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Bivonas Law LLP
24 Cornhill

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

Criminal law boutique Bivonas Law LLP has a ‘long-established reputation of high-quality offerings in financial crime for both individuals and companies’. The group stands out for its work on complex FCA, HMRC and SFO investigations, as well as for its longstanding trial experience spanning over 200 white-collar crime cases to date. Its recent work demonstrates its ability to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach and handle contentious matters alongside the firm’s specialists in civil fraud and regulatory litigation. The firm maintains an excellent Eastern Europe-focused practice through its strategic alliance with Russian law firm Pen & Paper; it bolstered its capacity to act for high-net-worth individuals from Russia and the CIS region in November 2020, when senior consultant and fluent Russian speaker Sergei Vladi joined from Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP. The department is jointly led by the highly regarded trio Stephen Sharp, senior partner Antony Brown and managing partner Cindy Dorrington. George Kampanella and Roland Ellis are also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown; Cindy Dorrington; Stephen Sharp


‘Bivonas is truly a boutique international law practice. It deals with very substantial criminal and civil fraud and other regulatory matters, often involving multiple jurisdictions. It has a wealth of experience with its partners collaborating in order to provide the client with the best possible service. The experience that each partner boasts, together with their individual and collective judgements, serve their clients extremely well.’

‘The success of the firm in winning and successfully settling many of its cases is no small part due to the cultural makeup of the team, taken together with their considerable experience in Eastern European jurisdictions.’

‘Cindy Dorrington is a superb lawyer with great judgment in deciding a strategic way forward through difficult problems.’

‘Anthony Brown is dedicated to his clients; he ensures they have permanent access to him so that they are completely confident that their case is being handled effectively and to their needs.’

‘Leading criminal boutique law firm. Long-established reputation of high-quality offering in financial crime for both individuals and companies. Really innovative firm, excellent partners. International reach.’

‘Steve Sharp is an outstanding lawyer who leaves no stone unturned. Great to work with, his cases are always prepared to the highest standard.’

‘I have worked with Roland Ellis and found him to be charming and polite. An exterior that belies a steely determination and considerably tenacious working capacity. He has a very able legal brain and can take any problem and analyse the potential client-focused solutions from all angles and is not afraid to try all of them!’

‘George Kampanella is fully committed to his client’s case. Brilliant at maintaining a constructive relationship with a lay client, notwithstanding the difficulties presented by the pandemic.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption whilst in office.
  • Representing a defendant in an insider dealing case prosecuted by the FCA.
  • Representing an individual being investigated by the SFO and the FCA for fraud and mis-selling minibonds to the value of approximately £250m to retail investors.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP brings together lawyers specialising in regulatory, civil, criminal and commercial litigation, predominantly catering to individual representations, but also taking instructions from financial institutions. The department is led by Cindy Dorrington and includes Antony Brown, a veteran of the space with significant experience in high-profile criminal cases, as well as major investigations. John Bechelet is a seasoned fraud litigator.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:


Bivonas is an excellent firm. Superb.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual being investigated by the SFO and the FCA for fraud and mis-selling minibonds to the value of circa £250m to retail investors.
  • Representing an individual in the FCA’s investigation into banks, brokers and pensions funds involved in cum-ex trading, where European countries have lost billions in tax reclaims.
  • Representing a defendant in one of the few insider dealing cases being prosecuted by the FCA.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

The ‘diverse and talented team of experts’ at Bivonas Law LLP combines civil, criminal and regulatory experience to advise on a range of multijurisdictional fraud matters. The firm is ‘particularly unique in that they are very skilled in dealing with complex cases and issues, especially in relation to fraud matters in the Russian/CIS market’. John Bechelet leads the team and ‘provides a measured and technical approach to the law’.

Practice head(s):

John Bechelet

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Litovchenko; Antony Brown; Cindy Dorrington


‘Their practice is particularly unique in that they are very skilled to deal with complex cases and issues, especially in relation to fraud matters in the Russian/CIS market, in which Bivonas is a well-known actor’.

‘They are very good in finding practical solutions to the clients’ problems and possess exceptional client care skills. Considering the high level of service that the firm delivers, I strongly recommend them for the Russian/CIS market and beyond’.

‘Having worked with Sergey Litovchenko on the resolution of complex company law and commercial issues, I was impressed by his distinctive practical understanding of this area. In addition to his extensive experience, Sergey has very good client care and team-work skills. His ability to find practical and strategic solutions to clients’ problems is particularly important for complex cases or issues. Sergey is a skilled litigator and brings great value to his clients’.

‘Boutique practice – involvement and interest from the partner involved, who has a clear insight into the case and is in a great position to discuss and make tactical decisions.’

‘Sergey Litovchenko understands the ins and outs of litigation with individuals from Russia and former CIS states. Clearly identifies strengths and weaknesses in the case and has a realistic view of (a) what the client wants and (b) what the client is likely to achieve’.

‘Sergey Litovchenko has outstanding professional and personal approach to very complicated matters.’

‘Antony Brown is uniquely Commerical in his approach to the law. John Bechelet provides a measured and technical approach to the law. Cindy Dorrington has a wealth of experience to bring to litigation’.

‘Lawyers within this practice has wonderful attention to details and paramount willingness to go extra mile in making sure their client is fully aware of all aspects and outcomes of the matter’.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Bivonas Law LLP is a boutique litigation outfit with a wealth of experience in investigations relating to tax and financial crime. Key team members include senior partner Antony Brown, who has nearly four decades’ experience advising on civil and criminal fraud; Cindy Dorrington, who has experience liaising with key regulators including the FCA, SFO and NCA; and Steve Sharp, ‘an excellent and experienced practitioner’ and a ‘very safe pair of hands’.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown; Steve Sharp; Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:

Roland Ellis; John Bechelet


Bivonas understand the law and business . They are not a legal factory, they are real lawyers.

The team are highly experienced, personable and always available.

Steve Sharp is an excellent and experienced practitioner. Very safe pair of hands and delivered a great result in a big case.

Great client care and dedication to ensure confidence and trust in their services.

Anthony Brown and John Bechelet are both commercially pragmatic, always available and highly personable.

Steve Sharp is conscientious, loyal and empathetic.

Bivonas Law is a leading criminal litigation and commercial disputes boutique based in the City of London.

The firm: Bivonas Law was established in 1997 and from the outset has acted in large-scale commercial disputes, criminal investigations and prosecutions, and regulatory investigations.

Bivonas Law has a track record spanning over two decades of succeeding where its clients were facing significant financial, reputational or personal risk.

The firm’s cases are often multi-jurisdictional and high-profile. It has a global network of trusted high-level advisers, experts and business connections, which allows it to meet the most complex of challenges and succeed for its clients.

Types of work undertaken
Criminal investigations and prosecutions:  The firm regularly deals with the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Financial Conduct Authority. A significant proportion of its work relates to global investigations involving overseas law enforcement agencies and industry regulators. Bivonas Law has been instructed in many high-profile cases in recent years, including matters involving bribery and corruption, cum-ex trading fraud, benchmark manipulation, Ponzi schemes, carbon trading frauds, insider dealing, market abuse, boiler room frauds, tax evasion, sanctions and other financial crime. Bivonas are involved from investigation through to trial including responding to restraint and confiscation orders.

Extradition: Bivonas Law specialises in representing high-profile individuals in extradition cases with particular expertise in politically sensitive matters. Successfully avoiding or challenging the issuance of an Interpol “Red Notice” has become a regular outcome for its clients who had substantive extradition proceedings against them, were at risk of extradition or where extradition requests were politically motivated.

Commercial litigation: Bivonas Law provides a full litigation and dispute resolution service.  The firm acts in a range of complex, multi-jurisdictional and high-value disputes, requiring expertise in competition law, asset tracing, trusts, freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders. The firm acts for and against individuals, businesses, multinational organisations and governments in a variety of industries including banking, investments, insurance, fintech, aviation, energy, mining and construction. The firm is proactive and resourceful when arranging funding for litigation and arbitration matters.

Regulatory and disciplinary investigations: Bivonas Law acts for individuals and companies from all sectors of financial services, including banking, insurance and asset management, facing regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. The practice is recognised as a leader in the field of Financial Conduct Authority investigations and enforcement.

The firm regularly advises professionals from other regulated sectors in relation to allegations of misconduct as well as advising company directors facing disqualification.

Managing Partner Cindy
Senior Partner Antony
Partner John
Partner Roland
Partner Stephen
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International Bar Association
The Law Society of England & Wales