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FIRE Russia, FSU & CEE Virtual

08 Jul 2020

Location: Virtual Event Series 8th, 9th & 10th July 2020
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FIRE Russia, FSU & CEE Virtual

Highlights

FIRE Russia, FSU & CEE Virtual is a unique virtual series of events, spread across 3 bullet sessions. It will drill down into the key Asset Recovery issues across the region with 12 countries already represented.

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8th July 2020

Avengers Assemble!
Eurasian Tour: What is going on and how does your team come together

  • Current issues and trends
  • Assembling and funding the A Team

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9th July 2020

Insolvency Unlocked

  • Insolvency toolbox
  • Case Study: Russian Cross-Border Bankruptcy

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10th July 2020

Show me the Money!

  • Asset Recovery involving divorce proceedings
  • Offshore jurisdictions

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Mike Leeds
Partner
Grant Thornton

Mike Leeds
Mike Leeds Partner
Grant Thornton
Martina Prpic
Founding Partner
Kovačević, Prpić, Simeunović (Croatia)

Martina Prpic
Martina Prpic Founding Partner
Kovačević, Prpić, Simeunović (Croatia)
James Popperwell
Partner
Macfarlanes

James is head of the firm’s fraud practice. He specialises in asset tracing and enforcement and the management of complex, international disputes in state courts and arbitration. As well as running disputes at all levels of the English courts, James has significant experience in managing parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions. James has over 19 years of experience acting on disputes relating to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS and has represented clients from these regions in various courts across the world, including in the Eastern Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Cyprus and Hong Kong, as well as in ICC, LCIA and VIAC arbitrations. James has significant experience of obtaining and defending interim injunctive relief in support of proceedings in England and elsewhere. James also advises on corporate and shareholder disputes (including in relation to companies incorporated overseas), bribery and corruption, sanctions, money laundering and insolvency proceedings.


James Popperwell
James Popperwell Partner
Macfarlanes
Ays Lidzhanova
Senior Associate
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Russia)

Ays Lidzhanova
Ays Lidzhanova Senior Associate
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Russia)
Anthony Riem
Senior Partner
PCB Byrne

Recognised as a leading lawyer in fraud investigation and litigation, asset recovery, banking litigation and commercial litigation, Anthony has deep expertise gained over a 30 year career in handling complex cross-border disputes. Strategically-minded and a source of astute, commercially-focused advice, Anthony has an established practice acting for financial institutions, major international organisations and high net worth individuals. The most recent directories describe Anthony as having “remarkable litigation instincts”, “a powerhouse who is approachable and sees the shape of issues from a client’s perspective. He is solution-oriented in a truly unusual way” and “absolutely the man you want representing you as he will leave no stone unturned, looks at every angle and understands immediately the opposition’s weak points and leverages them” with “a wealth of unique experience in his field.” In 2021, he was named as one of Britain’s most sought after lawyers by TheTimes following his successful representation of Tatiana Akhmedova in what is reported to be the UK’s largest ever reported divorce award and one of the 100 Hot Lawyers by The Lawyer Magazine. He is the English representative of Fraudnet, the ICC’s global network of asset recovery specialists and a founding member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. Anthony was both the Managing Partner and Senior Partner at PCB Litigation and following its merger with Byrne & Partners in April in 2021 is now its Senior Partner. The firm is described as having the “intellectual ability, experience and sheer grit to hold their own against any rival” and “the lawyers there handle cases which other firms cannot.”


Anthony Riem
Anthony Riem Senior Partner
PCB Byrne
Metodi Baykushev
Head of Dispute Resolution
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co (Bulgaria)

Metodi Baykushev
Metodi Baykushev Head of Dispute Resolution
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co (Bulgaria)
Tamta Ivanishvili
Partner
BLC Law Office (Georgia)

Tamta Ivanishvili
Tamta Ivanishvili Partner
BLC Law Office (Georgia)
Anton Molchanov
Counsel, Bankruptcy Trustee
Arzinger (Ukraine)

Anton Molchanov
Anton Molchanov Counsel, Bankruptcy Trustee
Arzinger (Ukraine)
Nataša Lalatović Đorđević
Partner
Schoenherr (Serbia)

Moravcevic Vojnovic & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr (Serbia).


Nataša Lalatović Đorđević
Nataša Lalatović Đorđević Partner
Schoenherr (Serbia)
Andrey Ryabinin
Partner
Delcredere (Russia)

Andrey Ryabinin represents clients’ interests in strategic disputes in Russia and on the international level. He advises clients on cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, asset tracing and debt recovery, including pledge foreclosures, fraud investigation, and on recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards.

Andrey Ryabinin advises on projects in such industries as banking, oil and gas, mining, metallurgy and chemicals, and has extensive experience in protecting interests of the clients active in such spheres as natural resources, steel production, ferroalloys, heat generation and electricity distribution.


Andrey Ryabinin
Andrey Ryabinin Partner
Delcredere (Russia)
Laura Ortali
Partner
Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli Partners (Italy)

Laura Ortali
Laura Ortali Partner
Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli Partners (Italy)
Phillip Kite
Partner
Harneys (BVI)

Phillip Kite
Phillip Kite Partner
Harneys (BVI)
Rick Brown
Partner
HFW

Rick is Co-Head of the Fraud and Insolvency team. Rick specialises in complex, high value cross-border fraud and insolvency matters, including those which involve claims for breach of contract, fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duties and asset tracing. He has also worked on a number of offshore trust matters in the Caribbean, Gibraltar and elsewhere. He regularly deals with and instructs investigators and offshore lawyers. Rick Brown is based in the London office and is also BVI qualified. Rick has considerable experience in acting for insolvency practitioners, mainly on contentious complex cross-border insolvency matters. He has valuable experience of interlocutory hearings and trials in the Commercial Court in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere in the Caribbean and has significant experience acting for clients on claims involving parties from China, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, as well as the Middle East.


Rick Brown
Rick Brown Partner
HFW
Tomas Vail
Founder & Principal
Vail Dispute Resolution

Tomas is the Founder of Vail Dispute Resolution, an independent disputes practice advising on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SCC, NAI and UNCITRAL rules. With over a decade of experience in the world’s top arbitration practices, Tomas is recognised by Chambers and Legal 500, and by Who’s Who Legal as among the “most highly regarded” arbitration practitioners in EMEA. He is currently acting as lead counsel in an ICSID arbitration against Belarus and in other investment treaty disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including under the Energy Charter Treaty. Tomas is also acting as lead counsel in several commercial arbitrations, and has experience representing clients in commercial arbitrations involving sovereigns and state-owned entities. Tomas regularly sits as arbitrator and is listed in the arbitration panels of the LCIA, ICC, SCC and SIAC, among others. He is fluent in English, Russian and French.


Tomas Vail
Tomas Vail Founder & Principal
Vail Dispute Resolution
Aliaksandr Danilevich
Attorney at Law
Danilevich Arbitration & Litigation (Belarus)

Aliaksandr Danilevich
Aliaksandr Danilevich Attorney at Law
Danilevich Arbitration & Litigation (Belarus)
Stephanie Balsys
Managing Associate
Mishcon de Reya

Stephanie Balsys
Stephanie Balsys Managing Associate
Mishcon de Reya
Hannes Arnold
Senior Partner
Gasser Partner (Liechtenstein)

Hannes Arnold
Hannes Arnold Senior Partner
Gasser Partner (Liechtenstein)
Andras Laszlo
Attorney at Law
LFB Law (Hungary)

Andras Laszlo
Andras Laszlo Attorney at Law
LFB Law (Hungary)
Laurence Ponty
Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)

Laurence Ponty
Laurence Ponty Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)
Abby Buckland
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Abby is a Partner in the Family and Divorce team who specialises in matters involving all aspects of private family law and in particular complex financial issues and private children cases.

Abby is recognised in Chambers UK, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Legal 500 UK and Spear’s Family Law Index. She was shortlisted as Woman of the Year - Rising Star in the Powerwomen Awards.

Abby is a member of the Founding Committee for Thought Leaders4 HNW Divorce Next Generation committee and has spoken at and chaired numerous ThoughtLeaders4 events. 

After reading English Literature at The University of Manchester, Abby went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course in Bloomsbury. Abby was a paralegal at a magic circle firm in their Mergers and Acquisitions team before commencing her training contract with a Lincoln’s Inn firm in 2008 and qualifying into their Family Team in 2010. Abby joined Kingsley Napley in 2012 and was made partner in 2020. 


Abby Buckland
Abby Buckland Partner
Kingsley Napley
Octavian Popescu
Partner
Popescu & Asociatii (Romania)

Octavian Popescu
Octavian Popescu Partner
Popescu & Asociatii (Romania)
Hannah Davie
Partner
Grant Thornton

I am an insolvency practitioner with over 18 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
Jane Fedotova
Associate
Conyers (BVI)

Dr. Jane (Jevgenija) Fedotova is an Associate in the Litigation & Restructuring Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. Her practice covers a wide range of commercial, insolvency and arbitration matters often involving issues pertaining to asset tracing.

In particular, Jane often advises corporate and individual clients who seek to wind up a company in the BVI and appoint liquidators. Jane also often advises clients on court interim measures, including appointment of receivers, in support of on-going foreign litigation and arbitration, and assist clients with enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments in the BVI.

Prior to joining Conyers, Jane practiced law in London and was seconded to serve as counsel for the London Court of International Arbitration. Jane has been awarded the Queen Mary University of London degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and successfully defended her thesis entitled: “The Concept of the Emergency Arbitrator: Is It a Novelty? Meaning of “Emergency”, Legal Framework, Standards and Enforcement of the Emergency Relief”. Jane continues to pursue her academic interests as an associate lecturer teaching an investment arbitration course at the Queen Mary University of London.


Jane Fedotova
Jane Fedotova Associate
Conyers (BVI)
Justinas Jarusevicius
Partner
Motieka Audzevicius (Lithuania)

Justinas Jarusevicius
Justinas Jarusevicius Partner
Motieka Audzevicius (Lithuania)
Marina Hadjisoteriou
Partner
Michael Kyprianou – Advocates & legal Consultants (Cyprus)

Marina Hadjisoteriou
Marina Hadjisoteriou Partner
Michael Kyprianou – Advocates & legal Consultants (Cyprus)
Nick Ractliff
Partner
PCB Byrne

Teaming a creative approach, innovative strategies and ground-breaking solutions, Nick continues to test the legal boundaries – working on some of the largest cases commenced and conducted in the English High Court.

Nick works across a broad range of high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving civil fraud, asset recovery, enforcement, banking litigation, arbitration, insolvency and shareholder claims. He has particular expertise in obtaining freezing, search, and disclosure orders.

Nick is consistently singled out for his work in international fraud and banking litigation, including high-profile cases for CIS banks. His hands-on approach and measured demeanour are welcomed by clients, who turn to Nick as a trusted manager of large-scale litigation.

The directories say:

Nick is recommended for his work in civil fraud, asset recovery, commercial litigation and banking litigation, and is described as ‘dedicated and thorough’ and commended for his ‘hands-on approach’.

Who’s Who Legal

Nick is recognised as a Thought Leader for Asset Recovery in the 2020 edition and is described as ‘a superb asset recovery lawyer’.

Legal 500

The 2021 edition recognises Nick as a Next Generation Partner for Commercial Litigation and describes him as knowing ‘his stuff’, ‘calm and measured’ and an ‘experienced, diligent and able litigator’.

He is identified as a key lawyer for Civil Fraud and Banking Litigation and recognised for his ‘expertise in commercial and civil fraud cases involving freezing, search and disclosure orders’. His role as lead counsel to Russian state liquidator the Deposit Insurance Agency in its pursuit of fraud claims against Georgy Bedzhamov resulting in a High Court order freezing £1.34 billion in assets is highlighted.

Previous editions describe him as ‘highly rated’, ‘incisive and very strong minded’ and ‘a highly effective manager of long-running litigation’.


Nick Ractliff
Nick Ractliff Partner
PCB Byrne

Agenda

Timings:

8th July - All timings are London

9th July - All timings are London

10th July - All timings are London

11.55am
Audience Log on
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Anthony Riem - Senior Partner - PCB Byrne
12.05pm
Current issues and trends in Russia/FSU/CEE litigation: Setting the scene
Speakers:
Justinas Jarusevicius - Partner - Motieka Audzevicius (Lithuania)
Martina Prpic - Founding Partner - Kovačević, Prpić, Simeunović (Croatia)
Ays Lidzhanova - Senior Associate - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Russia)
Stephanie Balsys - Managing Associate - Mishcon de Reya
Metodi Baykushev - Head of Dispute Resolution - Dimitrov, Petrov & Co (Bulgaria)
12.45pm
Assembling and funding the A Team: Who is often involved in asset recovery litigation and how do you fund it?

Identifying the different professionals involved and how to capitalize on their expertise

Speakers:
Tomas Vail - Founder & Principal - Vail Dispute Resolution
Nataša Lalatović Đorđević - Partner - Schoenherr (Serbia)
Aliaksandr Danilevich - Attorney at Law - Danilevich Arbitration & Litigation (Belarus)
1.25pm
Panel Session Q&A
1.45pm
Chair's Summation & Networking
Speakers:
Anthony Riem - Senior Partner - PCB Byrne
2.45pm
Close of Event
11.55am
Audience Log on
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Mike Leeds - Partner - Grant Thornton
12.05pm
Unlocking the insolvency toolbox: Key litigation advantage or opening a can of worms?
Speakers:
Anton Molchanov - Counsel, Bankruptcy Trustee - Arzinger (Ukraine)
Tamta Ivanishvili - Partner - BLC Law Office (Georgia)
Andras Laszlo - Attorney at Law - LFB Law (Hungary)
Octavian Popescu - Partner - Popescu & Asociatii (Romania)
James Popperwell - Partner - Macfarlanes
12.45pm
Case Study: Russian Cross-Border Bankruptcy of Andrey Chernyakov
Speakers:
Mike Leeds - Partner - Grant Thornton
Nick Ractliff - Partner - PCB Byrne
Laura Ortali - Partner - Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli Partners (Italy)
1.25pm
Panel Session Q&A
1.45pm
Chair's Summation & Networking
2.45pm
Close of Event
11.55am
Audience Log on
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Rick Brown - Partner - HFW
12.05pm
Asset Recovery involving Divorce Proceedings
Speakers:
Hannes Arnold - Senior Partner - Gasser Partner (Liechtenstein)
Hannah Davie - Partner - Grant Thornton
Abby Buckland - Partner - Kingsley Napley
12.45pm
Show me the money! Are offshore jurisdictions just a hiding place for ill-gotten money or the vanguards of the industry?
Speakers:
Laurence Ponty - Partner - Archipel (Switzerland)
Phillip Kite - Partner - Harneys (BVI)
Marina Hadjisoteriou - Partner - Michael Kyprianou – Advocates & legal Consultants (Cyprus)
Andrey Ryabinin - Partner - Delcredere (Russia)
1.25pm
Panel Session Q&A
1.45pm
Chair's Summation & Networking
Speakers:
Rick Brown - Partner - HFW
2.45pm
Close of Event

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