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FIRE Starters Global Summit: Dublin

The Next Gen of Asset Recovery are headed to Dublin 
23rd - 25th February 2022, Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

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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

FIRE Starters Advisory Board

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
Emma Ruane
Of Counsel
Peters & Peters

Emma has extensive expertise in civil fraud litigation, in particular obtaining and defending worldwide freezing injunctions. As a result of her work on behalf of the Department of Health, Emma has experience in litigating private damages actions in competition cases alleging abuse of dominant position and entry into anti-competitive arrangements. In the competition litigation practice area, Legal 500 described Emma as “very sharp”.

Emma’s work often involves cross-border or international elements: amongst other things Emma was part of the team that defended the former CEO of what was Nigeria’s fourth largest bank, conducting 2 weeks of the trial of the claim in Lagos. Emma has also assisted in the taking of evidence from witnesses in Nigeria, made representations on behalf of clients at the United Nations In New York and drafted evidence in support of an anti-suit injunction seeking to prevent the continuation of a claim filed in Israel.


Emma Ruane
Emma Ruane Of Counsel
Peters & Peters
Benoit Mauron
Counsel
LALIVE

Benoit Mauron
Benoit Mauron Counsel
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)

International FIRE Starters speaking 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
Counsel
Archipel (Switzerland)

Laurence Ponty
Laurence Ponty Counsel
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)
Jane Fedotova
Associate
Conyers (BVI)

Jane Fedotova
Jane Fedotova Associate
Conyers (BVI)
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)
Antonia Mottironi
Lawyer
Independent Swiss Lawyer

Antonia Mottironi
Antonia Mottironi Lawyer
Independent Swiss Lawyer
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)
Gabe Bluestone
Lawyer
Bluestone International (USA)

Gabe Bluestone focuses his practice on commercial litigation, judgment/award enforcement, and asset recovery, as well as resolving related business and real estate disputes.

Gabe regularly litigates all phases of commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country, and frequently represents clients before a variety of arbitral bodies around the world.

Clients call on Gabe to litigate complicated issues, master difficult facts, and pursue all available avenues to succeed, often involving sensitive contractual and business issues. These disputes often encompass multiple jurisdictions and several potential parties and claims, presenting potentially complex questions.

Recent litigation successes include a favorable eve-of-trial settlement in the prosecution of a guarantor who defaulted on a $50 million real estate-related credit line and embarked on a sophisticated effort to continue operations via newly created entities. Gabe led the team exposing the scheme, seized accounts, and brought suit against a successor business, participating investors, and various co-conspirators. Gabe also represented a leading mid-Atlantic property owner with a judgment against a former retail tenant anchoring a large shopping center, and successfully won a summary judgment motion voiding over $1.1 million in fraudulent transfers made by the former tenant to its insider affiliate supplier.


Gabe Bluestone
Gabe Bluestone Lawyer
Bluestone International (USA)
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)
Alexander Pisemskiy
Executive Director & Partner
CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)

Alexander Pisemskiy
Alexander Pisemskiy Executive Director & Partner
CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)
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)
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)
Zachary Bluestone
Lawyer
Bluestone International (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 International (USA)
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
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

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