ao link
Who's Who Legal
Who's Who Legal
Menu
Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders

Thought Leader

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.

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 asset recovery space? 

I am a proud fourth-generation Bay Street Toronto litigator. I jumped at the chance 25 years ago to get involved in a new and cutting edge area of the law in Canada and we have been leaders in the field ever since.

What do clients look for in an effective asset recovery expert?   

Be aggressive and positive but realistic.

What impact has covid-19 had on your work and the asset recovery market so far? 

That is being assessed, and is yet to be determined. The group I co-founded in 2018, The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, produced The Justice Continuity Project to gather and report coping strategies that can be adapted to jurisdictions worldwide. We surveyed the court systems of Austria, Canada, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Slovakia, the (criminal) Courts of England and Wales, and the United States. We are also conducting a virtual roundtable series at which experiences and opinions are shared by our fellows and academy friends. 

How is Bennett Jones handling investigations processes in the covid-19 lockdown environment? 

Teamwork is key. Virtual team management requires dedication and hard work.

What are the main challenges and risks when recovering assets for clients? 

Delay. The passage of time is rarely advantageous in asset recovery. Assets are stripped, moved, hidden and transferred. Evidence disappears and memories fade.

In what ways is technological innovation revolutionising the practice area? 

The covid-19 crisis has accelerated this revolution. In Canada it has advanced a movement towards electronic hearings and filings, something Canadian courts used to resist. The success of this technological expansion relies on greater communication and cooperation between counsel in order to effectively deploy court resources. Virtual courtrooms are for resolving the merits of claims, not for jousting over secondary, administrative matters. Get to the merits.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

"First-rate practitioner" Lincoln Caylor sits among the most distinguished names in asset recovery practice globally.

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 can investigations practitioners learn from the recent settlement with SNC-Lavalin?

Canadian Crowns will not be bullied or pushed around. When defending a corporate client, the old adage applies: know more than the government about your client and well before it does. Prepare your client quickly so they have a credible plan to present to the government if they want any chance for a remediation agreement.

Following on from this case, how do you anticipate enforcement activity from authorities in Canada to play out going forward?

The government may be more aggressive; however, SNC was an egregious case. In the right case, the Crown and the RCMP will have the confidence to pursue it.

How important is international collaboration between lawyers in the asset recovery market?

Without it, cases do not succeed.

What impact has technological advancement had on asset recovery proceedings since you began practising?

Openness to technology has made for more, bigger and faster fraud. Lawyers and courts have been slower than the crooks, but we are catching up. Canadian courts have recently confirmed that they will hear urgent cases electronically during the pandemic. This includes cases with financial urgency. Virtual courts will be a permanent service, and we need to work on their flexibility and availability in fraud cases.

What is the importance of active trial litigation as opposed to settling?

A key to a successful practice is a strong reputation as a trial lawyer. That is, one who goes to trial, or at least has that reputation and no fear of court.

What should the next generation of lawyers hoping to specialise in asset recovery look out for?

They should seek out a mentor in the asset recovery field, and seek experience on their feet.

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.

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.

Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is exceptionally proficient and experienced in clients on issues relating to asset tracing, white-collar crime and wider commercial 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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor garners widespread recognition for his litigation expertise as well as his immense skill in handling complex asset recovery 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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is a well-respected name who stands out for his excellence in asset recovery litigation, enforcement and multijurisdictional fraud 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.

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.

Law Business Research
Law Business Research Ltd
Meridian House, 34-35 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4HL, UK
© Law Business Research Ltd 1998-2021. All rights reserved.
Company No.: 03281866