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Asset Recovery Experts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Russell Smith is recognised for his exceptional asset recovery practice as well as his invaluable experience handling complex, high value, cross jurisdictional insolvency appointments.

Biography

With over 25 years of insolvency experience (20 within the Cayman Islands), Russell is a director of BDO Cayman Ltd’s corporate recovery and insolvency subsidiary, BDO CRI (Cayman) Ltd.

Russell has broad and extensive experience in contentious, cross-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring matters, including asset-tracing and recovery. Russell has undertaken engagements which comprise voluntary, provisional and official liquidation, receivership, court-supervised inspectorship, corporate recovery scheme, administration and regulatory body controllership. Engagements include hedge fund, insurance, banking, investment holding and other financial services sector appointments, along with hotel, construction, property development and other non-financial services entities. As an accountant, insolvency practitioner and fraud examiner Russell also undertakes general forensic investigations.

Examples include court-appointed liquidator of a Madoff-related fund involving securities fraud exceeding US$2 billion, which required substantial cross-border transactions tracing to successfully establish an approved claim of US$1.6 billion in the US (with present recoveries exceeding US$1 billion); court-appointed liquidator of a US$850 million New York-managed hedge fund group with realisation of global investments comprising over 100 private equity positions; court-appointed liquidator of a group of companies related to a Middle-Eastern fraud exceeding US$9 billion, court-appointed inspector of a US$1.4 billion Far Eastern power and construction company involving allegations of fraud, court-appointed provisional liquidator and scheme administrator of an insolvent Argentine bank and court-appointed receiver of a US$100 million resort hotel.

Russell is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and an associate member of both the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (UK) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (USA).  Russell also holds the Joint Insolvency Examination Board qualification (UK) and has a BA (Hons) degree in economics and business administration.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Russell Smith gains international recognition for his exceptional work advising clients in complex, cross-jurisdictional insolvency and asset recovery proceedings.

Biography

With over 25 years of insolvency experience (20 within the Cayman Islands), Russell is a director of BDO Cayman Ltd’s corporate recovery and insolvency subsidiary, BDO CRI (Cayman) Ltd.

Russell has broad and extensive experience in contentious, cross-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring matters, including asset-tracing and recovery. Russell has undertaken engagements which comprise voluntary, provisional and official liquidation, receivership, court-supervised inspectorship, corporate recovery scheme, administration and regulatory body controllership. Engagements include hedge fund, insurance, banking, investment holding and other financial services sector appointments, along with hotel, construction, property development and other non-financial services entities. As an accountant, insolvency practitioner and fraud examiner Russell also undertakes general forensic investigations.

Examples include court-appointed liquidator of a Madoff-related fund involving securities fraud exceeding US$2 billion, which required substantial cross-border transactions tracing to successfully establish an approved claim of US$1.6 billion in the US (with present recoveries exceeding US$1 billion); court-appointed liquidator of a US$850 million New York-managed hedge fund group with realisation of global investments comprising over 100 private equity positions; court-appointed liquidator of a group of companies related to a Middle-Eastern fraud exceeding US$9 billion, court-appointed inspector of a US$1.4 billion Far Eastern power and construction company involving allegations of fraud, court-appointed provisional liquidator and scheme administrator of an insolvent Argentine bank and court-appointed receiver of a US$100 million resort hotel.

Russell is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and an associate member of both the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (UK) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (USA). Russell also holds the Joint Insolvency Examination Board qualification (UK) and has a BA (Hons) degree in economics and business administration.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Russell Smith has over 25 years' experience providing expert advice relating to restructuring and insolvency covering various issues such as receivership and corporate recovery schemes.

Biography

With over 25 years of insolvency experience (20 within the Cayman Islands), Russell is a director of BDO Cayman Ltd’s corporate recovery and insolvency subsidiary, BDO CRI (Cayman) Ltd.

Russell has broad and extensive experience in contentious, cross-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring matters, including asset-tracing and recovery. Russell has undertaken engagements which comprise voluntary, provisional and official liquidation, receivership, court-supervised inspectorship, corporate recovery scheme, administration and regulatory body controllership. Engagements include hedge fund, insurance, banking, investment holding and other financial services sector appointments, along with hotel, construction, property development and other non-financial services entities. As an accountant, insolvency practitioner and fraud examiner Russell also undertakes general forensic investigations.

Examples include court-appointed liquidator of a Madoff-related fund involving securities fraud exceeding US$2 billion, which required substantial cross-border transactions tracing to successfully establish an approved claim of US$1.6 billion in the US (with present recoveries exceeding US$1 billion); court-appointed liquidator of a US$850 million New York-managed hedge fund group with realisation of global investments comprising over 100 private equity positions; court-appointed liquidator of a group of companies related to a Middle-Eastern fraud exceeding US$9 billion, court-appointed inspector of a US$1.4 billion Far Eastern power and construction company involving allegations of fraud, court-appointed provisional liquidator and scheme administrator of an insolvent Argentine bank and court-appointed receiver of a US$100 million resort hotel.

Russell is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and an associate member of both the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (UK) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (USA).  Russell also holds the Joint Insolvency Examination Board qualification (UK) and has a BA (Hons) degree in economics and business administration.

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