FIRE Starters Global Summit: Dublin

This Next Gen event brings together the rising stars of Asset Recovery, Fraud & Insolvency to forge networks, discuss experiences and build their own personal brand, at an affordable price
26th - 28th February 2025, Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

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2025 International FIRE Starters Speakers Include:

Hannah Blecha
Partner
Schwärzler Attorneys at Law (Liechtenstein)

Hannah Blecha is a Partner at Schwärzler Attorneys at Law, practicing in Liechtenstein.

Having represented parties in numerous cases, Hannah has particular expertise in trust litigation, asset tracing and asset recovery, white collar crime and international sanctions.  Additionally, Hannah has significant experience in data protection law.

Hannah holds a PhD and is a lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein where she teaches courses in sanctions law and trust litigation.


Hannah Blecha
Hannah Blecha Partner
Schwärzler Attorneys at Law (Liechtenstein)
Stéphane Bonifassi
Lawyer
Bonifassi Avocats (France)

Stéphane Bonifassi’s litigation practice, both commercial and white-collar criminal, has an international focus on complex business crimes involving fraud, corruption, money laundering and asset recovery. Often, required to effectuate mutual legal assistance and cross-border discovery.

 

Bonifassi regularly represents victims of, as well as those accused of, business crimes (fraud, breach of trust, misuse of corporate assets, corruption, money laundering, etc.) and has expertise in the French law concerning procedures to obtain information concerning the debtor's assets during the pre-trial and trial phase. Bonifassi also has expertise in the field of confiscation and forfeiture, freezing orders, attachments and similar measures mostly involving international parties and raising issues such as, among others, transnational enforcement of judgments, arbitral awards and piercing the corporate veil. He is also active in the field of sanctions.

 

He is one of three co-founders of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of experienced public and private litigation professionals and distinguished academics working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases.


Stéphane Bonifassi
Stéphane Bonifassi Lawyer
Bonifassi Avocats (France)
Laurence Clarke
Senior Associate
Kingsley Napley

Laurence is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution Team.  He has broad experience as a general commercial litigator with a focus on complex large scale civil fraud and financial disputes.  He often works as part of a team of global professional advisors on matters with multi-jurisdictional elements.

Laurence has also worked on contractual and Intellectual Property disputes, acting for both claimants and defendants. He also has experience of acting for clients in relation to Search Orders, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and Delivery-Up Orders.


Laurence Clarke
Laurence Clarke Senior Associate
Kingsley Napley
Josephine Chee
Partner
Rajah & Tann (Singapore)

Josephine has been involved in a broad range of disputes and advisory work, focusing on white collar financial crimes, investigations work and regulatory offences.

Josephine has been recognised as a Next Generation Partner for White Collar Crime by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2024). Clients lauded that she “has the capacity to grasp complex transactions and evaluate these in light of the law”, “is good at drawing a line between a crime and commercial dispute” and “very capable and quick to react”. She was also identified as one of Asia’s Super 50 Disputes Lawyers by Asian Legal Business (ALB) (2022).

Josephine regularly advises and acts for both individuals and corporations in complex criminal matters involving securities fraud such as market manipulation and insider trading, major financial and compliance offences and corporate breaches under the Companies Act. Her portfolio also encompasses advising financial institutions and corporations on enforcement proceedings initiated by regulatory bodies including the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Singapore Exchange and the Ministry of Manpower.

In recent times, she has been involved in several landmark decisions that have shaped Singapore’s legal landscape. These include offences involving proceeds of crime under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking & Other Serious Crimes Act, offences under the Casino Control Act, and market manipulation offences under the Securities and Futures Act.


Josephine Chee
Josephine Chee Partner
Rajah & Tann (Singapore)
Ian De Witt
Partner
Tanner De Witt (Hong Kong)

Ian De Witt, a partner and founder of Tanner De Witt, one of Hong Kong’s largest and most renowned independent law firms, boasts an impressive legal career spanning three decades. His focus includes cross-border commercial litigation, insolvency, and restructuring matters. As co-head of the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice, his involvement in major restructurings and insolvencies across the region and the development of the law in Hong Kong in many areas has positioned him as a leading disputes lawyer and a prominent figure in the legal field. Notably, Who’s Who Legal recognizes him as an Elite Thought Leader and a standout professional in the Hong Kong market. His reputation as a top-tier lawyer is well-established, with consistent recognition from legal publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific. Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Benchmark Litigation, IFLR and GRR.

Ian serves as a trusted advisor to distressed companies and individuals, leveraging a robust network of professionals both locally and abroad, including offshore jurisdictions. He advises a diverse clientele, including officeholders, shareholders, multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and listed companies. Beyond insolvency matters, Ian handles a wide array of commercial and contractual disputes, including partnership and shareholder conflicts. His practice also encompasses high-value fraud cases, debt recovery, asset tracing, and judgment enforcement. Ian’s extensive experience also extends to investigations, regulatory matters, and prosecutions conducted by authorities such as the Police, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB), and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Ian recently penned the Hong Kong chapter of the commercial litigation & cross border enforcement law guide.


Ian De Witt
Ian De Witt Partner
Tanner De Witt (Hong Kong)
Catherine Eason
Partner
PCB Byrne

Catherine is an experienced civil litigator, working on high profile multi-jurisdiction asset recovery and fraud cases. She is also experienced working on enforcement proceedings and commercial contract claims.  Catherine’s clients include listed companies, nation states, as well as high-net worth individuals.  She also has experience obtaining urgent injunctive relief, such as freezing and search orders, as well as applications for strike out and summary judgment. 


Catherine Eason
Catherine Eason Partner
PCB Byrne
Andreas Erotocritou
Partner
A.G. Erotocritou LLC (Cyprus)

Andreas’ practice focuses on cross border litigation. He specialises in various fields of commercial and corporate litigation and regularly appears before the district courts and Supreme Court in Cyprus representing prominent local and international clients, mostly in complex disputes with an international dimension. Andreas has vast experience in corporate fraud and asset recovery, shareholders’ disputes, recognition and enforcement proceedings as well as in corporate insolvency and restructuring. He also has significant expertise in obtaining and defending interim injunctive relief in support of proceedings in Cyprus and elsewhere.

Andreas is consistently ranked and recognised as a leading practitioner in the dispute resolution arena by the leading international directories such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. Andreas has been described as one who “fulfils all the clients’ needs in a competent and professional manner”, as a lawyer who was “perfect and performed beyond expectations”, “dynamic & methodical”, “accurate in the execution of his work”, “a strategic thinker” and having “great commercial awareness”.

Andreas is a fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators and as of 2023, an officer of the Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Andreas is a Barrister of the Middle Temple, and a member of, amongst others, the Cyprus Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. Andreas has authored numerous articles for publications on various topics relating to international cross-border litigation and arbitration and is a lecturer at the law department of Frederick University in Cyprus. In the past, Andreas has worked for Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in London.


Andreas Erotocritou
Andreas Erotocritou Partner
A.G. Erotocritou LLC (Cyprus)
Beatriz Faneca
Partner
Faneca Advogados (Brazil)

Faneca Advogados in São Paulo/Brazil.

Brazilian Lawyer specialized in Asset Tracing and Recovery with over 10 years of experience in the field, acting on behalf of creditors rights on the major Insolvency cases where fraud has been identified in Brazil.

Professor for several institutes on the Cross-border Insolvency regulations.

Co-founder of the fist Network in Latin America for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S INSOLVENCY & RESTRUCTURING CONFEDERATION (IWIRC), served as Chair from 2018/2020 and currently serves as Latin America Regional Director. Appointed as IWIRC´s Rising Star Semi-Finalist in 2020.

Beatriz also seats at IWIRC´s UNCITRAL Committee for WG V in support of the Asset Tracing and Recovery Toolkit in development.

Member of IWIRC and INSOL.


Beatriz Faneca
Beatriz Faneca Partner
Faneca Advogados (Brazil)
Jon Felce
Partner
Cooke, Young & Keidan

Recognised by The Legal 500 as a “rising star” “headed for the very top”, and by Who’s Who Legal as a Global Elite Thought Leader for both Asset Recovery and Commercial Litigation, Jon specialises in high-value, complex international commercial disputes with particular expertise in civil fraud, enforcement and asset recovery (including both commercial and sovereign debt), and he has obtained a number of ground-breaking orders in this regard. Chambers & Partners describes Jon as “incredibly impressive” and “an incredible tactician”, recognising him for his civil fraud work. The Legal 500 has called Jon a “bright young gun with a shrewd mind and a calm approach” and states there is “complete trust and faith in Jon’s advice and his expertise”, recognising him as a leading individual for civil fraud, a next generation partner for banking litigation, and recommending him for premium commercial litigation, international arbitration and commodities disputes. Jon has an international practice with clients including states, financial institutions, corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals and insolvency practitioners, and has acted on a number of complex and high value Russian/CIS cases.


Jon Felce
Jon Felce Partner
Cooke, Young & Keidan
Sam Goodman
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Sam specialises in complex, high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice has a particular focus on civil fraud / asset recovery, technology, energy / environment, banking, company, insolvency, and international trade. He acts as sole counsel (often against KCs) and as part of larger counsel teams.

Sam has experience of substantial litigation before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is regularly instructed (both led and unled) on interim applications such as freezing orders, search orders, prohibitory injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief. He acts in international arbitrations under a variety of rules (LCIA, ICC, SCC, LMAA etc.) as well as in English court proceedings in aid of arbitral proceedings and concerning the enforcement of arbitration award (frequently for, or against, sovereign states). He has a particularly strong civil fraud practice, having acted in several multibillion dollar fraud claims over the last few years.

Sam acted as a co-opted member of the Service Sub-Committee of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and worked on the October 2022 revisions to the gateways for service out of the jurisdiction. He is a founding member of both ‘ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE Starters’ (an industry group for fraud, insolvency and asset recovery practitioners) and ‘CFAAR’ (the first global network for professionals working in the crypto-fraud field), and sits on the editorial committee of the ‘Tech Disputes Network’.


Sam Goodman
Sam Goodman Barrister
Twenty Essex
Caroline Greenwell
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Caroline is a Partner in the commercial disputes and fraud team, who has substantial experience in complex, high profile and multijurisdictional disputes, and financial crime investigations.  The disputes she acts on typically involve breaches of contract and  misrepresentations, tortious / wrongful acts, civil fraud and asset tracing, and / or allegations of bribery and corruption; and regularly involve the need for injunctive relief which she has great experience in obtaining.

Caroline successfully defended John Mason in the recent high profile case of SFO v GPT, Cook & Mason, in which Mr Mason defeated allegations of international bribery and corruption following a 10 year investigation and prosecution. She defended corporate clients in the $9 billion AHAB / SAAD fraud litigation in which she was granted limited admission to the Cayman bar and which featured the Cayman Islands’ longest ever fraud trial. She successfully defended a former employee of a multi-national oil company from high-profile allegations of bribery and corruption in Nigeria before the Milan Court of Appeal. And she brought proceedings on behalf of liquidators of various companies against a bank for fraudulent trading in assisting a VAT carousel fraud in the carbon credit market.

Caroline is also one of the founding members of the network of fraud and asset recovering practitioners, ACROSS Fraud, and is a regular conference speaker and thought leadership author on issues of fraud, asset recovery, bribery and corruption


Caroline Greenwell
Caroline Greenwell Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Justinas Jarusevicius
Partner, Attorney at law
Motieka Audzevicius (Lithuania)

Justinas works as lead counsel in complex cross-border and national commercial litigation and arbitration.

Justinas’ recent experience includes working as a lead counsel for the biggest group of companies within the Baltic States with a yearly turnover of EUR 5 billion in damage litigation. Lithuanian Court of Appeals awarded a record amount in Lithuanian history that exceeds EUR 100 million.

As a sworn member of the New York State Bar and a graduate of Harvard Law School (a unique combination in the Baltic States), Justinas is a respected expert in US-related legal matters.

Justinas successfully develops financial service disputes practice, including regulatory litigation against supervisory body Bank of Lithuania, contractual disputes, damage litigation as well as fraud and asset recovery related disputes.

He recently was appointed to act as lead litigation counsel regarding the improper application of EU sanctions for major Lithuanian holding energy company with subsidiaries in Poland, Latvia and Estonia and major Lithuanian wind electricity producer.

Justinas is officer of Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association. He is recommended by Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal Commercial Litigation and Arbitration as well as is ranked as Global Elite Thought Leader.


Justinas Jarusevicius
Justinas Jarusevicius Partner, Attorney at law
Motieka Audzevicius (Lithuania)
Marek Keiman
Managing Associate
Magnusson (Estonia)

Marek Keiman
Marek Keiman Managing Associate
Magnusson (Estonia)
Sarah Kocks
Attorney-at-law
Kocks & Partners (Belgium)

Sarah Kocks
Sarah Kocks Attorney-at-law
Kocks & Partners (Belgium)
Lionel Leo
Partner
WongPartnership (Singapore)

Lionel Leo
Lionel Leo Partner
WongPartnership (Singapore)
Max Mailliet
Founding Partner
E2M – Etude Max Mailliet (Luxembourg)

Max specialises in international litigation with a focus on fraud and asset tracing, white collar crime, commercial and shareholder litigation as well as employment law. Max is also very active in the area of corporate & transactional work.


Max Mailliet
Max Mailliet Founding Partner
E2M – Etude Max Mailliet (Luxembourg)
Dmytro Marchukov
Partner, Head of Cross-Border Litigation
INTEGRITES (Ukraine)

Dmytro Marchukov is the partner with Integrites in Kyiv, Ukraine, and co-leads the firm’s Cross-Border Litigation and Private Client teams. During his career, Dmytro has represented sovereigns, corporates and private clients in close to every kind of dispute resolution including national and cross-border litigation, transnational insolvency and receivership, asset tracing and recovery, fraud investigation, enforcement of mortgages and pledges (including against shareholdings in Ukrainian companies), contentious inheritance and divorce, commercial and investment arbitration under the major institutional and ad hoc rules, as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judicial and arbitral awards. He has sat as an arbitrator and is instructed on a regular basis as the Ukrainian law expert having acted in such capacity in civil and criminal proceedings in the US, the UK, British Virgin Islands, Monaco, Cyprus and Switzerland, as well as in the arbitration proceedings under the ICSID and LCIA rules.


Dmytro Marchukov
Dmytro Marchukov Partner, Head of Cross-Border Litigation
INTEGRITES (Ukraine)
Benoît Mauron
Partner
LALIVE (Switzerland)

Benoît specialises in litigation, including civil, criminal and regulatory litigation before all Swiss courts and authorities.

He frequently acts in both domestic and cross-border commercial disputes and fraud litigation, typically dealing with both the civil and criminal litigation streams. An important aspect of this is formulating an efficient litigation strategy to maximise respective benefits, also providing external communication support when needed.

As Benoît’s cases usually include an international component, he is used to coordinating actions and proceedings across various multiple jurisdictions, involving several legal teams.

Benoît also has a keen interest in asset recovery and insolvency matters as well as enforcement proceedings. He regularly domesticates foreign judgments, awards and orders, particularly in cross-border insolvency matters. Where required, he also advises on asset protection strategies before, during and after litigation.


Benoît Mauron
Benoît Mauron Partner
LALIVE (Switzerland)
Grant Noble
Director
Grant Thornton

Grant is a Director in the insolvency and asset recovery team, specialising in international asset tracing, recovery and enforcement, often using insolvency as a tool to trace and recover assets.
He has extensive experience in pursuing and recovering assets both onshore and offshore, such as the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Grant has been developing asset recovery strategies and working alongside lawyers to obtain and enforce judgments in the Middle East, India and the BVI


Grant Noble
Grant Noble Director
Grant Thornton
Eleana Poulladou
Associate
Michael Kyprianou & Co (Cyprus)

 

Eleana is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Department of Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC in Limassol.

Her main areas of practice are Asset Recovery, Cross-Border Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and EU Competition Law.

Eleana is recommended as a ‘Rising Star’ for Dispute Resolution in Cyprus in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 and 2024 editions and has also been recognised as a key lawyer in the practice area of EU and Competition. Clients praised her as being ‘highly motivated and fully aware of the laws and the legal system’ and for ‘possessing great analytical skills’.

She has experience in high value, complex fraud and asset recovery litigation and has acted in several cases involving world-wide freezing orders, disclosure orders and other injunctions. She has been involved in a number of cross-border cases of a commercial nature.

She is also involved in cases seeking the recognition of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards in Cyprus.

She is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and a member of the Cyprus Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution as a qualified Arbitrator.

She also contributed in legal journals such as the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review and worked at the UK Government as a Policy Advisor in EU Exit Legislation and more specifically on drafting primary Brexit legislation.

Eleana holds a Law Degree (LLB) with First Class Honours from the University of Southampton and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Competition Law from King’s College London.

 


Eleana Poulladou
Eleana Poulladou Associate
Michael Kyprianou & Co (Cyprus)
Maria Tereza Costa Passarella
Founding Partner
Costa Passarella & Accioly Advogados Associados (Brazil)

Maria Tereza Costa Passarella is a founding partner of Costa Passarella & Accioly Advogados Associados. She is a Brazilian lawyer with 23 years of practice and with experience in the Brazilian’s Superior Courts and Supreme Court. She has been a lawyer for the largest Brazilian public company for 14 years. Maria Tereza is member of Legal Hackers Brasilia, a global movement born in 2012 in New York City, of lawyers, legislators, designers, technologists, and academics that explores and develops creative solutions around different issues that intersect law and technology. She is a Counselor of Casa Thomas Jefferson, a binational American-Brazilian cultural center in Brazil.


Maria Tereza Costa Passarella
Maria Tereza Costa Passarella Founding Partner
Costa Passarella & Accioly Advogados Associados (Brazil)
Aufa Binti Radzi
Partner
Skrine (Malaysia)

Aufa Radzi is a partner at the firm, specializing in litigation and dispute resolution with a focus on breach of contract, tort, and commercial disputes. She possesses extensive experience in handling appeals, judicial reviews, and applications for setting aside and stay orders in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, including proceedings related to arbitration.

Throughout her career, she has advised and represented various multinational corporations, banks, and both local and overseas companies in debt recovery cases, from initial proceedings to execution. Her current practice encompasses banking and finance litigation, restructuring and insolvency, land disputes, commercial litigation, and arbitration.

She spent 4 years in Ankara, Turkey and obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations from Hacettepe University under the Turkish Government scholarship. She speaks Turkish having obtained a C1 Certificate from the School of Foreign Language (TOMER), Hacettepe University, Ankara.


Aufa Binti Radzi
Aufa Binti Radzi Partner
Skrine (Malaysia)
Théo Reljic

France

Théo Reljic
Théo Reljic
France
Marcelo Ribeiro
Partner, White Collar Crime
Lefosse (Brazil)

Coming from the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF), Marcelo has experience in handling complex cases covering various aspects of Corporate Criminal Law, which includes multi-jurisdictional investigations, proceedings related to crimes that occur in the business environment, such as corruption, money laundering, environmental crimes, crimes against the economic and tax orders, financial system and capital markets, among others. Marcelo also develops the activities international cooperation measures and asset recovery. He also has experience in civil disputes, acting before higher courts and regulatory agencies, as partner responsible for Brasília. Throughout his 16 years at the MPF, Marcelo Ribeiro has held several important positions, having been a member of the staff of the General Prosecutor’s Office before the Supreme Court and one of those responsible for the investigation and trial of criminal cases before that Court. He was also a member of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office Money Laundering Group, the Permanent Advisory Committee on Leniency and Collaboration and the Working Group on Cryptoactive Securities.


Marcelo Ribeiro
Marcelo Ribeiro Partner, White Collar Crime
Lefosse (Brazil)
Juliana Sato
Head of Debt Structure
eNor

Juliana graduated in Law and IT Management. She specializes in Distressed Assets and Special Situations, with extensive experience in debt structuring and restructuring, as well as collection and asset tracing. Over the past three years, she has focused on digital assets, particularly in fraud detection and asset recovery. Most recently, as Head of Debt Structure at eNor, she has specialized in structured debts on blockchain (RWA).


Juliana Sato
Juliana Sato Head of Debt Structure
eNor
Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon
Founding Partner
MB Scanlon (USA / Brazil)

Gabriela, the founder of the firm, focuses her practice on government enforcement defense matters, internal corporate investigations and complex cross-border civil litigation, with a focus on Latin America.  She represents clients in all aspects of offensive and defensive litigation matters brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other investigative agencies related to allegations of financial fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Gabriela has also extensive experience with the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards in the U.S., as well as related cross-border asset tracing and recovery.

As a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C. and Brazil, Gabriela is able to efficiently navigate different legal systems and provide clients with innovative legal strategies and techniques.

Before founding the firm, Gabriela practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in São Paulo, where she handled corporate matters, Kobre & Kim in both New York and Washington, D.C., and Paul Hastings in Washington, D.C., where she handled Latin America-focused litigation and government enforcement.


Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon
Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon Founding Partner
MB Scanlon (USA / Brazil)
Jens Stadtmüller
Lawyer and Founder
Stadtmüller Dispute Consulting (Germany)

As the founder of Stadtmüller Dispute Consulting, Jens Stadtmüller specialises in conducting and guiding complex commercial litigation and arbitration. As a lawyer and former partner of various international commercial law firms, he has been representing national and international clients in civil-law disputes, as well as arbitration proceedings, for over fifteen years. Jens Stadtmüller is experienced in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as in- or out-of-court mediation, and also acts as an arbitrator. As a litigation and arbitration specialist, he also regularly assists and advises, behind the scenes, on current and impending lawsuits.

The focus of Jens Stadtmüller’s work is on the areas of commercial and contract law, corporate law, liability and insurance law as well as banking and capital markets law.

Jens Stadtmüller conducts and guides lawsuits between shareholders, including measures of interim relief, as well as shareholder actions for an annulment of decisions taken in a general meeting, with post M&A disputes being his primary focus area. He regularly represents high-profile clients in matters concerning D&O/management liability and the professional liability of members of the advisory professions, such as auditors, tax advisers and lawyers. Jens Stadtmüller is experienced in the legal assistance of internal investigations. In addition, Jens Stadtmüller has many years of experience in banking and capital markets law litigation on behalf of renowned banks and companies, including class actions and proceedings under the German Capital Markets Test Case Act (KapMuG). He has litigated hundreds of cases before courts across Germany

Since 2020: lawyer and founder of Stadtmüller Dispute Consulting

2018–2019: lawyer and partner at Ihrig & Anderson Rechtsanwälte, Dispute Resolution practice

2012–2018: lawyer at Schmitz & Partner in Frankfurt am Main, Litigation & Arbitration practice

2008–2012: lawyer at Salans LLP (today: Dentons) in Frankfurt am Main, Dispute Resolution practice group


Jens Stadtmüller
Jens Stadtmüller Lawyer and Founder
Stadtmüller Dispute Consulting (Germany)
Tomislav Šunjka
Founder & Principal
ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)

Tomislav Šunjka is a founder and principal of ŠunjkaLaw, an independent, specialized, and focused law firm in Serbia, Western Balkans. He is a leading and unrivaled authority, a strategic thinker on complex investigation and litigation. His knowledge of foreign laws, anticorruption exterritorial laws, and resources for working internationally has validated his position as a top-class player. Tomislav is an extraordinary case manager and supervisor in multi-jurisdictional cases. Clients request him in this role even when Serbia is not one of the jurisdictions. Tomislav represents victims of fraud and acts on matters of bankruptcy; financial crime; corruption; civil and commercial issues; and high-level political and business crime, all in connection to asset recovery and anti-corruption. Mr. Šunjka is the current Co-Chair Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association and former European representative in the IBA’s Anti-corruption committee. Tomislav is a certified auditor of ISO 37001 (Anti-bribery) and ISO 37301 (Compliance). Tomislav closely cooperates with UNCITRAL Working Group related to Asset Recovery in Insolvency; World Bank STAR Initiative (Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative); International Prosecutors Working Group, and with World Economy Forum Gatekeepers project.


Tomislav Šunjka
Tomislav Šunjka Founder & Principal
ŠunjkaLaw (Serbia)
Katarzyna Szczudlik
Partner
Schoenherr (CEE)

Katarzyna Szczudlik has been a partner at Schoenherr since 2024. Her main areas of practice are data protection, IP, IT & technology and financial regulation. She excels in advising innovative FinTech companies, especially from the blockchain and payment industries, on their entry to and expansion in the European Union. She has a strong track record of advising on the implementation of GDPR-readiness and data breaches for international companies, IT contracts drafting, negotiations and implementations, cloud computing, IP litigation and IP strategy creation. She also has wide experience of AML-related issues, including audits and representation of clients before supervisory authorities. She frequently represents clients in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority. Katarzyna is regularly ranked in the top tier of Poland's leading FinTech practitioners by Chambers & Partners and as a leading data protection and TMT practitioner by Legal 500. She is a member of the Warsaw Bar and a graduate of Wroclaw University (Dr iur, 2012), Tilburg University (LL.M. in International Business Law, 2013) and Geneva University (Masters in International Dispute Resolution, 2014). Before joining Schoenherr, she worked at an international law firm in Warsaw and at several renowned Polish law firms. She is an active member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and International Technology Law Association (ITech) and a regular speaker at Polish and international conferences and seminars. She has also published more than 100 articles on topics related to new technology law. Katarzyna works in Polish, English and French. 


Katarzyna Szczudlik
Katarzyna Szczudlik Partner
Schoenherr (CEE)
Julian Taufmann
Senior Associate
Noerr (Germany)

Julian Taufmann
Julian Taufmann Senior Associate
Noerr (Germany)
Jessica Thorpe
Director, Business Intelligence
DGA Group

Jessica has worked in the corporate intelligence industry for almost 11 years, where she has specialised in litigation support and asset recovery.  Jessica has considerable experience in tracing and mapping assets owned by individuals, corporates or sovereigns across the world to help facilitate a potential claim or the enforcement of an existing judgement.

Prior to joining the intelligence industry Jessica worked in equity sales, specialising in the Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union and MENA markets.  Jessica holds a Bachelors in French and Russian; she also speaks Spanish and conversational Italian and Hungarian.


Jessica Thorpe
Jessica Thorpe Director, Business Intelligence
DGA Group
Fabio Trevisan
Partner
BSP (Luxembourg)

Fabio Trevisan is a partner and head of BSP’s Dispute Resolution practice. His practice focuses on a wide spectrum of complex commercial, corporate and financial litigation and arbitration.

He has played a role in a number of high-profile cases, with over two decades of experience in managing and conducting litigation for his clients in almost all sectors.

Fabio has experience of over 30 years in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration as well as general banking, corporate and commercial dispute resolution. He has extensive experience of applications for enforcing and obtaining freezing injunctions in international arbitration, enforcements of ICSID awards, and more generally in the recovery of assets.

Fabio has further developed a reputation in real estate matters and commercial contracts.


Fabio Trevisan
Fabio Trevisan Partner
BSP (Luxembourg)
Kees van de Meent
Partner
Florent (The Netherlands)

Kees van de Meent is one of the founding partners at Florent in Amsterdam. He heads Florent’s Asset Recovery team and is co-head of the Restructuring and Insolvency team. His practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency, cross-border asset tracing and recovery, and civil fraud litigation. He has over 30 years’ experience as an insolvency practitioner in a number of high-profile and complex cross-border insolvencies. He also acts as counsel to companies in financial difficulty. He has extensive experience in pre-insolvency (WHOA) restructurings, both as counsel to the company and as a court-appointed official.

Florent’s asset recovery team focuses on cases of cross-border asset recovery, fraud litigation (prosecuting civil claims for fraud) representing corporates, banks and court-appointed trustees in fraud-related bankruptcies in order to recover stolen assets for the estate as well as (groups of) individual victims of fraud. The team navigates complex legal issues such as private international law issues (regarding competent court, applicable law, recognition and enforcement) and multiple freeze actions.

Kees is frequently invited to lecture in the Netherlands and abroad on (cross border) restructuring and insolvency and cross-border asset recovery. He is the exclusive Dutch member of ICC’s FraudNet. Kees is also an officer of the Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).


Kees van de Meent
Kees van de Meent Partner
Florent (The Netherlands)
Dr. Michelle Wiesner-Lameth
Attorney at law
act legal (Germany)

Dr Michelle Wiesner-Lameth, LL.M., CFE joined ACT as equity partner in 2022 after spending several years as equity partner at a White Collar boutique law firm. She has extensive experience in advising corporate clients on national and multinational investigations as well as in conducting internal investigations and asset recovery. She also regularly advises in connection with the development, implementation and review of compliance management systems.

Michelle completed her formal law training in Germany with the First and Second State Exam (2012 and 2015). She further holds an LL.M. degree in General European Law from the University of Luxembourg and a Ph.D. (doctor iuris) from the University of Dusseldorf. In 2019 she was certified as Fraud Examiner by the ACFE. 

Michelle is Vice President of the Business Crime and Civil Fraud Commission of the international lawyers' network AIJA and Officer of the Labour Criminal Law Working Group of the German Association for Commercial Criminal Law.

Michelle has been recommended by Legal500 for white-collar criminal law and for compliance as well as been selected as one of Germany’s best lawyers in the „Best Lawyers“ ranking.


Michelle Wiesner-Lameth
Dr. Michelle Wiesner-Lameth Attorney at law
act legal (Germany)
Daniel Weber
Partner
Barandun (Switzerland)

Daniel S. Weber is a partner at the Swiss law firm Barandun specialising in banking, financial regulatory and FinTech matters, as well as internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, including whistleblowing proceedings. As a former deputy head of investigations at a major Swiss bank and a secondee in the enforcement division of the Swiss regulator FINMA, he has broad experience in solving complex white-collar crime and compliance matters, as well as in conducting high-profile investigations. He also serves as prosecutor of the Swiss Military Justice where he is a department head and co-chairs the working group on investigations & compliance of the Zurich Bar Association. 


Daniel Weber
Daniel Weber Partner
Barandun (Switzerland)
Midori Yamaguchi
Senior Associate
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan)

Midori Yamaguchi is a Japanese attorney qualified in Japan and New York. She has been practicing especially in the Dispute Resolution areas and the Restructuring and Insolvency areas, both domestic and international, since she joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the four biggest Japanese corporate law firms. Midori has strength in asset recovery through judicial proceedings including cross-border matters. In the insolvency area, Midori has presented numerous parties in the in-court/out-of-court debt restructuring. Midori's work frequently focuses on cross-border situations, with her work experience in the Singapore office of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and a US law firm after her LL.M. Midori holds a Bachelor of Laws from Hitotsubashi University, a Juris Doctor from Hitotsubashi University Law School, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law. Midori has been recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan in Arbitration and Mediation since 2022.


Midori Yamaguchi
Midori Yamaguchi Senior Associate
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Japan)

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