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Asset Recovery Experts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Steven Haynes is a very well-thought-of asset recovery expert who earns recommendations thanks to his 20 years of experience in investigations and in-depth knowledge of the field. 


Steven Haynes is a director of Greyhawk Intelligence Group and has over 20 years of investigations experience.

He provides evidence and intelligence to litigators, arbitrators and insolvency practitioners in complex, high-value and cross-border disputes. He has experience of identifying the assets of personal, corporate and sovereign debtors. 

At Greyhawk, he manages multilingual teams engaged on international disputes; these frequently combine a range of investigative approaches, including collection of human intelligence, surveillance, retrieval and analysis of public records, interviewing and the analysis of social media using specialist tools. 

Prior to co-founding Greyhawk in 2012, Mr Haynes was the head of corporate intelligence at KPMG for six years. He co-authored the firm’s global corporate intelligence methodology and delivered training to KPMG Forensic teams worldwide. Between 1997 and 2005, he worked at Control Risks.

His general investigations experience includes identification of fraud, corruption and money laundering risks for eight of the “top ten” investment banks in emerging markets across the EMEA region. 

He has many years’ experience of developing sources in complex and hostile jurisdictions. His “on the ground” experience includes deployment to Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. He has worked in 11 African counties, including Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Congo DRC, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Steven has presented regularly to law firms on the English Courts’ approach to evidence gathered by private investigators, including evidence gathered through illegal means. His analysis of the role of intelligence in asset tracing was published by the Oxford University Press in International Asset Tracing in Insolvency (OUP, 2009).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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