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Lincoln Caylor

Lincoln Caylor

Bennett Jones LLP3400 One First Canadian PlacePO Box 130TorontoCanadaM5X 1A4

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Litigator Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP focuses on economic crime matters. He is recognised by peers and clients as the premier asset-recovery lawyer in Canada. 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. Caylor is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient for his distinguished service to Canada.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

It is in my blood. I am a fourth-generation Bay Street Toronto litigator.

How does Bennett Jones’ asset recovery group stand out among competitors in the market?

No one has been at it as long as we have; has the depth and breadth of experience; and has our international relationships.

What challenges are currently facing lawyers practising in the asset recovery space?

Competition from poseurs.

Since you began your career, how have technological advances changed the way in which asset recovery is practised?

The sharing of financial intelligence is more effective and efficient.

What qualities make a top-tier litigator?

Fearless doggedness and perseverance – no matter the case or the client.

What impact has the growth of litigation funding had on the nature and scope of asset recovery cases?

It has increased the scope of cases in which creditors have a chance for recovery.

What role do well-established practitioners play in mentoring lawyers looking to pursue a career in the field?

Lead by example. See what makes a top-tier litigator above.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have received?

Show up each and every day prepared to work your guts out. And have fun doing it.

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.

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

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

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.


Litigation

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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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

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

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Lincoln Caylor is a distinguished litigator with a stellar practice in international fraud disputes.

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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