Investigations - Asset Recovery Experts 2018

This year we once again highlight the leading asset recovery experts in the global market. We feature 148 standout individuals from 49 firms across 22 jurisdictions for their exceptional work in the space. 

Methodology

The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Onshore

Thought Leaders
1. Michael Leeds Grant Thornton UK LLP, London
2. Nick Wood Grant Thornton UK LLP, London
3. Guillermo Jorge Governance Latam, Buenos Aires
4. Ian Casewell Mintz Group, London
5. James Pomeroy PwC, Halifax
6. Kevin Hellard Grant Thornton UK LLP, London
7. Daniel Hall Burford Capital, London
8. Jim Mintz Mintz Group, New York

Standout firm Grant Thornton achieves nine nominations across the onshore market.
Michael Leeds is one of the foremost asset recovery experts in the world, who is considered “accurate, efficient and excellent to work with”. He impresses sources with his “in-depth knowledge of how fraudsters work” and is highlighted for his “excellent ability to get into the granularity of a matter without losing the big picture”.
Nick Wood is “extremely creative and commercially innovative” according to sources, one of whom effuses: “He has enormous experience and understands the interplay of fraud and insolvency in asset recovery work.”
Kevin Hellard boasts “decades of experience unravelling offshore structures” and comes highly recommended by sources as “one of the most high-profile practitioners in London”.
David Ingram is recognised for his “considerable international knowledge and expertise” in asset recovery matters, an area in which is regarded as “tactically very strong”.
Will Davies is widely recognised in the London market for his top-tier asset tracing expertise and draws high praise for his expert handling of large complex disputes.
Mike Saville stands out for his “great attention to detail” as well as his “hands-on approach”, particularly when dealing with aspects of the receivership.

BDO is a top-tier business advisory firm that receives eight listings here.
Gervase MacGregor is “an incredibly competent expert” who boasts a great international reputation for his outstanding work in the field of forensic investigations.
Andrew Maclay is well known among peers and clients alike as “a very clever practitioner” who they consider “a sophisticated operator” when it comes to forensic accounting and asset tracing matters.

Two leading practitioners at Burford Capital are highlighted in this edition.
Thought Leader Daniel Hall is “among the best” in the field according to sources who recommend him for his great understanding of asset tracing and enforcement matters.
Michael Redman draws commendations from international peers for his top-tier work handling a range of cross-border asset recovery issues.

World-class investigations services firm Mintz Group demonstrates its strong transatlantic offering here.
Ian Casewell is “number one” according to sources who consider him “awesome” when handling asset tracing, investigations and enforcement proceedings. He receives plaudits for his “original thinking” and “years of experience”.
Founder and CEO Jim Mintz possesses over 30 years’ experience in the field, and is highly recommended for his leading expertise in international investigations.
Christopher Weil is also recognised for his excellent work in the investigations space as well as his first-class expertise in international asset tracing matters. 

FTI Consulting is an international powerhouse that sees seven asset recovery experts highlighted this year for their excellence in the space.
Andrew Durant is “absolutely excellent” when it comes to handling complex asset loss, theft and fraud-related matters. One respondent comments: “He is a class apart.”
Ian Thompson enjoys “an excellent reputation” in the market as “a massively efficient expert” who “is not fazed by cross-examination when appearing as an expert witness”. According to one source, “He has the rare combination of being fiercely intelligent but commercial and user-friendly at the same time.”
Nick Gronow is a widely recognised name in the asset recovery space, winning particular praise from sources for his excellence when it comes to insolvency and investigations-related work.

Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal performs well this year, achieving five nominations.
Luke Steadman boasts over 20 years’ experience handling a range of disputes and investigations, and is recognised for his strong expertise when it comes to accounting investigations and related asset tracing.
Julian Jones is a standout name in the investigations space. He comes highly recommended by market commentators for his impressive work on asset tracing and identification relating to financial investigations.
Hong Kong-based Keith Williamson is a forensic and investigative accounting specialist who is renowned internationally for his expertise in asset tracing relating to global investigations.

Governance Latam’s founding partner Guillermo Jorge wins widespread praise from international sources who consider him one of the leading asset recovery specialists in the world. He is renowned for his fantastic work relating to the recovery of stolen assets.
Fernando Basch is also commended for his excellence in the field, and is praised for his impressive knowledge of anti-corruption and criminal law matters.

James Pomeroy at PwC boasts a world-class forensics and investigations practice and is well versed in handling a range of related matters from asset tracing and recovery to liquidations.

At Smith & Williamson, David Alexander is considered “a very smart guy” who wins praise from market respondents as “a very experienced and personable operator” who is “a pleasure to work with”. 

David Dearman at Mazars is a highly respected name in the London market, recognised by sources for his vast experience preparing reports, advising clients and providing expert testimony in dispute proceedings.  

At AlixPartners, Diane Hughes is a firm favourite among clients who “really rate her” for her expert handling of forensic investigations and commercial disputes.

At K2 Intelligence, Steve Holt is “an eloquent and very innovative practitioner” who is “extremely pragmatic and commercial in how he presents his advice”.

Cosimo Borrelli at Borrelli Walsh stands out among peers as an “excellent, dedicated and incisive” asset recovery expert who is recommended for his “great witness box experience”.

Navigant’s Neill Poole is “experienced in the industry and savvy” according to respondents. He heads the firm’s global disputes and economics practice in Hong Kong and is praised for his top-notch forensic accountancy and asset tracing work.

D C Page at Andrews International is well known across the US for his expertise in financial criminal proceedings, and stands out for his excellent work in asset tracing and litigation support.

At YIP Associates, founder and managing partner Maria Yip specialises in financial investigations and forensic accounting matters, areas in which she is respected for her strong expertise.

Offshore

Thought Leaders
1. Mark McDonald Grant Thornton, Road Town
2. Marcus Wide Grant Thornton, Road Town
3. Paul Pretlove Kalo, Road Town
4. Hugh Dickson Grant Thornton, Grand Cayman
5. Martin Trott RHSW Caribbean, Grand Cayman

Continuing its global dominance in this field in our research, Grant Thornton sees eight experts highlighted for their outstanding work. 
Mark McDonald stands out as “a big name for contentious matters” and is “the go-to in the BVI”. He is “very well respected by his peers” for his excellent work when it comes to litigation and strategy.
Marcus Wide boasts “great experience and a great reputation” in the asset recovery field and is praised by peers one of whom effuses: “He’s great at kicking down doors and getting assets.”
Matthew Richardson is “one of the very best” in the asset recovery space according to sources who describe him as “absolutely excellent”.
Hugh Dickson is “highly recommended” by market commentators for his impressive asset recovery work relating to corporate restructurings and insolvencies.
Samuel Ouriach is a firm favourite among clients who describe him as “extremely thorough and quick on the uptake”. They praise his “ability to prioritise tasks from a commercial perspective” and note, “He understands the commercial reality of any given situation and finds a solution that really works.”
Margot MacInnis is well respected for her “great attention to detail and efficiency” when handling asset tracing matters. One source comments, “Margot’s knowledge of asset recovery and her interpersonal skills are two of her many strengths.”

Paul Pretlove at Kalo has “a ton of offshore experience” according to sources, who consider him “trustworthy and very commercial – one of the best”. He stands out for his “energy and dedication” and is highlighted as “the go-to for asset recovery through BVI insolvency proceedings”.

At Borrelli Walsh, Nilani Perera “really knows what she’s doing” according to respondents who commend her “very strong position” in the asset recovery market.

At FTI Consulting, John Ayres is a standout name in the BVI who impresses peers and clients alike with his expert handling of insolvency and restructuring-related asset tracing.
Ian Morton is highly sought after by clients who “have nothing but great things to say about him”. He wins praise for his “ability to come up with great ideas in tricky situations” and “really knows what he’s doing” when it comes to restructurings and liquidations.

Martin Trott at RHSW Caribbean is “very thorough and great to work with” according to sources who consider him a top name in the field of corporate restructuring and insolvency matters.

FTI Consulting’s David Griffin is “the best” in the Cayman Islands according to commentators who note, “He has created an enviable practice in a crowded market.”

Kenneth Krys at Krys Global is internationally renowned for his impressive expertise in the field, most notably when it comes to fraud investigations and insolvencies.
Andrea Harris is recognised as “a strong technician” who “is able to make difficult decisions quickly but also get them right”. Sources commend her excellent work on a variety of insolvency-related matters including fraud and asset recovery.
Timothy Le Cornu wins widespread commendations from sources for his “significant experience” in the asset recovery field as well as his “excellent communication skills”.  

At Deloitte & Touche, Mike Penner is a “very experienced” expert who is recognised for his “wise head and ability to navigate through difficult waters”.

 

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