Fraud: civil in London
Allen & Overy LLP is adept at dealing with high value multijurisdictional matters that involve a high volume of documents, freezing orders, disclosure orders, and search and seizure orders. Other areas of expertise include world-wide asset freezing, interim applications and ancillary orders such as for passport retention. The firm acts for claimants and defendants in the oil and gas, telecoms, manufacturing, banking and financial sectors. Senior associate Helen Biggin handles cross-border dispute resolution involving fraud in emerging markets, including Iraq, while fellow senior associate Juliet de Pencier is also well-regarded.
Baker McKenzie draws on its huge global network of offices to handle multijurisdictional matters; areas of expertise include cross-border fraud investigations, litigation, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. The firm continues to act as a global legal coordinator for the Kuwaiti Government-owned Grupo Torras on the recovery of stolen assets, following the groundbreaking $800m judgment the firm obtained in its favour in England. Charles Thomson and Hugh Lyons head the team.
Charles Thomson; Hugh Lyons
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Peddie; Anthony Poulton; Henry Garfield
‘Highly competent lawyers at all levels’.
‘Committed and user friendly’.
‘Anthony Poulton is a very skilled negotiator’.
Dubai Islamic Bank
Tradition Financial Services
The Official Receiver of the Bangkok Bank of Commerce
Kuwait Investment Office
Consolidated Contractors Company
Edwardian Hotels Group
Abdullah Bin Obaid
Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW)
- Acting for Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC in proceedings to recover circa $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud.
- Acting for Dr Kasem Narongdej in an alleged conspiracy involving the alleged fraudulent transfer of shares worth several billion US dollars.
- Acting for Edwardian Hotels Group in a £100m dispute between certain of its minority and majority shareholders.
- Acting for Prandicle Limited as a defendant in $1bn English commercial court proceedings concerning (i) allegations of fraud in the sale of a large Ukrainian steel plant; and (ii) ownership of various high profile and high value assets.
London litigation boutique Byrne and Partners LLP advises clients on high-stakes fraud disputes, as well as freezing orders and interlocutory injunctions. It also deals with trust and fiduciary issues in offshore jurisdictions, and handles related criminal issues including asset forfeiture, civil asset recovery, extradition requests and the removal of Interpol Red Notices. Clients include international conglomerates, high-net-worth individuals, investment managers and financial service professionals. Nicola Boulton - described as 'the market leader in civil fraud' - heads the team.
Other key lawyers:
Yvonne Jefferies; Adam Zoubir; Elizabeth Seborg; Ben Davies; Adam Zoubir; Tom McKernan
‘Nicola Boulton leads a highly tactically astute team’.
‘They have vast experience at facing down the most difficult and aggressive opponents in large-scale fraud claims, both on the claimant and the defendant side’.
‘Nicola Boulton is the market leader in civil fraud and her well-drilled team include stand-out associates such as Tom McKernan and highly skilled strategists such as Ben Davies’.
‘Their fees are extremely competitive given the quality of their work and expertise’.
‘Yvonne Jefferies is an exceptional strategist’.
‘Adam Zoubir is smart, personable and a very safe pair of hands’.
Nop Narongdej and Nuttawut Phowborom
Harbour Fund II, L.P.
Nikolay Sochin and Balfour Worldwide Limited
Soprim Construction Sarl
Harbour Fund III, L.P.
- Acted for a Russian businesswoman and entrepreneur in her $250m Commercial Court claim against oligarch Vladimir Chenukin, which concerned ownership of valuable real estate interests and trust claims.
- Acting for Thai investors defending a $1 -$2bn Commercial Court fraud claim, concerning ownership of Thai renewable energy companies.
- Acting for a former major shareholder and senior manager of a Russian Bank, in his defence of $1bn fraud claims brought in the Commercial Court.
- Acting for a major litigation funder in a £150m Commercial Court dispute over ownership of assets, to which the SFO is also making a claim.
- Acting for a Russian oligarch in his defence of a $380m Commercial Court fraud claim brought by a major Russian oil producer.
DLA Piper draws on its large global network of offices to provide a comprehensive service on cross-border civil fraud disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services and energy and natural resources sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing, international bribery, corruption and money laundering. The team also offers a rapid response hotline which provides 24-hour global crisis management advice. Jamie Curle, Jeremy Andrews and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry head the team, which has been significantly boosted by the additions of Patrick Rappo, Rebecca Hopkirk and Anna Mills, who joined as partners during 2018 from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, RPC and Hogan Lovells International LLP respectively, while Christina Lawrence was promoted to partner.
Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely dedicated to the case and its success, they work seamlessly with teams of local counsels and experts in other jurisdictions’.
‘Clever, quick and always available, they instill calm and confidence’.
‘A smooth running team which has depth and breadth of fraud experience’.
‘First rate civil fraud capability; brilliant at cross-jurisdictional problems’.
‘Jamie Curle is absolutely brilliant at running cases, moving between the macro and the micro; he has huge expertise in juggling proceedings in different jurisdictions and is a joy to work with’.
‘Very experienced team leaders and enthusiastic junior solicitors who work hard’.
‘Jeremy Andrews is very calm and to the point’.
‘Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry has very impressive tactical nous’.
‘Jamie Curle has excellent client skills and good team management’.
‘Jeremy Andrews is a standout partner and is hands on when he needs to be’.
Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (in Special Administration)
Renova Industries Limited
- Representing Renova in BVI proceedings in a $900m joint venture dispute.
- Representing Thomas Kalaris, former CEO of Barclays Wealth, in connection with the largest fraud trial arising out of the 2008 financial crisis..
- Advising the special administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd in its actions to recover losses of up to €3.5bn arising from allegedly fraudulent transactions entered into by Andreas Vgenopoulos and other former management of the bank and related entities.
- Representing Premier Wealth, which is seeking to recovery of monies from a £10m fraudulent investment scheme.
- Representing a group of four defendants in a $19m claim for breach of contract and fraud.
In addition to its top-tier disputes capabilities, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a track record of work on high-value multijurisdictional fraud investigations, drawing on a team of experts across its international network of offices. The team also has expertise in the locating, freezing and recovery of assets, with an in-house forensics team which provides global investigation and asset tracing services for victims of civil fraud. The 'outstanding' Jeremy Garson heads the team, which also includes EMEA disputes head Philip Carrington, solicitor advocate Rachel Lidgate and 'extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful' of counsel Gareth Keillor.
Other key lawyers:
‘They know what they can do and they carefully weigh the available options before proceeding’.
‘They follow a hands-on but respectful approach when cooperating with colleagues in foreign jurisdictions’.
‘There is integrity in everything they do’.
‘They are always punctual in delivering work of very high quality’.
‘Kevin Kilgour is meticulous in his work and communicates complicated ideas in a simple and effective manner’.
‘Jeremy Garson is an outstanding lawyer – he has excellent knowledge of the law combined with an imaginative, holistic and pragmatic approach aimed at providing his clients with the best and most efficient solutions’.
‘They are a formidable resource to have on your side’.
‘They are highly responsive and cut through to the heart of the key issues’.
‘Gareth Keillor is extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful; has a lot of cross-border dispute resolution experience.’
‘Jeremy Garson is a thoughtful, highly analytical and a very efficient defender of my rights. He is willing to work to tight deadlines and be aggressive when need be.’
‘Chris Bushell is one of the up and coming leaders in London litigation.’
Gazprom Export LLC
Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited
Mr Bernard Charles Ecclestone
Tarek Investments Limited (Investment vehicle of billionaire Vladislav Doronin)
A Cypriot company which owns a substantial real estate asset in England.
Tony Jimenez (Dubai-based businessman)
- Acting for Gazprom Export in proceedings brought in London in relation to a shareholder dispute concerning a Bulgarian joint venture gas company.
- Instructed by Jyske Bank to defend dishonest assistance and knowing receipt claims in Gibraltar brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co, a Gibraltarian law firm that became insolvent in 2010 after its partners and finance director of Marrache & Co were imprisoned for fraudulently misappropriating large amounts of money from the firm’s accounts.
- Defending JP Morgan in proceedings issued by the Libyan Investment Authority.
- Defending a claim of over $500m brought against Bernie Ecclestone and four other defendants across two separate actions concerning the sale by Bayerische Landesbank Anstalt des Offentlichen Rechts of its stake in the Formula 1 Group in 2006.
Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a prestigious client roster on anti-bribery measures, corruption, asset recovery, money laundering and economic sanctions. Its global network of offices provides coordinated multi-jurisdictional advice, with notable experience of cases in Russia, the CIS and Libya. Clients include corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators. The 'hugely experienced' Crispin Rapinet, who heads the team, has a track record of cases involving the Middle East. Also recommended is Chris Hardman, who applies his 'litigation nous' to large fraud cases involving Russia and the CIS. The firm continues to act for ENRC in relation to the high-profile case against the SFO which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Hardman; Claire Lipworth; Michael Roberts; Liam Naidoo; Oliver Humphrey
‘Unrivalled expertise in high-value, high-stakes fraud litigation’
‘Michael Roberts has that winning combination of a razor-sharp legal mind, meticulous attention to detail and effective client skills’.
‘Liam Naidoo is a highly experienced fraud litigator with impeccable judgement and a keen eye for the strategic aspects of the case as well as the detail of running large-scale litigation in the Commercial Court’.
‘Crispin Rapinet is a hugely experienced fraud litigator with flawless judgement and practical nous’.
‘Oliver Humphrey is a very clever lawyer who leaves no stone unturned and has the utmost confidence of the clients’.
‘Chris Hardman is a senior partner who oversees much of the work: his litigation nous is the best I have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the City.’
‘Chris Hardman and Richard Lewis are the best civil fraud solicitors in London.’
Russian Deposit InsuranceAgency
Libyan Sovereign WealthFund
- Acting on behalf of ENRC, the team secured one of the most significant Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
- Continuing to act for the DIA in its groundbreaking litigation against former oligarch Sergei Pugachev.
- Advising on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy in connection with a shareholder dispute between four Ukrainian oligarchs who were longstanding partners in one of Europe’s largest metals producers, Industrial Union of Donbass.
- Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the largest fraud dispute before the English courts in recent years. BTA alleges that the former chairman of its board of directors, Mukhtar Ablyazov, assisted by various associates (some of whom are also defendants), effectively stole over $6bn from BTA.
- Advising on claims by companies within the international ferroalloys conglomerate, the Cunico Group, against its former management for mismanagement and deliberate siphoning of funds.
The London team at Jones Day advise on complex cross-border matters, international asset tracing, contentious insolvency, investment fund disputes and cases involving offshore jurisdictions. , with clients including both businesses and high-net-worth individuals. Sion Richards heads the practice and specialises in multijurisdictional investigations and civil litigation; he is particularly adept at handling injunctive relief and asset tracing. Craig Shuttleworth is recommended for his experience in disputes, expert determination and claimant fraud actions.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Shuttleworth; Annabel Treadgold; James Fidler; Barnaby Stueck
Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte LLP in their capacities as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & other related companies
Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz & Family and Arab Asian International Holding Company BSC
Brian Glasgow in his capacity as Bankruptcy Trustee of Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited
Hi-Level Enterprises Limited
Khalid Abdullah Al-Hezaimi
Nicholas Guy Edwards and Daniel Francis Butters of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as Joint Administrators of Angelic Interiors Limited
Chapter II Trustee of the Soundview Funds
Simon McNally and Simon Cooper
Arcadia Petroleum Limited
- Representing Angel Group liquidators in successful civil fraud claims worth more than £10m against former director and sole shareholder.
- Acting for the Bin Mahfouz family in complex High Court fraud proceedings and consequent enforcement action against Muhaned El-Rashid.
- Obtained urgent injunctive relief for Hi-Level Enterprises Limited against former employees who had deliberately misappropriated intellectual property.
- Advising a prominent Saudi businessman in complex fraud proceedings brought against him by a former business associate and others in July 2017.
- Acting for Arcadia Petroleum Limited in fraud proceedings against former management and associates worth around £350m.
The Linklaters LLP team takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of lawyers across its global network of offices, including specialists in derivatives, insolvency, financial regulation, capital markets, energy and infrastructure and competition. Clients include banks and FTSE 100 companies, which it advises on high-value multijurisdictional disputes. Satindra Dogra heads the London team - which was recently boosted by the arrival of former Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders - while Michael Bennett is global head. Other new additions to the London team include Gavin Lewis, who relocated from Hong Kong, while Teresa Laboucarie-Polak and Chris Stevenson were both recently made up to partner.
Satindra Dogra; Michael Bennett
Other key lawyers:
‘A strong fraud team’.
‘The overall quality of the associates at every level makes them stand out from many rival firms in this area’.
‘Rebecca James is an extremely talented managing associate who is destined for high places’.
Grant Thornton LLP
- Acting for Grant Thornton, the liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited and Singularis Holdings Limited, in its ongoing defence on behalf of those companies of fraud claims exceeding $4bn.
- Representing Bayerische Landesbank/BayernLB, which sold its majority stake in Formula One to CVC in 2006. One of BLB’s former directors was allegedly bribed by Bernie Ecclestone in connection with the sale, which has given rise to multiple sets of prior criminal and civil proceedings in England and Germany.
Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has broad expertise, handling fraud investigations, litigation asset recovery, civil injunctions, freezing orders and cyber security. Clients include global organisations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team and specialises in disputes, investigations and cross-border injunctions. Kathryn Garbett is adept at handling civil fraud litigation, while Gary Miller is an international litigator and focuses on commercial disputes involving dishonesty, fraud and corruption issues. Robert Wynn-Jones is also 'extremely well regarded'. Mark Davis joined as partner from Davis & Co, while Alison Levitt QC left to join 2 Hare Court.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent resources and a go-to firm for the biggest cases’.
‘Robert Wynn Jones is extremely well regarded and is an expert in the field’.
‘A team with real strength in depth and great experience in this area’.
‘They are all very committed, extremely familiar with the area, and particularly creative with investigations and interim applications’.
‘Robert Wynn Jones is very clever, absolutely tireless in his clients’ interests and always practical’.
Hugo Plowman is an excellent leader and team builder, with huge experience, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work’.
- Advising Nopporn ‘Nick’ Suppipat, an entrepreneur who built Thailand’s largest wind energy company and who fled the country after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The resulting litigation involves claims for conspiracy against 17 defendants in six jurisdictions, with damages in excess of $1bn.
- Acting for a client on a high-value claim seeking to remove him as personal executor of an English estate by the wife of the deceased and his daughter.
- Acting for Alexander Yaroslavsky against allegations that he conspired to defraud Tatneft by means of a complex oil-siphoning arrangement.
Specialist City disputes boutique PCB Litigation LLP has a dedicated focus on fraud investigations, asset recovery and commercial disputes, and of late has been seeing an increasing amount of insolvency-related fraud claims. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Trevor Mascarenhas is praised for his 'seriously impressive knowledge of the law, particularly on issues such as jurisdiction', while 'master strategist' Anthony Riem has strong experience of banking litigation and commercial litigation. Jon Felce is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases and is described as 'a sophisticated thinker'. The firm is a member of Fraudnet, the global network of asset recovery specialists run by the International Chamber of Commerce.
Trevor Mascarenhas; Anthony Riem
Other key lawyers:
Jon Felce; Natalie Todd
‘Trevor Mascarenhas is a great strategist and always there to help’.
‘Camilla Cook is a rising star of litigation, a great addition to the team’.
‘The overall service is excellent – friendly but also very professional and efficient’.
‘A partner led practice, and so clients always have the benefit of a very experienced litigator leading their cases’.
‘Anthony Riem and Trevor Mascarenhas are stand out, excellent fraud and asset recovery practitioners’.
‘Nick Ractliff is a true gent, as well as being incisive and very strong minded’.
‘Unparalleled expertise of fraud disputes including the very busiest and most complex.
‘Trevor Mascarenas is a good strategist with encyclopaedic knowledge of fraud law’.
‘Rachel Turner is very easy to work with and a good associate for managing a case’.
‘A niche commercial fraud practice at the cutting edge of cross-border commercial fraud work’.
Bank of Moscow
SES SA and MX1 Limited
KMG International NV
- Acting in the defence of a $100m+ claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Walid Giahmi and JP Morgan in respect of the acquisition of notes issued by Bear Stearns said to have been procured through bribery and intimidation.
- Represented TPG Capital and related individuals and companies in successfully defending a $1bn claim.
- Acting Andrey Petrik, the anchor defendant in dispute over the ownership of the Norebo Group, one of the largest international fishing enterprises in the world.
- Acting for BMW in relation to significant claims arising out of an employee fraud.
- Acted for defendant Jason Tsai, in relation to a multimillion-pound VAT fraud matter.
The team at Simmons & Simmons has recently been involved in what has been dubbed "the UK's biggest fraud trial", advising former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on the multibillion-dollar claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the company. The top-end City firm, which has expertise in civil, criminal, and parallel regulatory parallel proceedings, also handles cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, and is seeing an increase in work from high-net-worth individuals in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Other clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Team co-head Nick Benwell handles large-scale, multijurisdictional and sensitive fraud investigations, working with the 'fabulous' Patrick Boylan, who has a focus on fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Stephen Gentle is also recommended.
Nick Benwell; Patrick Boylan
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Gentle; Stephen Moses; Ed Crosse; Adam Brown; Chloe Morris; Richard Sims
‘Simmons & Simmons have a number of strong partners and associates in this area, who are well able to handle big-ticket fraud litigation, and give robust and pragmatic advice’.
‘Patrick Boylan has a level head and mature approach, and a calm manner that can reassure clients’.
‘The breadth of experience across the team means that clients can be confident that whatever the issue, someone in the Simmons team will have dealt with it before’.
‘The team is highly respected across the City with strong continuity of personnel and an ability to attract the best new talent’.
‘Patrick Boylan is a fabulous litigation partner who gets stuck in and is a great communicator and strategist’.
The Capital Markets Company (UK) Limited (Capco)
Macquarie Bank Limited
BH Asset Management Limited
Animo Associates Limited (Animo)
- Representing former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain in relation to the $5bn claim brought by Hewlett-Packard arising out of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of Autonomy.
- Representing Capco in a $145m+ fraud claim in which Capco alleged that its clients, resources and business opportunities were fraudulently diverted to new start-up companies secretly owned and controlled by Capco’s former employees.
- Defending Shahid Ullah in claim relating to an alleged fraudulent conspiracy with a Nigerian joint venture to extract $1bn from the Afren Group.
- Represented the O1 Group in a $600m fraud claim involving one of Russia’s largest private banks, Otkritie Bank. Successfully obtained anti-suit injunctions in the English High Court for O1 Group.
- Defending Macquarie Bank against a complex contract/fraud claim relating to the trading of oil futures.
Stephenson Harwood handles high value fraud cases, disputes and international fraud litigation, with a strong track record of work relating to emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders, gagging orders and asset tracing. Ros Prince - 'a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments' - co-heads the team and focuses on large scale fraud disputes. She works in tandem with the 'phenomenally experienced' Alan Bercow, who also heads the team, advises clients in large scale fraud and asset tracing litigation, while other key members of the wider team include commercial litigation head John Fordham, described as a 'been there and done it' partner, while senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is also recommended.
Ros Prince; Alan Bercow
‘Ros Prince is a partner with an amazing ability to be all over the detail, whilst at the same time steering the strategy decisions’.
‘Sue Millar is a measured lawyer, who understands both the legal intricacies of a case and the commercial needs of the client’.
‘Alan Bercow is a calm and efficient lawyer who is highly respected in the market and by his team’.
‘A heavyweight fraud team with experience of some of the most complex and high value cases’.
‘Ros Prince is a fantastic lawyer who runs an extremely efficient and effective team’.
‘Ros Prince is a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments’.
‘Alan Bercow has compendious knowledge of the practice area and a huge amount of common sense, which clients really appreciate’.
‘Alan Bercow is a real gentleman, who is phenomenally experienced’.
‘Ros Prince is a standout fraud litigator with superb international experience’.
Former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Shane Crooks and Malcolm Cohen of BDO LLP
SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd
KPMG LLP, Ian Corfield, Allan Graham
Libyan Investment Authority
- Acting for the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company on their enforcement action in England in relation to the $54bn arbitration award against the Russian Federation.
- Advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in relation to a significant fraud in an underlying arbitration in which the award is worth over $400m.
- Continuing to act in relation to the affairs of the Libyan Investment Authority, representing one of the persons claiming to be chairman of the LIA in various claims.
- Acting for the Receivers of Sebastian Holdings which was the personal investment vehicle of Mr Vik, a sometime multi-billionaire locked in a high profile dispute with Deutsche Bank.
- Acted for Ukrainian clients in successfully discharging a worldwide freezing order granted by the Commercial Court in support of an LCIA arbitration.
Bird & Bird LLP is adept at handling various civil and criminal fraud matters; areas of expertise include international risk management and compliance advice, HMRC investigations, pension fraud, corporate fraud, asset tracing, market abuse, money laundering, employee fraud and mortgage fraud. The firm recently launched a 24/7 business fraud and crisis response hotline. Sophie Eyre, who heads the team, has expertise in ancillary relief applications as well as extensive knowledge of trust issues arising from fraud claims.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Brown; Peter Knight; Matthew Foote
Global Energy Horizons Corporation
- Represented Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the Supreme Court, which upheld the Court of Appeal’s overturning of the first instance decision in a high-profile case in which the Playboy Club London had sued the bank for negligence.
- Advising a defendant in relation to £1.6bn claim brought by the Danish tax collecting authority against 94 defendants in relation to the alleged fraudulent use of the Danish withholding tax regime.
- Representing Global Energy Horizons Corporation in a damages enquiry following a determination by the Court that a party owed a fiduciary duty to the claimant and had made secret profits and benefited from the confidential business investment plans and strategies for the use of ultrasound in late life oil and gas wells to enhance production.
Brown Rudnick LLP handles various fraud and regulatory matters relating to cross-border joint ventures, money laundering and confiscation proceedings, among others. The firm regularly advises on cases that involve multiple jurisdictions including the US, MENA, offshore, as well as Russia and CIS countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The team is co-led by Neil Micklethwaite and Neill Shrimpton, while the 'extraordinarily strategic' Jane Colston is recommended for her expertise in high-value fraud and commercial banking disputes.
Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton
Other key lawyers:
Jane Colston; Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Chloe Pawson-Pounds; Ravinder Thukral; Olga Bischof; Nicholas Tse; Peter Bibby
Threadneedle Asset Management Limited
- Acting for Threadneedle Asset Management Limited and Threadneedle Management Services Limited in relation to its defence of a $125m claim being brought in the English High Court by two companies within the Otkritie Group, one of Russia’s leading financial groups.
- Acting for six defendants in a fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority over an alleged large tax fraud for over £1.2bn.
The newly combined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, formed by the 2018 merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, now has a much larger international platform from which to handle high-value multijurisdictional cases of civil fraud spanning the US, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Areas of expertise include contested applications, investigations, regulatory risk, compliance, enforcement and freezing injunctions. The firm has an in-house forensic services team comprised of forensic accountants and IT specialists. Clients include blue chip companies, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Co-head of team Segun Osuntokun - who was recently appointed as the firm's first-ever London managing partner - focuses on complex disputes and claims which have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption; he works in tandem with fellow co-head Oliver Glynn-Jones. Andrew Tuson is recommended for 'managing very complicated cases with aplomb'.
Segun Osuntokun; Oliver Glynn-Jones
Other key lawyers:
Graham Shear; Andrew Tuson; Sharon Kennedy; Andrew Street; Georgia Henderson-Cleland
‘Personable and extremely capable’.
‘Andrew Tuson is very calm and extremely gracious’.
‘Graham Shear is as an experienced and savvy commercial litigator, with particular experience in fraud cases’.
‘Graham Shear is an excellent lawyer with an incredible grasp of strategy and extensive experience of highly sensitive fact patterns’.
‘Segun Osuntokun is a complete class act in every way’.
‘Andrew Tuson is a great thinker who gets stuck in to the law and details’.
‘Andrew Tuson is very dynamic – he is able to manage very complicated cases with aplomb’.
Access Bank PLC
Josef Eim, Radek Stacha, Consult II s.r.o and Pavel Ivanyi
Torchlight Fund Limited Partnership and its General Partner, Torchlight GP Limited
- Secured a high profile success in a £1bn claim against the former CEO/managing director of Access Bank Plc.
- Acting for Josef Eim, Radek Stacha, Consult II and Pavel Ivanyi as claimants in relation to an alleged investment fraud by Shire Warwick Lewis Capital Limited and individuals connected with that company.
- Acting as principal legal adviser to Torchlight Fund Limited Partnership and its General Partner, Torchlight GP Limited in relation to one of the largest disputes in the Cayman islands in recent years.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at handling a range of civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and worldwide freezing orders. The firm works with clients including multinational businesses, regulators, professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals in sectors such as financial services, government, energy and natural resources. Stewart Hey, who heads the practice was admitted to the Cayman Bar in relation to the high-profile, multibillion-dollar AHAB/SAAD Cayman trial. Charlotte Pender has a track record on high-value cross-border banking and fraud cases.
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Pender; James Hyne; Caroline Greenwell; Max Davis; Jason Freedman
‘Stewart Hey manages a large team well and has a good eye for strategy and tactics’.
‘Charlotte Pender always has a pragmatic approach’.
Caroline Greenwell is highly intelligent, very personable, has great insight into the detail and is a real pleasure to work with’.
‘An extremely talented team with a wealth of experience’.
‘They have excellent judgement and make sensible decisions that advance their clients’ interests’.
‘They invariably punch well above their weight and deliver a focused and often brilliant work product.
‘The team is very hard working with a good eye for detail and impressive knowledge’.
‘They compare excellently to other teams: they are well-informed, ambitious and think laterally’.
FRP Advisory LLP
Central Bank of Bahrain
Fica Frio Limited
Morris Homes Group
Ooredoo Q, s.c.
Aldemore Bank plc
- 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 multi‑billion dollar trial.
- A cross-office litigation team from the firm’s Bahrain, London and Paris offices acted for Gulf Air in a complex $19m fraud case.
- Acting for the trustees in relation to the bankruptcy of a former Scottish lawyer turned hedge fund manager with personal debts of around £120m.
- Acting for the Special Administrator of a regulated investment fund based in Gibraltar in respect of a multi-million claim for dishonest assistance against the fund’s former solicitors based in the UK.
- Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to an action brought by borrowers for deceit, breach of duty and negligence in relation to a foreign currency mortgage entered into in January 2008.
Clifford Chance LLP's most high-profile recent work has been its role defending Autonomy founder Mike Lynch against the multibillion-pound claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over its ill-fated acquisition of the UK software firm in 2011. The magic circle firm advises clients on a wide range of civil fraud-related matters, including asset tracing, interim relief, regulatory investigations, enforcement, cross-border investigations and corruption. Clients - which can also draw on the firm's internal forensic accounting team - include financial institutions, private equity firms and sponsors and other premium corporates. Commercial litigator Matthew Scully heads the team and is described as 'a very calm and responsible presence' when handling international disputes and recovery litigation for multinational corporations.
Other key lawyers:
Roger Best; Jeremy Kosky; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Christopher Yates; Claire Freeman; Roger Leese
‘Top class firm – wide expertise in all areas of law. Always sensible.’
‘Matthew Scully is a very calm and responsible presence. Just what is needed in stressful fraud litigation.’
Mike Lynch, Founder of Autonomy
Russian respondent to a freezing injunction application
Telecommunications company with operations in Africa
Russian railcar leasing business
- Representing Autonomy founder Michael Lynch in defence of fraud claims totalling £3.4bn brought by Hewlett-Packard after its £7bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011.
- Acted for eight respondents in a High Court claim brought by the joint liquidators of a telecoms company against 47 respondents, including two of the largest international private equity firms.
- Acting for a Russian respondent in relation to a freezing injunction application.
- Representing a defendant company in a novel claim relating to an alleged distributed denial of service attack on a telecoms company with operations in Africa.
- Advised a client on issues arising from the misuse of confidential information and a conspiracy between management and investors to cause loss, involving two arbitrations in the The London Court of International Arbitration and litigation in four jurisdictions.
The practice at Fieldfisher - which is 'up there with the best teams in this sector' - advises on investigations, bribery, corruption, global asset tracing, freezing orders, search orders and passport orders. Clients include high-net worth individuals and companies with a particular focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. The firm is adept at handling commercial fraud matters that involve parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings and increasingly, private prosecutions. Tony Lewis heads the team; he specialises in issues arising from fraudulent conduct, including investigations, recovering assets, corruption and money laundering.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandra Underwood; Aymen Khoury; Kit Jarvis; Andrew Lafferty; Daniel Hayward
‘Very strong team with a real breadth of experience and market presence as fraud litigators; they have very strong lawyers at all levels.They are hands on, focused, smart and commercial. They are up there with the best teams in this sector.’
‘Stuart Perry – busy, dynamic, smart and clear thinking fraud and insolvency litigator who has a real breadth of experience and understanding of this sector. Instinctively knows the pressure points and how best to exploit them.’
‘Colin Gibson – constantly working for clients. Doesn’t worry about the small points; excellent on the bigger picture.’
‘Dan Hayward is a multilingual recent partner who handles Russian and Ukrainian clients well, and works closely with counsel as part of an integrated team to achieve the result desired by the client.’
KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited (“KeyMed”)
Jeremy Willmont and Emma Sayers (as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg)
Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid (Yukos Oil dispute)
PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)
Tetiana Ieremeieva and Roman Yeremeiev
- Acting for Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in respect of a $1.9bn claim brought against him by PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine.
- Acting KeyMed and Olympus in a claim against two former directors relating to an alleged pensions fraud.
- Acting for Equix Diamonds DMCC in a $10m dispute.
- Acting for Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid, who have been sued alongside three other individuals in relation to their part in the auction of assets following the liquidation of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
- Acting for the liquidators of Goldtrail in pursuing dishonest assistance claims against a series of individuals, and Turkish airline Onur Air and in defending appeals from the first instance decision in the liquidators’ favour
The team at Macfarlanes LLP, which was significantly strengthened in early 2018 by the hire of Neill Blundell from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, advises on a wide range of civil fraud matters, with a particular focus on the private wealth, financial services, and commercial and corporate sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing and injunctions, dishonest or unlawful conduct of directors, and pursuit of claims on behalf of the administrators or liquidators of insolvent estates and custodians of funds. Team co-head James Popperwell focuses on cross-border litigation, asset tracing, bribery and corruption, while fellow co-head Iain Mackie specialises in corporate and financial services litigation.
James Popperwell; Iain MacKie
Other key lawyers:
Neill Blundell; Charles Lloyd; Barry Donnelly; Joanna Constantis; Emma Cohen
‘Very strong team led by the super-organised and excellent strategic thinker, James Popperwell’.
‘Efficient and strong lawyers at all level, right down to the most junior associates, offering small but focused teams to fit the case’.
‘James Popperwell is strategically brilliant, and super-organised running an efficient and highly focused team’.
‘Iain Mackie is a well-connected partner, with very high profile work’.
‘Neil Blundell is probably one of the most experienced criminal law practitioners around, he has a very loyal client following that has grown over many years’.
‘The firm has great acumen and experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations, particularly in bribery, corruption and fraud’.
‘Neill Blundell is as sharp and focused as they come – and a true pleasure to have on the team’.
‘Macfarlanes offer unrelenting rigour and excellence in every facet of the work they perform’.
‘The team is very effective in cross-jurisdictional matters, targeting strategies that are relevant to the end goal’.
‘Joanna Constantis is all over the detail, measured, and drives cases forward with enthusiasm’.
Norton Rose Fulbright's practice, which is led by Peter Scott, has seen an increase in instructions involving sovereign and state entities, as emerging markets crack down on corruption. The team advises on cross-border disputes, asset tracing, insolvency, cyber-fraud, bribery, money laundering, economic sanctions and corruption. Clients include corporates, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and senior executives. Other areas of expertise include worldwide freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and search orders. Key partners include the 'hugely impressive' Ruth Cowley and 'very sharp litigator' Matthew Waudby; recently promoted partner Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘A great team of highly motivated and experienced litigators.’
‘Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley are standout individuals with considerable experience of high-profile and substantial fraud litigation. They are hugely impressive: excellent lawyers but also very good at tactics and popular with clients.’
‘Maria Sandler is an associate to watch.’
‘Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is a new partner who is clearly going places. She is phenomenally hard working, thorough and very bright. A delight to work with.’
‘Matthew Waudby is a very sharp litigator.’
‘Michael Godden knows his stuff, with a mixed banking and fraud practice, and is very personable.’
The Republic of Angola
Banco Nacional de Angola (the Angolan Central Bank)
Javier Martin-Artajo, Former senior executive at the Chief Investment Office of JP Morgan
Agate Assets SA
Carl Rogberg, former Tesco executive
- Represented the Republic of Angola and the Angolan Central Bank in obtaining a $500m freezing order and proprietary injunction in a complex, cross-border, civil fraud claim.
- Represented Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets Limited in Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings relating to a $285m suspected fraud with market exposure of $2bn.
- Represented a senior executive in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations, together with related civil and criminal proceedings, arising out of multi-billion dollar losses at the Chief Investment Office of JP Morgan.
- Represented the issuer of structured notes in a Commercial Court civil fraud dispute, with involving allegations of conspiracy, deceit and dishonest assistance.
- Represented three of four defendants in a multi-jurisdictional $183m claim involving allegations of breach of contract and complex civil fraud claims based on the economic torts of unlawful conspiracy to injure and causing loss by unlawful means.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP - described as 'one of the best litigation boutiques in London' - handles multijurisdictional civil fraud cases and business crime litigation. Areas of expertise include freezing and disclosure orders, breach of contract claims, multi-party litigation, asset recovery, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud investigations. Keith Oliver is head of international at the firm and is an expert on asset tracing. 'Excellent strategist' Jonathan Tickner is head of commercial litigation and civil fraud and is experienced in high-profile litigation.
Keith Oliver; Jonathan Tickner
Other key lawyers:
Jason Woodland; Sarah Gabriel; Emma Ruane; Amy Harvey
‘Very experienced and well organised team’.
‘The firm is small but extremely responsive to client needs and inventive in finding solutions to complex problems’.
‘They have excellent international connections and operate well in cross-border disputes’.
‘Keith Oliver has excellent judgement and finds practical solutions to the most complex recovery issues’.
‘Jonathan Tickner is a really excellent strategist and hard fighter’.
‘Jason Woodland has learnt from the best and really knows what he is doing’.
‘One of the best litigation boutiques in London’.
‘For civil fraud they have some of the best and most experienced individuals’.
‘Jonathan Tickner is very impressive technically, hugely knowledgeable and also very creative in coming up with an appropriate strategy’.
Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority
Anthony Barness & 121 others
17 Claimants, including 16 former professional footballers
Newmafruit Farms Limited
Baglan Zhunus, (First Defendant in proceedings brought by Kazakhstan Kagazy)
Ramu and Palaniyapan Ramasamy
Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev
- Acting for Alexander Tugushev in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business.
- Acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority in relation alleged misconduct by multinational pharmaceutical group Servier.
- Acting for 122 investors in their £35m claim against Ingenious Media and the investors’ professional advisers following the challenge by HMRC to the validity of the schemes.
- Acting for 17 claimants who bring claims against their former financial advisers and agents in respect of an alleged systemic practice of the payment of secret commissions.
- Acting for Newmafruit on a multimillion-pound case involving the misappropriation of monies for the purpose of financing property development projects.
Pinsent Masons LLP works with clients including financial institutions, professional services firms, liquidators, manufacturing and technology companies and government agencies on a wide range of civil fraud matters. The team, which 'has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation', has expertise in areas including worldwide freezing orders, asset recovery, multiparty litigation, cyber fraud, as well as employee fraud, deceit and conspiracy. The team is led by Alan Sheeley, who is 'unafraid of fighting in the trenches if needs be.'
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Herring; Andrew Barns-Graham; Jennifer Craven
‘The civil fraud team at Pinsent Masons is one of the very best in London. It has excellent leadership from Alan Sheeley, who has a team of highly able associates. The team has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation and knows how to achieve results for clients, including where urgent action is required.’
‘Alan Sheeley is an enthusiastic litigator who is unafraid of fighting in the trenches if need be and indeed, possibly revels in it’.
‘Andrew Herring is not only knowledgeable, but provides practical and clear advice on the pros and cons of pursuing a course of action; he has great presence and poise’.
‘Excellent knowledge of fraud investigations and legal procedures available, with a focus on providing practical guidance on strategies for recovery of assets’.
‘Andrew Barns-Graham is extremely hard working, independent thinking’.
LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz)
Oriental Energy Resources Limited
NatWest Markets Plc, previously The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
Teamtrend Limited, Trade Point Agro Limited, Collyer Limited, Rossyn Investing Corp, Milbert Ventures Inc and Zao Ukrtransitservice Ltd
Dalriada Trustees Ltd
- Defending LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz) AG against a multi-million pound, complex fraud claim, which arose out of a failed investment scheme.
- Acting for a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, its chairman (and owner) and his daughter in a Commercial Court matter in excess of $1bn, arising out of the well-publicised collapse of Afren Plc.
- Successfully overturned a $3bn worldwide freezing injunction brought by Russian crude oil producer PJSC Tatneft against eight clients – trust and corporate entities in England, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey – administered by Equiom Group.
- Acting for the third to eighth defendants in relation to a claim brought by JSC Commercial Bank Privatbank alleging that the firm’s clients were controlled by the first and second defendants and used as instruments to misappropriate $1.9bn from the bank.
- Acting for BDO, the liquidators of an English company, Payroller Limited that was used over a twelve-month period to commit VAT fraud totalling approximately £7m.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
The well-regarded team in US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's fast-growing London base handles the full range of civil fraud matters for clients including major corporates, funds, investors, trustees, office holders and high-net-worth individuals. ‘Creative thinker and ferocious worker’ Nick Marsh heads the team and is recommended for cross-border fraud claims involving freezing orders. Other key members of the team include Sue Prevezer QC, who co-heads the London office and chairs the firm’s international trial practice, and Khaled Khatoun, who is praised for his 'terrific judgement and strategic understanding'. Nicola Chesaites and Aidan O’Rourke were recently promoted to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team works hard on developing and retaining their client base’.
‘Nick Marsh is a litigator of endless resource and imagination’.
‘Khaled Khatoun is another very impressive litigator, who takes a measured and realistic but tough approach to dispute resolution’.
‘Nick Marsh is outstanding in managing complex fraud cases’.
‘Nick Marsh is a terrific litigator who is invariably calm under pressure’
‘Khaled Khatoun has grown in stature as a partner and possesses terrific judgement and strategic understanding’.
‘Great experience and professionalism in this sector’.
‘Marina Boterashvili is a star of the future and demonstrates wisdom beyond her years’.
Peter Bosworth and Colin Hurley
Gerald Metals S.A.
Gaiduk v Taruta & Mkrtchan
Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation
PCP Capital Partners LLP & PCP International Finance Ltd
Raga Enterprise Limited
Quantum Global Group
- Representing the first and second defendants to a claim for $400m arising from an alleged fraud against the Arcadia Petroleum Group.
- Represented a leading private global commodity company in LCIA Arbitration Proceedings against the trustees of a Panamanian company managed in Switzerland.
- Instructed by Avonwick Limited (owned by Elena Gaiduk) which is bringing a $1bn claim in deceit/fraud against two Ukrainian oligarchs who are alleged to have deceived Avonwick into selling its shares at a deflated price.
- 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 US banks as a result of alleged collusion in relation to the setting of Libor between 2007-2011.
- Retained by private equity firm PCP Capital to represent it in a £1.5bn civil claim against Barclays.
Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles a broad range of civil fraud matters; areas of expertise include search and seizure orders, freezing injunctions, and multiparty, multijurisdictional disputes. Clients include large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and foreign government agencies. Simon Bushell, 'a force-field of drive and determination', leads the team alongside firm founder Graham Huntley, who is described as 'an extraordinary legal mind' and Julian Connerty, who has a particular focus on international fraud, insurance, industry disputes and regulatory investigations.
Simon Bushell; Graham Huntley; Julian Connerty
Other key lawyers:
Josh Wong; Guy Robson
‘A very focused and knowledgeable litigation team’.
‘They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgement’.
‘Graham Huntley is truly a force of nature, a very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients’.
‘The team is fantastic, well-motivated and moves with a real sense of purpose’.
‘Graham Huntley is an extraordinary legal mind’.
‘One of best boutiques around, delivering a high class service to clients pitted against the institutional behemoths’.
‘Simon Bushell is a force-field of drive and determination’.
‘The key individuals are supremely professional and very informed’
Georgian Co Investment Fund
Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC
Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited
Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund
RBS Rights Issue litigation: a group of approx. 80 corporations and platforms and thousands of smaller companies and individuals known as the SG Group Claimants
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC)
- Acting for the Ivanishvili family, their corporate funds and investment vehicles in a high profile $940m dispute with Credit Suisse Group regarding losses arising out of the alleged fraudulent handling and misappropriation of assets held by the family’s corporate funds and investment vehicles.
- Representing Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC in relation to two claims totalling £700m arising from a corrupt agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in connection with the sale in 2005 by BLB of its stake in Speed.
- Acting on behalf of Come Harvest Holdings Limited and Mega Wealth International Trading Limited in relation to a $280m dispute with ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of nickel in circumstances where warehouse receipts evidencing title to the nickel appear to have been created fraudulently.
- Acting for one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders who brought unprecedented claims under Section 90 of FSMA against RBS with respect to its failed 2008 rights issue.
- Representing a Kazakh bank in pursuing recovery of around £500m siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.
Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP has notable expertise in large-scale civil fraud and cross-border cases, covering disputes relating to corruption, applications for freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, contempt applications, and search and seizure orders. Clients include major corporates and financial services companies. Clive Zietman heads the team, which was recently boosted by the hire of Ryan Dunleavy from DMG Media Group and the promotion of Elaina Bailes, Lorraine Lanceley and Nick Haworth to the partnership. Key partners include the 'superb' Sean Upson, who has been leading the firm's team advising a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.
Other key lawyers:
‘Laura Jenkins is as bright as they come, efficient and energetic’.
‘Stewarts are a highly devoted and determined practice with a clear sense of purpose’.
‘They punch far above their weight in terms of size’.
‘The firm provides solid and appropriate legal advice with great partner and associate availability’.
‘Sean Upson is extremely bright and quick to grasp any issue’.
‘A niche litigation firm who are great at uncovering complex frauds’.
‘Sean Upson is very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer’.
‘Ian Gatt QC is a great strategist and team player’.
‘Lorraine Lanceley is a star – she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard’.
Tesco securities litigation: 112 Institutional investors including the BT pension scheme, the BAE Systems pension scheme, the Church Commissioners, Bank of America, the Shell pension scheme, the government pension fund of Thailand, the American Red Cross.
Lands Company Limited
Laurence Pagden and Simon Underwood of Menzies LLP as liquidators of Core VCT plc, Core IV plc and Core C plc
Kaupthing Bank hf –v- Deutsche Bank.
Chesterfield United Inc (in liquidation), Partridge Management Group SA (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators, Mark Byers (formerly Stephen Akers) and Mark McDonald of Grant Thornton
2 individuals and 7 companies in proceedings brought by SKAT (SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP and 98 others)
Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority
BlueOak Arkansas LLC
Approximately 280 individuals, including a number of high profile celebrities, who invested in the eight film and video game production partnerships promoted by Ingenious Media between 2002 and 2007
Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd
- Acting for a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.
- Acting for a defendant in proceedings brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) against JP Morgan Chase & Co and others in respect of an investment in notes of $200m that was made by the LIA in late 2007.
- Acting for the Core VCTs Liquidators in relation to alleged fraud, mis-management, accounting irregularities, transactions at an undervalue and conflicts of interest concerning the former manager and liquidators of the Core VCT.
- Acting for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank arising from the sale of complex banking derivatives at the start of the credit crunch.
- Representing nine defendants in relation to fraud and negligence claims concerning £1.6bn of Danish dividend withholding tax reclaims.
Travers Smith LLP's team has been busy in recent years advising various Hewlett-Packard group companies in relation to the high-profile fraud proceedings resulting from HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. The firm advises premium clients on matters relating to bribery and corruption, while also handling investigations, asset tracing and proprietary or restitutionary claims. Clients include major corporations and banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, brokers, asset managers, directors and other professionals. Disputes chief Rob Fell, who leads the team, has a strong track record of handling investigations at major financial institutions.
Other key lawyers:
Stephanie Lee; Stephen Paget-Brown; Andrew King; Toby Robinson; Heather Gagen; Jan Jaap Baer; Caroline Edwards; Huw Jenkin
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Kaupthing hf and Jóhannes Jóhannsson
Pathfinder Minerals plc
A significant UK company operating in the agricultural biotech sector
- Continuing to represent various Hewlett-Packard group companies in $5bn fraud proceedings in the Chancery Division.
- Instructed by Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a former member of the Winding-Up Committee of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, to advise and represent him in connection with Commercial Court proceedings.
- Acting for AIM-listed Pathfinder Minerals Plc (and two other relevant companies) in an ongoing dispute relating to the ownership of the mining concession licences.
Addleshaw Goddard advises on ‘bet the company’ fraud disputes, breaches of trust, worldwide freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include international contract and fraud disputes relating to investments, corporate and director fraud and bribery. Michael Barnett, who heads the practice, has been working in tandem with Louise Caswell to advise Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL) on its defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS, which ran for seven years across two jurisdictions, and concluded in 2018 when UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.
Other key lawyers:
Louisa Caswell; Mark Chesher; Jon Tweedale
‘Addleshaws has a great reputation for civil fraud work. The firm combines two unusual qualities – first, a heavyweight approach that means the firm can support even the biggest cases, and two, a regional network of offices which means that it can price extremely competitively and win the domestic as well as the cross-border work.
‘Addleshaws always fields a team well-matched to the demands of the case and the needs of the client: they have real strength in depth’.
‘Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult cases and position’.
‘Mark Chesher and Abigail Healey are extremely personable whilst being totally committed to the clients’ cause, and unflappable, as well as good technically.’
KWL (the Leipzig Water Authority)
British Petroleum (BP)
Zen Shipping & Ports Private Limited, the
- Acting for KWL in its defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS which has run for seven years across two jurisdictions. In 2018, UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.
- Acting for Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited in Commercial Court proceedings for fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation arising from defendant’s purchase of shares and share options in Volkswagen in 2008.
- Acting in relation to the impact of a worldwide corruption investigation on an international commercial bank’s corporate customer group, including advising on resisting exposure to calls under multiple letters of credit and connected transactions in breach of anti-money laundering legislation.
- Advising Güralp Systems Limited regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.
- Successfully defending XRail in proceedings involving complex conspiracy and breach of confidence claim brought by Bourne Rail Limited and Beaver Management Services Limited.
Civil and criminal litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP advises clients on corruption and commercial litigation, handling cases in a wide range of jurisdictions including Afghanistan, the Caribbean, Mauritius, the UAE and the US, with Russia and the CIS countries a particular focus. Clients include international banks, bankers and other high-net-worth individuals. John Bechelet, who heads the team, has a track record on Supreme Court cases, HMRC investigations and is an expert in fraud litigation. Sergey Litovchenko - 'one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London' - joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. Cindy Dorrington recently stepped up to the role of managing partner.
‘Sergey Litovchenko is one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London; he has fantastic client skills’.
‘Every case they treat very carefully and understand its background in details to provide the clients with the best advice’.
‘They are careful to explain issues to us, have flagged up problems and been consistently realistic about probable outcomes’.
‘Antony Brown is calm, considered and thoughtful as well as being highly reassuring’.
‘A boutique practice with a commercial mindset as well as substantial skills’.
‘Focused at all times on achieving a result for the client in the most efficient way’.
‘A broad range of both language and legal skills which can be combined to provide a very effective service’.
‘John Bechelet is a calm but determined litigator who combines deep legal knowledge with a gentle manner which puts clients at ease and achieves results for his clients’.
‘Antony Brown is not only an excellent professional but also has outstanding interpersonal skills’.
CMS advises clients on financial regulation, financial sector fraud, corruption, tax evasion and money laundering, drawing on its huge global network of offices to effectively handle cross-border matters. Key client sectors include banking, energy, insurance and cyber, and major recent work has included advising Slater and Gordon on its £637m Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group - formerly known as Quindell - for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising from the law firm's acquisition of Quindell's legal services division in 2015. Bernard O’Sullivan heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, civil fraud and regulatory issues. While Duncan Aldred and Tim Hardy have both now retired, Hardy has been retained on a consultancy basis.
Other key lawyers:
Omar Qureshi; Tamsin Blow; David Bridge; Steven Corney; Andrew Taplin; Chris Gooding; Mark Davison
‘CMS is a well-resourced, well-run law firm with first class lawyers’.
‘Omar Qureshi is a first class lawyer, with a keen eye for detail’.
‘David Bridge shows real leadership and class; he is a calming influence’.
‘In an exceptionally difficult piece of litigation, CMS performed admirably, often going above and beyond the call of duty and ultimately securing what was a very strong outcome.’
‘Excellent practice – highly recommended’.
‘David Bridge shows real leadership and class – he is a calming influence.’
‘Jonathan Scrine works tirelessly; he is very methodical, and his drafting is clear and crisp.’
Accident Exchange Limited and Automotive and Insurance Solutions Group Plc
Slater and Gordon
- Represented Accident Exchange in a £127m claim for unlawful means conspiracy.
- Representing Slater and Gordon in its Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group plc, formerly known as Quindell plc, for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising from the highly-publicised acquisition by S&G of Quindell’s legal services division in 2015.
While specialist disputes boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has built a strong reputation for acting against banks, the firm has looked to diversify its offering in recent years, with claims against banks now making up a much smaller part of its civil fraud practice. The firm has a track record of work for clients in sectors including financial services, mining, commodities IT and energy; areas of expertise include injunctive relief, including Norwich Pharmacal, search and seizure orders and freezing injunctions. Key partners include firm founders Philip Young and Marc Keidan, Daniel Burbeary, 'real fighter' Sinead O’Callaghan and Lydia Danon, who is praised for her 'impeccable legal instincts'.
Enyo Law LLP
Litigation boutique Enyo Law LLP works with an impressive roster of clients including states, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and high net-worth individuals. Areas of expertise include securing and enforcing judgments and awards internationally, as well as regulatory compliance. The 'incredibly dedicated' Pietro Marino has experience of high value commercial fraud, asset tracing and recovery, offshore contentious trust disputes and cross-border disputes. The firm also has a business intelligence unit for in-house investigative and intelligence capabilities. Richard Levett and Konrad Rodgers both joined as partners from Addleshaw Goddard and Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP respectively, while Steven McDonald was promoted to the partnership.
Farrer & Co represents prestigious clients in relation to various civil fraud matters including international fraud claims, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and contentious trusts. Other areas of expertise include contract disputes, misuse of confidential information, and fraudulent breaches of duty and conspiracy by directors, trustees and co-contractors. Clients include corporates, institutions and private individuals. While operating out of just one London office, the firm undertakes work in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia andEastern Europe. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team and is experienced in civil litigation including commercial and corporate disputes with fraud elements. Ben Longworth was recently promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Ben Longworth; Kate Allass; John Wilkinson; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Charlotte Fraser; Hendrik Puschmann; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington
‘Very strong in this area. They have great strength in depth from partner level down to junior associate and even paralegal.’
‘High quality, creative and personal service.’
‘Toby Graham, while known principally for his work in contentious trusts, is also very strong in civil fraud. He is a great choice for a large civil fraud case, particularly one with a trusts dimension. His stand out feature from a client perspective is an absolute determination to deliver for the client.’
‘Tom McPhail is the best associate level solicitor I have ever worked with, in any field. He is particularly suited to civil fraud cases because of his terrific forensic abilities and attention to detail.’
‘John Wilkinson is an intuitive and creative lawyer who concentrates on the commercially important issues and keeps key parties on side.’
Celsa Steel (UK) Limited
Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments Limited
RP Explorer Master Fund
Red Kite Management Limited and others
Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Incorporated
Robert Tchenguiz and his interests
ICTS (UK) Limited
- Advising Celsa Steel (UK) Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of steel reinforcement in Europe, on a complex multi-party fraud claim relating to the theft of steel and other materials from its principal manufacturing site.
- Acted for Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments in a successful £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust Limited and others relating to agreements entered into and transactions pursued in connection with a joint venture.
- Acting for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim for fraud against multiple defendants, arising out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
- Acting for Red Kite Management Limited and others in proceedings against Barclays that include substantial allegations of fraud, including claims related to losses incurred as a result of Barclays’ role in the Libor scandal.
- Acted for Jeffery Holland, one of the founding partners of the Liongate Group, an investment management and research group specialising in managing portfolios of hedge funds in a substantial dispute involving fraud allegations.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advises clients on cartel investigations, dawn raids, regulatory issues, civil claims, financial disputes, competition litigation, global investigations and risk management.
Gowling WLG's team advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, asset freezing, missing trader fraud, carbon credit trading fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm, which is a founding and active member of the ICC FraudNet association, acts for insolvency practitioners, governments, foreign office holders, foreign trustees and other financial services clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions around the world. Co-head of team James Sidwell focuses on domestic and cross-border fraud and international asset tracing. Alex Jay, who also heads the team, specialises in international asset tracing and freezing injunctions. Catherine Naylor was promoted to partner.
James Sidwell; Alex Jay
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Witts; Patrick Arben; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly; Helen Davenport; Emily Till; Catherine Naylor
Kevin Hellard and Marcus Wide of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Durant and Kildare
First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited
Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Stanford Bank
CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others
Global Equities GmbH
Gracefield Developments Limited (1) Kewal Krishan (2) Parkash Krishan (3)
Nedim Ailyan and others as liquidators of Reco Environmental Partners LLP (in liquidation) (Co 1)and Eco-Synergies Nominees Ltd (in liquidation) (Co 2)
Mark Wilson and Alexander Kinninmonth of RSM Restructuring and Advisory LLP as joint liquidators of the Refined London Group
David Ingram of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidator of Capital Alternatives Sales and Marketing Limited and Green Planet Investment Limited (Gibraltar)
Kevin Hellard and Michael Leeds of Grant Thornton LLP in their capacity as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Christos
- Instructed by the liquidators of two BVI companies associated with the former mayor of Sao Paulo.
- Advising two professional trustees in a high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
- Acted for Eric Shen, in addition to companies domiciled in the US and Singapore, in defending proceedings relating to the ownership of two rare classic cars valued at $45m and $18m.
- Acting for CPC Group Limited and five individuals in respect of a £132m claim brought against by Mark Holyoake and his corporate, Hotblack.
Kingsley Napley LLP's fraud caseload include matters relating to insolvency, contractual disputes, directors’ duties, professional negligence, injunctions and freezing orders. Clients include governments, foreign banks, listed companies, trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Sue Thackeray is recommended for her expertise in commercial litigation, international civil fraud proceedings, regulatory matters, as well as bribery, corruption and cyber fraud. Richard Foss heads the team.
Other key lawyers:
Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Ryan Mowat; Mary Young
‘The team has a good mix of intellectual and commercial capability, knowing when to push hard and when to step back and take a longer term view of matters. Faced with an apparently intractable problem, they manage to achieve solutions that work for the client and ensure that continual delays sought by an opponent in an effort to grind their clients down are not countenanced, rather are effectively blocked’.
‘William Christopher (Partner) – appropriately aggressive, not standing for nonsense from opponents, but never overstepping the mark. Excellent at managing his own clients and their expectations, so that they know what is achievable, which he then delivers with complete confidence. Builds the right team for a case and ensures the right person in the team (both solicitors and counsel) is deployed on the right task’.
Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick
Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Ltd (a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands)
Paul Allen of FRP Advisory LLP in his capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jason Cheung
Razahussein Dhanji and Riazali Dhanji
- Acted for a start-up fintech company, Thought Machine, and three directors/employees of the company against Capco UK, an English global business and technology consultancy, which alleged that the wrongful acts of the defendants caused its Bold Rocket division to collapse, resulting in losses of over £240m to Capco.
- Defended BTA Bank’s claim against Madiyar Ablyazov and his father, the well-known Kazakh businessman Mukhtar Ablyazov, that £1.1m given to Madiyar by Mukhtar belonged to Mukhtar and should be released to BTA in part payment of the judgments obtained against him.
- Acting for the voluntary liquidator of a Cayman trading company to recover substantial funds invested in the company predominately by English pensioners promised very high returns on their investments.
- Acting on behalf of the trustee in bankruptcy in a complex matter where the bankrupt divested himself of nearly all his assets before making himself bankrupt in the face of significant tax liabilities due to the failure of various aggressive tax avoidance schemes in which he participated.
- Continuing to act for the Dhanji brothers in respect of their High Court claim against Mr Al-Najar, a businessman who carries on a range of businesses in property development.
The London team at Morrison & Foerster LLP has expertise in cross-border fraud investigations and disputes, as well as asset tracing, fraud claims with trust elements and enforcement actions brought in by the Serious Fraud Office. Other areas of focus include compliance, money laundering and tax investigations; clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The 'exceptional' Jonathan Wheeler, co-managing partner of the US firm's City base, focuses on cross-border disputes, contentious insolvency and international fraud matters. During 2018 the team was boosted by the addition of Saqib Alam, who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as of counsel.
Other key lawyers:
Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Richard Jerman
‘They have some real star players’.
‘Jonathan Wheeler is exceptional’.
Grant Thornton LLP as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari
Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited
Landsbanki (leading Icelandic financial institution)
Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group
- Continuing to act for the liquidators in connection with the $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company Limited, a case which has raised a number of jurisdictional issues.
- Acting for the trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.
- Advising in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.
Osborne Clarke LLP advises clients on cross-border fraud, asset tracing disputes, cyber security, payment fraud, Bribery Act investigations and corruption. Clients include corporates and individuals across the firm's key sectors of global energy, infrastructure industries, digital businesses and financial services. Tom Ellis heads the team, while Ian Hyde joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Hyde; Adrian Lifely; Andrew Bartlett; Artem Doudko; Peter Clough; Charles Crowne
‘Very competent and effective lawyers with excellent understanding of proceedings outside UK and great managerial capability in coordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings’.
‘Andrew Bartlett is always available and efficient’.
‘Andrew Bartlett is an outstanding colleague and highly appreciated for his diligent work and legal thinking’.
Kazakh foods business
Koch Media Gmbh
Two former directors and shareholders of Ministry of Cake Limited
Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Limited
BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC
Northampton Borough Council
PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands
- Acted for two former directors and shareholders of Ministry of Cake Limited in the defence of multiple claims by the company’s purchasers (Mademoiselle Desserts) for fraudulent misrepresentation, fraud, conspiracy and breach of warranty.
- Acting for BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC in a $130m claim arising out of losses suffered under oil-trading contracts entered into with a Moroccan oil refinery known as SAMIR in 2015. SAMIR was placed into liquidation in Morocco in March 2016.
- Advising UKPF, a Kazakh foods business, in relation to a $4m fraud committed by its employee.
- Acting for Koch Media Gmbh in seeking to recover the proceeds of a €1m fraud involving an employee and an English business.
- Representing Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Limited in a dispute with Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service Sal.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP represents clients in relation to worldwide freezing orders, search and seize relief, ancillary disclosure and forensic asset tracing. Other areas of expertise include Commercial Court litigation, arbitration, investigations and enforcement. Clients include governments, banks, accountants, healthcare companies, liquidators, international corporate investors, and high-net-worth individuals. Eoin O’Shea co-heads the team alongside Ben Summerfield, who acts for clients in a range of claimant and defendant matters, often involving cross-border elements.
Eoin O’Shea; Ben Summerfield
Other key lawyers:
Charles Hewetson; Patrick Beale; Michael Skrein
Slaughter and May is often called in to handle 'bet the company' matters for its prestigious roster of clients, advising on high-stakes investigations and big-ticket disputes. Areas of expertise include VAT fraud, bribery, corruption, misrepresentations and data breaches. The firm also advises on contentious regulatory and tax matters, export controls, sanctions and cartels. Clients include bluechip corporates, financial institutions, governmental bodies and international organisations. Sarah Lee heads the team, which received a major boost during 2018 with the hire of former SFO director Sir David Green CB QC, who joined the firm as a senior consultant.
Other key lawyers:
Camilla Sanger; Holly Ware; David Green; Deborah Finkler; Jonathan Cotton; Efstathios Michael; Richard Swallow; Richard Jeens; Damian Taylor; Kathryn Hernandez; Kimia Shedy
‘Excellent knowledge and competence from partners to associates’.
‘Efficient and quick turning around of work’.
’The team manages complex litigation very efficiently’.
Mercuria Energy Europe Trading Limited
Bupa Insurance Services Limited
JPMorgan Chase Bank
A number of large multinational corporations
- Advising Mercuria in relation to claims brought against it and its co-defendant, the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, in the Financial List of the High Court. The claims arise out of trading in the carbon emissions market in 2009.
- Advising on all aspects of Bupa’s regulatory obligations and response to the fraudulent activities of a rogue employee who stole a significant volume of data, including formal notifications to the ICO, FCA and PRA in the UK as well as advising the client on notifications and engagement with regulators in over 60 jurisdictions.
- Advising JP Morgan on investigations by various regulators and governments relating to foreign exchange trading.
- Advising a number of clients on the meaning and implications of new corporate criminal offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.
Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at handling asset tracing, multijurisdictional corruption investigations, sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, fraud disputes and corporate crime. It has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on FX investigations, fraud disputes involving accountancy firms, allegations of fraudulent mismarking in hedge fund valuation disputes and disputes over alleged fraudulent misappropriation of assets provided as security for large-scale lending. The firm is particularly experienced in handling such financial matters in Russia and the CIS. Team co-head David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation and commercial disputes for global companies, banks, individuals and family estates. Corporate crime and fraud co-head Tim Strong focuses on corporate wrongdoing in the financial and energy sectors.
David De Ferrars; Tim Strong
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Howell; Shane Gleghorn; Boris Telyatnikov; Nick Moser
‘The partners are very knowledgeable, approachable and demonstrate great teamworking across difference disciplines of the law that enables them to provide a coordinated service’.
‘Advice is well considered, structured and practical’.
‘They have extensive experience and are able to communicate the issues in a logic well thought out manner that gives confidence to their clients’.
‘David De Ferrars is an excellent communicator, with vast experience and knowledge on what can be achieved to recover assets and in matters of litigation’.
C&F Green Energy Limited
Saad Investment Company Limited
CVR Global LLP
Independent Trustee Services Limited
Castle Investment Fund Limited in liquidation – liquidators are from Baker Tilly in BVI
- Acting for the joint official liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited (In liquidation) on claims worth $150m involving issues regarding banking documents, allegations of forgery and challenges to jurisdiction.
- Acting for the independent trustees appointed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to a £20m pensions fraud.
- Representing Rusnano Group (Fonds Rusnano Capital SA, Rusnano Capital LLC & Management Company Rusnano LLC) in claims against a former employee.
- Advising the liquidators of Castle, a BVI investment fund, in multi-party, high-value, cross border litigation in the English High Court and the Netherlands.
The London team at US firm Akin Gump LLP , which is led by the 'extremely bright and hands-on' Kambiz Larizadeh, has a track record of work on international disputes, with areas of expertise including mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions, and anti-suit proceedings. Clients include international corporates, major financial institutions, media and technology companies, airlines and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has particular strength in the energy sector and strong experience in the Russian and CIS markets. Other key partners include 'real leader' Justin Williams, the hugely experienced Mark Dawkins and the 'astute' Richard Hornshaw.
Other key lawyers:
‘Akin Gump has considerable strength in depth, with a large team of partners and associates with significant experience in this area’.
‘They are hardworking and fight the client’s corner, whilst being pragmatic and exercising sound judgment, a key asset in the rough and tumble of fraud litigation’.
‘Richard Hornshaw is astute, able to rally and organise a team effectively whilst still being on top of the detail’.
‘Kambiz Larizadeh is extremely bright and hands-on, always considering the case from all angles and with an eye on strategy at every turn’.
‘Aimee Smart is a relatively junior associate who punches well above her weight; she has a mastery of the detail, is efficient and very hard working’.
‘Justin Williams is a real leader; he engages exceptionally well with the clients and proactively addresses their concerns and proposes commercially advantageous dispute resolution suggestions’.
Renova Industries Ltd
Partners of Deloitte LLP as Joint Administrators of African Minerals Limited
The Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration)
- Acting for Tatneft in $380m English litigation proceedings against four Ukrainian oligarchs.
- Acting for the Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration) and for certain subsidiaries in relation to more than 20 litigation claims, some of which are for sums exceeding $100m.
Ashurst advises clients on a range of civil fraud matters including asset recovery, interlocutory applications for freezing orders, search and seizure orders, delivery-up orders and third party disclosure orders. Clients include multinational corporates, financial institutions and government entities. Angela Pearson heads the team.
Dechert LLP 's London team advises on multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations, with areas of expertise including bribery, corruption, money laundering and international recovery of assets. In the finance sector, the firm advises on issues of market abuse, insider dealing, internal policies and procedures, mis-selling of financial products and disclosure of confidential information. Clients include financial institutions, hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, technology companies, manufacturers, payment service providers, high-net worth-individuals, sovereign states and major corporates. Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2018 and now co-heads the team alongside Neil Gerrard, while the practice was also boosted during the year by the addition of Roger Burlingame from Kobre & Kim LLP.
Dorothy Cory-Wright; Neil Gerrard
Other key lawyers:
Roger Burlingame; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff
‘An excellent practice that is particularly strong in large-scale Russian/Ukrainian work.’
‘Daniel Natoff is smart, hard-working, warm, and glues many different parties together to deliver a coherent and powerful output to the client’.
‘Andrew Hearn is such an insightful and inspiring partner, he commends respect in all settings’.
‘The team is very commercial in its approach, and is well resourced with a good mix of partners and experienced and motivated associates’.
‘They are a very strong litigation outfit and a pleasure to work with’.
‘Adam Silver is very calm and measured and a cool head in contentious matters’.
‘Adam Silver is tenacious and relentless in his pursuit of claims and leaves no stone unturned’.
The Joint Liquidators of Webinvest Limited (in liquidation)
Axle Holdings Pte Ltd (“Axle”) and Centigon Security Group Limited (“Centigon”)
Hasim Bora Özerman and Fusun Gonen
The Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg
- Following acting for Avonwick Holdings Ltd in 2014 in obtaining a $200m judgement against Webinvest and petitioned to place Webinvest into liquidation, the firm has acted for Webinvest’s liquidators in a series of claims.
- Advising in two sets of related proceedings in the UK and connected proceedings in the US regarding Axle’s acquisition of the entire share capital of Centigon for approximately $80m.
- Successfully set aside a worldwide freezing order issued by the High Court as part of Romanian insolvency proceedings against Banca Turco Romana.
- Advised on an action to recover assets concealed by the former bankrupt Russian businessman Mikhail Shlosberg.
- Representing the investment arm of a Middle Eastern government on a global investigation into complex financial crime, bribery, corruption and parallel litigation.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP's disputes team works almost exclusively for companies outside the banking sector, giving it an edge on other firms looking to litigate against banks. The practice is jointly led by 'highly effective litigator' and firmwide senior partner Philip Barden and James Dunn; Barden focuses on complex commercial disputes in the UK's highest courts, while Dunn specialises in fraud, regulatory and inquiry work. Fellow partner Anna Buch is also praised for her 'phenomenal presence in this market'.
Philip Barden; James Dunn
‘Philip Barden is economic, pragmatic and client focused.’
‘Devonshires is a strong City firm with a wide client base’.
‘Philip Barden is an aggressive and highly effective litigator’.
‘A go-to team for complex crime and fraud especially with an international element’.
‘Anna Buch works tremendously hard and has a phenomenal legal presence in this market’.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
- Acting for Vadim Shulman in a dispute worth over £500m against two other Ukrainian oligarchs – Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov – in relation to an alleged fraud on Ukraine’s largest commercial Bank PrivatBank.
Edwin Coe LLP focuses on claimant work and is adept at handling securities and consumer fraud claims, cartel frauds, bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. Other areas of expertise include asset tracing, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors and insolvency. The firm is particularly experienced in in work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments, among others. Clients include large groups of consumers and shareholders. Head of team David Greene is described as 'the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective'.
Other key lawyers:
Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson
‘The team at Edwin Coe are consummate litigators, having a superb feel not so much for the law but litigation tactics’.
‘They are one of the best firms, in my experience, balancing cost-effectiveness with litigation excellence’.
‘David Greene is the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model: draped in litigation experience; calm in any storm; highly effective’.
‘Ali Zaidi provides a superb service particularly to insolvency practitioners, from lowly cases with razor fine commercial margins, to large complex bankruptcies and liquidations’.
‘Zahira Hussain has judgement beyond her years in practice and her client relationship skills are superb’.
‘This is an established firm with quality lawyers, well experienced in large scale litigation’.
‘Thomas Johnson stands out as tenacious and knowledgeable; highly competent and a good fighter to have on your side’.
Trucks Cartel claimants
BM Advisory LLP
Andreas Sofocleous & Co
Crown Currency Action Group
Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C
St Frances Action Group
N. Pirilides & Associates LLC
150 Claimants in the Giambrone action
Resort Properties claimants
Eclipse tax scheme members
- Representing a group of around 200 claimants in legal proceedings arising from the fraudulent selling of timeshare products by Resort Properties.
- Putting together a group action to a make a claim for damages and interest against truck manufacturers in the high-profile trucks cartel case.
- Representing a group of claimants in relation to the construction of Eclipse Film Finance Schemes. Allegations are made that a fraud was committed by the various entities that assisted in constructing the schemes including Barclays Bank, Disney and Bank of Ireland.
- Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of a debtor involved in a substantial mortgage fraud.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record of work on corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement and fraud matters, with areas of expertise including market abuse, money laundering, cybersecurity, asset tracing and recovery, online fraud and identity theft. The firm is also experienced in multi-party litigation and multi-jurisdictional trust disputes, with key client sectors including commerce, finance and sport. Neville Byford and Neville Gray head the team. Former head of corporate crime and investigations Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP; he was succeeded by Zia Ullah.
Neville Byford; Neville Gray
Other key lawyers:
Jake McQuitty; Richard Little; Adam Fisher; David Flack; Anthony Davies; Tim Browning; Amanda Rowley; Ridah Iqbal
Iranian Offshore Engineering Companies
Credit Suisse Trust
- Acting for Damazein Global Investments Limited in a claim brought against Salamanca Capital Limited to recover sums in the region of $3m relating to a failed investment.
- Acting for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company, one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms, in a Commercial Court claim centring around a supposed contract for the purchase of an oil rig, for which it paid $87m.
- Representing Santander UK in a mortgage fraud case.
- Representing the SFO in civil proceedings before the High Court against mining giant Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC). The SFO sought a declaration from the High Court that four categories of documents being withheld by ENRC were not materials that the it was entitled to refuse to disclose or produce to the SFO on the grounds of legal professional privilege.
Fladgate LLP offers broad expertise on fraud matters, with the 'innovative and nimble' practice joining forces with lawyers from the wider firm's regulatory, trusts, employment, insolvency and banking teams to provide a co-ordinated service. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, family run companies, and publicly listed and international companies. The 'dynamic' and 'exceptionally bright' Sophia Purkis heads the team; she is particularly experienced in multi-party actions and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims that involve criminal proceedings. David Breslin, Ben Drew and John Ford have all recently joined the firm as partners, from Gowling WLG, Osborne Clarke LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.
‘Fladgate covers a wide range of practice areas with a relatively small team – they are innovative and nimble’.
‘Sophia Purkis is a well-known talent in the field’.
‘Sophia Purkis is exceptionally bright, does not just process matters but reads and considers as well as strategises’.
‘Sophia Purkis is the stand-out individual at Fladgate; she is dynamic and has vast tactical acumen in all commercial matters, particularly those involving civil fraud’.
Private Members Club
- Acting for Andrew Herd who is in a $70m dispute with Anthony Wollenberg, his former co-shareholder in Victoria Gate Casino
- Acted for a well-known private members’ club in efforts to stop a “phishing” email fraud.
The fraud specialists at Keystone Law handle matters relating to bribery, corruption, directors’ disqualification, disciplinary and regulatory issues, embezzlement, extradition, tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. A raft of lawyers joined the new model law firm during 2018, including Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs from Devonshires Solicitors LLP and Iain Roxborough, who previously spent decades as a partner at Clifford Chance LLP.
King & Spalding LLP's London team has a particular focus on handling fraud-related disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, for both domestic and international clients. Areas of expertise include enforcement claims, freezing orders, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and bribery and corruption. Key client sectors for the US firm's London office include aviation, banking and finance, IT, communications and energy. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team, while Robert Dedman joined as partner from Navigant Consulting.
Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC
Other key lawyers:
Robert Dedman; Ruth Byrne; Gareth Rees QC; Aaron Stephens
‘Thorough, structured and diligent’.
‘Very diligent and high stamina’.
Antracite Investment Limited, Urgula Platinum Limited and Menrela Limited
Aldersgate Investments Ltd
Ascom Grup S.A., Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati and Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd
WesternZagros Resources Ltd
Bank & Clients
TURN8 Innovation Fund
- Representing three corporate defendants in two related London High Court proceedings brought by Russian individuals relating to alleged fraud and conspiracy concerning loan notes issued to the claimants.
- Representing Motorola in the latest chapter in a 15+ year battle to recover almost $3bn in damages owed to Motorola by members of the Uzan family, who once controlled a business empire in Turkey and now live in exile.
- Representing Steven Kelbrick and Attock Oil International Limited, Mauritius, defending a claim brought in the High Court by Arcadia Petroleum Limited and related entities, an oil trading company relating to allegations of fraud, conspiracy and dishonest assistance.
- Representing Ascom Grup, Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati and Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd in London High Court proceedings to enforce a $500m arbitral award against the Republic of Kazakhstan involving underlying claims that arose out of Kazakhstan’s seizure of the Clients’ petroleum operations in 2010.
- Representing several Mauritian Fund Entities that are respondents to claims brought by London and New York-based hedge funds linked to Sir Christopher Hohn, an internationally renowned activist investor, alleging that an Indian real estate developer, funded by the Mauritian Fund Entities, committed the largest private equity fraud in history.
RPC has particular experience of fraud cases with connections to Russia and the CIS, as well as a strong track record on bank litigation. Clients include European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, other asset managers and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals. Team Andy McGregor - who 'never puts a foot wrong' - focuses on high value fraud disputes and is adept at handling issues arising out of US sanctions. Sam Tate joined the firm as partner in 2018 from financial crime consultancy Exiger, where he had worked closely with new SFO director Lisa Osofsky.
Other key lawyers:
Sam Tate; Rupert Boswall; Tom Hibbert; Stuart Shepherd; Chris Ross; Jonathan Cary; Dan Wyatt; Rebecca Birkby
‘RPC have established themselves a truly great fraud litigator’.
‘Tom Hibbert is a beacon of calm authority and wise counsel’.
‘Andy McGregor never puts a foot wrong’.
‘All lawyers from partners to associates are available out of hours and are extremely responsive’.
Mr Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading Limited
Bank St Petersburg
AS Latvijas Krajbanka (in Liquidation)
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
The People of the State of California
- Acted for Oleg Deripaska and his company Filatona in Commercial Court proceedings challenging the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal.
- Acting for Sovcomflot in the well-known and long-running Fiona Trust litigation.
- Acted for Bank St Petersburg in its successful $30m claim against oligarch Vitaly Arkhangelsky and his wife.
- Acted for an insolvent Latvian bank in respect of the enforcement of an English judgment worth over €60.5m against Vladimir Antonov.
- Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in claims against JP Morgan, Shell and Eni. The claim against JP Morgan is for around $875m and against Shell and ENI for over $1bn.
SCA ONTIER LLP is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional, matters across a range of financial and industry sectors. It also advises on injunctions, mis-selling disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation claims. The firm handles cases involving many different jurisdictions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and North America, with key client sectors including accounting, banking and finance, commodities, energy, insurance, IP, real estate and shipping. Oliver Cain, Paul Ferguson and Seamus Andrew head the team.
Oliver Cain; Paul Ferguson; Seamus Andrew
‘This is a firm that punches above its weight in this area – the team has a commercial approach and an instinct for the right answer, with strong partners and a track record of developing excellent junior lawyers. For the right case – a hard fought medium size fraud or commercial dispute – they are hard to beat. Extremely competitive price wise also.’
‘I have had excellent experiences with Seamus Andrew and Paul Ferguson. Seamus is a senior and very experienced fraud litigator. He has excellent judgement and strategic skills. Paul is very bright, personable and diligent.’
‘Paul Ferguson is the lead partner in the department and has great instincts as well as very good client skills. He has a very commercial approach and knows when to step in and when to let his associates do the running.’
‘Nick Dawson is an up and coming star who combines an uncommon appetite for the law with a very approachable style.’
Craig Wright, claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd
Calvin Ayre (founder of online gambling company Bodog)
Dommo Energia S.A. (formerly OGX Petroleo e Gas S.A.)
Mahmoud Haji Haider Abdullah and two others
Avic Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd.
Grupo México S.A.B. de C.V. (the largest mining corporation in Mexico and third largest copper producer in the world)
Brunswick Rail Limited (a leading Russian railcar lessor)
Salbatring International (A Slovenian global oil-product trading company)
Mahou S.A. (Spanish brewing company)
Irving H. Picard, Trustee of the SIPA estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC
Joule Africa Limited (international power development company)
VTB Bank, VTB Capital
Grupo Carso (Slim Group)
BDO (Cayman Islands)
- Acted for Grupo Mexico and its chairman and CEO in a successful claim to rectify the Register of Companies in relation to an LLP that had been restored to the Register by fraud. The value of the claim to the claimants exceeded $1bn.
- Representing a client in a claim against Reliantco Investments Ltd for recovery of deposited funds, trading gains and loss of profits.
- Acting for two individuals defending allegations of conspiracy to defraud, knowing assistance, breach of fiduciary duty and misfeasance in public office.
- Acted for Brunswick Rail Limited, a Russian railcar lessor, in respect of claims against an international investment bank which arose out of the bank’s alleged misappropriation of confidential information.
- Successfully defending an ultra-high net worth individual in respect of allegations of bribery, fraudulent misrepresentation and dishonest assistance.
Squire Patton Boggs advises on a range of fraud claims, including multinational matters, with areas of expertise including investigations, freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, banker’s trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims. On the financial side, the firm acts for banks and financial institutions in relation to international fraud and asset tracing claims, banking litigation, asset finance and asset based lending. The London team, which is led by Stephen Sampson works closely with the wider firm's network of offices across the US, the Middle East, the CIS and the Far East to provide a truly international offering.
Other key lawyers:
Nicola Phillips; Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Kate Wakeham; Victoria Drury; Nicola Phillips
Withers LLP's private client focused practice advises on international fraud cases involving contentious trusts, offshore structures, asset tracing, freezing orders, search and seize orders, art and cultural assets, as well as multi-jurisdictional cases involving blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The firm handles work emanating from Russia, the CIS, Asia, Cyprus and the UK, and works closely with its BVI office in order to trace assets. Stephen Ross - who 'makes the work he does seem effortless' - heads the team and focuses on asset freezing and recovery cases, commercial litigation and regulatory disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Lesley Timms; Peter Wood; Roberto Moruzzi; Tatiana Menshenina; Eleni Polycarpou
‘This practice combines a strong commercial background with world-class experience in dealing with the affairs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals’.
‘Peter Wood is massively experienced and has a real global view over a multitude of jurisdictions’.
‘Lesley Timms has deservedly been promoted to partnership – she is hardworking and dedicated to securing the best result for her clients’.
‘The firm has a tremendously strong team of fraud litigators’.
‘They are equally comfortable representing claimants and defendants, and have market-leading expertise when it comes to applications for injunctive and other interim relief’.
‘Peter Wood is an extremely astute litigator, who gives very shrewd and incisive advice’.
‘Eleni Polycarpou is a leading arbitration lawyer with terrific expertise in Russian and CIS matters,
‘The ability of the civil fraud team to work closely with the contentious trusts team is helpful on cases which involve trusts – as so many fraud cases do’.
‘Stephen Ross is an excellent litigator, tenacious, very understanding of client’s needs, and user friendly. Stephen makes the work he does seem effortless although he is evidently a very hard worker’.
‘Stephen Ross is superb. Calm, measured, clever, thoughtful and practical’.
Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev & Others
Barrowfen Properties Limited
A Cyprus holding company
- Acting for Tatyana Akhmedova, the ex-wife of Russian billionaire, Farkhad Akhmedov, and managing the global enforcement of her £450m ancillary relief order.
- Representing Elena Baturina, one of Russia’s richest women, in enforcement of a Russian judgment for approximately $6m in the BVI.
- Representing 79 claimants in relation to a $26m (and €6.1m) claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in connection with the sale of loan notes and the collapse of a major bank in Russia.
- Representing a family run company, which invests in commercial and industrial properties in London, in a professional negligence claim against a preeminent law firm and a conspiracy claim against certain members of the family.
- Representing a Cyprus holding company in a LCIA arbitration arising out of a purported fraud valued in excess of $20m.
Browne Jacobson LLP advises on both counter-fraud and asset recovery strategies. Areas of expertise include cross-border insolvency, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims, financial crime, director misfeasance, litigation and counter-fraud measures. Client sectors include financial services, health, education, retail, commercial and insurance. Nicholas Pontt and Birmingham-based Paul Wainwright head the team. John Adams was promoted to partner. Former team head Dominic Offord left the firm for Howard Kennedy LLP.
Nicholas Pontt; Paul Wainwright
Other key lawyers:
Derek Bambury; Serene Allen; Nick Sulman
‘A firm but pragmatic approach’.
‘Superb client-handling skills’.
‘A team approach to litigation’.
The Trustee of the substantially consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and Bernard Madoff
Marble Arch Insurance
Plymouth City Council
- Acted on a High Court claim and international investigation involving individuals and corporations connected with the two large ‘feeder funds’ that had been directing billions of dollars into Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
- Advising the directors of a fund and the security trustees in relation to a fraud on the fund, resulting in a potential liability of circa £50m.
- Advising the joint administrators of a highly contentious £50m estate pursuant to a bespoke order made in the Chancery Division in October 2015.
- Acted for a local authority which, though it had admitted breach, was not liable in damages to a genuine claimant as he had grossly and fraudulently exaggerated the level of his physical ability to maximise his compensation.
- Acting for NFU Mutual in a claim which was the first to involve indemnity costs sanctions pursuant to section 51 of the Senior Courts Act and CPR 46.2 following an alleged fraudulent claim involving alleged forgery of medical evidence by staff employed by Barber & Co.
Burges Salmon LLP is adept at handling external attacks on financial institutions, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The team's expertise includes breaches of financial services regulations, breaches of environmental and health and safety regulations, and tax irregularities. Clients include international corporates, banks, insurance intermediaries and IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and focuses on director and employee fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Ward; Kari McCormick; Chris Davies; Charlotte Whitaker
‘David Hall and Michael Ward are a formidable team, whom anyone should go to’.
‘Michael Ward is very clever, dogged and focused’.
‘David Hall is urbane, worldly and excellent with clients’.
‘Good quality of associates working under the partners’.
‘Real team approach both within the firm and when it comes to the involvement of counsel and the client’.
‘A very commercial approach and a strong focus on achievable commercial outcomes’.
Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited
Nationwide Building Society
- Acting for the largest coal mining company in Wales in a widely publicised £160m fraud case involving the BVI.
- Acting on a complex high-value unauthorised diversion case for a company against the former CEO.
- Acting on an ongoing high-value portfolio of property-related claims against surveyors and valuers, many involving fraud and breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty, for a leading high-street lender.
Clyde & Co LLP handles a wide range of litigation, including cross-border disputes and commercial, contractual, trading, insider dealing, market abuse, money laundering, bribery and corruption, sanctions and securities litigation. Other areas of expertise include fabricated or exaggerated claims, serial claimants, staged incidents, personal injury claims, late notified claims and fraud rings. Key client sectors range from marine and trade to real estate, employment and pensions. Global insurers, brokers, local authorities, corporates and banks are among the team's clients. Damian Rourke heads the practice and focuses on various civil and criminal cases, including motor, personal and commercial property, employers' and public liability.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Murray; Chris Burdett; Charles Kuhn
- Representing a regulatory body and multiple airlines in a recovery action against a travel agent.
- Handling the mediation of an indemnity issue between a broker and insurer.
Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.
James Maton; Laurence Harris
Allergy Therapeutics plc
Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria
Government of Trinidad
Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands
The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance
- Representing Allergy Therapeutics Limited against Inflamax Research and three of its directors in High Court proceedings relating to a clinical trial undertaken in 2015; the total value of the parties’ combined claims is approximately $25m.
- Representing AMCON and the receiver of Arik Airways in High Court proceedings against former directors of Arik.
- Handling various asset recovery claims for the government of Turks and Caicos Islands
- Obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP advises on multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes in all divisions of the High Court across multiple disciplines. The firm has a particular focus on regulatory issues in the life sciences, media and technology, financial services and energy sectors. Areas of expertise include fraud and misconduct issues, criminal fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, money laundering, criminal tax matters, bribery and corruption, sanctions, and financial regulatory compliance. Team head Ian Hargreaves joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons in 2017; his clients include high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions and corporates.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Pollack; Chiz Nwokonkor
‘A broad range of experience with well-seasoned leadership at the top’.
‘Great breadth of experience and knowledge’.
‘Craig Pollack has skills, patience, and dedication’.
‘Covington’s team is very efficient’.
‘Craig Pollack is a true litigator with a vision. He knows how to put a formidable team on an international level’.
‘Ian Hargreaves has a shrewd mind with a no-nonsense approach’.
- Acting for Oleg Mkrtchan, and associated entities and his related corporate entities, in a substantial claim exceeding $1bn in value brought against him in the English Commercial Court.
- Acting for Vi Holding, a vertically integrated aluminium business with operations in China, Romania and Sierra Leone, and well-known Russian businessman Vitaliy Machitski in a highly contentious $200m dispute between substantial businessmen from Russia and the CIS.
- Acted for five defendants (both individual and corporate) from a significant investment house on a valuation matter relating to an investment into and ownership of a five-star hotel in the Swiss Alps.
- Acting for a former director of Carillion plc in relation to ongoing investigations by the Official Receiver, the FRC and the FCA, as well as in Parliamentary Committee hearings.
Dorsey & Whitney
Dorsey & Whitney handles commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, regularly acting in international cases with the support of the firm's US offices. It has particular expertise in eDiscovery, allowing the firm to cope with large discovery exercises. The 'very supportive and helpful team’ is headed by Tim Maloney.
Other key lawyers:
Watchstone Group PLC
John Gregg / Bronze Monkey, LLC
Traffic Monsoon, LLC (in receivership)
Siem Industries Inc
- Acting for defendant Watchstone Group plc on a high-profile warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising from a share purchase agreement in respect of the sale of Quindell’s (as it was then) Professional Services Division to Australian law firm Slater & Gordon.
- Acting in a complex series of multi-party disputes relating to the ownership and control of a Delaware LLC and funds of approximately €10m.
- Acting for receivers of a Utah company on an enforcement action arising from a Ponzi scheme
- Acting for a UK-based sports marketing major in relation to a network of disputes with former South American business partners in relation to digital media rights for football.
DWF's fraud team was established following practice head Richard Twomey's arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2017. With the assistance of the firm's forensic accounting, intelligence and forensic IT teams, the practice advises on physical and procedural controls, and offers software development that identifies fraudulent activity. Areas of expertise include consequences of fraud, asset recovery and defending allegations of fraud. The team also has complementary skills in employment, data protection, regulatory, criminal and insurance law. The practice has expanded recently, with Naomi Pryde joining from Dentons and senior associate Sarah Smith joining from Irwin Mitchell.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Twomey is a very experienced, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful, creative and diligent litigation solicitor’.
‘The team is multi-skilled, has extensive experience in the sector and takes a pragmatic approach, thinking outside the box’.
‘Able to clearly articulate risks and options and not afraid to take a different approach when needed’.
‘They are fantastic at client management and know what the strengths and weaknesses are’.
‘Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to his clients’.
Jamtoff Trading Limited
- Defending three individuals in relation to a very high-profile claim brought by the Danish tax authority.
- Acting in the public dispute in relation to the international enforcement of a £1.6 bn debt against the Indian billionaire businessman behind the Kingfisher brand and Force India Formula One team.
- Representing a leading Russian-Cypriot manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate in fraud proceedings.
- Defending Sergey Fedotov, a Russian tycoon, in a £26m debt claim and worldwide asset freezing order brought by a company in the BVI.
Fox Williams LLP advises on obtaining and opposing freezing injunctions, multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing claims, and frauds involving commodities and financial instruments. It also acts for individuals accused of fraud or who have become caught up in fraud claims. The firm has particular experience in litigating cases in offshore jurisdictions around the world. Clients include claimants and defendants; the team often acts against banks and financial institutions. Team head Gavin Foggo is experienced in fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation and equitable relief against directors and other fiduciaries. Andrew Hill joined from Stewarts Law LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Hill; David Butler; Tom Custance; Evie Meleagros
‘David Butler is very intelligent and very shrewd’.
‘Gavin Foggo is an extremely experienced litigator who is able to handle and communicate with challenging clients easily’.
‘They have in-depth expertise in fraud and are the best niche City firm specialising in this field’.
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Custance are standout litigators in the firm – both are very experienced and great tacticians’.
‘Andrew Hill is a good, hands-on partner’.
Hertz Europe Ltd
Global Risk Partners Limited
Pamplona Strategic Investments Limited
IFG Group Plc
Balderton Capital LLP
The Bar Council of England and Wales
Meem Memory Limited/Mr Kelly Sumner/ Mr Robert Brent/ Mr David Knox
- Acting for Salem Mounzer in a $330m fraud claim involving fraudulent conspiracy arising out of transactions in the oil market.
- Acted for hedge fund Pamplona Capital Management in a claim concerning the fraudulent exercise of drag-along rights in an investee company.
- Acting for defendants in a €65m claim involving the alleged misappropriation of a group of companies.
- Acting for Yeşim Sakarya in a successful application to discharge a $140m freezing order.
- Acting on a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of interest rate hedging products.
Mayfair-based disputes specialist Grosvenor Law advises high-net-worth individuals, companies, partnerships and trusts on large-scale international civil fraud matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice, breach of trust, commercial litigation, asset tracing, contentious trusts, and freezing and search orders (the team is seeing a particular increase in instructions relating to worldwide freezing orders). Team head Dan Morrison is experienced in criminal and regulatory matters, fiscal investigations and complaints.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Hastings; Daniel Astaire; Paul Tracey; Nicola McKinney; Michelle Quinn
‘Grosvenor Law are an impressive outfit: a boutique law firm that are always prepared to go toe-to-toe against the City heavyweights’.
‘A serious player in the fraud arena’.
‘They are flexible and strategic in approach and able to maneuver through and manage complicated litigation’.
‘Dan Morrison is a skilled negotiator and strategist’.
‘First-class service, always available at short notice’.
‘Fraud specialists, with the ingenuity and dedication necessary for the most challenging area of work’.
‘A boutique team of very experienced practitioners who punch well above their weight in civil fraud’.
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais
Simon de Pury, Michaela de Pury & de Pury LLP
The administrators of the estate of Dr Rainer Kahrmann
Springfield Energy Limited
Petroceltic International Plc
K2 Intelligence Limited and Matteo Bigazzi
- Discharged a $3bn freezing order obtained by an Angolan sovereign wealth fund and achieved a confidential settlement on behalf of client Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais.
- Defending Nick Candy, a prominent real estate developer, in a dispute over the £1.5bn sale of one of London’s most exclusive properties
- Representing the partner of a deceased financier in a family dispute over a £2m inheritance
- Acting for Springfield Energy Limited, a Ghanaian oil-trading company, in connection with its dispute with Glencore Energy UK Limited, a subsidiary of the world’s largest commodity trader.
- Representing a global petrochemicals company which accused former directors of multimillion-dollar frauds.
gunnercooke LLP advises clients on various civil fraud matters, including asset tracing, cross-border issues, offshore work, search order supervision and cyber fraud. The firm also deals with insolvency litigation, commercial dispute resolution, and obtaining and defending emergency interim relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders and third-party disclosure orders. Client sectors include financial services, insolvency, mining and leisure, and the team acts for a number of high-net-worth individuals.
HFW advises on commercial litigation, cross-border fraud, insolvency, breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing. Key practitioner Rick Brown has particular experience in offshore trust matters in the Caribbean and other jurisdictions. Former team head Noel Campbell relocated to the Hong Kong office.
Howard Kennedy LLP advises on various civil fraud matters including multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Areas of expertise include offshore trusts, business crime, regulatory issues, bribery, corruption, and freezing injunctions and search orders. The team also acts in cases of contentious insolvency, defence of directors' disqualification proceedings, and misfeasance and breach of duties claims. Client come from a range of sectors, including financial services and property. Louise Bennett heads the team and focuses on civil fraud, asset recovery and corporate litigation. Dominic Offord joined the firm from Browne Jacobson LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Dominic Offord; Joel Leigh; Tim Bignell; Craig Emden; Fiona Hinds; Julia Wookey; James Wingfield
Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste
CJ Murfitt Ltd
Richard (Ritchie) Blackmore
Opus Art Limited
David Rubin and Partners
- Acting for N Ltd in a claim for damages against its former bank arising from the summary termination of banking facilities, among other matters, in connection with alleged suspicions of facilitating money laundering on the part of the defendant bank.
- Acting for a client pursuing a £1m claim in negligence concerning solicitor’s advice supplied in and the subsequent conduct of massively complex proceedings concerning a majority shareholding in an Ethiopian pharmaceutical company.
- Acting for the world-renowned musician Richard Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow and currently of Blackmore’s Knight) in relation to his claims against HEC Limited and DPO Limited (both in administration).
- Advising Opus Art Limited on its claim against both a company (which holds itself out as arranging exclusive events for ‘high-net-worth individuals’) and its director personally for events which our client sponsored but never took place.
- Acting for Asher Miller and Henry Lan of David Rubin and Partners in their capacity as administrators of Agushia Limited, which fell into administration in November 2016.
Lipman Karas LLP
Lipman Karas LLP's practice handles large-scale international investigations, as well as commercial litigation, international disputes, fraud and asset tracing. The firm also deals with allegations of dishonesty and corruption and has previously represented sportsmen faced with allegations of match-fixing and the use of banned substances. Practice head Andrew Ford is experienced in disputes involving banking transactions, derivatives, claims in tort and unfair prejudice allegations.
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Scott; Caroline Phipps; Chris Atkinson
‘Andrew Ford and Chris Atkinson have strong expertise in complex financial litigation involving transactional issues, most often including common law and civil law’.
‘Chris Atkinson is a reliable litigator, certainly a future leader in the market’.
‘Very close-knit group that can work seamlessly across the full team involved in a major fraud case’.
‘Andrew Ford is a very experienced and user-friendly partner who is always fully committed to his clients whilst giving clear and objective advice’.
‘Massive experience of the largest cases in the sector’.
‘Andrew Ford comes with first-rate knowledge and experience – he is very commercially minded and proactive’.
‘Andrew Ford and Jeremy Scott are real specialists in the fraud area with decades of experience’.
‘They are pragmatic in approach, and will try to find ways to progress even the most difficult matters, in a manner that adds real value and is cost-effective’.
Algosaibi Family & Group
Tsareva & Others v Ananyev Brothers & Others
- Handled the recovery of assets for the victims of the $9bn ‘Saad fraud’.
- Handled the recovery of assets for investors in loan notes issued by the Ananyev brothers (Russian oligarchs).
- Acting for the joint liquidators of the Kingate Funds, unravelling the fraud and defending the funds against the trustee’s allegations.
- Acting for two defendants in enforcement proceedings relating to a foreign judgment of $1.3bn.
Mayer Brown International LLP handles litigation, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency, and is able to pursue fraud claims throughout the world thanks to the firm's global network of offices across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East. Areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional fraud, asset recovery, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of trust, Ponzi scheme busting, injunctions and freezing orders. Clients include banks, insolvency practitioners, lenders, pension trustees and corporates in the financial services, retail, energy and life sciences sectors. Devi Shah and Alistair Graham head the team, which was joined by Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Devi Shah; Alistair Graham
Other key lawyers:
Principal Global Investors LLC
Sunseeker London Limited
- Acting for MAG Financial Services LLC in a successful appeal in the Dubai International Financial Court.
Moon Beever advises on insolvency, litigation, fraud and debt recovery, often involving multiple jurisdictions. It acts for foreign and domestic insolvency practitioners, high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, business owners and managers, and directors. Frances Coulson heads the team and has a particular focus on commercial litigation, specialising in contentious insolvency, especially cases involving fraud and injunctive relief. Christina Fitzgerald and Robert Paterson joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP and Gowling WLG respectively, and associate Ian Rees joined from HMRC Sols.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely experienced ‘.
‘Frances Coulson is experienced, commercial and always thinking about reciprocity’.
RSM UK LLP
Grant Thornton UK LLP
CVR Global LLP
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is adept at handling cross-border fraud claims, commercial litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience in Russia. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, asset recovery, wealth disputes, defamation and negligence claims, and contentious takeovers. Client come from the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, and property industries, among others. Neil Dooley heads the team.
Other key lawyers:
TLT is adept at handling payment fraud, cyber security, criminal fraud, civil fraud and regulatory compliance. Areas of expertise include fraud prevention, litigation, mortgage fraud, payment fraud, recoveries and worldwide freezing injunctions. The firm has a particular focus on the financial services sector, where Bristol-based practice head Richard Hayllar is an expert, and acts for major PLCs, including banks and financial institutions. Warren Clark was promoted to partner and Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Russell Kelsall; Andrew Lyon; Jason Cropper; Jonathan Hoey; Deborah Sheldon; Warren Clark; Nick Curling; Angela Craven
‘An extremely versatile firm which competes with the very best.’
Royal Bank of Scotland
State Bank of India
Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises clients including public, private and third-sector organisations on prevention, investigations and recovery actions across multiple jurisdictions. Among the team's areas of expertise are freezing injunctions, anti-bribery and fraud prevention issues, including drafting and updating policies, cybercrime and group actions. Birmingham-based Mark Kenkre heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations. Senior associates Jamie De Souza and Laura Pennells joined from Higgs & Sons and Reed Smith LLP, respectively. Keith Mills retired.
‘Trowers have a strong civil fraud team, well capable of running complex, large and challenging fraud cases’.
‘Mark Kenkre in particular is an excellent litigator – he is canny and relentless, both attributes crucial in a fraud litigator’.
‘The Trowers team are thorough and comprehensive’.
‘They are a safe pair of hands and you know that the service will always be of the highest quality’.
St Vincent European General Partner Limited
Ms Abeer Shamsan
Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited
Trinity Housing Association
Protec International Limited
Sameera Toorani, Maryam Toorani, Rouhangiz Toorani, Khairiyah Toorani and Zainab Toorani
- Acted for St Vincent European General Partner Limited in its claim for damages against ten defendants based in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand, as a result of breach of contract and/or an unlawful means conspiracy stemming from the payment of a bribe of just under €1m, which resulted in development land in Poland being removed from St Vincent’s control.
- Acting for Central Bank of Bahrain in a large Middle Eastern fraud, pursuing claims well in excess of $1bn
- Representing a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation regarding the ownership of a port in that region.
- Acting in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over ownership of the £380m estate of a deceased Gulf-based businessman.
- Acting for the Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited Charity on a fraud claim going back over 20 years.
Boutique firm William Grace advises on international and multi-jurisdictional disputes, civil fraud litigation, bribery, corruption, breach of fiduciary duties, secret profits, dishonest assistance and deceit. Other areas of expertise include contract management, risk assessment matters and contract interpretation. The firm often acts for additional or niche defendants in large-scale multi-defendant cases. Alastair Shaw heads the one-partner team.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very proactive and transparent on fee structures’.
‘Alastair Shaw’s true merit lies in his strategic overview and ability to think around a subject and to absorb and retain a huge amount of detail and complexity’.
‘Willam Grace are a small but very effective firm’.
‘Alistair Shaw really knows his stuff and is well placed to act for individuals on large cases’.
- Acted for Motortrak Ltd in relation to accusations of bribery and achieved substantial reductions in the damages owed to FCA Australia.
- Continuing to advise a client in relation to further developments relating to the discontinued LIA v SocGen and Ors matter and regarding the terms of the extensive and wide-ranging confidentiality club that was granted in order to protect our client in the circumstances of the security crisis in Libya.
- Acting for the claimants in substantial and ongoing proceedings concerning allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and other claims against China Courier Service (USA) Corp.
- Representing defendants up to and including successfully opposing a summary judgement application made by the claimant in proceedings concerning allegations of large-scale and wide-ranging fraud resulting in the diversion of substantial sums from a company via multiple fake intermediary companies