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Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England
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Work Department

Fraud and international asset tracing.

Position

Andrew is LG’s senior partner (as of 1 May 2011), having been head of dispute resolution since 1 May 2008. Working with LG’s managing partner, Hugh Maule, Andrew is responsible for giving strategic leadership to the firm. He is also responsible for the firm’s relationships with its clients. Andrew meets with the clients regularly and seeks to ensure that LG delivers what they really want. Andrew specialises in corporate fraud and international asset tracing, with particular experience in running complex multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing matters. He is also part of LG’s contentious trust and probate team having dealt with many trust litigation matters in most of the offshore jurisdictions. Additionally, Andrew is one of the founder members of Fraudnet, the International Chamber of Commerce’s international network of fraud litigation specialists. Experience: advised on a number of high-profile fraud matters, including Polly Peck (acting for the administrators), British and Commonwealth/Atlantic Computers (acting for the former CEO of Atlantic) and BCCI (acting for the Cayman and English liquidators); advised the Government of Brazil in relation to the alleged corruption of Paulo Maluf, the former mayor of Sao Paulo. This is the largest and most wide reaching corruption case undertaken by Brazil, involving several jurisdictions in the investigation and repatriation of stolen public funds.

Career

Trained Walker Martineau 1988-1992; qualified 1992; assistant solicitor Alsop Wilkinson 1992-96; partner Alsop Wilkinson 1996-2000 (became DLA); partner Lawrence Graham LLP 2001 to date, senior partner 2011 to date; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.

Memberships

ICC Fraudnet.

Education

Farnborough (1984 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering); London (1988 BA Law; 1990 Law Society Finals).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

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

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Gowling WLG is particularly specialised in acting for liquidators of financial services companies, handling disputes involving their assets as well as litigation against former directors for alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Catherine Naylor and Andrew Witts take the lead on this work. James Sidwell leads the overall practice and has a close relationship with JP Morgan, representing the investment bank in a range of disputes related to loans and forex transactions.