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Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ben Davies is praised by respondents for his "great skills" in asset recovery work. He is a specialist in complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud matters before the English commercial court.


Ben Davies is a partner at Byrne and Partners LLP – a specialist disputes firm focused on commercial fraud, asset recovery, white-collar crime and regulatory investigations. 

Ben works principally on high-value, complex fraud claims in the Commercial Court, which often involve ancillary proceedings in other jurisdictions. He is currently acting for one of the main defendants in the US$830 million breach of duty claim brought by Russia's National Trust Bank, which will involve a complex, cross-border asset-tracing exercise. Other recent cases of note include acting for a high-profile investor in a US$40 million joint-venture dispute and acting for a property investment fund in a £20 million management buyout dispute. Ben also took a lead role in businessman Abdourahman Boreh’s successful defeat of the US$130 million Commercial Court proceedings brought against him by the Republic of Djibouti. 

Ben has particular experience in the obtaining, policing and discharging of freezing orders. In recent years he played a central role in the discharging of multimillion-dollar freezing orders against Abdourahman Boreh and Indonesia's Humpuss Group (the latter case having clarified the extent to which the English court will intervene to freeze overseas assets, absent a connection to the UK). 

Ben is ranked for civil fraud in the Chambers UK 2018 guide, which describes him as “brilliant” and “very knowledgeable about freezing orders”. Having graduated from King’s College London, Ben trained and qualified with Dechert LLP before joining Byrne and Partners as an associate. He was promoted to the partnership in 2014. Ben is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.
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