TL4

Fraud. Insolvency. Recovery. Enforcement.
The global Asset Recovery community bringing together key practitioners across contentious insolvency, fraud litigation and international enforcement. Membership is free for practitioners so join below.

Our Community Partners:
Withers Alaco RAA40 Charles Russell Speechlys Radcliffe Chambers Raedas RCAN Peters & Peters Monfrini Bitton Klein Grant Thornton HFW Rahman Ravelli Berkeley Research Group Campbells Sequor Law PCB Litigation Omni Bridgeway LALIVE

Through our members’ focused community, both physical and digital, we assist in personal and firm wide growth

Working in close partnership with the industry rather than as a seller to it, we focus on delivering technical knowledge and practical insights. We are proud of our deep industry knowledge and the quality of work demonstrated in all our events and services.

Become a member of ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE and...

  • Join a community of experts, referrers and peers 
  • Attend events in all formats 
  • Interact using our digital Knowledge Hub
  • Learn and share expertise through the Community Magazine
  • Grow your network and business
  • Build relationships through a facilitated Membership directory 
     

Discover unique online and virtual content available immediately 

  • TL4321
    3 speakers, 2 questions, 1 mic: Short technical updates of 10-30 minutes
     
  • QuickFIRE
    1 session, multiple speakers with live Q&A: Interactive session of 30-60 minutes
     
  • Virtual Conference 
    Multiple sessions & speakers, panel sessions & live Q&A : Technical & interactive from 60-120 minutes  

Targeted at professionals whose practice encompasses or touches upon Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery & Enforcement. Community members will include:

Who should join?

Solicitors Solicitors
Barristers Barristers
Offshore Practitioners Offshore Practitioners
Forensic Accountants Forensic Accountants
Funders Funders
Investigators Investigators
Insolvency Practitioners Insolvency Practitioners
Banks Banks
Distressed Debt Funds Distressed Debt Funds
Finance Professionals  Finance Professionals

Upcoming Events

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2 Day Summits
12 May 2021
FIRE International

FIRE International is the flagship Asset Recovery event in the fraud & insolvency practitioner's calendar. New, fresh, super specialist but inclusive, this is an event not to be missed. Featuring speakers from all over the globe and what will hopefully be many people's first chance to get away! 


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2 Day Summits
30 Jun 2021
FIRE Starters Global Summit

The FIRE Starters Global Summit is a unique new event for the rising stars of the Asset Recovery, Fraud & Insolvency practitioners calendar. At a price unprecednted in the industry this event will give the neglected bulk of the industry the chance to speak, network and grow their personal contacts with likeminded peers. 


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Virtual
27 Oct 2020
FIRE Middle East Virtual

FIRE Middle East is a unique virtual series of events, spread across 2 bullet sessions. It will drill down into the key Asset Recovery issues across the region. 


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Virtual
19 Nov 2020
TL4 Virtual Community X-Over

A unique virtual event bringing together HNW Divorce, FIRE and Private Client experts. We will be discussing how the various practice areas overlap with each other and how best to work across disciplines 


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Virtual
20 Nov 2020
Minority Oppression Remedy - Cross Border Approach

Join Brunch with Conyers on minority oppression claims with a multi jurisdictional and multi practice panel session, including coverage of interim measures and asset tracing.


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Virtual
23 Nov 2020
FIRE India Virtual

FIRE India is a unique virtual series of events, spread across 2 bullet sessions. It will drill down into the key Asset Recovery, Fraud, Bankruptcy & Insolvency issues within India.


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Virtual
24 Nov 2020
FIRE Year in Review

2020 is already shaping up to be a year not to be forgotten. Review the key cases and developments across 2020 at our end of year annual round up of the industry chaired by Mary Young, Kingsley Napley


Coming Soon
1 Day Conference
20 Apr 2021
QC Surgery: Civil Fraud

Unique technical knowledge through focused sessions each led by an eminent QC. Chaired by Jon Felce & Natalie Todd from PCB Litigation this is a technical update not to be missed


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2 Day Summits
03 Nov 2021
FIRE Russia CEE CIS 2021

TL4 FIRE is delighted to launch our Russia CEE CIS summit which will bring together the key practitioners from across the region. 


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2 Day Summits
14 Nov 2021
FIRE Middle East 2021

TL4 FIRE is delighted to launch our Middle East summit which will bring together the rockstar practitioners from across the region. 


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Community Magazine
FIRE Magazine - Issue 2, FIRE International - NOW AVAILABLE

As the Summer of 2020 rolls on, with lockdowns relaxing in some countries and reinstating in others, travel around the world via our FIRE International issue featuring insight from practitioners in Kazakhstan, BVI, Isle of Man, UK, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Read Here!


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Community Magazine
FIRE Magazine - Issue 1 - NOW AVAILABLE

We are delighted to bring you the 'Litigation in Lockdown' edition of the FIRE Magazine, where you will get the latest insights from all professionals whose practice encompasses or touches upon Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery, Enforcement.

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Articles
New freestanding moratorium introduced into the Insolvency Act 1986

As part of the recent CIGA, the Government has introduced new provisions into the IA which provide for a new free standing moratorium available to companies, independent of any separate insolvency proceedings.


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Investigative Receiverships: Bringing a Canadian Concept to Offshore Enforcement

Judgment creditors are often cursed by asymmetrical information. When it comes time to enforce, a debtor will already know what assets it owns and where those assets are located. Unscrupulous debtors will try to hide or transform their assets through layers of transactions designed to frustrate enforcement. Bridging that informational gap requires the creative deployment of various investigative tools on behalf of the creditor.


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Civil remedies for identifying and injuncting hackers in Singapore

On 9 May 2020, Bleepingcomputer.com published an article with an ominous sounding title “Hacker group floods dark web with data stolen from 11 companies”. In the article, it was revealed that a hacking group known as Shiny Hunters had hacked into the databases of companies such as Tokopedia (Indonesia’s largest online store) and Unacademy (one of India’s largest online learning platforms), and had begun selling the user databases over the Dark Web for between $500 to $5,000 each.


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Third Party Financing and the Ability to Recover Fees from an Opposing Party

Litigation can be expensive. Very expensive. And the only thing litigants dislike more than paying their own attorneys’ fees is also having to pay the legal fees of their adversaries when they lose a case. Unsurprisingly, losing parties assert creative arguments to avoid this outcome. One recent example arose in FastShip, LLC v. United States, a case involving a third-party litigation funder.1 The losing defendant argued that, since the funder, not the plaintiff, paid the legal costs, the plaintiff lacked standing and its statutory right to recover attorneys’ fees was destroyed.


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Insolvent trusts and trustee duties

Economic uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the value of trust assets. Industry experts predict steep rises in insolvencies, affecting key industries. Many businesses may become cash-flow/balance sheet insolvent (if they are not already).


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Don’t forget those checks and balances!

The severe economic and social impact of COVID-19 has increased the likelihood of fraud, not just in relation to the government assistance schemes where false claims could be made, but also the risks faced by companies and other organisations who may be subject to fraud as a result of the new working environment.


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Switzerland: easy steps to kick off an asset search

Switzerland’s recurrent presence in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing exercises is certainly not proportionate to the small size of its territory. For creditors however, the Swiss jurisdiction poses a number of challenges in terms of information retrieval. From the lack of centralized data to the use of three different main languages in business life, conducting research in Switzerland is often perceived as complex and costly.


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Panama Resurrects Equitable Relief

Panama, which infamous “Panama Papers” have put the country in the limelight for the past four years, is not a traditional offshore jurisdiction. It is more of a traditional Civil Law jurisdiction with a (formerly) notable offshore sector. In the strict Civil Law tradition, Panamanian substantive and procedural laws tend to stress legal remedies over equitable remedies.  Thus, its judiciary is not prone to issue equitable relief to the same extent it is issued by its Common Law counterparts in England, the British Commonwealth and the United States of America.


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Asset Tracing & Recovery in Singapore

Singapore is one of Asia’s leading centres for conventional banking and financial services, and is fast becoming a hub for digital payments and cryptocurrency platforms. As such, there is an ever-present risk of fraud. This article provides a snapshot of the mechanisms through which victims of fraud may seek to recover assets via civil proceedings in Singapore.


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COVID-19 Challenges to Cross-Border Insolvency

COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on the global economy. Future economic effects of the pandemic will largely depend on the efficiency of government actions. At present, record number of personal, corporate, local, and cross-border bankruptcy filings is being anticipated due to the virus.1 A vast majority of airlines is likely to collapse without extensive financial support paving the way to a litany of multinational failures


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Using Creditor Administration Applications as a Tool for Asset Recovery in respect of Corporate Targets

The insolvency process often features as a weapon in the asset recovery arsenal so far as corporate targets are concerned. It’s utility not only as a mechanism to recover assets but also as a tool with which to recovery information is well known. The appointment of administrators by creditors with a qualified floating charge is quick and effective and so it is not surprising why it is favoured by secured creditors. It’s use by unsecured creditors is, however, much less frequent principally because of the lack of information about the company’s business and affairs.


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Passing the buck: who is responsible for a fraudulently-diverted payment?

A form of fraud which FIRE practitioners are often asked to advise on starts with a contract, where one party is required to pay the other. For example, the paying party might be a buyer under a sale contract. The dispute arises where a fraudster has induced the buyer to pay the fraudster instead of the seller


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Investigate and Preserve

Shaun Reardon-John outlines why pre-action asset investigation and preservation is going to be crucial during the Coronavirus crisis.


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Covid-19: A Perfect Storm over the Courts System

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a perfect storm in which the increase in commercial disputes, fraud-related behaviours and insolvencies has come hand-in-hand with the impossibility of the judicial system to deal with them, as the crisis has also prevented the courts from operating normally.


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English Courts: At the Forefront of Fighting Fraud

As fraud continues to be rife, it is important to develop new tools and strengthen existing mechanisms to enable claimants to pursue, locate and enforce against fraudsters and their ill-gotten assets.  Over the past few years, the English Courts have continued to develop the law in this area. We set out below a non-exhaustive snapshot of some of these developments in three areas. These highlight the progress continuing to be made in the fight against fraud, and bodes extremely well for the future.


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Covid-19 Induced Insolvencies - Things to Watch Out for

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the far reaching and drastic measures implemented in numerous countries around the world, we are receiving an increasing number of insolvency and restructuring enquiries from our clients.


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Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2020

This quarterly civil fraud update provides a summary of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period April - June 2020.


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Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2020

This quarterly civil fraud update provides a summary of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period January - March 2020.


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Kweku Adoboli - London Business School Case Study

Prior to hearing directly from Kweku Adoboli on the 19th May. This is a must read case study 


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Alok Sharma Shakes up Insolvency Laws

The government announced plans to introduce changes to current insolvency laws to ease pressures on UK businesses being caused by the global pandemic, COVID19. 


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A Freeze on Fraud?

A freeze on fraud? Whilst the global economy is on hold as countries focus on defeating the coronavirus, if past experience of economic crises offers any guidance, then these will be precisely the times when fraud increases. Fortunately, the English legal system remains well placed to tackle this.


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Compensation Orders against Company Directors: a New Way Around Limited Liability?

The case of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Kevin William Eagling [2019] EWHC 2806 (Ch) was the first brought by the Secretary of State under a regime in the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 providing for compensation orders. The


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Matrimonial Proceedings - Insolvency Considerations

Insolvency proceedings are a potential option for clients to consider in situations where there are unpaid debts, judgments and orders and/or concerns over the dissipation of assets.

It is recognised that insolvency can seem a nuclear option for enforcement but insolvency proceedings can be an effective strategy to maximise recoveries where a client has an outstanding award.


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Disclosure in Financial Remedy Proceedings: no Longer a “Cheater’s Charter”?

The Family Court has demonstrated a willingness to assist a party to enforce a financial remedy order by allowing use of confidential documents where there is evidence of deliberate attempts by the respondent to frustrate English court’s orders, and where there is no evidence that the applicant acted unlawfully in accessing confidential materials.


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Divorces, Death and dealing with the Deceased Estate

Boris Berezovsky was born in January 1946. He was a Russian business Oligarch, government official and mathematician. Berezovsky was politically opposed to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin...


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What we say

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What our members say

"BRG are excited to join the FIRE Community as a Partner. ThoughtLeaders4 are highly experienced in the field and are taking an innovative, collaborative approach to building a relevant and valuable platform. We’re particularly pleased to be joining at a time of such uncertainty where this type of connection is more important than ever"

Adam Garside - BRG

"We are very excited to be working with ThoughtLeaders4 on the innovative and unique FIRE community. The team have a stellar reputation and we are proud to be supporting FIRE and look forward to a collaborative relationship"

Paul Kennedy - Campbells

"We need to be partnering up with people who are taking a fresh and innovative way about how online content is delivered, how digital content is delivered. And we saw the opportunity with FIRE to be at the front end of that."

Mark Goodman - Campbells

"I think the best thing about ThoughtLeaders4 for us personally is there's an element of openness in sharing ideas, and exploring insights."

Syed Rahman - Rahman Ravelli

"The key reason is it's a market leader in the asset recovery and insolvency world. We definitely wanted to join in on the ground floor, we're excited about what the plans are for the community growth"

Leyza Blanco - Sequor Law

"From the first meeting we had with ThoughtLeaders4 we really like the vision. The vision is to produce a practical community of practitioners that are looking out for each other, who were sharing thought leadership and are going to help each other"

Adam Garside - BRG

"This isn't just about a short term solution during the period of a shutdown. This is for us part of a longer term strategy to online content and something that we would certainly recommend."

Mark Goodman - Campbells

"We've been impressed with your approach and enthusiasm for things which really matter in this area. You do really want to make it the best community that you can and we enjoy working with you. You're energetic and collaborative as a team and it's been a pleasure to work with you."

Hannah Davie - Grant Thornton

What our
members say

"BRG are excited to join the FIRE Community as a Partner. ThoughtLeaders4 are highly experienced in the field and are taking an innovative, collaborative approach to building a relevant and valuable platform. We’re particularly pleased to be joining at a time of such uncertainty where this type of connection is more important than ever"

Adam Garside - BRG

"We are very excited to be working with ThoughtLeaders4 on the innovative and unique FIRE community. The team have a stellar reputation and we are proud to be supporting FIRE and look forward to a collaborative relationship"

Paul Kennedy - Campbells

"We need to be partnering up with people who are taking a fresh and innovative way about how online content is delivered, how digital content is delivered. And we saw the opportunity with FIRE to be at the front end of that."

Mark Goodman - Campbells

"I think the best thing about ThoughtLeaders4 for us personally is there's an element of openness in sharing ideas, and exploring insights."

Syed Rahman - Rahman Ravelli

"The key reason is it's a market leader in the asset recovery and insolvency world. We definitely wanted to join in on the ground floor, we're excited about what the plans are for the community growth"

Leyza Blanco - Sequor Law

"From the first meeting we had with ThoughtLeaders4 we really like the vision. The vision is to produce a practical community of practitioners that are looking out for each other, who were sharing thought leadership and are going to help each other"

Adam Garside - BRG

"This isn't just about a short term solution during the period of a shutdown. This is for us part of a longer term strategy to online content and something that we would certainly recommend."

Mark Goodman - Campbells

"We've been impressed with your approach and enthusiasm for things which really matter in this area. You do really want to make it the best community that you can and we enjoy working with you. You're energetic and collaborative as a team and it's been a pleasure to work with you."

Hannah Davie - Grant Thornton
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Our FIRE Community Partners:
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For help with all FIRE event queries contact:


Danushka De Alwis

Founder | Director
020 7101 4191
email Danushka

For help with FIRE partnership queries contact:


Chris Leese

Founder | Director
020 7101 4151
email Chris

For help with FIRE Starters and general membership queries contact:


Paul Barford

Founder | Director
020 7101 4155
email Paul

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