This year 146 leading asset recovery experts are identified for their exceptional work in the field. These individuals include forensic accountants and digital experts who work closely with lawyers to assist in the tracing and recovery of assets.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individual experts. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Michael Leeds is “very business-oriented” and “a go-to for asset recovery matters”. Peers praise him as an expert whose “judgement is very sharp and well balanced”.
Kevin Hellard is hailed as “commercially minded, extremely experienced, highly responsive, technically solid, and at the forefront of major asset recovery matters globally”.
David Ingram wins recommendations for being “both determined and imaginative in achieving solutions to problems that would otherwise have derailed the proceedings”.
Nick Wood is held in high esteem for his impressive work on cross-border asset tracing, recovery and insolvency proceedings.
David Bennett is “a market-leading expert” who “tackles problems with a very pragmatic attitude” and “has a calm and decisive approach in pressurised circumstances”.
Founder of the firm Jim Mintz sits among the foremost asset recovery experts that the north American market has to offer. He has over 30 years of experience handling a huge variety of international investigations.
Ian Casewell is lauded by peers as “one of the best experts in the field”. He has over 20 years’ experience of large fraud and international asset-tracing matters.
Christopher Weil is an accomplished name in the US regarding asset recovery matters. He co-heads the firm’s international asset tracing group and focuses on international investigations in the manufacturing and financial services sector.
Daniel Hall is commended for his top-tier asset recovery and enforcement practice, and secures endorsements from peers as “an excellent and tenacious” asset recovery expert.
Michael Redman is a respected name in the asset recovery field, with strong experience of complicated asset recovery and enforcement issues.
Andrew Bodnar occupies a prominent position in the UK’s asset recovery market, and is commended for his experience in corruption, fraud and asset recovery matters.
Alex Plavsic enjoys impressive acclaim for his skill in fraud, bribery, corruption and asset tracing issues, backed up by 30 years of experience.
Hitesh Patel is a stellar forensic expert, especially in white-collar crime investigations and compliance issues.
David Standish, a prominent name for asset recovery in the UK, is sought after for his expertise in fraud investigations and recovery matters.
Olivia Allison is well regarded across Europe as a forensic expert specialising in internal investigations and fraud matters involving asset recovery.
One client calls Andrew Durant “my first choice” for asset recovery matters. He has over 20 years of experience as a forensic investor in fraud and corruption investigations.
Nick Gronow is recognised as “a knowledgeable expert in financial fraud matters with excellent client management skills”.
Other leading individuals
Guillermo Jorge at Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi is lauded as “a very good practitioner" with over 20 years of experience in corporate recovery and restructuring cases.
Gervase MacGregor at BDO is known among peers as “an extremely experienced expert in the field”. He heads the firm’s forensic services group and has considerable investigative experience and expertise.
Kaley Crossthwaite secures recommendations for her expertise as a forensic accountant, especially in complex fraud, corruption and investigatory matters involving recovery.
Stephen Peters is championed as an expert who possesses “great experience of asset recovery matters, and of working in difficult jurisdictions”.
Ben Johnson at Berkeley Research Group receives resounding endorsements for his extensive know-how regarding fraud and financial investigations, asset tracing and litigation proceedings.
David Dearman of Mazars comes highly recommended by peers for his impressive experience advising on asset tracing, fraud and money laundering briefs.
David Alexander with Smith & Williamson is recognised as a stalwart of the UK’s forensic services sector. He has 25 years of experience as a forensic accountant and fraud investigator.
Sources heap praise on Borrelli Walsh’s Cosimo Borrelli for his profound expertise in asset recovery relating to restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
Keith Williamson of Alvarez & Marsal is a well-respected name in the Asia-Pacific market, commended for his sweeping knowledge of forensic accounting and fraud investigations involving asset tracing.
Jarrod Baker with Deloitte is praised as “a pragmatic expert with strong client management skills” who “delivers on honest and frank objectives”.
Kroll’s Stefano Demichelis is known among peers as an asset recovery expert who “thinks several steps ahead and is very client-focused”.
United Arab Emirates
Rana Feghali of Nardello & Co is a recognised as a go-to expert for investigations in the Middle East and North Africa. She specialises in anti-corruption and internal investigations, as well as asset recovery efforts.
Founding partner D C Page at V2 Global receives considerable acclaim for his tremendous expertise in asset recovery and tracing.
Robert Lindquist at Sequor Law is an esteemed forensic investigations expert with over 40 years of experience in high-profile domestic and international fraud and corruption investigations.
At Nardello & Co, Daniel Nardello is considered “first-rate”, with one source remarking: “He is my first choice for large, complex investigations and asset recovery exercises.”
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Mark McDonald is “a very impressive expert” who “has great authority, and is a calm, measured and very experienced professional”. He “combines great knowledge with excellent judgement”.
Matthew Richardson “is extremely diligent and responsive” and is wins acclaim for “persisting with well-thought-out strategies across the BVI and the UK”.
The “highly intelligent, pragmatic, effective and extremely committed” Margot MacInnis is highlighted as “a tenacious and creative expert”, who is “great with respect to strategising the tackling of cross-border asset recovery issues”.
Hugh Dickson has over 20 years of experience of restructuring and insolvency issues in the financial sector, with a particular flair for the identification and restructuring of distressed assets.
James Pomeroy has “incredible financial, audit and technology skills which he uses to manage large quantities of data, and organise and develop strategies”.
Andrew Morrison is appreciated among peers as “a resourceful and highly knowledgeable expert in the field” whose “experience clearly shows with a cool head under pressure”.
Nilani Perera is a standout practitioner for cross-border insolvency and restructuring issues involving asset recovery, including asset receivership and fund-flow tracing.
John Ayres is an accomplished forensic expert who receives notable endorsements for his expertise in cross-border asset-tracing investigations and corporate recovery matters.
David Griffin is “a highly regarded practitioner in the market”. One peer attests to being “very impressed with David and his team” when it comes to asset tracing in insolvency and fraudulent investment matters.
Kenneth Krys sits among the Cayman Islands’ leading insolvency and fraud specialists, and is appreciated for his skill with cross-border asset recovery and recognition issues.
Timothy Le Cornu has over 25 years of experience with forensic fraud investigations, asset recovery and foreign recognition briefs.
Andrea Harris is a superb white-collar crime and insolvency expert with impressive experience and expertise in fraud investigations, asset recovery and e-discovery services.
Paul Pretlove is a seasoned asset tracing, recovery and enforcement specialist known for his top-tier advice to stakeholders in cross-border fraud investigations and asset-tracing matters.
Charlotte Caulfield earns acclaim as a consummate cross-border restructuring and insolvency expert. She has over 25 years of experience with high-profile insolvencies in the investment fund industry involving asset tracing.
Gordon MacRae enjoys widespread praise from peers in the offshore market for his excellent work on cross-border insolvencies and high-value litigation proceedings.
Other leading individuals
Eleanor Fisher at Ernst & Young is known in the offshore market as “a top-rate practitioner and highly regarded name in the field”. She has over 20 years of experience as a liquidator in matters involving fraud.
Angela Barkhouse of Alchemy “has a clear and incisive grasp of strategy, and her approach combines creative intelligence with relentless determination”.