avocats clés:

Susan Rosser; Jim Oulton; Michael Fiddy; Devi Shah; Stephen Moi

Les références

‘The ability of this team to handle the complexity of this work has stood out. Their knowledge and experience of the funding market has also been invaluable.’

‘This is very much a team of experienced personnel. They function effectively and efficiently as a team rather than as disparate individuals and both individually and collectively have the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with complex commercial fraud cases.’

‘Superb lawyers from top to bottom, who have the resources and commitment necessary to get the results in complex fraud claims.’

‘Alistair Graham – one of the best partners there is. Masses of experience and never takes his eye off the ultimate question of what is in the best interests of the client.’

‘Mayer Brown’s Civil Fraud team is very experienced with great strength and depth with a first rate reputation, which is completely deserved. The team operates in a way that is forthright and effective (without being overly aggressive); and provide a first-class service to clients. The team stands out against their competitors for the quality of the lawyers and their knowledge of the field.’

‘Michael Fiddy is an innovative thinker always seeing the bigger picture and developing strategies around the commercialities of the case. He is a reassuring presence for the clients and also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Susan Rosser is simply brilliant. Susan is very sharp both technically and tactically and has command of all of the details of a very complex case. She is very easy to work with and has great ability to manage the multiple stakeholders in this case.’

‘Stephen Moi – Stephen’s promotion to partner is well deserved. He is very hard working and extremely bright. The quality of the work produced by him is always of an exceptional standard.’

Principaux clients

UBS

Principal Global Investors

BDO

eOne

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for eOne in an internal investigation into allegations of fraud arising out of currency trading, and subsequently in a multi-million pound fraud claim in the High Court, which included allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption.
  • Representing partners in BDO in their role as liquidators of Robin Symes Limited in a mandate including allegations of fraud, theft, and illegal trafficking in antiquities.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster regularly acts for national and international clients, providing them with support in regulatory, investigatory, compliance and enforcement matters. The team is particularly well versed in UK, EU and US sanctions as well as in matters in relation to financial crime, corruption, bribery, and money-laundering. Paul Friedman combines antitrust, white collar and securities litigation expertise, while Gareth Rees KC puts an emphasis on business crime and regulatory mandates; he leads the practice with Saqib Alam and Hayley Ichilcik.

Responsables de la pratique:

Saqib Alam; Hayley Ichilcik; Gareth Rees KC

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Friedman

Les références

‘Hayley Ichilcik is extremely bright and strategically astute. She is adept at advising in the contentious fraud area, whether civil, regulatory or criminal. A calm and confident presence even in the most hostile of environments.’

Seladore Legal

Seladore Legal demonstrates knowledge of civil fraud and asset tracing matters, breaches of trust and fiduciary duty issues, and money laundering, bribery and corruption mandates. In international matters, it has a track record of acting in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, as well as in cases involving offshore jurisdictions. Its clients include corporates, financial institutions, foreign government agencies and state-owned entities, as well as private equity houses, hedge funds, and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Simon Bushell has more than 30 year of experience in the field and heads up the team, which was reinforced by the arrival of Gary Milner-Moore in December 2021, who was previously at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Gareth Keillor is another key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Bushell

Autres avocats clés:

Gary Milner-Moore; Gareth Keillor; Kevin Kilgour; Afzalah Sarwar

Les références

‘The team at Seladore is of the highest calibre and comprises some of the biggest and best-established individuals in the civil fraud field. I find the partners to be high accessible and user-friendly. They have grown the team organically but it shows a real strength in depth with highly capable and hard-working individuals working on matters at all times.’

‘This is a boutique litigation firm led by partners with considerable experience. They have the commercial knowledge, judgment and expertise to handle substantial commercial litigation with the energy and flexibility that a small firm team can bring.’

‘Small and close-knit firm of outstanding ex-City partners make this a devastating outfit for fraud cases – they hunt as a pack and snare the quarry.’

‘Gareth Keillor always gives considered, calm and practical advice. He is cool, calm and collected at all times and a great team player to have in one’s corner.’

‘Kevin Kilgour is highly personable and approachable.’

‘Simon Bushell has all the experience you could hope for, and more. His judgement is excellent, and he is an encyclopaedia on fraud claims. Kevin Kilgour and Gareth Keillor both provide measured, reasonable, effective advice, and assist Simon very well.’

‘Gareth Keillor is an exceptional litigator – solutions focused, responsive, bright and sensible. Kevin Kilgour is  exceptionally bright and always seems to come up with a novel point. Simon Bushell – a strong leader and and insightful decisive litigator.’

‘Afzalah Sarwar is one to watch – she is detail focused and hard working.’

Principaux clients

FRP Advisory

Come Harvest Holdings Limited

Satfinance Investment Limited

SGS

DTEK Renewables

Sian Participation Corp (in liquidation)

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by one of multiple defendants in relation to the huge multi-party fraud claim brought by the Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), against Fahad Al-Rajaan and others.
  • Acting for DTEK Renewables in connection with the alleged misapplication by a Ukrainian state entity of $120m representing the proceeds of London-listed green energy bonds which were due to be paid to the client.
  • Acted for companies in the SGS Group, which is owned by a Russian businessman, in a high-stakes dispute concerning control of a major Russian company, FESCO.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Areas of expertise for the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP include acting for public, private and third-sector organisations in investigations and recovery actions as well as freezing injunction applications, often cross-border in nature and involving litigation funders. The group also supports its clients in cyber fraud cases as well as in compliance and risk management matters. Lucy James is noted for her wide commercial litigation practice and Alex Burton has experience in the Middle East. The team is led by Birmingham-based Helen Briant.

Responsables de la pratique:

Helen Briant

Autres avocats clés:

Lucy James; Alex Burton

Les références

‘Easy to communicate, friendly & flexibility, creative & problem solving organisation, attention to detail.’

‘Excellent all-round service.’

‘Hard-working and professional.’

Principaux clients

Project Abacus

Sayacorp B.S.C. (c)

Tradition Singapore (Pte) Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

PDC Limited

ADNOC

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed on behalf of 450 investors who suffered losses as a result of a potentially fraudulent property scheme operated by the Alpha and Green Parks group of companies.
  • Acting for Sayacorp who is a claimant in proceedings in the Abu Dhabi Global Market Court claiming default by NMC Healthcare Limited (in administration) and by guarantors of its obligations in connection with a substantial Islamic financing facility.
  • Advised a company in relation to an internal investigation and potential claims available to it regarding improper business practices and diversion of business conducted by employees of a business acquired by the client.

William Grace

William Grace has established itself as a point of contact for additional or niche defendants in large-scale multi-defendant fraud cases. It has experience in matters such as bribery and corruption work, breaches of fiduciary duties, secret profits work, dishonest assistance matters, and deceit mandates. Alastair Shaw leads the practice; he ‘has a great tactical insight, and a strong read on the strengths and weaknesses of a case’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Shaw

Les références

‘William Grace is a boutique law firm which offers an efficient service to its clients. They seem to provide a cost-effective service by relying heavily on a business model which works well to deliver a high quality legal service at an effective price.’

‘Alastair Shaw is very experienced and is on top of his cases while also being relaxed and calm. Alastair is very easy to work with. His written work is excellent and the tone of his correspondence with courts, clients, and opponents is always absolutely spot on.’

‘WG’s streamlined offering is efficient and allows for the personal touch, but without compromising on quality.’

‘Alastair Shaw has a great tactical insight, and a strong read on the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’

‘This is a small but very effective team which can punch well above its weight. They provide a depth of experience and flexibility on pricing. They pick up quickly and are not usually fettered by conflicts.’

‘Alastair Shaw is an excellent lawyer – he has earned his stripes in the wider market and applies his considerable expertise for his clients in his own firm. He is the combination of clever and collaborative and has an excellent strategic mind.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented former head of the National Bank of Ukraine in major Commercial Court proceedings brought against her and the former President of Ukraine by an Oligarch and other companies.
  • Continuing to advise a client in relation to further developments relating to the (now discontinued) high-profile bribery and corruption proceedings LIA v SocGen and Ors and subsequent matters brought by the Libyan Investment Authority and related matters.