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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Bivonas Law LLP

Boutique firm Bivonas Law LLP specialises in financial services regulatory, civil, criminal and commercial litigation, notably in competition and enforcement related cases. White collar expert Cindy Dorrington is managing partner and acts for individuals and companies in high profile financial services cases. She leads a team that includes Anthony Brown, who is known for industry expertise and managing complex matters that involve coordinating with overseas jurisdictions; Roland Ellis, who specialises in allegations of complex fraud; and John Bechelet, who has expertise in civil fraud and regulatory litigation. George Kampanella joined in 2018 and strengthens the firm’s white collar and fraud capabilities.

Practice head(s):Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:Anthony Brown; George Kampanella; Roland Ellis; John Bechelet


'They provide exceptional guidance in all matters'

'Niche firm ideally suited to defending individuals without facing the conflicts and hassles that bedevil their larger rivals'

'Their quick understanding and evaluation of the issues gives considerable reassurance'

'Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm'

'John Bechelet is a pleasure to work with'

Work highlights

  • Representing a fund manager in relation to allegations of improper market conduct linked to Initial Public Offerings and secondary share placings.
  • Acting for senior individuals in relation to investigations by the DOJ and FCA connected to loans to Mozambique.
  • Representing an individual in relation to an investigation into HBOS and Lloyds Bank.
  • Representing an individual in an insider dealing case.
Leading individuals

Cindy Dorrington - Bivonas Law LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Bivonas Law LLP

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.

Practice head(s):John Bechelet

Other key lawyers:Sergey Litovchenko; Cindy Dorrington; Geliya Chukmarova; Sarah Maile; Antony Brown 


‘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’.

‘Anthony 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’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Bivonas Law LLP

Bivonas Law LLP works on both trial and enforcement matters, regularly acting on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the NHS Fraud Investigations Unit and major business crime units of the Metropolitan and City of London Police. Particular areas of expertise include advising on allegations of bribery and corruption, unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), civil fraud, proceeds of crime, financial services and regulatory litigation. The firm is particularly experienced in handling cases with a Russian/ CIS element having been in an alliance with Russian white collar and commercial litigation firm Pen & Peter in 2016. Bivonas' head of team,  Anthony Brown , is experienced representing CEOs of major corporates and banks, and individuals alleged to have links with organised crime.  Cindy Dorrington was promoted to managing partner. George Kampanella joined as partner from EBR Attridge LLP while Roland Ellis was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Anthony Brown

Other key lawyers:Cindy Dorrington; George Kampanella; Roland Ellis; Anthony Hanratty; Steve Sharp; Roland Ellis; Sarah Maile


‘Established specialist practice with excellent reputation for white collar crime’.

‘George Kampanella works extremely hard for his clients and has acted in many high profile cases’.

‘The team is proactive and take a forensic approach to criminal defence’.

‘George Kampenalla is a highly experienced, fiercely determined fraud specialist.'

‘High level of expertise across the board; dynamic and market focused, with a growing market reputation. Their strong Russian focus makes them a go to for certain work at the highest level’.

‘Antony Brown is a hugely experienced, highly effective lead adviser, with a particularly strong suite in hands-on commitment to his clients' interests. He is calm and personable regardless of the circumstances’;.

‘A very competent, engaged firm, dedicated to doing the best for its clients’.

‘Steve Sharp is exceptionally experienced and has seen pretty well everything in the fraud world’.

‘Cindy Dorrington has a meticulous, detailed and inspired approach to preparation. She has very wide experience of City fraud, coupled with more fundamental but absolutely necessary grounding in disclosure and SFO/HMRC practice’.

‘Antony Brown is a leader in his field. He knows how to solve big problems, has very good skills, charisma, and he handles difficult situations well.'

Work highlights

  • Representing senior individuals in relation to investigations connected to loans in Mozambique.
  • Advising in relation to a major tax investigation arising out of the Paradise Papers leak and the BBC Panorama exposé.
  • Acted for an individual in the SFO’s investigation into ENRC.
  • Instructed by a US law firm in relation to a large DoJ investigation involving one of the US’s largest investment banks, involving Interpol notices and diffusions.
  • Acting for the ex-director of a steel company being investigated by the SFO.
Leading individuals

Anthony Brown - Bivonas Law LLP

Cindy Dorrington - Bivonas Law LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Bivonas Law LLP

Specialist litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP handles prosecution and defence of companies and individuals. The 'impressive' team is adept at dealing with foreign and domestic regulators. Areas of expertise include the Bribery Act, corruption, risk management and cybercrime. Clients include private banks, advertising companies, service companies within the oil and gas industry, hotel groups and financial services industry organisations. Firm-wide senior partner Antony Brown  specialises in managing large scale commercial disputes and criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sergey Litovchenko and George Kampanella both joined as partners from Pinsent Masons LLP and EBR Attridge LLP respectively.  White collar and financial services regulatory partner Cindy Dorrington has taken up a new role as firm-wide managing partner, while Roland Ellis has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Antony Brown

Other key lawyers:Sergey Litovchenko; George Kampanella; Cindy Dorrington; Roland Ellis; John Bechelet; Steve Sharp; Sarah Maile


‘A very impressive team who understand the realities of litigation’.         

‘The team at Bivonas Law is exceptional in every way - in their expertise, their attention to details and their promptness’.       

'A tight knit and expert team boasting high calibre lawyers who provide timely, practical and realistic advice to their clients at a very attractive cost’. 

‘On most levels they out-smart, out-think and out-manoeuvre their opponents’

‘Antony Brown is an exceptional lawyer; fast and an real expert in this field’.

‘Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm’.            

‘Antony Brown has a sophisticated understanding of the mindset and needs of a business’.              

‘George Kampanella is a highly experienced and capable lawyer’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a multinational technology company in relation to allegations of price-fixing.
  • Defending fraud allegations (by three Swiss banks) against a Greek-based corporation.
  • Acting for a major UAE-based IT contractor in relation to allegations of corruption involving a government-awarded security contract.
  • Advising a Russian owner of a construction group in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia) relating to alleged banking fraud and misappropriation of loan funds.
  • Representing a bank in relation to investigations connected to loans in Mozambique.

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