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Bivonas Law LLP
Bivonas Law LLP
24 Cornhill

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

Bivonas Law LLP is well-regarded for its expertise advising individuals caught up in investigations by the police, SFO, HMRC and FCA. Its alliance with Russian firm Pen & Paper makes it uniquely placed to handle matters in Russia and the CIS. The team advises clients in relation to allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, restraint orders, receivership orders and business crime matters. Head of practice Anthony Brown acts for CEOs of major companies as well as defending alleged underworld figures in cases spanning the globe. Cindy Dorrington has more than 20 years’ experience in criminal and regulatory litigation and is 'key to the team's success' . 'Real grafterSteve Sharp is an experienced trial lawyer who often handles cases with an international dimension.

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‘A boutique firm with big-hitting talent’.

‘My go-to firm for anything fraud or finance-related’.

‘Cindy Dorrington is the stand-out partner in a stand-out firm; I have been consistently impressed by her intellect, hard work, and devotion to the cause’.

‘Steve Sharpe is highly intelligent, with a high capacity for analytical work and excellent strategic foresight’.

‘George Kampanella is an excellent communicator and great with clients’

‘They have a broad series of disciplines which means they can cover all aspects of a case’.

‘Cindy Dorrington is very good with clients for whom she has fierce loyalty, she is always willing to go the extra length for the best result’.

‘Those making up the team at Bivonas Law LLP are each talented and accomplished individuals who, through many years of dedication, appreciate the importance of operating as a collective’.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The 'professional, efficient and very knowledgeable' litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP specialises in financial services regulatory, civil, criminal and commercial disputes. The firm advises corporate sector clients on complex regulatory investigations, notably FCA investigations, market abuse allegations and cross-border matters. Cindy Dorrington leads the practice and has expertise acting for individuals and companies in a range of investigations and enforcement proceedings. Also notable are Antony Brown, who has experience in multidisciplinary matters in the financial services sector; and John Bechelet, who focuses on civil fraud and regulatory litigation.

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‘Highly experienced and professional, their attention to clients is impeccable’

‘Antony Brown and John Bechelet are great team leaders. Antony is unique in his skills developing business and client attention; John is technically brilliant and he inspires the rest of the lawyers’

‘Cindy Dorrington, now managing partner, has excelled within the field of financial crime for the last 20 years’

‘Client care is to the fore and of paramount importance’

‘Bivonas Law works on finding solutions to a company or individual’s legal problems in a pragmatic, cost efficient way, always being flexible on fees but retaining their high standards’

‘We have worked with Cindy Dorrington for over 10 years on various matters and we have never been disappointed in the service we have received; she is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, professional but still very approachable’

‘We have always referred others to Cindy Dorrington. We will continue to do so and would highly recommend her to anyone that needs a genuine, experienced and hard working lawyer in London’

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Bivonas Law LLP acts for international banks, high-net-worth individuals and various other clients in fraud disputes involving civil contempt of court, internal corporate investigations and breach of fiduciary duty, among other areas. John Bechelet has over 37 years of experience in civil fraud and regulatory litigation, which includes major cases in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Antony Brown has an established track record in multijurisdictional fraud cases in regions such as Eastern Europe and Asia. Sergey Litovchenko, who is praised by one client for his 'fantastic client skills',  is also a key member of the team.

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‘Bivonas has an exceptional team of lawyers who over the years have been involved in some of the highest profile civil fraud trials.’

‘Bivonas’s experience, depth of knowledge and determination to get the best results makes the firm stand out above competitors in the market.’

‘Antony Brown leads the firm and is extremely knowledgeable in cases with an international element. He is tactically astute, and tenaciously drives cases to get the best outcome for his clients.’

‘John Bechelet is a brilliant lawyer who always gives clear, practical advice to his clients.’

‘Sergey Litovchenko has considerable experience in complex cross-border disputes relating to Russia and the CIS.’

‘Very strong civil fraud and financial crime team with a wealth of expertise.’

‘Antony Brown is commercially brilliant and knows what he is doing. ‘

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

City of London-based litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP acts for large corporations on corporate crime and regulatory matters. It is experienced in advising on both the prosecution and defence of companies and individuals, making the practice well placed to advise clients on civil, criminal and regulatory matters. The team is headed by Antony Brown , Cindy Dorrington and Steve Sharp. Brown has 38 years’ experience in civil and criminal fraud.  Dorrington focuses on regulatory litigation, fraud, money laundering, business crime, and proceeds of crime and financial services regulatory proceedings. Sharp handles cases brought by criminal and regulatory bodies, including the SFO, FCA and NCA.


‘Cindy Dorrington has excellent experience in all manner of financial regulatory, corporate crime and fraud matters’.

‘Cindy Dorrington’s client handling is second to none, she takes a highly practical approach and is highly recommended’.

‘The team at Bivonas has strong knowledge of their domain of work, strong analytical skills, good listening skills and good communication skills’.

‘Steve Sharp stands out for his intellect, diligence, common sense and enormous experience’.

‘Steve Sharp is a great team player with good client skills’.

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.

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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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Cindy Dorrington +44(0)2073372600
Senior Partner Antony Brown +44(0)2073372600
Partner John Bechelet +44(0)2073372600
Partner Roland Ellis +44(0)2073372600
Partner Sergey Litovchenko +44(0)2073372600
Partner George Kampanella +44(0)2073372600
Partner Stephen Sharp +44(0)2073372600
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Bechelet  photo John Bechelet Partner
 Antony Brown  photo Antony Brown  Senior Partner
 Cindy Dorrington  photo Cindy Dorrington Managing Partner
 Roland Ellis  photo Roland Ellis Partner
 George Kampanella  photo George Kampanella Partner
 Sergey Litovchenko  photo Sergey Litovchenko Partner
 Stephen Sharp  photo Stephen Sharp Partner
English (fluent)
International Bar Association
The Law Society of England & Wales

TESTIMONIAL: George Kampanella is focused and thorough. He grasps the situation quickly and doesn’t leave any stones unturned. A strength is that he doesn’t let the other side get away with any wrong doing and is available 24/7.

CLIENT: Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: George Kampanella got an understanding of my case very quickly. I was very impressed with the advice I received when dealing with the police. Highly confident during police interviews and very knowledgeable on procedure. Highly recommended.

CLIENT: Director
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you all. This email is insufficient for what I truly feel. You will know that all my concerns during the case were outweighed by the thought that I would be deprived of attending my daughter’s dream wedding as planned. Well we are back, and I’ve still not come back down to earth. Thank you all so much again.

CLIENT: Solicitor
TESTIMONIAL: [R] informed me this afternoon of the brilliant result. Thanks so much for the immediate help.

CLIENT: Solicitor
TESTIMONIAL: Huge thanks to you and all the team for the great work and securing the right outcome.

CLIENT: Client
TESTIMONIAL: You got us to the end of all the procedures and I am incredibly thankful for all you have done and for your tenacity. I guess you are used to cases lasting this long and it is a part of the job but still you have formidable endurance.

So thank you Steve from the bottom of my heart.

CLIENT: Solicitor
COMPANY/FIRM: Lamb Chambers
TESTIMONIAL: 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. This is especially so in the Russian/CIS market, in which Bivonas is a well-known actor. Considering the high level of service that the firm delivers, I strongly recommend them for the Russian/CIS market and beyond.