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FIRE Starters Global Summit: Dublin

The Next Gen of Asset Recovery are headed to Dublin 
22nd - 24th February 2023, Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

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FIRE Starters Advisory Board 2023

Caroline Greenwell
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Caroline acts for corporate and individual clients in relation to a variety of disputes involving breaches of contract and misrepresentations, civil fraud and asset tracing, allegations of bribery and corruption, regulatory and health & safety breaches, breaches of restrictive covenants, and Judicial Review Caroline has experience of litigating through the Courts domestically and internationally.

She is also, however, experienced in resolving disputes through arbitration, mediation and other alternative means of resolution. Caroline is currently part of the team defending a multi-billion dollar fraud claim in the Cayman Islands.


Caroline Greenwell
Caroline Greenwell Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Sam Ouriach
Associate Director
Grant Thornton

Sam Ouriach
Sam Ouriach Associate Director
Grant Thornton
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
Sam Goodman
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Sam Goodman
Sam Goodman Barrister
Twenty Essex
Joana Rego
Partner
Raedas

Joana Rego
Joana Rego Partner
Raedas
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)
Amy Harvey
Partner
Ontier LLP

Amy Harvey
Amy Harvey Partner
Ontier LLP

2022 Keynotes

Jonathan Taylor
'Whistleblower'
SBM Offshore

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor 'Whistleblower'
SBM Offshore
Clare Rewcastle Brown
Editor
Sarawak Report

Clare Rewcastle Brown
Clare Rewcastle Brown Editor
Sarawak Report

2022 International FIRE Starters Speakers Include:

Dr. Elvan Sevi Bozoğlu
Partner
Bozoğlu Izgi (Turkey)

Dr. Elvan Sevi Bozoğlu
Dr. Elvan Sevi Bozoğlu Partner
Bozoğlu Izgi (Turkey)
Bobby Banson Esq
Lead Consultant
Robert Smith Law Group (Ghana)

Bobby Banson Esq
Bobby Banson Esq Lead Consultant
Robert Smith Law Group (Ghana)
Eva Mukami
Associate
Oraro & Company Advocates (Kenya)

Eva is an Associate in the Litigation Department and specialises in Arbitration & Mediation and Dispute Resolution.

She has advised local and international clients from various target sectors such as energy, oil, manufacturing and financial services in arbitration & mediation, constitutional law, land disputes, debt recovery, banking & commercial litigation, and insolvency matters.

Eva recently advised a bank on enforcement of third party securities under the Insolvency Act, 2015 as well as advising an oil company on its prospective claim against the National Land Commission for denial of fair administrative action under the Constitution in its compulsory acquisition of the oil company’s land.

Eva has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.


Eva Mukami
Eva Mukami Associate
Oraro & Company Advocates (Kenya)
Marlyn Narkis
Attorney-at-Law
MDU Legal (Panama)

Marlyn Narkis
Marlyn Narkis Attorney-at-Law
MDU Legal (Panama)
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)
Sonja Maeder Morvant
Partner
Reiser Avocats (Switzerland)

Sonja Maeder Morvant is specialised in business crime, international mutual assistance in criminal matters, assets recovery and internal investigations.

She assists individuals and businesses as part of complex transnational proceedings, in particular in cases involving corruption, breach of fiduciary duties, money laundering and cybercrime. She also coordinates and litigates transnational asset recovery proceedings for her clients. She further has extensiv experience  in international criminal assistance, having had the opportunity to assist companies, individuals, as well as States in this field. She advises clients both on legal aspects and litigation strategy.


Sonja Maeder Morvant
Sonja Maeder Morvant Partner
Reiser Avocats (Switzerland)
Yan Kalish
Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)

Yan Kalish
Yan Kalish Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)
Joanna Bogdańska
Attorney at law, Partner
KW Kruk & Partners (Poland)

She provides comprehensive legal advice and represents clients in the field of broadly understood economic crime, corruption and fraud leading to exposing business entities to losses.

Participates in conducting audits, including due diligence of business partners, individual transactions and adopted procedures and solutions in terms of compliance thereof with the law.

She provides comprehensive legal advice in the field of customs law and customs procedures. Advises entrepreneurs on the transit, import and export of goods from/to Poland and European Union countries, as well as the classification of goods. Supports clients during customs control. Represent clients in proceedings before administrative courts, providing legal support at every stage of the customs proceedings.

Specializes in transaction advisory, with particular focus on mergers and acquisitions. Advises in complex restructuring projects of companies, including mergers, transformations and divisions.

Provides appropriate support and represents clients during business negotiations leading to the conclusion of a contract.

Author of numerous publications in the trade press.

Speaker at numerous trainings and conferences.

Graduated Law and Postgraduate Studies of Public Procurement at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.

She is fluent in English and Russian.


Joanna Bogdańska
Joanna Bogdańska Attorney at law, Partner
KW Kruk & Partners (Poland)
Howard A. Fischer
Partner
Moses & Singer (USA)

Howard Fischer has extensive experience in trying complex financial disputes. 

As a former Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), he was entrusted with some of the most sophisticated and noteworthy cases that the federal government prosecuted in the last decade. During his nine year tenure at the SEC, he earned multiple awards for exemplary service and served as first chair for numerous trials. This included acting as lead counsel in the litigation against Wing Chau and Harding Advisory LLC - relating to CDO asset selection in the run-up to the financial crisis - resulting in a major conviction against one of the characters lampooned in the film “The Big Short.”  Howard was also the lead trial counsel in the prosecution of Kareem Serageldin, another figure referenced in “The Big Short”, involving the mismarking of certain mortgage-backed assets, by Credit Suisse, in the wake of the financial crisis.

Howard also led the SEC litigation involving the infamous London Whale, arising from JPMorgan Chase traders incurring multi-billion dollar losses in its credit derivatives book.  This case involved many years of discovery on several continents, including several multi-week depositions.


Howard A. Fischer
Howard A. Fischer Partner
Moses & Singer (USA)
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)
Laurence Ponty
Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)

Laurence Ponty
Laurence Ponty Partner
Archipel (Switzerland)
Jeremy Bressman
Lawyer
Kobre & Kim (Israel)

Jeremy Bressman focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, cross-border investigations, and parallel complex civil litigation. He represents Middle East-based corporate clients and individuals facing criminal allegations and enforcement proceedings, often conducted by multiple U.S. government agencies including, among others, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Bressman practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where he was a member of the litigation team. Earlier in his career, he clerked for the Honorable Nancy F. Atlas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


Jeremy Bressman
Jeremy Bressman Lawyer
Kobre & Kim (Israel)
Antonia Mottironi
Lawyer
Ardenter Law

Antonia Mottironi
Antonia Mottironi Lawyer
Ardenter Law
Christopher Pease
Partner
Harneys (BVI)

Chris is a partner in our Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team in the BVI. He has experience in all the types of disputes work that frequently arises in the BVI including fraud and bribery claims, disputes relating to the ownership and management of companies, minority shareholder claims, and insolvency and restructuring cases.

Chris has a particular specialism for fraud and asset recovery cases. The majority of his work entails applying for and opposing applications for interim relief, particularly injunctive relief and third-party disclosure orders. He also advises on insolvency cases, often where insolvency practitioners seek to bring actions to recover assets that have been misappropriated by former management. In addition, Chris has advised on a number of restructurings, including one of the first instances in the BVI involving the appointment of “light touch” provisional liquidators.


Christopher Pease
Christopher Pease Partner
Harneys (BVI)
Merijn Moeliker
Lawyer
Florent (The Netherlands)

Admitted to the Dutch bar in 2014, Merijn specialises in insolvency law and dispute resolution. He advises and litigates in the fields of insolvency law, restructurings, security interests, commercial contracts and (directors’) liability. Furthermore he regularly advises both lenders and borrowers in (re)financing transactions. He is regularly appointed by the court as receiver in bankruptcies.


Merijn Moeliker
Merijn Moeliker Lawyer
Florent (The Netherlands)
Dominik Milani
Doctorate in law, Lawyer
NSF (Switzerland)

Dr Dominik Milani’s main practice areas are civil procedure, debt collection and bankruptcy law, labour law and commercial and contract law. 

Dr Dominik Milani acts in an advisory capacity and represents his clients before all authorities. 

He is a lecturer in the fields of labour and civil procedure law at FFHS (the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences). 

Dr Dominik Milani is the author and publisher of a commentary on bankruptcy law. Dr Dominik Milani regularly publishes in his practice areas. 

Dr Dominik Milani provides advice in German and English. 

Lastly, Dr Dominik Milani holds directorships in a variety of sectors.


Dominik Milani
Dominik Milani Doctorate in law, Lawyer
NSF (Switzerland)
Thom Dieben
Partner
Jahae Raymakers (The Netherlands)

Thom was admitted to the bar in 2010. He has been a partner at JahaeRaymakers since 2017.

Thom focused his practice on cases at the intersection of criminal law, international public law and European law. These are often cross border criminal cases. He regularly works in teams with other lawyers in other types of cases such as civil cases and administrative (fine) proceedings. Usually on the foreground but not seldomly also on the background, for example as a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ due to his specialist knowledge. Thom’s clients are companies, (local) governments, directors and members of supervisory boards, both from the Netherlands and abroad.


Thom Dieben
Thom Dieben Partner
Jahae Raymakers (The Netherlands)
Luca Gavini
Associate
Duarte Forssell (Brazil)

Luca Gavini is experienced both in civil litigation and cross-border asset recovery strategies. He has advised foreign liquidators and financial institutions in identifying and recovering assets located in Brazil and diverted to offshore structures. Luca is a member of AIJA and a certified practitioner by the Board of INSOL International.


Luca Gavini
Luca Gavini Associate
Duarte Forssell (Brazil)
Christina Preiner
Senior Associate
Gasser Partners (Liechtenstein)

ADMITTED

Liechtenstein (2021)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Corporate law, Civil law

Financial markets law and regulation

Banking and Insurance law

Asset management and Investment funds

LANGUAGES

German, English


Christina Preiner
Christina Preiner Senior Associate
Gasser Partners (Liechtenstein)
Dienke Herman de Groot
Senior Case Intelligence Manager
Omni Bridgeway (The Netherlands)

Dienke Herman de Groot is responsible for coordinating the asset tracing activities of Omni Bridgeway.

Dienke focuses on international asset identification activities and furthermore contributes litigation, arbitration and enforcement intelligence to Omni Bridgeway’s case assessment and enforcement teams. With 15 years of experience at Omni Bridgeway, she has successfully managed and contributed to the asset identification and asset enforcement strategies for high-value (sovereign) judgments, awards and claims in all continents. She has also been involved in international fraud investigations coordinated and/or assessed by Omni Bridgeway.


Dienke Herman de Groot
Dienke Herman de Groot Senior Case Intelligence Manager
Omni Bridgeway (The Netherlands)
Alexander Pisemskiy
Executive Director & Partner
CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)

Alexander Pisemskiy
Alexander Pisemskiy Executive Director & Partner
CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)
Molly Sandquest
Senior Manager
FRP

Molly joined FRP in 2016 and is a Senior Manager in our Forensic Services team based in London. Having started her career in external audit before specialising in forensic accounting and investigations, she now has wide-ranging expertise in providing forensic accounting investigation and advisory services.

Since joining FRP, Molly has led forensic investigations into allegations of fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and director misfeasance. She has experience of asset tracing in criminal, civil and family matters, involving complex investigations to trace undisclosed or misappropriated assets, working closely with corporate intelligence services and solicitors.

Her experience also includes preparing advisory reports regarding loss of profits, misrepresentation and business interruption and she regularly supports the accounting expert on disputes relating to allegations of breach of contract, sale and purchase agreement disputes, including preparation of quantum of loss calculations.

Molly works across a multitude of industries including financial services, leisure and hospitality, and retail.


Molly Sandquest
Molly Sandquest Senior Manager
FRP
Simon Hurry
Group Partner
Collas Crill (Jersey)

Simon is a group partner in our dispute resolution practice in Jersey and leads our contentious insolvency and restructuring department.

Simon is a Jersey advocate and specialises in high value commercial and trust litigation, enforcement and asset tracing and cross-border insolvency matters. He is able to draw on multi-jurisdictional litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience having spent a number of years in our Cayman Islands office.


Simon Hurry
Simon Hurry Group Partner
Collas Crill (Jersey)
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
Laura Dymott
Senior Manager
FRP

Laura is a Senior Manager in FRP’s disputes and investigation services group with extensive experience across a variety of litigation and contentious insolvency matters.

As a chartered accountant (ACA), she regularly provides accounting expertise on complex insolvency investigations bringing claims in respect of professional negligence, director disqualification proceedings, breach of duty and wrongful trading actions. Laura often manages large and complex document reviews and disclosure for litigation, particularly under the pilot scheme, working alongside FRP’s in-house forensic technology team


Laura Dymott
Laura Dymott Senior Manager
FRP
Robert Kovacs
Special Counsel
Withers

Robert is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.

Dr Robert Kovacs specialises in public international law, international arbitration and business and human rights. He has represented individuals, companies, States, and State-owned entities in international disputes across a range of sectors, including energy, mining, construction, banking, mergers and acquisitions, sport, property and technology. He has a focus on Europe, Asia-Pacific and MENA.

Robert holds a PhD in international law, is the former Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and is a senior fellow at the Melbourne University Law School.


Robert Kovacs
Robert Kovacs Special Counsel
Withers
Matthew Brown
Counsel
Conyers (BVI)

Matthew Brown is Counsel in the Litigation & Restructuring Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. Matthew has a broad practice covering all contentious aspects of commercial, trusts and insolvency law.

Between 2012 and 2017, Matthew was a commercial chancery barrister in England and Wales, practising from a nationally-renowned set of chambers in London and Bristol. His practice included commercial, trusts and insolvency work. He was ranked in legal directories as an up and coming leading junior, where he was described as ‘clever and diligent’, and somebody who ‘sees the bigger picture’ and is ‘good with clients’.

Since joining Conyers in 2017 Matthew has been involved in some of the jurisdiction’s leading cases, and has appeared in a number of cases in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He has been ranked in several legal directories (in both private client & trust and dispute resolution), and is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’.


Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown Counsel
Conyers (BVI)
Belinda McRae
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Belinda has developed an impressive and diverse commercial practice. She has a particular specialisation in private international law, public international law and international arbitration.

Belinda has appeared in the UK Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and county courts. She has also appeared, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel, in international arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules, seated in London, Paris, New York, Lausanne, Geneva, Kuala Lumpur, The Hague and Cairo. Belinda has been appointed as an arbitrator on a three-person London-seated tribunal.

She has developed an expertise in Brexit-related matters, particularly in relation to its private and public international law implications. Belinda was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Legal Directorate from 2016 to 2017, where she worked on Brexit-related international and domestic law issues, including the Miller litigation. She has also advised the Brexit Law Committee.

Before coming to the Bar, Belinda amassed a wealth of international legal experience. She was an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris, where she specialised in international arbitration and public international law. Belinda has also worked in international courts and tribunals in Cambodia, Tanzania and Australia, including as an associate to the Hon. Justice Dyson Heydon AC, at Australia’s highest court.


Belinda McRae
Belinda McRae Barrister
Twenty Essex
Matt Peover
Comedy
Writer & Director

Matt has directed and written comedy for 10 years, and worked in theatre for 20 years directing and teaching acting. He has worked with many of the best up and coming comics creating shows for Edinburgh and London, and now is developing and shooting comedy projects for the screen.

www.mattpeover.co.uk


Matt Peover
Matt Peover Comedy
Writer & Director
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
David Hinrichsen
Director
FRP

David is a director and insolvency appointment taker in FRP’s disputes and investigation services group.  He has extensive experience in contentious insolvency matters, litigation and asset recovery.  David has worked across a wide variety of subjects and industries, ranging from specialist insolvency claims to general commercial matters and competition cases, which emanate from all types of corporate and personal insolvency scenarios.  David is a licensed insolvency practitioner, chartered certified accountant (FCCA) and a former solicitor.


David Hinrichsen
David Hinrichsen Director
FRP
Elizabeth Meade
Senior Associate
Cooke, Young & Keidan

Elizabeth Meade is a Senior Associate at Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP. She has developed a particular expertise in civil fraud disputes. She has experience in obtaining all manner of urgent injunctive relief, including freezing orders, disclosure orders, passport orders, search orders and prohibitory injunctions. She has a particular interest in cybercrime including ransomware. Elizabeth also represents clients in the tracing of stolen crypto assets, and regularly advises crypto exchanges on regulatory issues.

Prior to moving to the UK, Elizabeth gained experience in New Zealand the insolvency, recoveries and enforcement area, representing both insolvency practitioners and major government clients. Elizabeth also worked as a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand, conducting jury trials and other criminal hearings as Counsel. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Otago with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology. She holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Elizabeth Meade
Elizabeth Meade Senior Associate
Cooke, Young & Keidan
Gemma Freeman
Counsel
Dentons Ireland LLP

Gemma is a member of the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency practice in Dentons Ireland LLP.

She specializes in insolvency, corporate recovery related litigation, property and shareholder disputes.

Gemma has advised private equity firms, insolvency practitioners, company directors, stakeholders, liquidators and other fiduciaries on both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has acted for both financial institutions and unsecured creditors of companies in financial distress and insolvency practitioners in a variety of formal insolvency processes, including compulsory and voluntary liquidations, receiverships, bankruptcy and examinerships. She has acted for the court appointed receivers over the assets of a high profile Irish family who were the subject of worldwide freezing orders obtained by one of Ireland's major banks and court appointed inspectors in the context of a high profile factious directorship dispute.  

Gemma has appeared as counsel in numerous valuation / fair value shareholder disputes arising out of the privatisation of NASDAQ/NYSE/LSE listed Chinese and Russian businesses many of which involved seeking and obtaining injunctive relief.  She has significant court and advocacy experience having appeared as co-counsel before the Privy Council and advocated before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, Grand Court and the Irish High Court.  Gemma is a CEDR accredited mediator and is on the board of IWIRC's European Steering Committee.


Gemma Freeman
Gemma Freeman Counsel
Dentons Ireland LLP
Mark Biggs
CEO
Eminent Crisis Management Group Limited

Mark is a retired detective where he spent the majority of his career investigating individuals and groups involved in serious and organised crime.

Initially forming the business in January 2011, it has now grown and regularly supports clients across the world. Mark and the wider Eminent team manage a variety of case work including allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption, asset tracing and due diligence matters. A subsidiary of the group is also a preferred supplier to the United Kingdom Government, where they assist with a variety of bespoke projects


Mark Biggs
Mark Biggs CEO
Eminent Crisis Management Group Limited
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
Syedur Rahman
Partner
Rahman Ravelli

Syedur Rahman
Syedur Rahman Partner
Rahman Ravelli
Prashan Patel
Director
Grant Thornton

I am a director in our insolvency and asset recovery team dealing with contentious assignments. I specialise in global asset tracing, recovery, and enforcement, where I use insolvency and civil procedures as powerful tools to recover hidden and misappropriated assets to maximise financial recoveries for stakeholders.

My work typically involves multiple onshore/offshore insolvency appointments – liquidations, bankruptcies, and receiverships – where I coordinate enforcement and asset recovery strategy across multiple jurisdictions, including India, the Middle East, the UK, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Offshore Financial Centres, and the US.

I have extensive experience working with Indian and Middle Eastern financial institutions, corporates, and lawyers, in enforcing non-performing loans, judgments, and arbitration awards. I often act on a contingent basis where I share the costs and rewards of recovery.

I have recently been working with Grant Thornton India to help grow and develop its asset recovery and insolvency business in light of recent legislative changes in India. The recovery of assets related to Indian fraud or bad debts outside of the jurisdiction is a particular interest and focus.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time outdoors.


Prashan Patel
Prashan Patel Director
Grant Thornton
Matthew McGhee
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Matthew McGhee
Matthew McGhee Barrister
Twenty Essex
Tristan Yelland
Associate Director
Grant Thornton

I am an associate director in our forensic and investigations practice. I first joined the firm in 2008 and have been helping companies investigate fraud, asset misappropriation, bribery and corruption since 2012. I have worked with a wide range of clients but have particular experience of working with clients in the financial industry and large corporates, often in an insolvent or distressed context.

From 2017 to 2019 I worked at a restructuring firm in the Cayman Islands, where I played a key role in developing its forensic offering.


Tristan Yelland
Tristan Yelland Associate Director
Grant Thornton
Nicolae Reutoi
Senior Associate
Alaco

Nicolae’s work includes complex litigation support projects, asset recovery assignments as well as strategic investigations focused on understanding decision-making at different levels of state administration.  He assists commercial and sovereign clients at various stages of disputes, from initial strategy to enforcement.  Nicolae’s primary focus is the FSU (mainly Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Moldova).  He has also managed projects in Africa and Central & Eastern Europe.


Nicolae Reutoi
Nicolae Reutoi Senior Associate
Alaco
Nathan Capone
Director
Fieldfisher

I am ranked as a 'Rising Star' for Civil Fraud in the Legal 500, where I've been described by clients as a "really dynamic, skilful litigator" and "a superstar in the making" who is "dedicated to providing an excellent client service, obtaining great results against the odds".


I was recently the lead associate in the case of AA v The Family Officer Limited in which I acted for a high-net worth individual to recover monies following a €15 million push payment fraud. The case spanned multiple jurisdictions and utilised 'Persons Unknown' freezing injunctions in the English High Court as well as evidence of mobile phone triangulation and spoofed emails. This case was a rare example of a fraud claim succeeding at the summary judgment stage.


I have conducted a number of internal investigations for large multinational corporate bodies involving fraud, corruption and bribery. My investigation work often overlaps with claims for breach of confidence resulting from the theft and use of confidential business information.


Nathan Capone
Nathan Capone Director
Fieldfisher
Tobias Vollmer
Director
Raedas

Tobias has ten years’ on-the-ground experience in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia and spent several years providing analytical support in multijurisdictional investigations, asset tracing as well as complex corporate and stakeholder mapping exercises.

Owing to regional exposure through academia, the public sector and business intelligence, he draws on a wide network of contacts in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He is particularly well-versed in the informal politics and the political dynamics of the business environments in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Recent casework includes cross-border asset tracing of a multinational agriculture holding company on behalf of a Swiss bank, investigations into money-laundering claims against a Central Asian businessman and evidence gathering to support allegations of a politically motivated extradition request.

Before joining Raedas, he spent three years at a London-based consulting firm focusing on macropolitical risk assessments and investigations, including asset tracing, fraud and money-laundering in the hydrocarbon, mining, agriculture and financial services sectors in Russia, the CIS and Central Europe.

Prior to his career in business intelligence, Tobias worked in the governance, conflict monitoring and not-for-profit sectors in Germany, Russia and Central Asia, including for the International Crisis Group in Kyrgyzstan.


Tobias Vollmer
Tobias Vollmer Director
Raedas
Ryan Ferro
Barrister
3VB

Ryan is a commercial barrister with a broad practice in commercial litigation and international arbitration, including in civil fraud and asset recovery, banking and finance, insolvency and bankruptcy, and professional negligence.

He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court (Commercial Court and Chancery Division), is instructed in complex, high-value litigation (including offshore) and arbitration proceedings, and appears in the County Court in commercial, retail banking and consumer disputes.

Before coming to the Bar, Ryan worked in Shell’s Global Litigation Team.  Ryan gained extensive experience in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration under the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, LMAA and SIAC rules.  He worked independently and as part of a team advising Shell entities on a range of matters including commercial contracts, tax, construction, JOA disputes, bilateral investment treaty claims and general commercial disputes in various upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. 


Ryan Ferro
Ryan Ferro Barrister
3VB

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