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Nick Ractliff

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PCB Litigation LLP

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Fraud and Commercial Litigation


Nick is a partner specialising in internatinal fraud and commercial litigation. He acts for individuals and financial and corporate institutions in a wide range of fraud and commercial litigation matters involving asset recovery, shareholder and director's disputes, professional negligence and insolvency. He has extensive experience in managing and and conducting complex and high value litigation in both domestic and international forums and in coordinating lareg teams of lawyers and other professionals across a number of different jurisdictions. He is particularly accomplished in seeking freezing, search and disclosure orders both domestically and simultaneously across various foreign  jurisdictions, particularly in support and enforcement of foriegn proceedings and judgments. Recent cases in which he has acted include JSC VTB Bank v Pavel Skurikhin, Dar Al Arkan and Bank Alkhair v Majid Al Refai and Others, The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited v Al Geabury, and Jennington v the Assaubayev Family.


Trained with Blyth Dutton/Lawrence Graham (now Gowlings WLG LLP); Qualified in 1991 with Lawrence Graham; in 1995 joined Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys); in 2007 joined Gherson and subsequently Brown Rudnick before joining PCB LItigation in 2009


 Commercail Litigation Association and Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association                               


The King's School Canterbury; 1987 Graduated at Exeter University with BA Degree in Economics; 1988 Completed the CPE at the College of Law, Chester; 1989 Completed the LSF at the College of Law, Guildford                                   


  Family, golf, cycling, and watching sport, particularly cricket                                    

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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