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FIRE UK: Welcome Back Summit

23rd & 24th September 2021 Syon Park, London, UK 

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Keynotes

Dan McCrum
Investigative Journalist
FT

Dan is a multi-award winning investigative journalist. His work for the Financial Times has helped expose accounting problems and fraud at several listed companies, most recently Wirecard. Formerly the Editor of FT Alphaville, over his 13 year career at the FT he’s also run part of the newspapers markets team, worked as the FT’s Investment Correspondent in New York and for the Lex Column. Dan’s previous experience includes four years in Citigroup’s equity research department. 

His reporting on Wirecard has been recognised with the Impact Award for distinguished financial journalism from the New York Financial Writers' Association, the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic journalism and an honorary Helmut Schmidt Journalistenpreis. 


Dan McCrum
Dan McCrum Investigative Journalist
FT
John Howell
Director
John Howell & Company Ltd

John Howell
John Howell Director
John Howell & Company Ltd

Advisory Board

James Popperwell
Partner
Macfarlanes

James Popperwell
James Popperwell Partner
Macfarlanes
Anastasia Konstantinova
Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)

Anastasia Konstantinova is a counsel in our Dispute Resolution practice. She specialises in litigation issues, corporate law and competition. She also has experience in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, conducting due diligence of Russian companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical and real estate sectors, as well as participating in internal investigations.


Anastasia Konstantinova
Anastasia Konstantinova Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)
Colin Diss
Partner
Grant Thornton

Colin Diss
Colin Diss Partner
Grant Thornton
Rebecca Hume
Partner
Gateley

Rebecca Hume
Rebecca Hume Partner
Gateley
Kristina Kicks
Managing Director
Interpath Advisory

Kristina Kicks
Kristina Kicks Managing Director
Interpath Advisory
Rick Brown
Partner
HFW

Rick Brown
Rick Brown Partner
HFW

Full expert faculty includes:

Alex Jay
Partner
Stewarts

Alex leads the contentious insolvency and asset recovery team, focusing on disputes arising from distressed and insolvent situations, often involving allegations of breach of duty, fraud and dishonesty.

Alex focuses on maximising returns to his clients, and recovering substantial assets quickly and efficiently. Alex has recently represented liquidators in a claim for over $450m against an offshore bank and its former owner, relating to suspected widescale tax frauds affecting numerous insolvent entities


Alex Jay
Alex Jay Partner
Stewarts
Sue Thackeray
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation for claimants and defendants, with particular expertise in:

Civil fraud involving complex, multi-jurisdictional international commercial litigation (often where criminal, restraint or regulatory proceedings co-exist) including bribery and corruption, collective investment schemes, Ponzi and advance fee fraud schemes.

Pre-emptive relief including freezing injunctions, search orders, restraint orders, civil recovery orders.

Breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust (including tracing claims), insolvency litigation, directors’ duties and directors' disqualification.

Sport related matters including contractual representation and dispute resolution, disciplinary and regulatory matters and IP rights enforcement.

Reputation management and defamation.


Sue Thackeray
Sue Thackeray Partner
Kingsley Napley
Stewart Hey
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Stewart Hey
Stewart Hey Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Blair Leahy QC
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Blair Leahy QC
Blair Leahy QC Barrister
Twenty Essex
Nicola Boulton
Partner
PCB Byrne

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

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


Nicola Boulton
Nicola Boulton Partner
PCB Byrne
Yves Klein
Partner
Monfrini Bitton Klein (Switzerland)

Yves Klein’s main activity is litigating and coordinating transnational asset recovery proceedings on behalf of victims of economic crimes or parties seeking to enforce their claims against assets concealed in Switzerland or abroad. He develops strategies for the international search and recovery of assets, coordinates cross-border proceedings and represents his clients, including individuals, companies, foreign governments, and liquidators of foreign insolvencies, before civil, criminal and bankruptcy courts, in order to recover crime proceeds and obtain damages, notably from facilitators (banks, financial companies, fiduciaries, etc.).


Yves Klein
Yves Klein Partner
Monfrini Bitton Klein (Switzerland)
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
Richard Healey
Partner
Gateley

Richard Healey
Richard Healey Partner
Gateley
Sarah Murray
Partner
Stevens & Bolton

Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray Partner
Stevens & Bolton
Jon Felce
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Described by the directories as a “rising star” and “a bright young gun” who “adds a sprinkling of tactical gold-dust where necessary”, Jon’s practice focuses on complex, high-value litigation for financial institutions, corporate clients, high net-worth individuals and insolvency practitioners. Since joining PCB he has been involved in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases including obtaining freezing orders in England and various European jurisdictions, a ground-breaking Search Order against a respondent against whom there is no cause of action, novel orders for alternative service and password cracking, and disclosure orders against third parties in England and the US. Jon also has particular experience in contentious insolvency, including in relation to cross-border recognition.


Jon Felce
Jon Felce Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
Sinead Harris
Partner
Withers

Sinead Harris
Sinead Harris Partner
Withers
Stephane Bonifassi
Lawyer
Bonifassi Avocats

International litigator Stéphane Bonifassi directs actions in the areas of complex white-collar crime and asset recovery. Over nearly 30 years representing individuals, corporations and states victimized by economic crimes, he has often acted as a strategist behind the scenes in high-stakes litigation.

Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2019 recommends him as “one of the premier figures in the European asset recovery market, known for his remarkable ability when it comes to criminal investigations requiring asset recovery.”

Valued for his progressive and creative approach to international parties and complex, cross-border issues, Stéphane regularly assumes a leading role in cases of business crime and fraud, economic sanctions, corruption, forfeiture and confiscation, as well as transnational enforcement of judgments and internal investigations. The Best Lawyers in France© 2020, in partnership with Les Échos, highlights his criminal defense practice.


Stephane Bonifassi
Stephane Bonifassi Lawyer
Bonifassi Avocats
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
Dan Wyatt
Partner
RPC (UK)

Dan Wyatt is an experienced commercial litigator with particular expertise in complex, high value civil fraud, financial services, and shareholder/partnership disputes. His work is usually multi-jurisdictional, and frequently involves Russia and Former Soviet Union countries.

Dan advises on proceedings in the English High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, as well as on arbitration proceedings. Dan is listed by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner, and as a recommended lawyer in RPC's commercial disputes and civil fraud practices. He also was nominated as a stand-out lawyer in the 2019 and 2020 Acritas Stars survey.


Dan Wyatt
Dan Wyatt Partner
RPC (UK)
Leyza Blanco
Shareholder
Sequor Law (USA)

Leyza Blanco
Leyza Blanco Shareholder
Sequor Law (USA)
Benoit Mauron
Counsel
LALIVE

Benoit Mauron
Benoit Mauron Counsel
LALIVE
Hannah Davie
Director
Grant Thornton

Session: Chair of Evening 


Hannah Davie
Hannah Davie Director
Grant Thornton
Syedur Rahman
Partner
Rahman Ravelli

Syedur Rahman
Syedur Rahman Partner
Rahman Ravelli
Natalie Todd
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Natalie Todd
Natalie Todd Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
Jason Masimore
Lawyer
Kobre & Kim

Jason Masimore, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice is an experienced trial lawyer and investigator who represents institutions and individuals in designing and executing cross-border claim monetization and de-monetization strategies, often on matters involving fraud and international money laundering.

Mr. Masimore focuses on advising clients based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  For corporations and individuals victimized by fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, or other financial crimes with impacts of US $50 million+, Mr. Masimore counteracts the geopolitical structural problems leading to the inability of international law enforcement agencies to cooperate effectively across borders and to interfere with and seize hidden assets of high-level participants in large-scale improper activities by designing and leading law enforcement-style offensive investigations to identify illicit transactions; assets hidden in various jurisdictions, including key offshore financial centers; and the vulnerabilities of participants and their advisers, and he designs and executes asset-focused strategies to deter such conduct and recover market share and money for his clients.  Similarly, Mr. Masimore acts for international clients to design and execute cross-border asset recovery strategies in disputes involving US $50 million+ pre-litigation.  Calling upon his experience as a former U.S. prosecutor, Mr. Masimore also assists sovereign entities in developing their own criminal cases and advising on how to maximize chances of recovery through asset confiscation when the alleged criminals’ assets are located in foreign jurisdictions.


Jason Masimore
Jason Masimore Lawyer
Kobre & Kim
Antonia Mottironi
Lawyer
Independent Swiss Lawyer

Antonia Mottironi
Antonia Mottironi Lawyer
Independent Swiss Lawyer
Jeremy Snead
Partner
Ogier

Jeremy is partner in Ogier's Cayman law Dispute Resolution team in Europe. He advises financial institutions, stakeholders and office-holders in relation to litigation and contentious insolvency, with a focus on fund disputes. Jeremy specialises in contentious and non-contentious corporate restructuring and insolvency proceedings, asset tracing and recovery, enforcement of judgment and debt obligations, commercial litigation and fund claims involving fraud and breaches of statutory, fiduciary and common law duties.


Jeremy Snead
Jeremy Snead Partner
Ogier
Rachael Gregory
Senior Associate
LK Law

Rachael Gregory
Rachael Gregory Senior Associate
LK Law
Nikolas Ireland
Senior Counsel
Macfarlanes

Nikolas Ireland
Nikolas Ireland Senior Counsel
Macfarlanes
Hannah Blom-Cooper
Partner
Mishcon de Reya

Hannah is a commercial litigator who specialises in representing individuals and corporations in relation to serious allegations of fraud and misconduct. Hannah has particular expertise in advising in the context of business rescue and formal insolvency proceedings. Hannah has also built a successful practice in providing clear and practical advice on asset recovery and asset protection both for creditors and debtors.

Hannah frequently acts for directors particularly in relation to disqualification proceedings or allegations concerning delinquent business affairs - including claims for wrongful or fraudulent trading. Hannah also acts for insolvency practitioners, both pre and post-appointment, bankrupts and companies subject to debt recovery.

Hannah is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA), Fraud Women's Network (FWN) and Professional Women's Network.


Hannah Blom-Cooper
Hannah Blom-Cooper Partner
Mishcon de Reya
Prashan Patel
Director
Grant Thornton

Prashan Patel
Prashan Patel Director
Grant Thornton
Fay Warrilow
Senior Associate
Ogier

Fay is an Advocate and senior associate in Ogier's Dispute Resolution team in Guernsey, specialising in commercial litigation, fraud and asset-tracing, regulatory advice and contentious and non-contentious employment law and related matters such as work-related personal injury claims.

She has significant court experience, including acting as junior counsel in one of the largest money laundering trials ever to take place in Guernsey and the island's sole quantum-only personal injury claim. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Fay was a consultant researcher, writer and rapporteur for international organisations including the UN and World Bank.


Fay Warrilow
Fay Warrilow Senior Associate
Ogier
Nikos Asimakopoulos
Director - Disputes
Alaco (UK)

Nikos Asimakopoulos joined Alaco in 2008.  He focuses on dispute-related assignments on behalf of law firms and their clients, working internationally. 

He has developed specific expertise in the extractive industries, particularly in Russia, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  Nikos holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from the universities of York and Bath, respectively.  He speaks Greek and Russian.


Nikos Asimakopoulos
Nikos Asimakopoulos Director - Disputes
Alaco (UK)
Steve Holt
Partner
Grant Thornton

I am a partner in our forensic and investigation services practice, with a particular focus on aiding companies facing urgent, complex, cross-border issues including fraud, bribery and corruption, misconduct and asset recovery.

I have extensive experience investigating high-profile public interest matters representing governments, public companies and private individuals throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

I am regularly named in Who’s Who Legal’s asset recovery, forensic accountants and consulting experts lists, where I am described by clients as “an eloquent and very innovative practitioner”, who is “extremely pragmatic and commercial in how he presents his advice” and “a great investigator who works extremely hard for his clients”.


Steve Holt
Steve Holt Partner
Grant Thornton
David Chalcraft
Senior Associate
HFW (UK)

David is a commercial litigator, specialising in complex disputes usually involving elements of international civil fraud and insolvency. He also has significant experience in offshore trust and contentious insolvency litigation in various Caribbean jurisdictions.


David Chalcraft
David Chalcraft Senior Associate
HFW (UK)
Ben Giaretta
Partner
Fox Williams LLP, Solicitors

Ben Giaretta is a commercial disputes partner at Fox Williams LLP, working for clients across a wide range of sectors including technology, finance, professional services, construction and natural resources. Prior to joining Fox Williams, he was a partner at Ashurst LLP in London and Singapore (where he established the firm’s Asia disputes practice) and a partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP in London. He is a member of the International Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales, and is the current Chair of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. An active user of social media, he has almost 17,000 followers on LinkedIn and his posts about law and dispute resolution attract thousands of views and interactions every day. His LinkedIn profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-giaretta/.


Ben Giaretta
Ben Giaretta Partner
Fox Williams LLP, Solicitors

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