Ashley Messick is a partner at GPW. She leads the firm’s London-based dispute consulting team, and is the head of GPW Sovereign Debt Advisors. Ashley is an acknowledged expert in asset recovery and global investigations with a particular focus on investor-state disputes and sovereign recovery.
Over the past 10 years she has worked with leading law firms, corporate counsel and award holders on complex, multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters ranging from multimillion-pound awards to those in excess of £2 billion.
Ashley has led a number of high-profile investigations involving debtors originating from Africa, Latin America, Russia and Central Asia. She has tracked down assets and gathered intelligence in some of the world’s most difficult frontier markets, including recent fieldwork in West and Central Africa, the Middle East and Russia.
Her work has included cases against former government officials charged with embezzling state funds; multi-year investigations into attachable foreign assets of sovereigns and state-owned companies; unravelling complex fraudulent schemes; and tracing the assets of individual debtors.
Ashley is regularly engaged to provide evidence in support of enforcement measures as well as critical intelligence to support their timely application. Her work has been instrumental in successfully arguing alter ego for sovereign enforcement; obtaining obscure documentation to prove ownership such as bills of lading; obtaining witness testimony to support arguments of dissipation; and evidencing contempt in respect of Worldwide Freezing Orders.Ashley founded and leads GPW’s market-leading business line – Sovereign Debt Advisors – which provides support for sovereign award holders and investors in distressed sovereign debt. SDA provides advisory services and asset assessments, and coordinates syndicated investment for award purchase and enforcement funding.