Asset Recovery 2018

We are delighted to present the latest edition of WWL: Asset Recovery, comprising 541 lawyers from 262 firms across 83 jurisdictions.

The offshore market continues to play a prominent role in the asset recovery space, with key firms including Walkers, Mourant Ozannes and Appleby performing particularly well. International investigations and disputes specialists Kobre & Kim also stands out in the global market achieving 15 nominations across multiple regions.  

We also recognise the most highly regarded individuals across EMEA, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and offshore jurisdictions.

EMEA (onshore jurisdictions)

Thought Leaders
1. Yves Klein Monfrini Bitton Klein, Geneva
2. Steven Philippsohn PCB Litigation LLP, London
3. Anthony Riem PCB Litigation LLP, London
4. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
5. Jane Colston Brown Rudnick LLP, London
6. Andrew Witts Gowling WLG, London
7. Bettina Knoetzl KNOETZL, Vienna
8. Robert Hunter Edmonds Marshall McMahon, London
9. Richard Briggs Hadef & Partners, Dubai
10. Babajide Ogundipe Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore, Lagos
11. Keith Oliver Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, London
12. Trevor Mascarenhas PCB Litigation LLP, London
13. Mona Vaswani Allen & Overy LLP, London
14. Kate McMahon Edmonds Marshall McMahon, London
15. Michele Caratsch Baldi & Caratsch, Zurich
16. Sandrine Giroud Lalive, Geneva
17. Siegbert Lampert Lampert & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd, Vaduz

UK Bar 

Thought Leaders
1. Paul McGrath QC Essex Court Chambers, London
2. Philip Marshall QC Serle Court, London
3. Tim Penny QC Wilberforce Chambers, London

Leading Firms

PCB Litigation

An exceptional UK firm, three of whose four listed practitioners are Thought Leaders in this year’s edition.
Steven Philippsohn is “a superb lawyer” who is recognised as one of the foremost asset recovery experts in EMEA. He is “a very experienced litigator” who receives commendations from international peers, one of whom notes, “I always recommend Steven when I can.”
Anthony Riem wins high praise from sources for his “commercial and pragmatic outlook” as well as his great skill in handling hugely complex asset recovery cases.
Thought Leader Trevor Mascarenhas is widely respected across the UK market for his standout work on contentious insolvency, fraud and asset tracing matters.
Nick Ractliff is also recommended by numerous sources for his depth of international expertise in the space.

Peters & Peters Solicitors

A leading UK law firm that sees five individuals recognised for their excellence in the asset recovery space.
Keith Oliver is “very experienced” when it comes to international asset tracing, and is recommended for his excellent work on complex investigations. One source effuses, “He is a consummate client-facing professional.”
Jonathan Tickner is widely respected by peers and clients alike who describe him as “extremely intelligent” and praise his impressive work on fraud investigations and litigation.
Sarah Gabriel draws widespread international praise for her work in the asset recovery space and is highlighted for her expert handling of international fraud matters.
Michael O’Kane is a well-established name in the white-collar crime field and is highly recommended by sources, particularly for his work in relation to cartels, investigations and fraud.
Jason Woodland impresses respondents with his work in the asset-tracing space, one of whom notes, “Jason is calm under pressure, sees the big picture and is excellent at devising the correct overall strategy.”

Brown Rudnick

Three practitioners from this transatlantic firm’s UK offices are included in this edition.
Jane Colston is “one of the best and brightest in the field” according to peers who consider her “a top player” in the asset tracing space. They regard her as “an excellent litigation partner” known for her “clear and concise” approach.
Mark Beardsworth is a highly regarded white-collar crime specialist who wins effusive praise from market commentators for his expert handling of serious fraud matters.
Tom Epps is a big name in the business crime field where he boasts great experience handling both domestic and international investigations. 

Mishcon De Reya

This standout British law firm achieves six listings from its London office, illustrating the depth of its first-class asset recovery offering.
Gary Miller is “one of the big names” in the asset recovery space according to sources who praise his “bold and creative” approach. “He excels at cross-border asset tracing and litigation,” adds one commentator.
Claire Broadbelt stands out among peers for her “great attention to detail” as well as her “ability to always keep a keen eye on the big picture”.
Kathryn Garbett is highly sought after by clients for her “superb client care” and is commended by peers who comment, “She really understands the subtleties of high-profile litigation.”
Martin Shobbrook is “a great lawyer”, winning high praise from market commentators who remark that “he really knows his stuff” when it comes to asset-tracing matters.

Monfrini Bitten Klein

Two practitioners from this well-known Swiss outfit are recognised, including market powerhouse Yves Klein.
Yves Klein is “a thought leader in the sphere of asset recovery”, an area in which “he demonstrates creativity and exemplary technical expertise”. Sources commend him for his “unparalleled strategic insight”, with one noting, “He is the one to go to when it comes to enforcement.”
Enrico Monfrini is widely recognised as a standout asset recovery lawyer across EMEA, and wins high praise for his expert handling of business-crime investigations, corruption and asset recovery matters. 

Lalive

Another excellent Swiss firm boasting three top names in the field.
Sandrine Giroud “has an excellent reputation within the market” as “an expert in the field of asset recovery with expertise of both civil and criminal fraud”. She is highlighted for her “thorough and diligent” approach.
Marc Henzelin is recognised by peers as “one of the world’s leading asset recovery experts”. His first-class practice spans a wide range of business crime and investigations matters.
Alexander Troller is “a very reactive and intelligent lawyer” who possesses “just the perfect match between legal technicity and a pragmatic sense of business reality”. 

Edmonds Marshall McMahon

A superb boutique firm with two standout names recommended.
Robert Hunter is a leading expert described as “definitely a big name in asset recovery” by peers, who commend his “huge intellect” and “faultless work”.
Kate McMahon stands out as “one of the best” when it comes to private prosecutions and asset tracing. “She provides thoughtful legal strategy and the clearest of instructions,” say peers.

Gowling WLG

A well-known asset recovery outfit in the UK market. Two of its top names are recognised here.
Andrew Witts is “one of the most measured litigators you will come across,” according to sources who note, “He will always have a close eye on the strategy to resolve a matter efficiently and to get the best outcome for all.”
Alex Jay is “a really strong insolvency lawyer” who is known for his brilliant work on investigations and related asset-tracing matters on an international level. 

Leading Sets

Essex Court Chambers

The leading set in the field at the UK Bar, with eight barristers recognised for their leading advocacy work.
Paul McGrath QC stands out as “a superstar in this field” according to respondents who note, “He is exceptionally good for all interim relief matters as well as highly complex fraud cases.”
Joe Smouha QC enjoys a great reputation internationally for his world-class work handling commercial fraud and asset recovery cases, as well as his advocacy in offshore jurisdictions.
Richard Millett QC is “a great advocate” who is highly respected in the London market, particularly for his first-rate handling of offshore fraud-related matters.
David Foxton QC is “one of the best in the world” according to sources who commend his “superb” work on asset-tracing and civil fraud cases.
James Willan is “the best at the junior Bar” according to peers who recognise him as “an up-and-coming name” in the field and “a brilliant draftsman”.

3 Verulam Buildings

An outstanding commercial set with five silks featured this year.
Ewan McQuater QC is an “outstanding fraud lawyer” and “undoubtedly one of the highest-regarded silks in this area”. He wins praise for his “modern approach” and for being “excellent on his feet”.
Ali Malek QC is a “definite inclusion”, according to peers who identify him as “one of the top names in asset recovery”. Commentators note him as “absolutely brilliant – just superb in court”.
“Standout name” Hodge Malek QC is a new arrival at the set, joining from 39 Essex Chambers. He is a “great QC” with extensive experience in international cases.

One Essex Court

A top-tier UK set that achieves five nominations in this edition.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is “a star of the Bar” who comes highly recommended for his first-class civil fraud and investigations work.
Sonia Tolaney QC is “a fantastic advocate” who is well recognised for her excellent work relating to investigations, civil fraud and financial institutions-related disputes.
Stephen Auld QC is a widely respected figure at the UK Bar who receives widespread plaudits for his expertise in commercial fraud, asset freezing and tracing matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

Thought Leader Bettina Knoetzl at KNOETZL is “a top lawyer” who is “very active on both the civil and criminal sides”. She is “very well known” for her “efficient and reliable” service.

Belgium

At Fieldfisher, Emmanuel Roger France is described by peers as “a very smart lawyer and a pleasure to work with”. According to one source, “He is one of the best specialists of criminal law and white-collar crime in Belgium.”

Bulgaria

Angel Ganev at Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov wins international commendations from sources for his top-notch work on insolvency-related matters.

Cyprus

Costas Stamatiou at Elias Neocleous & Co is a well-recognised figure in the international arena for his strong understanding of insolvency and liquidation proceedings.

At AG Erotocritou, Andreas Erotocritou is “definitely a leading name” in Cyprus according to sources, one of whom considers him “the best we have ever worked with”.

Denmark

At Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab, Pernille Bigaard leads the firm’s insolvency and restructuring group and is known for her impressive expertise handling related proceedings.

England

At Taylor Wessing, Shane Gleghorn is a “standout” name in the London market where he is widely recognised for his excellent asset tracing work relating to fraud cases and financial services litigation.
David de Ferrars is widely recognised among peers for his expertise in the field as well as his impressive work on corporate crime and fraud-related litigation.
Tim Strong is “one of the stars” at the firm according to sources, one of whom comments, “He is a great litigator, white-collar crime lawyer and asset tracer.”

Mona Vaswani at Allen & Overy is “definitely a leading name in the field” who clients “rate very highly” for her excellent work on investigations and asset recovery matters.

Stephenson Harwood’s Ros Prince is well known in the asset recovery space for her work on both the plaintiff and defendant side. Sources commend her “strong sense of strategic awareness” as well as her “great negotiating skills”.

Chris Hardman at Hogan Lovells is “going from strength to strength in the Russian and Central Eastern European market” according to peers, one of whom describes him as “a formidable opponent”.

At Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Mark Hastings is “definitely worth highlighting”, most notably for his “excellent skills” when handling large-scale fraud litigation. One source effuses: “There is no shadow of a doubt that he is a leading name.”

Philip Marshall QC at Serle Court "should definitely be listed" as a leader in the field, according to peers. He stands out for his "vast legal knowledge and clever advocacy", and sources comment that "he invariably finds a legal answer to difficult factual problems".

Tim Penny QC at Wilberforce Chambers is described by a fellow barrister as "an excellent opponent and a clever and canny operator". He is one of the Bar's leading authorities on freezing orders and is deservedly named a Thought Leader in this year's research.

Finland

Petri Taivalkoski at Roschier is a disputes specialist who comes highly recommended for his excellent work on white-collar crime matters including investigations.

France

Stéphane Bonifassi at Bonifassi Avocats is “the go-to lawyer in France” for business crime matters according to our respondents. He wins high praise from sources one of whom comments, “He takes a very pragmatic approach and gets the work done.”

Germany

At kkforensic, Bernd Klose is a standout name in the asset recovery field and is known for “his great extensive knowledge of business issues within various fields of law”.

Greece

Ilias Anagnostopoulos at Anagnostopoulos boasts a stellar international reputation for his work on corporate crime matters, particularly when it comes to fraud investigations.

Ireland

Arthur Cox’s Gregory Glynn is internationally renowned for his excellence in the business crime field where he is well versed in handling a range of related matters including freezing orders, money laundering and regulatory investigations.

Israel

Haggai Carmon at Carmon & Carmon is a prominent name in the Israeli legal market and is recognised for his fantastic work in the asset recovery space.

Italy

At Studio Moro Visconti, de Castiglione, Guaineri, Roberta Guaineri is a criminal law expert who stands out among peers for her excellent international experience in the business crime space. 
Alberto Moro Visconti is also recognised this year for his standout work handling a range of corporate crime matters.

Kenya

John Miles at JMiles&Co is widely recognised as a leading name in the Kenyan market when it comes to asset recovery work. He is highlighted for his outstanding work on related fraud investigations and corporate matters.

Liechtenstein

The “excellent” Siegbert Lampert at Lampert & Partner Attorneys at Law is recognised as the foremost asset tracing lawyer in the country, winning praise from sources for his “high level of efficiency”.

Monaco

Donald Manasse at Donald Manasse Law Offices wins commendations from international peers for his first-rate expertise when it comes to handling fraud-related asset tracing.

Netherlands

Kees van de Meent at Florent is well known for his “strong international network” and is commended by sources who note, “He is an authority in the field of insolvency and asset tracing.”
Cathalijne van der Plas also draws high praise from peers and clients alike who highly recommend her as “the authority on cross-border asset recovery in the Netherlands.”

Nigeria

Babajide Ogundipe at Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore is internationally recognised as a world-class asset recovery lawyer and is highlighted for his excellent work on related fraud investigations.

Norway

At Advokatfirmaet Steenstrup Stordrange, Jon Skjørshammer stands out as a restructuring and insolvency specialist who is highly sought after by clients for his strong understanding of bankruptcy proceedings. 

Poland

Jarosław Kruk at KW Kruk and Partners Law Firm wins praise for his “responsive and pragmatic approach” to cross-border asset tracing cases where he always demonstrates “absolute commitment”.

Russia

At Ivanyan & Partners, Khristofor Ivanyan is “a well-known litigator” who boasts “vast experience” working on complex asset-tracing and corporate fraud cases.

Dmitry Dyakin at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners enjoys a strong international reputation for his work in the field and his “excellent” work handling asset tracing relating to large international disputes.

Scotland

Douglas Milne at Morton Fraser is a well-respected name among peers who recommend him for his fraud expertise, particularly when it comes to proceeds of crime matters. 

Serbia

Independent practitioner Tomislav Šunjka is “a dynamic and responsive practitioner” who always demonstrates “a strong commitment to find the right and pragmatic solutions for the client” when it comes to major international cross-border litigation.

South Africa

At Nortons Inc, Anthony Norton is “at the forefront of the market” in South Africa according to peers, who highly recommend him for his impressive knowledge of white-collar crime, corruption and regulatory matters.
John Oxenham wins praise from peers and clients alike who consider him “certainly very strong” when it comes to restructurings, regulatory compliance and related litigation.

Spain

Fernando González at Squire Patton Boggs is known for his extensive experience in the fraud and insolvency space, where he is highlighted for his excellent work on related asset recovery matters.

Sweden

Finn Madsen at Madsen Lawfirm is recognised for his first-rate disputes practice and is well versed in handling a wide array of asset tracing and recovery proceedings.

Switzerland

Benjamin Borsodi at Schellenberg Wittmer is “a creative, dynamic and personable lawyer” who is renowned for his “sophisticated expertise in this area”.
Paul Gully-Hart leads the firm’s white-collar crime and compliance group and is recognised for his excellent work handling fraud investigations, asset recovery and related regulatory matters.

Michele Caratsch at Baldi & Caratsch is “a very fine lawyer” according to sources who praise his standout work on asset tracing, bankruptcy and fraud cases.

Bär & Karrer’s Saverio Lembo is “insanely good” when it comes to asset-tracing matters according to sources who commend his “impressive grasp of the situation and excellent tactical assessment and recommendations”. One source effuses: “He is at the top of his game intellectually and tactically.”

Turkey

Elvan Sevi Firat at Firat Izgi is recognised by widespread international sources as an impressive name in the anti-corruption and regulatory space in Turkey.

Ukraine

Serhii Sviriba at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is a standout name in Ukraine when it comes to handling the recovery of stolen assets and is regarded by one clients as “a high-quality, fully dedicated lawyer”.

United Arab Emirates

Richard Briggs at Hadef & Partners is known for his “great expertise in the local market” and wins international recognition for his impressive work handling a range of contentious corporate matters.

Offshore

Thought Leaders
1. Martin S Kenney Martin Kenney & Co Solicitors, Road Town
2. Stephen Baker Baker & Partners, St Helier
3. Dan Wise Martin Kenney & Co Solicitors, Road Town
4. Andrew Willins Appleby, Road Town
5. Colette Wilkins Walkers, George Town
6. Peter D Maynard Peter D Maynard Counsel & Attorneys, Nassau
7. John Greenfield Carey Olsen, St Peter Port
8. Jonathan Wild Callin Wild, Douglas
9. Nicolette M Doherty sole practitioner, St John’s

Leading Firms

Walkers

This leading international law firm showcases its exceptional asset recovery offering, with 14 nominations in this edition.
Colette Wilkins is “a fantastic lawyer” who stands out as one of the most prominent asset recovery experts in the offshore market. Sources consider her “great to work with”, with one noting, “Everyone rates Colette.”
Oliver Clifton is “exceptionally bright, incisive and responsive” according to sources who note, “He is extremely knowledgeable of and experienced with asset recovery matters”. He is particularly highlighted for his “fantastic CIS experience”.
Nick Dunne is an “absolutely fantastic local counsel” who is “well connected and always up to speed with the local bar”. He is a top choice for clients for work in the asset recovery space, an area in which he is considered “great at strategy”.
Shelley White is “a fantastic and diligent lawyer” who boasts “strong legal knowledge” when it comes to asset tracing matters. According to peers she enjoys “a stellar reputation” in the market for her “practical approach”.
Matthew Goucke is “a great lawyer” and “a very strong performer”, particularly when it comes to dealing with contentious insolvency proceedings.
Callum McNeil is “very commercial, pragmatic and good to work with” according to sources who commend his “great willingness to find ways to work with the client”.

Carey Olsen

This impressive offshore firm receives 10 listings this year from its offices across Bermuda, Bahamas, the BVI, Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands.
John Greenfield enjoys an international reputation for his excellent asset recovery practice, and stands out as one of the leading practitioners in the offshore space.
BVI-based Ben Mays is “an outstanding lawyer” whom one source considers “the best litigation lawyer on the island”. According to peers he is “a top-notch lawyer who is great to have on your side”.
Sam Dawson is “a commercial, experienced and pragmatic attorney” who is “very pleasant to deal with as opponent and co-counsel”, according to respondents.
Jan Golaszewski also stands out as an impressive name in the field who sources highly recommend for his first-rate expertise handling insolvency proceedings. 

Martin Kenney & Co Solicitors

One of the top BVI firms in our research this year, with all three of its listed partners drawing effusive praise in the research.
Martin Kenney is “a great strategy man” according to peers who praise his work dealing with cross-border asset tracing, freezing and insolvency matters. He stands out as the leading offshore name in our research this year.
Dan Wise stands out as “a brilliant and very experienced lawyer” who “clearly knows his way around the practice area”. According to one source, “It is often the decisions that he makes that crack the case.”
“Phenomenal advocate” Malcolm Arthurs is “ready for anything in court”, according to interviewees who also note that he is “technically fantastic and works so hard”.

Mourant Ozannes

This offshore law firm sees 11 standout lawyers recognised for their excellence in the space.
Simon Dickson leads the firm’s litigation and insolvency group in the Cayman Islands and is internationally commended for his top-tier work on asset tracing matters.
Nicholas Fox is “an excellent lawyer” who is regarded by peers as “technically strong” when it comes to insolvency proceedings and related litigation.
Peter Hayden is a top-tier litigator who is commended for his “tenacious and robust work on behalf of his clients, coupled with an excellent client manner”.
Shane Donovan focuses his impressive practice on fraud, asset recovery and insolvency matters. One source effuses: “He is one of the best lawyers I’ve ever come across.”

Harney Westwood & Riegels

Five members of the firm are recognised from its offices in BVI and Cayman Islands.
Andrew Thorp is “an excellent tactical thinker with significant experience in BVI litigation”, according to sources, one of whom effuses: “He knows the jurisdiction like the back of his hand.”
Claire Goldstein is "great to work with" say interviewees, who are "impressed by her strategic thinking". Sources add: "Claire's advocacy has been uniformly excellent and her strategising, legal knowledge and expertise has been wonderful."

Ogier

An international outfit that sees 10 lawyers from four offices recognised for their excellent work in the field.
Brian Lacy “really knows his stuff” according to respondents who note he is “very intelligent” and “works extremely hard for his clients” when it comes to civil fraud and insolvency disputes.
Marc Kish is “a very commercial advocate” known for his diligent approach when handling insolvency and liquidation proceedings.
Rachael Reynolds is “incredibly highly thought of” by market commentators for her first-rate expertise handling international asset tracing and fraud matters.

Appleby

A top-tier offshore legal firm that stands out for its strong asset recovery capabilities, achieving 10 nominations this year.
Andrew Willins is “fantastic” and “first choice” for many seeking exceptional asset recovery expertise. Peers note, “He is a great strategic thinker for litigation matters” where he “fights fearlessly for his clients”.
Andrew Bolton gains international recognition for his first-rate practice, which includes contentious insolvency matters, fraud and asset recovery. 
Jeremy Walton stands out as “a highly experienced insolvency practitioner” who is recognised for his “excellent work” handling insolvency and asset tracing cases.
Peter McMaster QC leads the firm’s dispute resolution team in the Cayman Islands and is widely respected for his first-class work on asset tracing, fraud and regulatory matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Antigua

Independent practitioner Nicolette Doherty is “at the top of the game” according to sources who consider her “a consummate professional” who “is always thinking ahead”.

Bahamas

Peter Maynard at Peter D Maynard Counsel & Attorneys is a standout name in the asset recovery space where he boasts strong experience handling matters relating to disputes. He is highly sought after by clients who note, “He is well connected to the local market.”
Jason Maynard is “a great lawyer” who comes highly recommended by a range of international peers for his excellent work in the asset recovery space.

Lennox Paton’s Brian Simms QC is “a no-nonsense and pragmatic lawyer” who sources would “certainly recommend” for asset recovery matters. One source comments, “He is a great advocate on his feet.”

British Virgin Islands

Mark Forte at Conyers Dill & Pearman leads the firm’s litigation and restructuring group in the BVI. He is “very visible and well known in the market” for his top-notch work advising foreign agencies and liquidators on a range of contentious matters. 

Scott Cruickshank at Lennox Paton is regarded by peers as “highly knowledgeable, focused and strong under pressure” and is considered “excellent for complicated offshore restructuring as well as shareholder disputes and asset recovery actions”.

Cayman Islands

At Campbells, Mark Goodman wins praise as “an excellent commercial insolvency attorney” who is “a delight to work with” and displays “great commercial instinct”.
Guy Manning is “an extremely clever and experienced litigator” who gains recognition for his excellent work on global restructurings and liquidations. One peer highlights, “Guy has led some groundbreaking matters with great results for his clients.”

Curaçao

Karel Frielink at BZSE Curaçao draws praise from international peers for his long-standing expertise when it comes to asset recovery and related litigation.

Isle of Man

Jonathan Wild of Callin Wild is an active and well-regarded litigation specialist who is praised for his work on high-complexity international insolvency matters and recovery matters.

Jersey

Stephen Baker at Baker & Partners is praised as “an excellent litigator” who enjoys “a phenomenal reputation having been involved in many substantial fraud cases”. One source notes, “Stephen is the best-established name in the Channel Islands practising in this area of law.”

Luxembourg

Max Mailliet at Etude Max Mailliet is a litigation specialist who stands out among international peers for his leading expertise in asset tracing, fraud and corporate crime matters.

At Arendt & Medernach, François Kremer is “top notch” when it comes to handling asset recovery-related litigation proceedings, an area in which he is described by peers as “outstanding”.

Mauritius

Shankhnad Ghurburrun at Geroudis boasts a stellar international reputation for his excellence in the asset recovery space.

 

The Americas (onshore jurisdictions)

Thought Leaders
1. Edward H Davis Jr Sequor Law, Miami
2. Lincoln Caylor Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
3. David Mizrachi Fidanque MDU Legal, Panama City
4. Ashanti Arthurs Martin Balderamos Arthurs LLP, Belize City
5. Henrique Forssell Krikor Kaysserlian Duarte e Forssell Advogados Associados, São Paulo
6. Arnoldo B Lacayo Sequor Law, Miami
7. Antenor Madruga FeldensMadruga, Brasília
8. Alejandro Pignataro Pignataro Abogados, San José
9. Joseph J Wielebinski Winstead PC, Dallas
10. Annette C Escobar Sequor Law, Miami
11. Matthew R Lindsay QC Rose LLP, Calgary

Leading Firms

Sequor Law

This US-based fraud and disputes specialist performs well this year with three lawyers highly nominated for their expertise in the area. 
Edward Davis Jr is one of the foremost lawyers in our research this year and wins widespread plaudits for his world-class asset recovery and financial fraud practice. Sources note, “He is particularly strong at identifying the key issues and strategising in ways that take those key issues into consideration.”
Arnoldo Lacayo is “a supremely knowledgeable lawyer” who is commended for his “precise and commercial-oriented work”. One source comments, “He boasts a deep knowledge of asset recovery strategies and tactics.”
Annette Escobar is widely recognised by international peers for her first-rate expertise in the asset tracing space which encompasses fraud, corruption and insolvency-related matters. 

Carrillo & Asociados

This top-tier Guatemalan firm is renowned for its standout restructuring and insolvency practice, and sees four practitioners highlighted for their strong asset recovery expertise.
Alfonso Carrillo M is a well-established figure in the Central American market. He wins widespread international recognition for his first-class practice that encompasses global insolvency and fraud-related proceedings.
Rodrigo Callejas A is “a leader” in the field of asset recovery, according to sources, who commend his outstanding work handling asset recovery, fraud and insolvency matters. 

Kobre & Kim

This global law firm boasts a strong reputation for its disputes and investigations offering, and sees six lawyers listed here.
Co-founder Michael Kim is “undoubtedly a big name” in the investigations and corporate crime space according to sources, who laud his exceptional handling of insolvency, bankruptcy and asset recovery matters.
Jef Klazen is “a thoughtful, strategic and collaborative lawyer” who wins high praise from sources for his top-tier work in the asset recovery space. One source notes, “He’s a lawyer who thinks like an investigator.”
Carrie Tendler gains recognition for her work in the space where she is well known for her first-rate expertise in asset seizing and recovery matters. 

Other Leading Individuals

Argentina

Justo Lo Prete at Durrieu Abogados is a well-recognised name in the Argentinian corporate crime space and wins high praise from peers for his leading expertise in fraud and asset tracing matters.

Independent practitioner Roberto Durrieu Figueroa is well known for his first-class corporate economic crime practice and is praise by sources for his impressive work on asset recovery and fraud-related proceedings.

Belize

At Balderamos Arthurs, Ashanti Arthurs Martin is “extremely well connected” and “second to none” when it comes to procedural matters. She wins high praise from sources for her work relating to bankruptcy proceedings, one of whom notes, “She’s the first person I would go to in Belize,” while another says, “She gets things done when others wouldn’t be able to.”

Brazil

Henrique Forssell at Krikor Kaysserlian Duarte e Forssell Advogados Associados is “a very clever and business-savvy lawyer” who stands out as the pre-eminent asset recovery lawyer in Brazil. He wins high praise from sources who commend his “energy and enthusiasm”.

At FeldensMadruga, founding partner Antenor Madruga is a very well-known figure in the asset recovery market and is considered a top name in the white-collar crime space.

Canada

Lincoln Caylor at Bennett Jones is “very well established” in the Canadian market and is recognised by peers for his “thoughtful and strategic approach”. One source states, “He is a pleasure to work with and always weathers the storm in difficult cases.”

Rose’s Matthew Lindsay QC is a top-tier litigator who comes highly recommended by market commentators for his brilliant work handling fraud cases and related proceeds of crime.

Colombia

Luis-Alfredo Barragán Arango at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados boasts over 20 years of experience handling insolvency matters and related disputes. He is widely recognised for his excellent handling of corporate restructurings and liquidations.

Costa Rica

Alejandro Pignataro at Pignataro Abogados “should definitely be included” according to sources who highlight his impressive work handling asset tracing matters in relation to international fraud cases.

Dominican Republic

Aimee Prieto at Prieto Cabrera & Asociados is the most prominent asset recovery lawyer in the Dominican Republic and boasts a fantastic reputation across Central America for her leading expertise in investigations and related asset tracing.

Mexico

At Basham Ringe y Correa, Francisco Tiburcio is a criminal litigation specialist who comes highly recommended by market sources for his impressive work across the white-collar crime sphere.
Alejandro Catalá Guerrero is a well-recognised figure in the Mexican market where he receives praise for his expertise in asset recovery and litigation proceedings.

Panama

David Mizrachi Fidanque at MDU Legal is one of the most highly thought of asset recovery lawyers in our research and is commended by sources who consider him “the best there is in Panama”. They note, “He is an extremely good and academic lawyer,” who impresses with his expertise in international asset freezing and insolvency proceedings.
Miguel Urriola Maylin is also recognised for his excellent work in the asset recovery space.

USA

Douglas Kellner at Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman is recognised for his extensive experience in the international fraud space where he stands out for his expertise in related litigation proceedings.
Eugene Getty also gains recognition for his impressive practice and leading expertise, most notably when it comes to handling complex bankruptcy proceedings.

Joseph Wielebinski at Winstead is recognised as a leading name in the asset recovery field where he is commended for his top-tier work, particularly when it comes to insolvency-related matters.

Independent practitioner Christopher Redmond is a standout litigator who is described by sources as a real expert when it comes to international insolvency, bankruptcy and asset-tracing matters.

Uruguay

At Hughes & Hughes, Bernardo Porras is a litigation specialist and a well-known name in the Uruguayan market who is recognised for his excellent work in the field.
Alfredo Taullard is a widely recognised lawyer who wins high praise from international sources for his disputes expertise relating to both arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Asia-Pacific (onshore jurisdictions)

Thought Leaders
1. Danny Ong Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, Singapore
2. Jeff Lane Tanner De Witt Solicitors, Hong Kong
3. John Mitchell Arnold Bloch Leibler, Sydney

Leading Firms

Tanner De Witt

This leading Hong Kong law firm sees four lawyers highlighted for their strong asset recovery expertise.
Jeff Lane wins widespread recognition from international peers for his work in the asset recovery space, and is highlighted this year as one of the leading practitioners in the region. He is well known for his impressive litigation expertise, particularly when it comes to fraud and investigations.
Ian De Witt focuses his top-tier practice on insolvency and litigation matters and comes highly recommended by market commentators for his excellence in asset recovery and tracing matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

John Mitchell at Arnold Bloch Leibler is a leading name in the Australian market where he is highly regarded for his excellent handling of corporate criminal investigations and related proceedings.
Leon Zwier is commended for his superb commercial litigation practice and is well versed in handling a range of matters including insolvency and bankruptcy disputes.  

China

JunHe’s Christine Kang is a standout name in the Chinese market and wins high praise from respondents for her expert handling of corporate investigations other commercial disputes.

Hong Kong

At Harney Westwood & Riegels, Ian Mann is recognised by sources for his “genuine depth and breadth of offshore legal expertise” as well as his “solutions-oriented and client-oriented approach”.

New Zealand

At Wilson Harle, Chris Browne is a well-recognised figure on the international scene where he receives widespread plaudits for his work on asset recovery-related litigation proceedings.
Allison Ferguson is widely respected for her first-rate litigation practice which encompasses a range of complex disputes. 

Philippines

Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices stands out as the foremost asset recovery expert in the Philippines. She boasts strong understanding of white-collar crime matters as well as insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

Singapore

At Rajah & Tann Singapore, Danny Ong is the leading asset recovery specialist in the region. He is commended as “sophisticated and thorough in his work” as well as “adept at tackling unique and challenging issues”.

Thailand

Thawat Damsa-ard at Tilleke & Gibbins is a first-rate litigator who is recommended for his impressive work relating to fraud and asset recovery proceedings.

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