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Lincoln Caylor

Lincoln Caylor

Bennett Jones LLP3400 One First Canadian PlacePO Box 130TorontoOntarioCanadaM5X 1A4

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is a highly esteemed practitioner who “always focuses on his clients’ needs” and provides “creative solutions” to legal issues. He stands out as a prominent figure in asset recovery in Canada.

Questions & Answers

Litigator Lincoln Caylor focuses on economic crime matters. He is recognised by peers and clients as the premier asset-recovery lawyer in Canada. He co-founded the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of litigation professionals working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases. Caylor is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for his distinguished contribution to Canada.

Describe your career to date.

Lucky.

What did you find most challenging about entering the asset recovery field?

It takes more than just luck to be successful.

Asset recovery is mostly international. How does that impact your practice?

To get work, refer work and do it well you have to have global contacts that are experienced in this field of law. I co-founded the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators to unite these litigation service providers. I make sure I keep up contacts from all over the world and continue to meet new leading lawyers.

You recently wrote on the use of unexplained wealth orders. What is the attraction for states to adopt this tool?

The criminal law is typically not an efficient or successful way to return lost or stolen value for clients. Unexplained wealth orders are a step in the right direction as they focus on the money.

What are some challenges that might be on the horizon for asset recovery lawyers?

Overcoming perceptions that fleeced institutions, people and governments got what they deserve. Respect for both sides of the bar. Both plaintiffs and defendants deserve equally zealous representation.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

Global, global and more global. The world is getting smaller and smaller.

What makes Bennett Jones stand out from competitors in the market?

Our fraud group is Canada’s oldest, biggest and most sophisticated, with expertise locally and the broadest international reach.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

Cultivating the Academy to strengthen a salon of academics and high-achieving litigation professionals who will contribute progressive ideas.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is “very well established” in the Canadian market and is recognised by peers for his “thoughtful and strategic approach”.

Questions & Answers

Litigator Lincoln Caylor focuses on economic crime matters. He is recognised by peers and clients as the premier asset-recovery lawyer in Canada. He co-founded the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of litigation professionals working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases. Caylor is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for his distinguished contribution to Canada.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE WHITE-COLLAR CRIMINAL FIELD?

It is always interesting and varied. No two cases have the same story. And some of the stories you could never make up.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE ECONOMIC CRIMES SPACE?

The money. Chasing it, defending it, fighting over it.

WHICH CONSIDERATIONS ARE NECESSARY WHEN COLLABORATING WITH AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM TO CREATE ASSET RECOVERY STRATEGIES?

A mixture of bold aggressiveness and humble pie. To be an effective team there needs to be a leader, but one that is well advised about the laws and nuances of practice in the jurisdictions in which the case will operate. Sometimes you are the leader and sometimes you carry out tasks as directed. In large, complex cases, over time roles may change as the importance of jurisdictions shift. Good team members know and accept this.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE INCREASE IN LITIGATION FUNDING IN ASSET RECOVERY CASES FOR CLIENTS?

Strong, viable cases of merit get prosecuted more often, thereby potentially creating value to return to those that have lost assets. Litigating cases in which both parties are financially equal, and each has strong sets of lawyers, is much more rewarding and challenging.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CO-FOUND THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF FINANCIAL CRIME LITIGATORS?

For fun and profit. Meeting the best lawyers in the world that litigate financial crime cases is wonderful. We meet with leading professors as well. We have the doers from both sides of the bar and the thinkers. Getting all of us together has been a very exciting process. We will all benefit from knowing each other.

LOOKING BACK OVER YOUR CAREER, WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING CASE YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

Running a civil trial against a credit card skimming gang. The witnesses were all out of central casting – the police officers I called as well as the defendants, who could not seem to believe they were not allowed to keep all the money they stole.

WHERE, IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THE FUTURE OF THE PRACTICE AREA LIE?

The stratification will continue. The scope of what is considered commodity work will grow. However, clients will pay the highest market price for the highest performers in complex cases. Ensuring you are in the high performance group will be a key to success. The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators is a way its members validate to clients they are in that high-performance group.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Come in every day happy expecting to work hard. I cannot say I have followed this advice every day.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor “effectively leads a strong team” and is “always on top of the detail”. His practice encompasses the full range of asset tracing, investigations and recovery litigation.

Biography

Lincoln Caylor advises clients on the full spectrum of issues arising from international economic crimes, from asset-tracing investigations and asset-recovery litigation to enforcement actions in complex, global financial frauds and related internal investigations.

Lincoln is currently acting to pursue discovery order relief in furtherance of recovery efforts against crypto currency assets. He directs the asset-recovery efforts in Canada of US$5.5 billion linked to Stanford International Bank, Antigua, which collapsed in 2009, following the uncovering of the world's second-largest Ponzi scheme. He also partnered with HMB Holdings Ltd, the longtime owner of the Half Moon Bay Hotel, to enforce judgment against Antigua and Barbuda. He also counselled Hermitage Capital Management Limited in Canada during Canada’s investigation into money laundering of a US$230 million tax refund fraud uncovered by the late Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Chambers Canada 2019 highlights him as “a go-to” litigator for “’the most complex, interesting and transnational’ investigative inquiries.”

In 2012, Lincoln received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.

Bennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is “a first-rate practitioner” who is highly recommended for his leading work on white-collar crime litigation.

Biography

Lincoln Caylor advises clients on the full spectrum of issues arising from international economic crimes, from asset-tracing investigations and asset-recovery litigation to enforcement actions in complex, global financial frauds and related internal investigations.

He co-founded the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of experienced public and private litigation professionals and distinguished academics working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases.

Lincoln is currently acting as lead counsel in the Yukos-related litigation in Ontario against Russia. He directs the asset-recovery efforts in Canada of US$5.5 billion linked to Stanford International Bank, Antigua, which collapsed in 2009, following the uncovering of the world's second-largest Ponzi scheme. He also partnered with HMB Holdings Ltd, the longtime owner of the Half Moon Bay Hotel, to enforce judgment against Antigua and Barbuda. He also counselled Hermitage Capital Management Limited in Canada during Canada’s investigation into money laundering of a US$230 million tax refund fraud uncovered by the late Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Chambers Canada 2019 highlights him as “one of nine asset tracing specialists trusted by peers and the sole Canadian based litigator”.

In 2012, Lincoln received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.

Bennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

National Leader

Canada - Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor receives widespread praise from peers for his adept handling of the full gamut of international economic crimes. He is regarded as “very thoughtful” in his approach and for his ability to “weather the storm in difficult cases”.

Biography

Lincoln Caylor advises clients on the full spectrum of issues arising from international economic crimes, from asset-tracing investigations and asset-recovery litigation to enforcement actions in complex, global financial frauds and related internal investigations.

Lincoln is currently acting to pursue discovery order relief in furtherance of recovery efforts against crypto currency assets. He directs the asset-recovery efforts in Canada of US$5.5 billion linked to Stanford International Bank, Antigua, which collapsed in 2009, following the uncovering of the world's second-largest Ponzi scheme. He also partnered with HMB Holdings Ltd, the longtime owner of the Half Moon Bay Hotel, to enforce judgment against Antigua and Barbuda. He also counselled Hermitage Capital Management Limited in Canada during Canada’s investigation into money laundering of a US$230 million tax refund fraud uncovered by the late Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Chambers Canada 2019 highlights him as “a go-to” litigator for “’the most complex, interesting and transnational’ investigative inquiries.”

In 2012, Lincoln received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.

Bennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

Canada - Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is one of Canada's foremost commercial litigators, with extensive experience handling fraud proceedings and investigations.​

Biography

Lincoln Caylor advises clients on the full spectrum of issues arising from international economic crimes, from asset-tracing investigations and asset-recovery litigation to enforcement actions in complex, global financial frauds and related internal investigations.

In 2018, he co-founded the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of experienced public and private litigation professionals and distinguished academics working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases.

Lincoln is currently acting as lead counsel in the Yukos-related litigation in Ontario against Russia. He directs the asset-recovery efforts in Canada of US$5.5 billion linked to Stanford International Bank, Antigua, which collapsed in 2009, following the uncovering of the world's second-largest Ponzi scheme. He also partnered with HMB Holdings Ltd, the longtime owner of the Half Moon Bay Hotel, to enforce judgment against Antigua and Barbuda. He also counselled Hermitage Capital Management Limited in Canada during Canada’s investigation into money laundering of a US$230 million tax refund fraud uncovered by the late Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Chambers Canada 2019 highlights him as “a go-to” litigator for “’the most complex, interesting and transnational’ investigative inquiries.”

In 2012, Lincoln received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.

Bennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to more than 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

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