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Trevor Mascarenhas

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PCB Litigation LLP

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Fraud and commercial litigation.


Partner, specialising in international commercial fraud and dispute resolution. Practice focuses on complex, high-value international commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly involving Russia and Eastern Europe. Experienced in coordinating large teams of lawyers and other professionals in various jurisdictions to freeze assets simultaneously, as well as in obtaining search and disclosure orders. Many of his cases are at the cutting edge of the law, involving decisions by the appellate courts in England and elsewhere, including in respect of jurisdiction, forum conveniens and piercing the corporate veil. Clients include banks, state owned entities, large corporations and high-net-worth individuals. Amongst cases on which he has acted are: Abela v Baadarani; Dar Al Arkan v Majid Al Refai; Royal Westminster Investments v Varma; B.A.T. Industries Plc v Windward Prospects Ltd; Ukrsibbank v Polyakov; VTB Capital v Nutritek; BTA Bank v Ablyazov; KazakhGold v Norton; Jenington v Assaubayev; Fashion TV Russia v Fashion TV; Ukrnafta v Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation; Abela v Hammonds; Leaway Enterprises v Fashion TV; Jersey Financial Services Commission v Equity Trust; Shahar v Kolomoisky; Watford Petroleum v Interoil Trading; Westminster City Council v Porter; Vardinoyannis v Ansol Ltd and Nazarov; Ritz Hotel Casino v Al Zayat; Pegasus Birds v Commissioners for Customs & Excise; as well as several multimillion-dollar arbitrations.


Trained Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald (now PCB Litigation LLP); qualified 2000; partner and training principal 2003 to date.


Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.


MA (Cantab); LLB (London).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Leading individuals

Trevor Mascarenhas - PCB Litigation LLP

Within: Fraud: civil

Leading firmPCB Litigation LLP offers ‘unrivalled boutique expertise in the field of fraud’. It is adept at handling fraud and asset recovery work and implementing multi-jurisdictional asset recovery strategies. It also deals with search orders, disclosure orders, appointments of interim receivers, orders for cross-examination and committal for contempt. Recent work includes acting for Bank of Moscow against a Russian judgment debtor and his wife in a case worth £200m. Other clients include BMW, TPG Capital, VTB and KMG international. Steven Philippsohn heads the team, he is ‘a lateral thinker extraordinaire’ and ‘can see brilliant points outside the box’. Anthony Riem has ‘a marvellous rapport with clients’, Trevor Mascarenhas ‘stands out as a leading partner in this field’ and ‘knows all the ins and outs of civil fraud dispute resolution in commercial litigation and in arbitration’. Jon Felce was promoted to partner and is ‘a calm and collected presence and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

PCB Litigation LLP acts both for and against banks in substantial litigation, including high-profile work for Russian and CIS banks. The team acted for two of eight defendants, who had proceedings commenced against them by Commerzbank and two others seeking declaratory relief in connection with claims surrounding a structured investment instrument issued by Commerzbank, which involved fixed rate bonds, an unsecured loan note and a swaps agreement; the defendants’ counterclaim is based on claims for unlawful conspiracy, deceit, dishonest assistance, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Anthony Riem is 'very experienced'; Trevor Mascarenhas is' assured and extremely bright'; Steven Philippsohn is 'a lateral thinker extraordinaire, who can see brilliant points outside the box'; and Nick Ractliff and recently promoted partner Jon Felce are 'dedicated and thorough'.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

PCB Litigation LLP is 'a solid niche player for commercial litigation as well as its best-known area of civil fraud'. It acted for TPG Capital in a case about whether the taking of funds out of a company (Hellas II) can subsequently be challenged; the matter also recently involved the team leading on a successful application for security for costs against litigation funders. Anthony Riem 'inspires confidence through his down-to-earth interaction with clients, extensive commercial law knowledge, experience of court procedures and clarity of advice'; Trevor Mascarenhas is 'first-class lawyer and tactician'; and Steven Philippsohn is 'a vastly experienced litigator'.

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