In this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery, we identify 532 leading practitioners from over 250 firms across 85 jurisdictions, highlighting the truly international scope of asset recovery work.
Offshore firms continue to dominate our listings, with Walkers, Mourant Ozannes and Appleby leading the charge. International investigations and disputes specialist firm Kobre & Kim performs well globally in this year’s research, with listings in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Asset recovery boutiques such as PCB Litigation, Sequor Law and Mizrachi Davarro & Urriola also impress, demonstrating the expertise and international coverage offered by alliances and networks such as the ICC’s FraudNet.
|Thought Leaders - Solicitors|
|1. Steven Philippsohn||PCB Litigation|
|2. Anthony Riem||PCB Litigation|
|3. Keith Oliver||Peters & Peters Solicitors|
|4. Andrew Witts||Gowling WLG|
|5. Jane Colston||Brown Rudnick|
|6. Robert Hunter||Edmonds Marshall McMahon|
|7. Mona Vaswani||Allen & Overy|
|8. Trevor Mascarenhas||PCB Litigation|
PETERS & PETERS SOLICITORS is a leading business crime and commercial litigation boutique with an excellent asset tracing and recovery practice. The firm is home to six nominees in this year’s edition.
Practice head Keith Oliver is one of the city’s highest-regarded practitioners thanks to his significant experience handling complex cases. Market commentators consider him “an absolute star” who is “energetic and well connected”.
Jonathan Tickner is described as an “excellent, client-focused professional” with a “prudent and engaging style” by peers. His practice encompasses civil fraud, asset recovery and commercial disputes.
Sarah Gabriel is a recognised civil fraud specialist with significant experience advising both defendants and claimants in multijurisdictional disputes.
MISHCON DE REYA achieves five listings in this year’s research. The firm boasts an impressive track record acting for claimants and defendants domestic and cross-border fraud disputes and asset recovery.
Practice founder Gary Miller is a seasoned litigator known for his longstanding expertise in complex fraud and corruption cases. Sources praise his “sharp mind” as a key strength.
Kathryn Garbett heads the firm’s fraud defence group and possesses significant experience acting for clients in high-profile cases before all levels of the English courts. As one interviewee claims, “She has excellent judgement and is a very wise and experience fraud litigator.”
KINGSLEY NAPLEY’s excellent fraud practice sees four individuals recommended.
Richard Foss heads the firm’s disputes practice, acting for a number of corporate and individual clients in fraud actions. Peers consider him “an intelligent, client-focused practitioner”.
William Christopher is described as “a good strategic thinker and tenacious operator” by one respondent. His broad practice sees him act on civil fraud cases involving contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, and insolvency-related litigation.
At TAYLOR WESSING, four names are recognised.
Corporate crime and fraud unit co-head David de Ferrars draws praise for his “impressive” practice focusing on fraud and asset tracing, often in a multi-jurisdictional context.
The “superb” Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations practice in London and is regularly engaged by financial institutions and corporate clients to recover assets.
Specialist fraud boutique PCB LITIGATION is an ICC FraudNet member and a standout firm in the London market. It has a strong track record in high-profile recoveries. The firm sees three of its members selected for inclusion.
Thought leader and founder Steven Philippsohn is an internationally renowned practitioner with a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation. According to one source, “He is an undoubted leader and superb legal strategist.”
The “fantastic” Anthony Riem is a highly rated operator with over 20 years’ experience assisting corporate and financial institution clients with international asset tracing and recovery actions.
Completing the firm’s offering, Trevor Mascarenhas is well versed in multi-jurisdictional asset recovery and emerges as one of the top names in London.
GOWLING WLG’s chairman Andrew Witts is a recognised leader in the fraud and asset recovery space. He is particularly proficient when handling cross-border litigation and recovery actions.
Alex Jay is a highly rated lawyer who sources consider “dynamic and dedicated”. A disputes specialist, Jay is well versed in coordinating multijurisdictional teams to trace and recover misappropriated assets.
At private prosecution specialists EDMONDS MARSHALL MCMAHON, two outstanding practitioners are identified.
Robert Hunter enjoys widespread acclaim from market sources: “He is one of the smartest lawyers in London and undoubtedly a market leader.” He is a seasoned practitioner with over 25 years’ experience focusing on fraud, asset recovery and trust litigation.
Founder Kate McMahon is a well-established name in the market with an excellent track record in high-profile confiscations. As one interviewee maintains, “She is creative and aggressive in a careful and measured way, and is able to distil complex matters and convey a joined-up solution quickly and coherently."
Mona Vaswani at ALLEN & OVERY is described as “a real star in the space” thanks to her experience, determination and commerciality. She regularly advises clients on fraud and asset tracing claims, as well as handling cases before the High Court.
Calum Burnett is also recognised for his experience representing financial institutions in contentious proceedings.
BROWN RUDNICK’s Jane Colston emerges as one of the market leaders in the London market thanks to her vast experience coordinating complex, cross-border fraud cases. As one client states: “Jane’s diligence and stamina are exemplary. She has been consistently able to withhold immense pressure, remain balanced and keep pushing back on the attacks of an extremely aggressive claimant."
At HOGAN LOVELLS, market stalwart Chris Hardman is a respected litigator known for his involvement in some of the most significant cross-border fraud cases, including Russian or former CIS-related cases.
Mark Hastings of QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN is a seasoned litigator known for representing corporates, executives, hedge funds, private clients and insolvency practitioners in a variety of disputes involving asset tracing and recoveries.
At PINSENT MASONS, civil fraud and asset recovery practice head Alan Sheeley has a wealth of experience handling both onshore and offshore trust litigation. According to sources, “He is very practical and creative, and clients love him.”
The “excellent” Michael Fenn is also recognised for his “strong determination and focus” as well as his capabilities handling large investigative teams.
At criminal and civil fraud specialist firm BYRNE AND PARTNERS, two individuals are selected for inclusion.
Respondents are effusive in their praise of senior partner Nicola Boulton, with one saying: “She is highly commercial and sensible.” She is an impressive civil fraud disputes specialist who regularly obtains and executes worldwide freezing orders and interlocutory injunctions.
Ben Davies is a skilled civil litigator who sources consider “a real star” and “a measured, balanced and fair opponent”.
US white-shoe firm JONES DAY, a key player in the London market, achieves three inclusions.
The “highly rated” Sion Richards is a top name with an excellent reputation in the market. He specialises in cross-border investigations and civil fraud litigation, advising both corporate and individual clients, liquidators and financial institutions on asset tracing.
Barnaby Steuck boasts an excellent reputation for investment fund disputes, fraud and contentious insolvency work. Sources consider him “an imaginative and highly competent practitioner”.
Peers also warmly endorse Rhys Thomas: “He is extremely able, affable and balanced despite the stakes involved.”
At AKIN GUMP, the “fantastic” Kambiz Larizadeh is a well-established name in the market with an enviable list of clients. He regularly advises on high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional frauds and assists with enforcement proceedings.
Douglas Milne of MORTON FRASER leads the firm’s fraud and commercial crime practice. He is particularly well versed with issues relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act.
|Thought Leaders - Barristers|
|1. Paul McGrath QC||Essex Court Chambers, London|
|2. Laurence Rabinowitz QC||One Essex Court|
|3. Joe Smouha QC||Essex Court Chambers|
BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS emerges as the leading set at the UK bar in this year’s research with eight leading barristers recognised.
Andrew Hunter QC is the pre-eminent practitioner in chambers thanks to his considerable experience acting for both claimants and defendants in civil fraud litigation, as well as applications for freezing and search orders.
Andrew George QC is a well-established practitioner with extensive experience acting for sovereign wealth funds and high net worth individuals in cases involving shareholder disputes, corruption and bribery.
ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS follows closely behind with seven barristers listed.
Paul McGrath QC is the standout barrister in our research this year. He boasts an excellent reputation on the international stage and has appeared before offshore courts on numerous occasions. One commentator describes him as “hardworking, smart and an obvious leader in the field”.
Joe Smouha QC is an “absolutely first class” silk, according to one respondent. He is prominent in the London market and has appeared before offshore courts in civil fraud and asset recovery actions.
The “excellent” Richard Millett QC is considered “a polished advocate” who is known for his proficiency acting in offshore disputes involving misappropriated assets.
Leading junior James Willan is an adept litigator with a well-established civil fraud and offshore practice. One peer maintains, “He is a genius, easily one of the cleverest lawyers I’ve worked with.”
At 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS, six nominees are identified as leaders in the field.
Ali Malek QC is a well-known name in the asset recovery space thanks to his experience acting on many cross-border fraud cases.
Michael Brindle QC is one of five barristers recommended at FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS. A distinguished practitioner and strong advocate, he is regularly instructed by both defendants and claimants in significant civil frauds.
ONE ESSEX COURT’s Laurence Rabinowitz QC boasts an excellent reputation as one of the finest barristers in the asset recovery space. Considered “a genuine presence” by one source, another claims, “He is utterly brilliant in every way.”
|1. Yves Klein||Monfrini Bitton Klein, Geneva|
|2. Stéphane Bonifassi||Bonifassi Avocats, Paris|
|3. Bettina Knoetzl||KNOETZL, Vienna|
|4. Babajide Ogundipe||Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore, Lagos|
|5. Michele Caratsch||Baldi & Caratsch, Zurich|
|6. Gregory Glynn||Arthur Cox, Dublin|
|7. Siegbert Lampert||Lampert & Partner Attorneys at Law, Vaduz|
|8. Kees van de Meent||Florent, Amsterdam|
Leading Swiss full-service firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER sees five of its lawyers recommended this year.
White-collar crime and internal investigations practice head Paul Gully-Hart is an internationally renowned practitioner with vast experience assisting on complex, cross-border asset tracing and recovery actions.
Managing partner Benjamin Borsodi is described as “an excellent attorney” by a number of respondents. His impressive practice focuses on fraud and asset recovery, as well as business crime, and he is well versed in international matters.
EGOROV PUGINSKY AFANASIEV & PARTNERS is the premier offering in the CIS, with five listings from its Kiev and Moscow offices.
Serhii Sviriba is the managing partner of the firm’s Kiev office and a prominent figure in the Ukrainian market thanks to his extensive experience representing clients in significant, multijurisdictional fraud disputes.
In Moscow, co-head of litigation Dmitry Dyakin is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years’ experience acting for large corporates, financial institutions and funds on cross-border disputes and enforcement.
Leading Swiss firm MONFRINI BITTON KLEIN boasts an impressive asset recovery practice with an excellent track record assisting governments, companies and individuals to locate and repatriate assets.
Name partner Enrico Monfrini is a well-known name in the asset recovery space thanks to his significant experience handling high-profile recoveries of misappropriated assets.
Practice head Yves Klein is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research this year and “clearly a leader in the field”. As one source remarks, “He’s always been creative, user-friendly and well-connected."
Newly formed Dutch boutique FLORENT is home to two highly rated lawyers.
Kees van de Meent emerges as the pre-eminent practitioner in the Netherlands. One respondent claims, “He is number one in the field, highly knowledgeable with excellent insight.”
Cathalijne van der Plas is a key figure in the Dutch market thanks to her extensive experience handling cross-border matters and her “perfect combination of theory and practice”.
DONALD MANASSE LAW OFFICES is a well-established player in the Monaco market. The firm achieves two listings in the following pages.
Founder Donald Manasse is considered “an outstanding and determined practitioner” and “the go-to in Monaco” by interviewees.
The “superb” Julien Emonnot regularly assists banking clients and victims of financial fraud in matters relating to Monaco, France and Italy.
FIELDFISHER’s Brussels offering is home to two excellent nominees.
Emmanuel Roger France heads the dispute resolution team and is considered one of the leading specialists in the Brussels market thanks to his longstanding experience handling significant matters.
Tim Van Canneyt is also recognised for his proficiency in the area.
At KNOETZL, The “outstanding” Bettina Knoetzl is a market-leading practitioner and one of our Thought Leaders. Her international practice covers multi-jurisdictional disputes involving fraud and asset recovery and she is regularly engaged in high-profile matters.
At ELIAS NEOCLEOUS & CO in Cyprus, Costas Stamatiou is recognised for his broad practice that sees him regularly advise on white-collar crime-related issues, as well as acting for creditors seeking to repatriate significant debts.
PLESNER ADVOKATPARTNERSELSKAB’s Pernille Bigaard is an accomplished practitioner with a well-established insolvency and restructuring practice that regularly sees her acting in the country’s most complex cases.
At BONIFASSI AVOCATS, Stéphane Bonifassi is identified as France’s foremost specialist thanks to his extensive experience handling cross-border matters and his “client-friendly, sensible manner”.
One respondent describes KKFORENSIC’s Bernd Klose as “one of the finest asset recovery specialists in Germany” for his market-leading practice.
Ilias Anagnostopoulos at ANAGNOSTOPOULOS is renowned for his longstanding criminal law practice covering all areas of white-collar crime and fraud. In addition to being a top name in the Greek market, he also boasts extensive international experience.
Gregory Glynn of ARTHUR COX is a "truly excellent" lawyer who is one of Ireland’s most experienced and well-regarded white-collar criminal practitioners.
CARMON & CARMON’s Haggai Carmon is “a strong advocate” with an impressive fraud practice focusing on civil fraud, white-collar crime, international investigations and asset recovery.
Roberta Guaineri, name partner at STUDIO MORO VISCONTI, DE CASTIGLIONE, GUAINERI, is the top choice in the Italian market for the victims of commercial fraud.
LAMPERT & PARTNER ATTORNEYS AT LAW’S founder Siegbert Lampert is a prominent figure in the Liechtenstein market with extensive international experience handling significant white-collar crime and asset recovery.
Max Mailliet at ETUDE MAX MAILLIET is a “personable, helpful practitioner who navigates the system well” according to one source.
At SOFUNDE OSAKWE OGUNDIPE & BELGORE, name partner Babajide Ogundipe is a prominent figure on the international scene and considered a go-to practitioner for complex asset recovery work in Nigeria.
At ADVOKATFIRMAET STEENSTRUP STORDRANGE, Jon Skjørshammer is a respected restructuring and insolvency specialist with strong experience in tracing and recovering distressed assets.
KRUK AND PARTNERS LAW FIRM’s managing partner Jarosław Kruk is recognised as one of the market leaders in Poland. He regularly assists domestic and international clients with the recovery of misappropriated assets.
Mahmood Azam Awan at his own firm, MAHMOOD AWAN & ASSOCIATES, is the premier choice in Pakistan thanks to his considerable experience leading recovery actions for fraud victims.
At IVANYAN & PARTNERS, managing partner Khristofor Ivanyan is a distinguished litigator with a wealth of experience acting in complex cross-border disputes involving the tracing, freezing and recovery of assets.
Tomislav Šunjka at the LAW OFFICE OF TOMISLAV SUNJKA is a skilled advocate with a well-established fraud and asset recovery practice. Šunjka regularly traces assets in Serbia and abroad for corporate clients and government bodies.
At SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS in Madrid, Fernando González is recommended for his longstanding expertise handling recoveries in relation to significant frauds and insolvencies.
BALDI & CARATSCH’s Michele Caratsch draws praise from a variety of international sources. One respondent considers him “the real deal”, while another claims, “He is an excellent lawyer who always knows the facts inside out.”
Saverio Lembo is one of three individuals recommended at BÄR & KARRER. According to one source, “He is my go-to in Switzerland for difficult white-collar crime matters.”
At MADSEN LAWFIRM, Finn Madsen stands out for his experience and international exposure, regularly advising Chinese clients on major commercial disputes and asset recovery matters.
Anthony Norton, founder of NORTONS, is recognised as an authority on white-collar crime and fraud in South Africa.
FIRAT İZGI’s name partner Elvan Sevi Firat is recognised as one of Turkey’s premier practitioners, particularly in the field of anti-corruption investigations and associated recovery actions.
At AVELLUM, Dmytro Marchukov is a market leader with a well-established international disputes practice. As one source claims, “He is an exceptional lawyer who fully deserves to be listed as a leading counsel in Ukraine.”
United Arab Emirates
Richard Briggs of HADEF & PARTNERS is the premier practitioner in the UAE in this year’s research. A seasoned litigator, he has over 20 years’ experience in significant commercial disputes.
|1. Martin Kenney||Martin Kenney & Co Solicitors, Tortola|
|2. Stephen Baker||Baker & Partners, St Helier|
|3. Colette Wilkins||Walkers, George Town|
|4. Dan Wise||Martin Kenney & Co Solicitors, Tortola|
|5. Jonathan Wild,||Callin Wild, Douglas|
|6. Nicolette M Doherty||Nicolette M Doherty, Antigua|
|7. John Greenfield||Carey Olsen, Guernsey|
Leading firm WALKERS dominates the offshore markets with all but three of its 15 listings hailing from offices in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Jersey and Guernsey.
Thought leader Colette Wilkins out of the firm’s George Town office is a prominent name in the Cayman market thanks to her 25 years of experience handling high-value asset recovery. According to sources, she is “an absolute pleasure to work with”.
The “superb” Nick Dunne is particularly adept when handling multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes involving fraud and asset recovery.
In Tortola, Oliver Clifton is considered “a well-known figure” and “a personable, responsive lawyer” by respondents. He regularly assists CIS and African clients in significant recoveries.
MOURANT OZANNES is home to 11 excellent individuals across its BVI, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey offerings.
Peter Hayden is the managing partner of the firm’s Grand Cayman office and draws praise for his handling of complex disputes involving significant recovery actions. Respondents describe him as “an approachable, client-focused and competent practitioner".
In Tortola, the “fantastic” Shane Donovan is recommended for his “impressive track record and expertise”.
APPLEBY also performs well in this year’s research, with 10 practitioners selected for inclusion in the offshore jurisdictions.
Sources are effusive in their praise of BVI dispute resolution practice head Andrew Willins, saying: “He is intelligent, well prepared, and excellent on his feet”.
In the firm’s Grand Cayman office, Andrew Bolton is the global head of dispute resolution and is a leader in contentious insolvency, fraud and asset recovery matters.
Global head of fund disputes Jeremy Walton is said to possess “a great legal mind”. Respondents “really admire his strategic thinking” and his “very direct and clear advice”.
CAREY OLSON, a top choice in the offshore market, garners eight entries in the research this year.
In St Peter Port, the “excellent” John Greenfield is an eminent practitioner known for his potent cross-border litigation practice, particularly involving fraud, asset recovery and contentious insolvency matters.
Ben Mays is described as “one of the best lawyers in the BVI” by one interviewee, while another maintains, “He is extremely responsive and always works very hard for his clients.”
In the Cayman Islands, Sam Dawson is recommended for his “great local knowledge” and his “practical, reliable and accommodating manner”.
International fraud specialist firm KOBRE & KIM achieves five listings in the offshore jurisdictions in this year’s research highlighting the firm’s impressive coverage.
Rebecca Hume is recognised for her significant experience assisting international counsel in fraud disputes and enforcement. Sources describe her as “an extremely user-friendly practitioner”.
Tortola-based Timothy de Swardt enjoys the praise of peers on the international stage and is known for his proficiency enforcing foreign judgments and assisting in the recovery of offshore assets.
MARTIN KENNEY & CO SOLICITORS sees four practitioners listed in the following pages.
Founder Martin Kenney is recognised as the leading asset recovery lawyer in the offshore market in our research, with some sources considering him “one of the world’s best practitioners”. One respondent praises his “deep knowledge of international law” and his “excellent worldwide connections”.
Litigation practice head Dan Wise impresses market commentators with his experience and excellent track record on high-value recovery actions.
At HARNEY WESTWOOD & RIEGELS, six outstanding practitioners are recognised for their expertise in the field.
In Tortola, Andrew Thorp heads the BVI offering’s litigation and insolvency practice and is recognised as one of the leaders in the market. Interviews describe him as “very commercial, very competent and a strong advocate.”
The “accomplished” Jonathan Addo is a well-known player in international fraud and asset recovery. Respondents consider him “an articulate and dedicated litigator who never gives up”.
Claire Goldstein boasts extensive experience in complex, international fraud disputes and recovery actions. As sources maintain, “She is a commercial, savvy, persuasive advocate, particularly suited to large and complex cases.”
In Grand Cayman, Marc Kish is regularly retained by multinationals, financial institutions and financial services professionals to assist with fraud and asset recovery work. According to one client, “He has consistently provided clear, concise, timely, well-researched and balanced legal advice; he is highly knowledgeable and acutely aware of the commercial environment."
OGIER is a major player in the offshore market and sees six members recommended in this year’s research.
Tortola’s Brian Lacy is dubbed “a technically excellent lawyer” who is “very commercial and quickly grasps the issues at stake” by one respondent. As head of the firm’s dispute resolution team in the BVI, he regularly acts in many of the most significant civil fraud disputes in the jurisdiction.
Nicholas Burkill, a new addition to the firm’s BVI offering, is a highly rated practitioner with a wealth of expertise in complex asset tracing. One source maintains, “He is an excellent lawyer and is definitely going to be a big player in the offshore market.”
CALLIN WILD is a premier offering on the Isle of Man with an excellent reputation in international disputes. In this year’s research, two individuals are selected for inclusion.
The “eminent” Jonathan Wild is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the offshore jurisdictions and is considered “an unquestionable leader”.
Kathryn Clough regularly represents domestic and international clients before the Manx courts, especially in proceedings related to interlocutory injunctions.
Sole practitioner Nicolette M Doherty is the go-to practitioner in Antigua for complex recovery actions.
Peter Maynard at his own firm, PETER D MAYNARD COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS, is a well-known and highly rated practitioner in the Bahamas market.
British Virgin Islands
Arabella di Iorio at MAPLES AND CALDER is one of six practitioners from the firm recognised in this year’s research. She heads the litigation practice in the BVI and is described as “a very effective, very experienced litigator” who is “very responsive and great to work with”.
Robert Nader of FORBES HARE is a prominent fixture in the BVI market thanks to his excellent reputation as an advocate on significant fraud cases.
Founder William Hare is considered “a big-ticket litigator” with a wealth of experience handling major fraud and asset recovery mandates.
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