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FIRE International: Vilamoura

The flagship Asset Recovery event in the fraud & insolvency practitioner's calendar

17th - 19th May 2023 | Anantara Hotel, Vilamoura, Portugal

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International Speakers Include:

Gabriela Gobbi
Attorney
Duarte Forssell Advogados (DFA) (Brazil)

Gabriela Gobbi is an experienced attorney at Duarte Forssell Advogados (DFA), a law firm based in São Paulo Brazil, focused on complex litigation, international asset recovery, transnational frauds and cross-border insolvency. She has supported clients in high complexity litigation and advised national and foreign liquidators and financial institutions on identifying and recovering assets placed in Brazil and diverted to offshore structures.

Gabriela has graduated from the University of São Paulo and also from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III (Licence Droit, Economie, Gestion - Mention Droit). In 2021, she became a certified practitioner by the Board of INSOL International. Gabriela is also a Civil Procedure Law L.L.M. candidate at the University of São Paulo.


Gabriela Gobbi
Gabriela Gobbi Attorney
Duarte Forssell Advogados (DFA) (Brazil)
Evin Durmaz
Associate
Monfrini Bitton Klein

Evin Durmaz holds a bachelor's degree  in law from the University of Lausanne ( magna cum laude - 2014) as well as a master's degree in international law from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement in Geneva (2016). She then obtained a certificate of specialization in legal profession from the University of Geneva in 2018.

As part of her master's degree, she focused on international trade and investment law, arbitration, corporate liability and human rights, and contributed to a report on the legal framework international investments in Africa for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

After having worked as a legal associate in an international company active in the field of social, emerging and sustainable investment, Evin Durmaz completed his legal internship within the FRORIEP firm. She was admitted to the Geneva bar in 2020.

Evin Durmaz joined the Firm as an associate in September 2020


Evin Durmaz
Evin Durmaz Associate
Monfrini Bitton Klein
Kwong Chiew Ee
Partner
Rahmat Lim & Partners (Malaysia)

Kwong Chiew Ee
Kwong Chiew Ee Partner
Rahmat Lim & Partners (Malaysia)
Denis Piskunov
Attorney-at-law
Magnusson (Estonia)

Denis’s area of expertise is commercial disputes and international arbitration.

The disputes he has dealt with concern industries such as health care, waste collection, construction, railways, transport, fintech and crowdfunding, insurance, as well as accounting and finance. He also has extensive experience in corporate insolvency and debt collection proceedings.

Denis acts as an arbiter recommended by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His expertise covers enforcement of judgements related to cross-border disputes.

Denis also provides legal consultation on the organisation of public procurements and associated disputes assisting both contract awarding entities as well as suppliers making tenders.

Denis has been lecturing on commercial law at Estonian Business School (EBS). He consults clients in Estonian, Russian and English.


Denis Piskunov
Denis Piskunov Attorney-at-law
Magnusson (Estonia)
Sheila Ng
Partner
Rajah & Tann (Singapore)

Sheila Ng
Sheila Ng Partner
Rajah & Tann (Singapore)
Taher Abdeen Ibrahim
Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Taher is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Dubai. He specialises in civil, real estate, criminal and commercial matters and primarily engages in corporate enforcement work.

Taher is a licensed advocate and holds full rights of audience to appear before all courts in the UAE.

He has a Law degree from the United Arab Emirates University with honours.


Taher Abdeen Ibrahim
Taher Abdeen Ibrahim Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Laurence Ponty
Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)

Laurence Ponty
Laurence Ponty Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)
Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)

Joint founding and managing partner, Mohammed Al Dahbashi, is a prominent Emirati lawyer. Having graduated from the United Kingdom, with a Bachelors degree of Law with Honours (LLB Hons), Mohammed is of the few Emiratis that is experienced in both corporate/commercial transactions and disputes work.

Having worked for UAE firm Hadef & Partners, before setting up his own firm MAD Advocates and then co-founding ADG, Mohammed is committed to combining local UAE experience with international client care standards. Mohammed has also worked with various legal teams in the UAE that specialize on the corporate sector of legal work, and as a legal advisor at a boutique management consultancy firm in Dubai. He worked with the legal team of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, with great focus on corporate governance, aerospace and renewable energy fields. He also trained with other legal teams, including the legal team of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

A licensed advocate, Mohammed has rights of appearance before the competent courts of the UAE and has worked on a wide range of contentious matters, including commercial arbitrations, commercial litigations and criminal matters. He also has experience in corporate restructuring, preparing agreements, joint ventures, negotiating and advising clients.

With his international standards and local legal skills, Mohammed has been able to reach outstanding outcomes for his clients. He is renowned for being focused and effective, whilst remaining attentive to the needs of his clients.


Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Mohammed Al Dahbashi Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)
Leyza Blanco
Shareholder
Sequor Law (USA)

Leyza Blanco
Leyza Blanco Shareholder
Sequor Law (USA)
Alex Stolyar
Partner
Loeb & Loeb (Los Angeles, USA)

Alex Stolyar
Alex Stolyar Partner
Loeb & Loeb (Los Angeles, USA)
Tomislav Šunjka
Founder & Principal
ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)

Mr. Tomislav Šunjka is a founder and principal of ŠunjkaLaw, independent, specialized and focused law firm in Serbia.

His background is business law. Tomislav represented clients who purchase and sell companies in complex cross-border transactions for residents and non-residents as well.

He is a leading authority, unrivaled for complex issues, strategy thinker and focused professional. His knowledge of foreign laws, ex-territorial laws and resources for working internationally has valuated his position as an upper class player.

Tomislav is an extraordinary case manager and supervisor in multi-jurisdictions cases and clients want him in that role even if Serbia is not one of the jurisdictions.

As an upgrade of his strong business law background, and having in mind that this background gives him in - depth understanding of the business structures and transactions, Tomislav is an exceptional authority in anti – corruption and anti – bribery and integrity, risk assessment, strong tailored strategy and program and Code of Conduct, compliance program and identify gaps, policies and procedures in response to corporations’ risks, prioritization of high risk operations. He is a certified auditor for ISO Standard 19600 – Compliance management systems and ISO 37001 Standard on Anti-Bribery Management System and a Lead Auditor for the ISO 37301 Standard on Compliance Management Systems. In connection with the above, his practice also includes FCPA, UKBA, SAPIN II compliance and investigation cases and works, anti – fraud and worldwide civil and criminal asset tracing and asset recovery. When corporate investigation is in question, he is praised for his pragmatic and responsive approach, with strong commitment to find the right solutions for the client. He developed deep practice of corruption in sport, integrity in sport, compliance in Sport, investigations in sport, complex disputes between leagues and clubs and stakeholders interests.

With his experience, he is unavoidable client`s choice in civil and commercial complex litigation and white collar cases.

When clients have crises, they deliver managing of crises and damage control in his hands with full confidence. In CRISES he will always find RESOLUTIONS and EXIT. When they need background and prior analyses, they rely on his findings.

In Sanction and International trade cases Tomislav is first choice for Clients from Russia, to bridge and be a case preparator and manager of team, together with our strategic partner in Washington DC, in different procedures before USA authorities.

As a founder member and Council member of BRILA, he supports interest of Chinese clients on Belt and Road and opposite western clients on Chinese market.

Tomislav is the current Senior Vice chair of the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee and former Europe representative of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee. He is a member of the ICC FraudNet, top tier asset tracing and asset recovery network in civil fraud section of Chambers Global and a Council member of BRILA.


Tomislav Šunjka
Tomislav Šunjka Founder & Principal
ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)
Sara Sheffield
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)

Sara Sheffield
Sara Sheffield Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)
Bernardo Porras
Partner
Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)

Co-responsible for the Litigation Department and strongly business oriented.  Specialized in financial entities and private- public  matters, he regularly guides the clients to practical solutions and seeks businesses opportunities for them.  He is also regularly involved in major real estate projects which include negotiations with governmental authorities, concessions and private-public solutions.


Bernardo Porras
Bernardo Porras Partner
Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Nicola Boulton
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Nicola is a highly experienced commercial litigator who brings her pragmatic and tenacious approach to bear for high-net-worth individuals, legal and financial services professionals, corporates and hedge funds.

With experience acting across high-value civil fraud, financial services and trust litigation, Nicola has particular expertise in freezing orders, other interlocutory injunctive measures and anti-money laundering issues. She is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings), and her dynamism is consistently recognised as a ‘real asset’ in complex cases.

Chambers and Partners

In ranking Nicola as a Star Individual for Fraud: Civil, Chambers and Partners comment: ‘Nicola is intellectually agile and a master for detail’. She is ‘one of the most effective fraud practitioners in the market’ and ‘she has a great strategic mind, is brilliantly insightful and is great to work with’.

Legal 500

‘The “truly excellent” group at Byrne and Partners LLP is led by the “articulate and fearsome” Nicola Boulton’

‘The department is headed by Nicola Boulton, who is described by clients as “a natural leader with unsurpassed knowledge of her field, with excellent judgment and an unerring ability to pick the right strategy”


Nicola Boulton
Nicola Boulton Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
Carmel King
Director
Grant Thornton

I specialise in asset tracing and recovering funds for clients who have suffered a financial loss as a result of fraud. I have 15 years’ experience of using insolvency proceedings, court-appointed receiverships, other civil procedures and litigation funding to conduct investigations, formulate legal claims and enforce judgements.

I have a particular interest in cryptoasset fraud and can assist victims and representatives in investigations and asset recovery strategies. I have the support of our corporate intelligence, forensic, digital and international colleagues to work seamlessly to achieve the best results for our clients, and can operate under a number of fee structures, often working on a contingent basis or with the benefit of third-party funding.

I have experience working in the public and private sectors, having taken instruction from government departments and local authorities in the UK, non-UK governments, and international companies.


Carmel King
Carmel King Director
Grant Thornton
Brian Lacy
Partner
Ogier (BVI)

Brian Lacy
Brian Lacy Partner
Ogier (BVI)
James Popperwell
Partner
Macfarlanes

James Popperwell
James Popperwell Partner
Macfarlanes
Rebecca Hume
Partner
Gateley

Rebecca Hume
Rebecca Hume Partner
Gateley
Zachary Bluestone
Lawyer
Bluestone, P.C. (Washington DC, USA)

Zack Bluestone’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and asset recovery, as well as judgment enforcement, including matters with cross-border components.

Zack represents plaintiffs and defendants in all manners of commercial litigation, and with an emphasis on creditor’s rights, including fraud and fraudulent transfers, business disputes, and contentious real estate matters. Zack’s clients include public and private credit insurers, such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and other quasi-governmental and private export credit agencies in Europe and Asia, as well as publicly traded companies, real estate developers, small and medium sized businesses, and high net worth individuals.

As a seasoned litigator, Zack advises clients on complex disputes in court proceedings and arbitration. Recent successful engagements include a complete victory on behalf of a D.C.-based commercial real estate developer where he obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of a nine-count lawsuit demanding $21 million in damages, pursuing claims of fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of contract. Zack also successfully executed on a judgment, based on a California arbitral award against the U.S. assets of a leading Spanish wine distributor. Zack led the team seizing nearly $2 million before the monies could be channeled out of the U.S.


Zachary Bluestone
Zachary Bluestone Lawyer
Bluestone, P.C. (Washington DC, USA)
Jason Woodland
Partner
Peters & Peters

Jason is a partner in the Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing department. He specialises in heavy-weight commercial and competition/anti-trust litigation, and arbitration. Many of Jason’s cases involve allegations of fraud and Jason has significant experience of tracing and recovering the proceeds of fraud on behalf of claimants. He regularly acts in cases involving emergency injunctive relief such as freezing injunctions and search orders.

Jason also represents defendants to civil proceedings, and has particular expertise in dealing with civil claims where there is a parallel criminal investigation.


Jason Woodland
Jason Woodland Partner
Peters & Peters
Hannah Davie
Partner
Grant Thornton

I am an insolvency practitioner with 12 years’ experience of dealing with complex, contentious assignments; with an emphasis on fraud investigation, identification of assets, tracing exercises, enforcement of judgments and recovery of assets for those who have suffered financial loss or have a claim against another party.

I focus on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes. I work to find strategies that ensure the most appropriate action is taken in order to achieve maximum recovery. I use the Insolvency Act, along with other civil legislation, such as the use of liquidations, bankruptcies and court appointed receiverships, as a tool to assist with investigation, asset tracing and recovery processes.


Hannah Davie
Hannah Davie Partner
Grant Thornton
Colin Diss
Partner
Grant Thornton

Colin Diss
Colin Diss Partner
Grant Thornton
Lesley Timms
Partner
Withers

Lesley is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Lesley trained with Withers and became a member of the Commercial Litigation team in 2009. In her 10 years at Withers, she has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes. She is a fluent Italian speaker and is passionate about helping Italian individuals and businesses with interests in the UK as part of her ambition to continue developing Withers’ long Italian tradition. Lesley has been involved in numerous mediations, arbitrations and High Court cases where she has acted in a number of leading cases.

Lesley is also a member of the Withers brands special interest group, which focuses on developing, maintaining and protecting a client’s brand. She therefore regularly advises start-up companies on their contractual arrangements and any risks with a view to avoiding the risk of future litigation. She has also developed a particular experience in commercial agency and distribution arrangements. As part of her broad commercial practice, Lesley also regularly advises on issues of company and personal insolvency, including liquidations, bankruptcy and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA’s).


Lesley Timms
Lesley Timms Partner
Withers
Rick Brown
Partner
HFW

Rick Brown
Rick Brown Partner
HFW
Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly
Partner
TLT LLP

Kanika is a Partner in TLT’s Banking & Restructuring Team.  Her main area of expertise is contentious insolvency, often involving aspects of fraud and cross border asset recovery. She is heavily involved in the firm’s India practice and co-leads TLT’s India Group. She has a specific focus on matters relating to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (in India) and work flowing from that, both in the UK and abroad. Her reputation in this field continues to grow as evidenced by the numerous invitations she continues to get to present to regulatory authorities such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (on the topic of personal insolvency and cross border insolvency) as well as more generally at conferences. A significant part of Kanika’s practice involves working alongside the financial services disputes and investigations team at TLT on enforcement and recovery work for several of the Indian banks located in London but also back in India.


Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly
Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly Partner
TLT LLP
Hannes Arnold
Senior Partner
Gasser Partner (Liechtenstein)

Hannes Arnold
Hannes Arnold Senior Partner
Gasser Partner (Liechtenstein)
Elizabeth Seborg
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Elizabeth is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in high-value, complex claims and asset recovery. Acting for both claimants and defendants, she has particular expertise in civil fraud litigation and shareholder disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional aspects.


Elizabeth Seborg
Elizabeth Seborg Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
William Redgrave
Partner
Baker & Partners

William is both a Jersey Advocate and English barrister with over 25 years’ experience and a focus on courtroom advocacy.  He acts in major trust and commercial disputes.  He was appointed Crown Advocate 2012, entitling him to prosecute serious crimes in the Royal Court.

William appears in many major trust and commercial disputes in Jersey. He specialises in obtaining freezing and disclosure orders to assist in tracing and preserving assets, in support of both Jersey and overseas claims.

William has extensive experience of obtaining creative and effective freezing and disclosure orders in support of both Jersey and overseas litigation.

He has frequently advised and assisted financial services businesses and regulators in Jersey on a variety of regulatory matters. He has conducted regulatory investigations on behalf of both regulated businesses and the regulator.

William prosecutes and defends in serious criminal cases including fraud. He has advised and acted for customers in bank swap mis-selling cases, and in cases involving unauthorised investments.


William Redgrave
William Redgrave Partner
Baker & Partners
Philip Riches QC
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Philip is recognised as a leading barrister in international commercial dispute resolution. He appears regularly in the English courts and in international arbitrations in England and overseas.

Philip has a strong practice in complex, high-value commercial disputes across a range of business sectors. His work has been particularly focused in recent years on civil fraud disputes, often requiring urgent injunction applications, energy disputes and disputes relating to the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. Philip’s practice frequently involves state parties or state-owned entities, in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Philip is regularly instructed as an expert in foreign proceedings, particularly on issues of English arbitration law.

He accepts appointments as an arbitrator, with experience as an ICC and as an SCC arbitrator. He has also been admitted to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands and to the Bars of The Cayman Islands and St Kitts and Nevis (on an ad hoc basis).


Philip Riches QC
Philip Riches QC Barrister
Twenty Essex
Baruch Baigel
Partner & Joint Head of Dispute Resolution
Asserson (Israel)

Baruch is partner and joint Head of Dispute Resolution at Asserson. He is a solicitor advocate with extensive experience in England, Europe and the Middle East. Baruch is recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in international arbitration. He is also ranked by Chambers Global and Who’s Who Legal, where he is described as a “go-to name in Israel among large corporations and local law firms for international arbitration and cross-border disputes”.

Baruch has acted on several high profile and high value claims in the UK High Court, three of which were listed by the Lawyer among the top 20 UK cases for the year. Baruch has also acted for a number of household name brands in business defining arbitration cases and was credited, by the English Law Society, for having “opened up arbitration to Israeli business”. In 2014 Baruch was appointed as Israel’s only Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in 2016 he was appointed by the LCIA as the court’s first representative for Israel. He sits as Israel’s delegate on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is a member of the ICC Task Force Addressing Fraud and Corruption in Arbitration.

Baruch is qualified to act as an arbitrator and sits on the panel of a number of global arbitral institutions, including VIAC and SIAC. Baruch is regularly invited to lecture at conferences and other law firms on International Arbitration.

Baruch graduated with a double first from the University of Cambridge and won a scholarship to Harvard Law School where he received a Masters in Law.

Baruch enjoys spending time with his five children, as well as singing and cycling, occasionally simultaneously.


Baruch Baigel
Baruch Baigel Partner & Joint Head of Dispute Resolution
Asserson (Israel)
Josephine Davies
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Josephine specialises in all areas of commercial law and litigation. She has a unique skill-set combining:

depth of legal knowledge (notably in competition law, intellectual property law, shipping law and private international law);

  • strong technical understanding based on her scientific background (BA in Physical Natural Sciences and MSci in Chemistry);
  • extensive and diverse litigation (including urgent injunction work) and arbitration experience.

Josephine has strong advocacy experience covering both trial and interlocutory work. She has appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, the High Court (Commercial Court, Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division) and in international arbitrations and appeals from arbitration.  Her trial experience includes cross-examination on fraud allegations and of financial and engineering experts.

Josephine has notable expertise in relation to the conflicts of laws and injunctions (anti-suit, freezing and relating to confidential information) as well as the commonly associated contempt proceedings.

Her work covers a range of sectors including IP, pharmaceuticals, science, technology and IT, distribution, shipping, commodities, shipbuilding, and energy. Josephine is recognised by the legal directories for commercial litigation, shipping and commodities work.

Josephine’s cases involve sophisticated technical matters, where clients benefit from her scientific background (BA in Physical Natural Sciences and MSci in Chemistry) and her postgraduate qualifications in competition and intellectual property law.


Josephine Davies
Josephine Davies Barrister
Twenty Essex
Benedict Hamilton
Managing Director
Kroll

Benedict Hamilton is a managing director in the Forensic Investigations and Intelligence practice of Kroll, based in the London office.

He developed Kroll’s General Investigations team for the EMEA region, specializing in digital investigations, including open source, and the tools and methodologies that enable clients to combat cybercrime, leaks of confidential information, counterfeiting/illicit trade, and cryptocurrencies

Benedict is currently the global lead for technology and innovation, continuing to develop proprietary tools and techniques for Kroll investigations, particularly around social media analytics and blockchains.

Prior to joining Kroll in 2005, Benedict spent 12 years producing investigative television programs for BBC and Channel 4. He was also nominated twice for Channel 4’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Best Journalism Awards for programs on Northern Irish terrorism and Combat 18.


Benedict Hamilton
Benedict Hamilton Managing Director
Kroll
Jessica Lee
Associate
Brown Rudnick

Jessica Lee is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Jess has broad experience in complex and high value commercial litigation with particular experience in civil fraud, company and shareholder disputes, and financial services. She has acted on numerous complex cross-border civil fraud cases many of which have also involved advising on freezing, proprietary, and disclosure injunctions. Jess is part of Brown Rudnick’s Supervising Solicitors team and has recent relevant experience in the execution of search orders and delivery up orders. Jess has also advised on significant investigations and compliance matters including investigations by the US Department of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office. She has also previously undertaken several secondments to clients including in the banking and telecommunications sectors.

Jess is a keen advocate for diversity and social mobility and is a mentor at IntoUniversity and on the Urban Scholars Programme.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Jess was an associate at Baker & McKenzie where she also trained. She attended Southampton University and the College of Law, Moorgate.


Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee Associate
Brown Rudnick
Simon Jerrum
Partner
HFW

Simon is a partner in the fraud and insolvency team at HFW.

Simon specialises in commercial and insolvency litigation, often involving allegations of fraud or wrongdoing. He has substantial experience of disputes before the English courts, and litigation and arbitration in key venues around the world. Simon has particular expertise in complex contentious insolvency matters, often involving concurrent proceedings in a number of jurisdictions.


Simon Jerrum
Simon Jerrum Partner
HFW
Rob Armstrong
Managing Director, Restructuring
Kroll

Rob Armstrong is a managing director in the Restructuring Advisory practice, based in the London office. He has more than 15 years of experience assisting clients with allegations of fraud, misfeasance, other financial misconduct or improper behavior.

Prior to joining Kroll (Duff & Phelps rebranded as Kroll in 2021), Rob was an appointment taking director at RSM in the Special Investigations team. In this role, Rob dealt with a portfolio of cases which involved either asset tracing, high-net-worth individuals or complex insolvency litigation.

Rob specializes in contentious insolvency litigation, providing solutions to creditors and other stakeholders to recover assets both in the UK and globally. He leads complex insolvency appointments, including provisional liquidations, high-profile bankruptcies, corporate and personal fraud investigations, and pursuing directors for misfeasance.

Previous insolvency appointments include:

Trustee in bankruptcy to a previously high net worth individual with creditors in excess of £800 million. The estate included ongoing litigation in three separate jurisdictions, with a combined value in excess of £1 billion.

Liquidator of a group of 23 companies which were involved in an alleged fraudulent investment scheme using carbon credits. The group of companies was set up in a complex structure both in the UK and offshore to make recoveries for investors difficult. This appointment required working closely with many government agencies. 

Trustee in bankruptcy to an Indian steel magnate. The case involved investigating assets held in trusts and offshore corporate entities not originally disclosed. 

Rob received a bachelor’s degree with honors in management studies, specializing in finance, from the University of Leicester. He received a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI) and is a qualified insolvency practitioner with the Joint Insolvency Exam Board (JIEB).


Rob Armstrong
Rob Armstrong Managing Director, Restructuring
Kroll
Kristina Kicks
Managing Director
Interpath Advisory

Kristina Kicks
Kristina Kicks Managing Director
Interpath Advisory
Amaechi Nsofor
Partner, Head of Africa Business Group
Grant Thornton

I have considerable experience helping stressed and distressed companies address their financing requirements. My specialism is working in syndicated lending situations and negotiating consensual financing agreements between companies and financial stakeholders.

For more than 15 years, I've advised lenders and companies on multiple challenging and high-profile projects including: JJB Sports, Aston Martin, Amtel Vredestein, Opal Property Group and Alternative Hotel Group.  My clients tell me that my skills are most suited to challenging situations that require innovative solutions.  

I have worked extensively on international assignments and have recently taken on the role of head of the firm's Africa advisory desk. In this capacity, I coordinate the delivery of a broad range of advisory services to companies, lenders and investors in West and East Africa.

Outside work, I continue to be intrigued by the boundless joys of bringing up my two young daughters with my wife.


Amaechi Nsofor
Amaechi Nsofor Partner, Head of Africa Business Group
Grant Thornton
Olga Bischof
Partner
Brown Rudnick

Olga Bischof is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group, where she practices in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on complex fraud.

She has represented clients in disputes in all divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and pursuant to the rules of many arbitration institutions. Olga also has a wide range of experience of litigating in offshore jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands and Cyprus.

Olga was ranked in Chambers UK 2020 as an Up-and-Coming Lawyer for Fraud: Civil and was described as “impressive and knows her stuff”.

Olga speaks Russian, English, and German.


Olga Bischof
Olga Bischof Partner
Brown Rudnick
Sophia Purkis
Partner
Fladgate LLP

I specialise in the resolution of commercial and personal disputes, particularly those involving allegations of fraud, misfeasance and breach of trust.

Since starting as a partner with Fladgate in 2012, I have represented a broad range of clients - individuals, companies and organisations – and have helped them to seek legal redress or to defend themselves against claims.

I consider myself lucky to be able to help people and organisations, often at the most stressful of times, to navigate themselves out of situations in which they find themselves.

Many of my clients live or have businesses abroad which can add unwanted complexity to their claims. I am used to working on multi-jurisdictional disputes and to making applications to the court in this country to assists disputes in other jurisdictions, for example with worldwide freezing orders.

I am the Vice Chairman (civil) of the Fraud Lawyers Association and also a committee member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association. I write regularly for the legal press on issues affecting litigators in England.


Sophia Purkis
Sophia Purkis Partner
Fladgate LLP
Andrew Fulton QC
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Andrew has a broad and busy practice. He advises and appears in a range of high-value financial and commercial disputes, often with an international dimension.

He acted for the “Guaidó Board” of the Central Bank of Venezuela in its high-profile battle with the Maduro regime for control of billions of dollars’ worth of assets in London, appeared in expedited hearings in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

A large proportion of his other work in recent years has involved major fraud litigation and asset recovery exercises. He also has particular experience in capital markets and investment banking disputes, derivatives and structured products.

Andrew has experience of contractual disputes across a wide range of industry sectors. These include construction and offshore drilling arbitrations, telecommunications, mining, and motor racing. He appeared as sole counsel in a leading Court of Appeal decision on Norwich Pharmacal relief.

Before joining Twenty Essex, Andrew worked as an in-house advocate in several major law firms, most recently in the London office of US litigation specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Andrew was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2003 and to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands in 2015.


Andrew Fulton QC
Andrew Fulton QC Barrister
Twenty Essex
Daniel Saoul QC
Barrister
4 New Square

Daniel Saoul QC
Daniel Saoul QC Barrister
4 New Square
Lucy Pert
Partner
Hausfeld (UK)

Lucy has extensive experience of managing international, cross-border litigation, working frequently in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the English High Court (including Commercial Court) and Court of Appeal. She has also conducted several commercial arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and ad hoc rules and most recently, was instructed on an LCIA arbitration in the aerospace sector.


Lucy Pert
Lucy Pert Partner
Hausfeld (UK)
Joana Andrade Correia
Partner
Raposo Bernardo & Associados (Portugal)

Joana Andrade Correia
Joana Andrade Correia Partner
Raposo Bernardo & Associados (Portugal)
Joshua Folkard
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Josh has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, including civil fraud and asset tracing, the enforcement of judgments and awards, insurance and professional negligence.

Josh has a particular specialism in private international law/the conflict of laws. He is regularly instructed in cases concerning ‘service out’, the pleading and proving of foreign law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments/arbitral Awards (including against States). Alongside full-time practice, Josh teaches International Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration at University College London and has published widely on issues of jurisdiction and enforcement, most recently in festschrifts for Lord Sumption and Professor Bermann.

Josh has been instructed in arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules, as well as ad hoc insurance arbitration. He also appears regularly (both led and as sole counsel) in court applications relating to the entire ‘lifespan’ of arbitrations, from the appointment of arbitrators under section 18 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to section 67 and 69 challenges to awards. Josh also gained significant experience of Indian commercial arbitration from his work as Tribunal Secretary to the Hon’ble Mr Justice Deepak Verma.


Joshua Folkard
Joshua Folkard Barrister
Twenty Essex
Sushmita Gandhi
Partner
IndusLaw (India)

Sushmita has 15 years of extensive experience of handling a variety of commercial disputes including insolvency & restructuring matters and arbitrations including construction contracts arbitrations. She has advised lenders, borrowers, advisors and other intermediaries in complex local and cross-border financing transactions across major debt financing disciplines.

Sushmita has handled a number of domestic and international arbitrations, representing clients in institutional arbitrations in India and abroad and she has also advised on corporate and commercial disputes, appearing before a variety of forums, courts and tribunals. In particular, she has expertise in handling proceedings against some of the biggest debt defaulters in India. Sushmita has extensive experience in insolvency litigation and does a lot of advisory work relating to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

Sushmita has been enlisted as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal500 Asia Pacific edition, 2022 in the field of Litigation, white collar crimes and Insolvency and Bankruptcy. She was recognized as one of the top individual lawyers in the field of Arbitration and Insolvency and Bankruptcy in the very first edition of Forbes-Legiquest Legal Powerlist 2020. LexTalk World Forum awarded Sushmita the “Top 50 legal Falcons” in 2020. Sushmita has also been nominated by RSG for its “EmergingLeader50” 2019. She regularly features in client recommendations given to several legal research journals such as Legal500, ALB, IFLR and RSG. Sushmita has authored articles and publications on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Banking laws etc. which are published by leading journals such as India Business Law Journal, SCC Online; Manupatra and Mondaq. She is a regular speaker on the subject at various events and summit and her views on various legal issues are often published in leading newspapers.


Sushmita Gandhi
Sushmita Gandhi Partner
IndusLaw (India)
André Rocha
Partner
EXM Partners (Brazil)

André Rocha
André Rocha Partner
EXM Partners (Brazil)
Abraham Vergis SC
Managing Director
Providence Law Asia (Singapore)

Abraham Vergis SC
Abraham Vergis SC Managing Director
Providence Law Asia (Singapore)
Julia Mahoney
Divisional Director
Howden

Julia Mahoney leads the Litigation Risk Management team within the Restructuring and Resolution division at Howden Insurance Brokers.   She’s a qualified solicitor with over 25 years insurance industry experience. Julia specialises in litigation risk management planning, using her legal expertise to help clients mitigate against adverse costs and solve funding challenges.


Julia Mahoney
Julia Mahoney Divisional Director
Howden
Vijay Rathour
Partner, Head of the Digital Forensics Group
Grant Thornton

I am a partner within our forensic and investigations practice, and lead our digital forensics group. Our team of expert practitioners provide computer forensic, eDiscovery, data analytics and cyber response services across the globe.

I specialise in supporting bribery, corruption, competition law infringement and complex fraud investigations. I am an expert in data governance and have led data collection exercises across the globe. My team utilise cutting edge technologies, coupled with defensible methodologies to achieve timely and cost-effective solutions across the EDRM and the investigation lifecycle.

My team lead on complex data breach response activities and consults on international cyber-attacks and defending businesses from hackers. We are often engaged to address, investigate and provide regulatory responses on the very largest data breaches made public (1 billion+ records).

I have given evidence on crypto-currency forensics, computer forensics, data breach and data record identification and recovery, data segmentation and many other areas of corporate and data governance.

Prior to joining the firm, I trained as a barrister, worked in private legal practice, acted as a regulator at the Financial Conduct Authority and led the digital forensics practice of a boutique firm.

I co-authored the new Civil Procedure Rules on document disclosure (CPR 31B) and the protocols applied in the Technology and Construction Courts. I am a regular public speaker and author on digital investigations. I’m an avid technology enthusiast and passionate about the opportunities of the digital age!


Vijay Rathour
Vijay Rathour Partner, Head of the Digital Forensics Group
Grant Thornton
Dani Haston
Head of Global Asset Management
Chainalysis, Inc

I practiced law from 2004 until 2020. I have significant specialist experience in international civil fraud investigation and asset recovery, finance and high value litigation.

I have acted for governmental bodies such as HMRC and for a range of private sector clients, including in the finance arena for Insolvency Practitioners and overseas investors/creditors. I have advised on a number of reported cases including through to the Supreme Court of England and have run cases where litigation has been conducted overseas. I became interested in cryptocurrency in 2018 and I obtained certifications in crypto investigations from CSI Tech (2019) and CipherTrace (2020) and spoke at seminars across the UK in 2019/2020 in my role as a director at Gateley Plc to raise awareness of the need to identify crypto in financial investigations. In January 2021 I was delighted to take up a different role at Chainalysis as a Training Specialist before moving into the role of Head of Global Asset Management in January 2022 which now allows me to facilitate solutions to enable more crypto asset recovery across both the private and public sector.


Dani Haston
Dani Haston Head of Global Asset Management
Chainalysis, Inc
Marcelo Lucidi
Partner
DFA Advogados (Brazil)

Marcelo Lucidi
Marcelo Lucidi Partner
DFA Advogados (Brazil)
Ben Johnson
Managing Director
BRG

Ben Johnson has over eighteen years of experience in forensic accounting, including fraud and financial investigations, bribery and corruption, audit negligence, asset tracing, and litigation and arbitration.

A member of BRG’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice, Mr. Johnson has led many investigations and reviews into suspected accounting irregularities, bribery and corruption issues, and misconduct on behalf of regulators and private clients in both civil and criminal proceedings.

He has significant financial services experience, having led investigations into alleged misconduct at banks in multiple jurisdictions, and he has led more than eight investigations on behalf of accountancy regulators in relation to accounting issues in recent accounting scandals.

Mr. Johnson has experience across a range of industry sectors, in particular: financial services, software, technology, support services, oil and gas, construction and engineering, supply chain management, retail, and gaming.

Mr. Johnson has provided expertise in investigations and disputes on the application of IFRS, UK GAAP and US GAAP


Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson Managing Director
BRG
Lucy Colter
Barrister
4 New Square

Lucy Colter’s practice is focused on the core areas of commercial litigation (including offshore work), professional liability claims, and construction.

Lucy is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, Offshore, Construction and Professional Negligence and in Chambers & Partners for Construction, Professional Negligence and Professional Negligence: Technology and Construction. She was nominated for the 2020 Chambers & Partners Construction Junior of the Year award.

Lucy has been described as “Destined to be one of the stars of the English Bar – she is extremely bright, personable and tactically incisive”, “perfect with clients and one of the cleverest barristers I have worked with.” “She has incredible work ethic, forensic attention to detail, excellent responsiveness, and is a team player”, “she provides consistently excellent service and understands entirely what we and our insured and insurer clients want”, “first-rate – someone who works hard under difficult circumstances and is very approachable and normal”, “she is excellent, good at the detail, very positive and has a good knowledge of the law”, “extremely hard-working, very bright and has an exceptional mastery of the detail of complex matters. She provides invaluable input” and “a good team player who is insightful and responsive.”

In 2017, Lucy was identified as one of just twelve “Stars of the Bar” under 10 years’ call by Legal Week


Lucy Colter
Lucy Colter Barrister
4 New Square
Alex Carruthers
Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Alex Carruthers
Alex Carruthers Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Carly Kinch
Partner
Stewarts

Carly has significant experience with all aspects of family law but her work focuses predominantly on the resolution of complex financial issues, including the negotiation and drafting of marital agreements. Many of her cases involve international issues, trusts, family businesses and inherited wealth.

Carly also advises on children disputes, including issues of residence and contact, relocation, paternity and financial provision.


Carly Kinch
Carly Kinch Partner
Stewarts
Lara Von Wildenrath
Senior Associate
Appleby

Lara Von Wildenrath
Lara Von Wildenrath Senior Associate
Appleby
Samantha Davies
Barrister
Goldsmith Chambers

Samantha Davies
Samantha Davies Barrister
Goldsmith Chambers
Benoît Mauron
Partner
LALIVE

Benoît A. Mauron joined LALIVE in 2015. He practices in litigation, representing clients in both civil and criminal Swiss proceedings, with a focus on domestic and cross border commercial disputes and fraud litigation, including asset recovery. He is a member of the founding committee of FIRE Starters, an international platform for fraud, insolvency, recovery and enforcement practitioners and frequently represents the firm as a speaker on these topics.

Before joining LALIVE, Benoît A. Mauron worked as an associate in the dispute resolution group of a leading Swiss firm in Geneva (2012-2014) where he also trained (2010-2012).

He holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar with Honors, 2015) as well as a Master in Swiss law from the University of Lausanne (major in Business Law, magna cum laude, 2009). He is admitted to practise in Switzerland (2012) and in New York (2019).


Benoît Mauron
Benoît Mauron Partner
LALIVE

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