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Next Gen

ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE Starters will run informative panel sessions and networking events, covering the most pertinent and current issues affecting Asset Recovery, targeted at the junior practitioner in Asset Recovery. 

Members will include:

  • Junior partners, associates, counsel at law firms specialising in Fraud & Insolvency
  • Junior barristers practicing at the commercial, chancery, family bar
  • Managers / junior directors at investigation firms
  • Accountants & insolvency practitioners 
  • In house at banks, wealth managers and financial institutions
  • Litigation funders 
  • Forensic accounting professionals

Bringing together up-and-coming Asset Recovery practitioners to share knowledge and experience

Who Qualifies as a Fire Starter?

Are there membership criteria?

Typically members must operate in fields related to Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery and Enforcement and be between Associate and Junior Partner as a rough guide. 

Does my membership end once I reach 12 years in the industry?

No, this only at the point of joining.

Is there a membership fee?

No, membership is free.

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.


Nathalie Ker
Senior Associate - Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP)

Nathalie is a commercial litigator and her work focuses on commercial and corporate disputes, restructuring and insolvency, and fraud and asset recovery.

She has acted in a variety of company and shareholder disputes. She has acted in contentious winding up proceedings and advised on restructuring exercises, including capital reduction and distribution of dividends in specie, and schemes of arrangement.

Nathalie also acts for and advises receivers and managers in receivership matters and in relation to judicial management proceedings.

Her fraud and asset recovery experience includes obtaining urgent search orders and freezing orders to secure evidence and assets, discovery orders against banks and other third parties, and other interim orders in aid of effective litigation.


Sam Ouriach
Associate Director - Grant Thornton

Sam's specialises in complex, contentious and international cross border insolvency.He has over 10 years experience in Recovery and Reorganisation and previously worked in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman dealing with offshore matters.

His case experience includes managing the team working on the liquidation of Stanford International Bank Limited, a US$7 billion ponzi scheme, overseeing creditors arrangement for BVI company holding assets in Eastern Europe, investigation work for the forensic team in the Madoff Securities International liquidation, the liquidation of Cameron Farley Limited a UK based £40m ponzi scheme.

He has also experience of litigation and asset recovery in overseas jurisdictions including BVI, Cayman, Hong Kong, PRC, CIS, Eastern Europe, South America and Caribbean regions.


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 was called to the New York Bar in February 2012. Emma is also a member of the committee of the British Nigeria Law Forum, which provides business, networking and educational opportunities for members and friends in the UK and Nigeria.

Emma has contributed to the Law Digest (Africa’s premier law journal) and has co-authored chapters of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2014 and the 2016 Asset Recovery guide to Getting the Deal Through.


Benoit Mauron
Counsel - Lalive (Switzerland)

Benoît A. Mauron joined LALIVE in 2015. His practice focuses on domestic and cross border litigation.

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 before being admitted to the Geneva bar (2010-2012).

Benoît A. Mauron is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA) and a member of the committee of Asset Recovery Next Gen.

Benoît A. Mauron 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).


Beth
Partner - PCB Byrne

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.


Sam Goodman
Barrister - Twenty Essex

Sam has a broad commercial practice covering both litigation and international arbitration, with a particular focus on civil fraud/asset recovery, banking, company and insolvency, energy, IT and international trade. Many of his cases have an international element and give rise to complex questions of private international law.

Sam has experience of substantial litigation before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is regularly instructed on interim applications such as freezing orders, search orders, prohibitory injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal/Bankers Trust relief.

Sam was featured in the 2018 edition of Global Data Review’s “40 under 40”, which recognised his expertise in cyberfraud and cybersecurity disputes. He was recently instructed in the first Bitcoin trial to take place in Singapore.


Joana Rego
Partner - Raedas

Joana has extensive experience providing investigative support in high-stakes disputes. A specialist in global asset tracing involving individuals, commercial entities and sovereign states, Joana has supported multiple enforcement actions across Europe, the Caribbean, US and Latin America. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German.

Joana acted as lead investigator in several investor treaty and commercial arbitrations in Latin America, Africa and Europe, advising clients creatively about potential enforcement targets and providing evidence to address veil piercing and commercial purpose considerations and counter sovereign immunity arguments. She has helped identify counterstrategies including ancillary legal actions in support of discovery in the US and Common Law jurisdictions, as well as pressure points to leverage counterparties in settlement negotiations.

Joana also leads investigations on highly technical and contentious IP disputes, primarily in the pharmaceutical sector. She has assisted multinationals and their counsel with assignments in Europe, the Americas, India, Russia and the Middle East by gathering intelligence and evidence to support their claims – to which she has testified in court – and informed business growth strategies.

Prior to co-founding Raedas, Joana co-chaired the dispute consulting group of investigations firm GPW. She was also previously an investigator for Diligence in Brussels and London. She began her career working in international development cooperation at the OECD and the United Nations.  Joana was educated at Sciences Po in Paris, Université Paris X, and ISCTE in Lisbon. In 2015, she was voted one of Management Today’s Top 35 Women Under 35, an award celebrating high-achieving women in business.


Keith Han
Partner - Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)

Keith has extensive experience (both as lead and junior counsel) in Singapore Court litigation and international arbitration, with a focus on complex commercial disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, and restructuring and insolvency.

He is presently a member of the Law Society of Singapore Insolvency Practice Committee, and was recently listed in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Guide for Dispute Resolution (Litigation) as “a rising star who is praised for his advocacy and very strategic advice”.


Jon Felce
Partner - Cooke, Young & Keidan

Recognised by The Legal 500 as a “rising star” “headed for the very top”, 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. 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”. It recognises him as a Next Generation Partner in Civil Fraud and Banking Litigation, and Who’s Who Legal identifies Jon as a future leader for commercial litigation. Jon has an international practice with clients including sovereigns, 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.


Ays Lidzhanova
Senior Associate - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Russia)

Ays Lidzhanova represents clients in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, international commercial arbitration, and at all levels of Russian courts. Ays has extensive experience in cross-border restructuring, insolvency, asset tracing and recovery proceedings.

Ays' projects featured in The Lawyer Top 10 Cases, and are widely publicised in media as precedents due to claim value and full gamut of legal issues raised. Her notable projects include:

• Representing Bank Saint Petersburg, one of the largest Russian banks, in $500 million dispute with borrower in the High Court of Justice (UK), as well as coordinating cross-border litigation and recovery proceedings in France, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and BVI (asset tracing, interim relief, judgment recognition and enforcement).

• Representing Total S.A. in $30 billion international commercial arbitration with Russian regional government under 1992 oil and gas exploration agreement.

• Representing founders of Transaero, former second largest Russian airline, in landmark Transaero’s bankruptcy case under largest vicarious liability claim ever filed in Russia ($3.8 billion), as well as transaction challenging disputes and etc.

Ays graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State Unversity Law School, leading law school in Russia, She is a PhD candidate with a thesis on cross-border insolvency. Ays also studied international disputes in the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (USA) as a fellow of The Brooks Nanda Russian Law Fellows Program.

Being an active member of professional community, she regularly speaks at international and domestic conferences, teaches legal trainings and webinars. Ays is a scientific researcher and author of a number of publications and acts as a member of expert working groups.

She is a Russian qualified lawyer and a member of the Russian Bar Association.


Oksana Karel
Counsel, Attorney at Law - Arzinger (Ukraine)

Attorney-at-law, LL.M., Co-Head of International Litigation and Arbitration at Arzinger, member of German Desk, practices law since 2010. Oksana specializes in international investment and commercial arbitration. Also, Oksana has extensive experience in commercial, administrative, and civil process.


Pia Summer
Senior Associate - Gasser Partner Rechtsanwalte (Liechtenstein)

Alexander Pisemskiy
Executive Director & Partner - CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)

Yan Kalish
Counsel - Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)

Yan represents clients before arbitral tribunals acting under the rules of various institutions, including ICC, SCC, LCIA and SCAI. He also advises clients on complex cross-border litigations involving proceedings before the courts of the United States, Norway, British Virgin Islands, Cyprus and Russia. Yan’s experience covers matters i.a. governed by New York, Delaware, English, Swedish, Norwegian, German, BVI, Cypriot, Swiss, Bahamian, Panamanian and Russian law.

Yan Kalish takes active part in the activities of international arbitration community as a committee head at Young IMA, working group member at the Russian Arbitration Association, member of ICC Russia Commission on International Arbitration, LCIA YIAG, ICC YAF, Young ICCA, RAA40 and others, as well as by delivering various publications and speaking engagements.


Thom Dieben
Partner - Jahae Raymakers (Netherlands)

Dienke Herman de Groot
Senior Case Intelligence Manager - Omni Bridgeway (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 started her career within the management trainee program of Rabobank International, subsequently she was a banker with Rabobank International where she held senior (management) positions in both the Netherlands and Australia focusing on Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance and Payment Systems. After that she was a director in a local Rabobank being a member of the management team and holding responsibility for the Private banking department.

Dienke holds a Master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Utrecht and a Master’s degree in Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam. She is fluent in Dutch and English, speaks German and has a basic knowledge of French.


Merijn Moeliker
Lawyer - Florent (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.

Before joining Florent Merijn worked at NautaDutilh. Merijn studied Dutch law and business administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is an aspiring member of INSOLAD, member of Vereniging Jonge Insolventieadvocaten (JIRA) and member of NVRII, the Dutch Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law.


Dennis Van der Meer
Senior Manager - Deloitte (Netherlands)

Keith Han
Partner - Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)

Keith has extensive experience (both as lead and junior counsel) in Singapore Court litigation and international arbitration, with a focus on complex commercial disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, and restructuring and insolvency.

He is presently a member of the Law Society of Singapore Insolvency Practice Committee, and was recently listed in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Guide for Dispute Resolution (Litigation) as “a rising star who is praised for his advocacy and very strategic advice”.


Nawaz Kamil
Director - Providence Law Asia (Singapore)

Nawaz has handled a diverse range of corporate insolvency and restructuring matters over almost a decade. During that time, Nawaz has also acted for and advised financial institutions and multi-national business organisations in various corporate and commercial disputes. Prior to joining Providence Law Asia LLC, Nawaz’s practice included working in the Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring Department with Drew & Napier LLC and the Banking & Financial Disputes Department at WongPartnership LLP.

Nawaz’s main areas of practice are:

• Corporate insolvency and restructuring

• Corporate and commercial litigation

• Banking and financial disputes

• Shareholder disputes

During the course of his practice, Nawaz has been involved in many high-value cases across numerous other practice areas; including international commercial arbitration, internal investigations, construction law, financial regulatory matters, intellectual property law, insurance law and probate law.

At Providence Law, Nawaz continues to handle many high-profiled and high-value cases and has become a Corporate insolvency and restructuring expert. He is currently acting for the liquidators from Ernst & Young with respect to a joint venture company (with assets of over S$100 million) partly owned by Sakae Holdings Limited, and also for the liquidators of Six Capital Investments Limited, a BVI company with over US$143 million in debt.


Cecil Kuyo
Partner - Coulson Harney (Kenya)

Cecil Kuyo is a partner in our Nairobi office in the Dispute Resolution department.

He specialises in alternative dispute resolution, local and international arbitration and court litigation.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), the Law Society of Kenya and also a Certified Public Secretary. He is also an alumnus of the International Lawyers for Africa Programme in which he was placed with the City firm of Watson Farley & Williams.

Cecil holds a LLB degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.


Adeyemi E. Gomes
Associate - Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore (Nigeria)

Yemi is a passionate and efficient professional, with an avid interest in Litigation and a deep commitment to developing his skills across various areas of the Law. He also has the ability to effectively handle various tasks simultaneously, and bring the best out of a team.


Nathalie Ker
Senior Associate - Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP)

Nathalie is a commercial litigator and her work focuses on commercial and corporate disputes, restructuring and insolvency, and fraud and asset recovery.

She has acted in a variety of company and shareholder disputes. She has acted in contentious winding up proceedings and advised on restructuring exercises, including capital reduction and distribution of dividends in specie, and schemes of arrangement.

Nathalie also acts for and advises receivers and managers in receivership matters and in relation to judicial management proceedings.

Her fraud and asset recovery experience includes obtaining urgent search orders and freezing orders to secure evidence and assets, discovery orders against banks and other third parties, and other interim orders in aid of effective litigation.


Zachary Bluestone
Partner - Bluestone Law 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.


Marina Hadjisoteriou
Partner - Michael Kyprianou Advocates (Cyprus)

Marina Hadjisoteriou is a Partner and the Head of the Litigation Department in Limassol.

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

She is a recommended 'Leading Individual' for Dispute Resolution for Cyprus. She is praised for being 'an outstanding disputes resolution lawyer. She is fully engaged in the matter and very efficiently manages the most complex cases‘, 'has an eye for business and is adept at spotting the issues quickly and understanding the commercial realities for her clients. She is a strategist, with excellent legal abilities, a team player, very responsive and a pleasure to work with' and 'an excellent communicator' (The Legal 500 EMA 2020). She handles complex disputes across multiple jurisdictions well’ (2019), ‘crafts a legal case like a spider crafts his web’ (2018) and ‘comprehends complex matters quickly and explains things well to clients’ (2017).

She has significant experience of high value, complex fraud and asset tracing cases involving world-wide freezing orders and disclosure orders. She is usually involved in parallel, multi-jurisdictional cases, mainly involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS and also offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI. 

Marina holds a BSc in Accounting & Economics from the University of Southampton, with First Class Honours and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law. She is a Barrister-at-Law of Middle Temple Inn


Agis Georgiades
Partner - Christos Georgiades & Associates (Cyprus)

Agis is a partner of Christos Georgiades & Associates LLC (Nicosia, Paphos). His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in dealing with complex commercial, construction, energy, IP and fraud cases. Agis holds an LLM from LSE and Postgraduate Diplomas in International Arbitration, International Mediation and Negotiation. He is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, a Fellow of CIArb and an Accredited Mediator. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Cyprus as a member of the Committee for Amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.  He lectures on the law of evidence at the University of Nicosia.


Michalis Papademetriou
Manager - Grant Thornton (Cyprus)

Michalis Papademetriou is a Manager with Grant Thornton Cyprus Limited.

Michalis qualified with KPMG in 2014, becoming a member of the ICAEW.

In 2015 he joined Grant Thornton Assurance department and has an overall 8 years’ experience in Audit.

Since January 2019 he is a member of the Insolvency and Asset recovery team with Grant Thornton, working on various projects including Creditor’s Voluntary Liquidations, Member Voluntary Liquidations and Asset Tracing and Recovery matters. In 2019 Grant Thornton Cyprus and Grant Thornton UK formed a joint venture and Michalis is also working to develop the business in Cyprus.

 

In November 2019 Michalis passed the Cyprus Insolvency Practitioner exams.


Benoit Mauron
Counsel - Lalive (Switzerland)

Benoît A. Mauron joined LALIVE in 2015. His practice focuses on domestic and cross border litigation.

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 before being admitted to the Geneva bar (2010-2012).

Benoît A. Mauron is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA) and a member of the committee of Asset Recovery Next Gen.

Benoît A. Mauron 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).


Antonia Mottironi
Counsel - Monfrini Bitton Klein (Switzerland)

Asset recovery, complex multi-jurisdictional civil and criminal proceedings, cross-border insolvency, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, trust litigation, criminal tax law and mutual assistance in civil, penal and tax matters.

 


Laurence Ponty
Counsel - Archipel (Switzerland)

Laurence Ponty specialises in international arbitration, cross-border disputes and international contracts

Laurence has been involved in complex international proceedings in the fields of energy, construction, real estate, engineering, telecommunications and services, under all major arbitration rules. She also has experience in cross-border litigation and in general business law.

Laurence is an active member of numerous professional associations. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Russian and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN), and the President of the Legal & Tax Chapter of the Joint Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-CIS countries (JCC).

Prior to joining Archipel, Laurence practiced international arbitration at Lalive in Geneva (2013-2018) and worked as Counsel at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), where she administered over 150 arbitration proceedings, with a particular focus on Russia-CIS-related matters (2010-2013). She also practiced international arbitration, litigation and business law with Bonnard Lawson in Geneva (2006-2010).

Laurence is qualified in France and England & Wales and is registered to practice in Geneva. She holds a Master in International Commercial Law from University of Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne (2003), as well as a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate diploma in Russian Law from University Paris X Nanterre (2002).

Laurence practices in French and English and has a good command of Russian.


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 advises clients both on legal aspects and litigation strategy.

Sonja Maeder Morvant is a co-founder of Reiser Avocats. She practised at the Geneva Bar at various prestigious law firms for many years. She also worked as a judicial assistant at the Office of the Attorney general, which enables her to assess her criminal cases from the perspective of public authorities.

For several years now, she has been teaching criminal business law as a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva as part of the University’s MBA programme.

She has been listed as one of the best lawyers in business crime and investigations by Who’s Who Legal International since 2014. She has also been listed as one of the best investigation lawyers under 40 and amongst the top 100 women specialised in investigations by the Global Investigations Review. She is ranked in Chambers&Partners.

Sonja is particularly sensitive to the situation of victims of armed conflicts. She dedicates part of her time to Trial International, an NGO fighting against impunity for international crimes and supporting victims in obtaining justice. She is a member of the committee of Trial International.


Dr. Dominik Milani
Executive Director - NSF Rechtsanwälte Ltd (Switzerland)

Dr. Dominik Milani's main practice areas are civil litigation, debt collection and bankruptcy law, employment law, commercial law and contract law.


Dr. Dominik Milani advises and represents his clients before all authorities.


He is a lecturer in labour and civil procedure law at the Fernfachhochschule (FFHS) Switzerland.


Dr. Dominik Milani is the author and editor of a commentary on bankruptcy law.


In his fields of activity Dr. Dominik Milani publishes regularly.


Dr. Dominik Milani advises in German and English.


Finally, Dr. Dominik Milani is a member of board of directors in various areas.


Walid Azzam
Partner - Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Walid is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department in Dubai. He specialises in complex Commercial and Corporate arbitration and litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Walid joined Hadef & Partners in 2005. During that time, he has developed specialist knowledge of managing large scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has acted on a number of high-profile banking and real estate matters. Walid advises a diverse group of clients; including publicly traded and multi-national companies, as well as high net worth individuals on various contentious matters.

Walid also specialises in local and international asset tracings and recovery, advises on financial crimes as well as on anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues. He further advises on extradition and mutual legal assistance as well as on sanctions and anti-money laundering matters.

Walid has a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, he practiced in the US, in both Chicago and Boston. He routinely lectures, and sits on various panels that deal with a variety of issues relating to regional legal trends and developments. Walid is fluent in English, Arabic and French.


Begüm Biçer İlikay
Senior Associate - Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı (Turkey)

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.


Mark Emery
Associate Director - DQ Advocates (Isle of Man)

Mark is an Associate Director in DQ’s Dispute Resolution department, and since qualifying as a Manx Advocate in 2012 Mark has regularly appeared at all levels of the Isle of Man High Court of Justice.

Mark practices a wide range of commercial litigation, but has particular experience in commercial disputes, corporate insolvency, banking litigation, applications for injunctive relief, enforcing foreign judgments and advising on contentious issues of employment, data protection and trust law. Mark has been regularly ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, and is a member of the IFG (previously known as the Fraud Network), which is a handpicked group of specialist fraud lawyers across the world focused on securing injunctions, asset recovery and trust busting remedies in key offshore jurisdictions.

Mark has recently completed a long-distance master’s degree in Corporate and Insolvency Law with Nottingham Law School, earning not only a distinction but also being awarded a prize for the best overall performance in the Law School.


Claire Watterson
Associate Director - Grant Thornton (Isle of Man)

Simon Hurry
Group Partner - Collas Crill (Jersey)

Simon is a Group Partner within the dispute resolution team in the firm's Jersey office.

Since joining the firm in 2008, Simon has developed a practice focused on high value commercial litigation, asset tracing and cross-border insolvency in both a contentious and non-contentious context. He is able to draw on multi-jurisdictional litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience having worked in our Cayman Islands' office for three years.

Simon has extensive advocacy experience, appearing regularly before the courts of Jersey and the Cayman Islands. 

He is a keen public speaker and has a particular interest in directors' duties, shareholder disputes and cross-border insolvency. He is a member of the Legal & Regulatory Committee of the Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts (ARIES).


Ben Bury
Partner - HFW (Hong Kong)

Ben is a specialist construction lawyer with over 15 years' experience, advising clients in relation to disputes arising out of complex and high value construction projects.

Ben has been based in Asia since 2011 and has advised on disputes arising out of some of the largest and most significant projects in the region. This includes the construction of multi-billion dollar onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, power plants, underground railways and tunneling projects, ports, roads, refineries, mines and processing plants, and reclamation works. 

Highly recommended by the independent directories that review the legal market, Ben is described as "an accomplished and impressive lawyer, responsive, friendly, personable and a delight to work with" (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020); he is also praised as being an "arbitration specialist" and "very, very smart, with a strategic mind and huge knowledge of international construction" (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019).

Ben has worked for or against corporations or on projects connected to almost every country in Asia-Pacific including China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia.

He has acted as counsel on arbitrations seated in numerous jurisdictions and subject to the institutional rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and LCIA, as well as ad hoc arbitrations subject to the UNCITRAL rules. 

Qualified in Hong Kong and England & Wales, Ben has been granted full registration as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Singapore International Commercial Court. He is also the Assistant Secretary and International Liaison Officer for the Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong.


Christopher Pease
Counsel - Harneys (BVI)

Chris Pease is a member of our Litigation, Restructuring and Insolvency practice in the BVI. He advises on all aspects of commercial disputes and insolvency matters, with a particular specialism for: disputes concerning fraud and bribery; asset recovery; applications for interim injunctive relief; and applications for pre-action and third-party disclosure.

Prior to joining Harneys, Chris was a Managing Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Linklaters in London. In his UK practice, Chris specialised in advising on complex fraud and contractual disputes as well as large-scale contentious regulatory matters, internal investigations and crisis management. As part of this practice, Chris advised on several successful settlement negotiations, including at mediation.


Natasha Partos
Associate - Campbells (Cayman)

Natasha is an attorney in our Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Group where she specialises in commercial litigation, regulatory and employment law as well as having experience in a wide a variety of contractual disputes and tortious claims.

Natasha obtained her bachelor’s degree in History from Clare College, Cambridge University (UK). Thereafter, Natasha completed her legal training in London and in 2012 was called to the Bar of England and Wales. Before practising in Grand Cayman Natasha was a member of two leading sets of Chambers in the UK where she gained extensive advocacy experience in all areas of her practice.


Matt Richardson
Director - Grant Thornton (BVI)

I joined Grant Thornton BVI in 2017 and have spent 12 years living and working in the British Virgin Islands. Prior to joining the firm, I established and ran the office of a global firm specialising in contentious insolvency and asset recovery.

I have extensive experience in corporate recovery services, primarily in contentious cross-border insolvency and fraud involving international litigation, fraud investigation, asset tracing and realisation of complex and illiquid assets. I have undertaken work in a variety of industries, including financial services, offshore banking, real estate, shipping, financial institutions, mining, oil & gas and telecommunications.

I’ve been recognised as an asset tracing and recovery expert by Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery in 2014 – 2018 and was described as “one of the very best in the asset recovery space" and “absolutely excellent” in the same publication in 2018.  In 2019, I was recognised as an Offshore ‘Thought Leader’ by the same publication.


Ashleigh Dixon
Associate - Carey Olsen (Cayman)

Ashleigh's experience and expertise encompasses a broad range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters as well as general banking and commercial litigation.

Ashleigh advises a broad range of local and international clients in the offshore financial industry including banks, liquidators, creditors, shareholders, directors and executors. Ashleigh regularly appears as an advocate in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, and also assists clients engaged in alternative dispute resolution processes.


Harry Shaw
Associate - Campbells (Cayman)

Harry is an associate in our Litigation, Insolvency & Restructuring Group and has a broad background in dispute resolution. He has advised clients ranging from individual investors to global banks and has experience litigating a broad spectrum of commercial cases including contractual disputes, contentious trusts, insurance disputes as well as insolvency.

Harry has expertise managing all facets of dispute resolution starting from the initial instructions through to trial advocacy and enforcement.  Before moving to the Cayman Islands, Harry practiced in one of New Zealand’s leading litigation teams where he regularly appeared as lead and junior counsel in the High Court alongside prominent QCs. More recently Harry had been working in London within one of the UK’s largest banks.

As well as being admitted as an Attorney in the Cayman Islands, Harry is also admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand.


Jane Fedotova
Associate - Conyers (BVI)

Jevgenija (Jane) Fedotova is an Associate in the Litigation & Restructuring Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. Her practice covers a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters.

Prior to joining Conyers, Jevgenija practiced law in England with a focus on dispute resolution matters for individual and corporate clients. Jevgenija has experience in High Court litigation and international arbitration, often involving multi-jurisdictional disputes related to corporate governance and debt arrangements in the energy, agriculture, insurance and banking sectors. She previously was seconded to serve as counsel for the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”). She also worked on legal transition and reform projects for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the countries of its operation.

Alongside her legal practice, Jevgenija is undertaking academic research in international arbitration, particularly on emergency arbitrator procedures.


Kim Dennison
Associate Director - Alvarez & Marsal (Cayman)

Sam Riihilouma
Senior Associate - Appleby (Bermuda)

Sam Riihiluoma is a Senior Associate in Appleby’s Dispute Resolution department.

He has developed an expertise and achieved notable successes in a number of areas of civil and commercial litigation. Sam regularly advises and represents liquidators in winding up proceedings of Bermuda companies for liquidation as well as restructuring purposes. He also has a proven track record in regulatory matters, contractual disputes, and professional liability claims. His depth of knowledge and analytical skills render him well-equipped to give sound advice on the substantive merits and procedural aspects of any claim or defence. Sam is co-author of the Bermuda Chapter in ‘Litigation & Dispute Resolution’, 6th Edition, Global Legal Insights.


Sarah Twohig
Senior Associate - William Fry (Ireland)

Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department of William Fry. She has extensive experience in high value, large-scale and complex commercial litigation, often involving multi-jurisdictional legal issues.  

Sarah specialises in commercial and regulatory disputes, with an emphasis on complex financial services litigation involving fraud and competition law proceedings. Sarah has recent experience in advising two separate investment funds in relation to claims amounting to in excess of USD$3.5bn against their custodian banks arising from the fraud perpetrated by Mr Bernard Madoff.

She has recently represented clients, including one of Ireland's largest pillar banks, before tribunals and statutory inquiries and currently acts on behalf of a major international organisation in relation to allegations of breaches of EU Competition Law.

Sarah is regular lecturer at the Institute of Banking, in UCD's Sutherland School of Law, on the areas of white collar and regulatory crime and investigations instituted by regulatory authorities. She is also a member of the Irish Chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association.

 


Bébhinn Bollard
Senior Associate - McCann FitzGerald

Bébhinn is an experienced commercial court litigator and her practice focuses on complex disputes with a cross border angle. She regularly advises on large scale disputes involving allegations of fraud, conspiracy, asset tracing and conflict of law issues.  She has extensive experience working with foreign counsel on such projects, including seeking orders in aid in Ireland and Norwich Pharmacal relief and advising on the EU Regulations governing jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters, the Service Regulation, Lugano, the Evidence Regulation and Hague.


Gemma Freeman
Counsel - Dentons (Ireland)

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.


Zara West
Senior Associate - Pinsent Masons (Ireland)

Zara is a commercial litigator in Pinsent Mason’s Litigation, Regulatory and Tax practice. Zara specialises in insolvency matters and regularly advises stakeholders in insolvency scenarios including liquidators, receivers and examiners as well as creditors, shareholders and directors.

Zara advises insolvency practitioners in respect of their appointment as liquidators, receivers or examiners in insolvency matters. She also regularly acts for creditors on all aspects of enforcement, including garnishee applications, instalment orders, execution by the Sheriff and well charging orders. Recent examples of her insolvency experience include advising a petitioning creditor and shareholder in the liquidation of a number of Irish companies in a multijurisdictional group of companies with a deficit of circa €300 million and advising an Irish plc on the successful implementation of a scheme of arrangement to restructure the holding of its share capital.

She also specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on contractual disputes and financial services litigation. Zara has significant experience advising clients on a wide range of commercial disputes and complex multi-party litigation, regularly representing clients in the Commercial Court, a branch of the High Court which typically determines commercial disputes with a value over €1 million. Recent examples of her commercial litigation experience include acting for the majority shareholder in a multi-million euro shareholder dispute before the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and acting for financial institutions in respect of contentious disputes and regulatory matters. 

Zara studied Law and French in University College Cork, completed a Masters in law in Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in 2012. She has been a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and has also tutored on insolvency in the Law Society of Ireland.


Founding Committee

Caroline Greenwell
Caroline Greenwell Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Nathalie Ker
Nathalie Ker Senior Associate
Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP)
Sam Ouriach
Sam Ouriach Associate Director
Grant Thornton
Emma Ruane
Emma Ruane Of Counsel
Peters & Peters
Benoit Mauron
Benoit Mauron Counsel
Lalive (Switzerland)
Beth
Beth Partner
PCB Byrne
Sam Goodman
Sam Goodman Barrister
Twenty Essex
Joana Rego
Joana Rego Partner
Raedas
Keith Han
Keith Han Partner
Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)
Jon Felce
Jon Felce Partner
Cooke, Young & Keidan

Russia CEE - CIS Committee

Ays Lidzhanova
Ays Lidzhanova Senior Associate
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (Russia)
Oksana Karel
Oksana Karel Counsel, Attorney at Law
Arzinger (Ukraine)
Pia Summer
Pia Summer Senior Associate
Gasser Partner Rechtsanwalte (Liechtenstein)
Alexander Pisemskiy
Alexander Pisemskiy Executive Director & Partner
CSI Group (Russia) & Kalita Partners (London)
Yan Kalish
Yan Kalish Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)

Netherlands Committee

Thom Dieben
Thom Dieben Partner
Jahae Raymakers (Netherlands)
Dienke Herman de Groot
Dienke Herman de Groot Senior Case Intelligence Manager
Omni Bridgeway (Netherlands)
Merijn Moeliker
Merijn Moeliker Lawyer
Florent (Netherlands)
Dennis Van der Meer
Dennis Van der Meer Senior Manager
Deloitte (Netherlands)

Singapore Committee

Keith Han
Keith Han Partner
Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)
Nawaz Kamil
Nawaz Kamil Director
Providence Law Asia (Singapore)

Africa Committee

Cecil Kuyo
Cecil Kuyo Partner
Coulson Harney (Kenya)
Adeyemi E. Gomes
Adeyemi E. Gomes Associate
Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore (Nigeria)

Malaysia Committee

Nathalie Ker
Nathalie Ker Senior Associate
Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP)

US Committee

Zachary Bluestone
Zachary Bluestone Partner
Bluestone Law International (USA)

Cyprus Committee

Marina Hadjisoteriou
Marina Hadjisoteriou Partner
Michael Kyprianou Advocates (Cyprus)
Agis Georgiades
Agis Georgiades Partner
Christos Georgiades & Associates (Cyprus)
Michalis Papademetriou
Michalis Papademetriou Manager
Grant Thornton (Cyprus)

Switzerland Committee

Benoit Mauron
Benoit Mauron Counsel
Lalive (Switzerland)
Antonia Mottironi
Antonia Mottironi Counsel
Monfrini Bitton Klein (Switzerland)
Laurence Ponty
Laurence Ponty Counsel
Archipel (Switzerland)
Sonja Maeder Morvant
Sonja Maeder Morvant Partner
Reiser Avocats (Switzerland)
Dr. Dominik Milani
Dr. Dominik Milani Executive Director
NSF Rechtsanwälte Ltd (Switzerland)

Middle East Committee

Walid Azzam
Walid Azzam Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Begüm Biçer İlikay
Begüm Biçer İlikay Senior Associate
Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı (Turkey)
Jeremy Bressman
Jeremy Bressman Lawyer
Kobre & Kim (Israel)

CI & IOM Committee

Mark Emery
Mark Emery Associate Director
DQ Advocates (Isle of Man)
Claire Watterson
Claire Watterson Associate Director
Grant Thornton (Isle of Man)
Simon Hurry
Simon Hurry Group Partner
Collas Crill (Jersey)

Hong Kong & China Committee

Ben Bury
Ben Bury Partner
HFW (Hong Kong)

Caribbean Committee

Christopher Pease
Christopher Pease Counsel
Harneys (BVI)
Natasha Partos
Natasha Partos Associate
Campbells (Cayman)
Matt Richardson
Matt Richardson Director
Grant Thornton (BVI)
Ashleigh Dixon
Ashleigh Dixon Associate
Carey Olsen (Cayman)
Harry Shaw
Harry Shaw Associate
Campbells (Cayman)
Jane Fedotova
Jane Fedotova Associate
Conyers (BVI)
Kim Dennison
Kim Dennison Associate Director
Alvarez & Marsal (Cayman)
Sam Riihilouma
Sam Riihilouma Senior Associate
Appleby (Bermuda)

Ireland Committee

Sarah Twohig
Sarah Twohig Senior Associate
William Fry (Ireland)
Bébhinn Bollard
Bébhinn Bollard Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Gemma Freeman
Gemma Freeman Counsel
Dentons (Ireland)
Zara West
Zara West Senior Associate
Pinsent Masons (Ireland)

Upcoming Events

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14 Sep 2021
IWIRC Europe & TL4 FIRE present: The Insolvency Practitioners’ toolkit in Europe and Beyond

The panel, composed of European lawyers, IP practitioners and investigators, will discuss insolvency tools available across Europe and worldwide in support of asset recovery in the context of complex international commercial disputes and fraud cases.


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08 Dec 2021
FIRE Starters Caribbean: Understand the Offshore Toolbox

Join the FIRE Starters Caribbean committee at our launch event exploring the offshore toolbox. 


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29 Apr 2020
FIRE Starters: Hot Topics in the New World Order

Virtual Event on Zoom
Meet and hear from the FIRE Starters founding committee. They will be looking at the hot issues in FIRE given the current unprecedented position businesses around the world find themselves in. Sharing tips, considering the traps and the pitfalls to avoid. 


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29 May 2020
Fraud & Insolvency X-Over for FIRE Practitioners

Virtual Event on Zoom
Join this unique event to drill down into the best practice approaches to the use of fraud in insolvency proceedings and vice versa when using insolvency powers in fraud claims.


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11 Jun 2020
FIRE Starters - Banks: Fraud Claims arising out of Anti-Money Laundering and other Obligations

Virtual Event on Zoom
Will the Covid-19 lockdowns and economic impact see a huge increase in Fraud claims against Banks & other financial institutions? Join the next FIRE Starters event to debate the key issues in dealing with these types of claims. 


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17 Jul 2020
FIRE Starters Summer Social

FIRE Starters Summer Social is a networking only event.

  • Bring a drink
  • Chat at table in groups of up to 6
  • Move tables at will just like a 'real' drinks reception

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Virtual
22 Sep 2020
FIRE Americas & Offshore Virtual

FIRE Americas & Offshore is a unique virtual series of events, spread across 2 bullet sessions. It will drill down into the key Asset Recovery issues across the region, chaired by Paul Kennedy - Campbells & Leyza Blanco - Sequor Law 


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13 Oct 2020
FIRE Starters CEE - CIS: Hot Topics in the New World Order

Meet and hear from the FIRE Starters CEE - CIS founding committee. They will be looking at the hot issues in FIRE given the current unprecedented position businesses around the world find themselves in. Sharing tips, considering the traps and the pitfalls to avoid.


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Virtual
15 Oct 2020
Private Prosecutions & Committal Applications

We are delighted to bring you the first event in a series of virtual discussions around the Criminal, Regulatory & Civil issues that Asset Recovery practitioners need to know about. Benefit from an expert led interactive session led by PCB Litigation & Peters & Peters. 


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27 Oct 2020
FIRE Middle East Virtual

FIRE Middle East is a unique virtual series of events, spread across 2 bullet sessions. It will drill down into the key Asset Recovery issues across the region. 


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Virtual
19 Nov 2020
TL4 Virtual Community X-Over

A unique virtual event bringing together HNW Divorce, FIRE and Private Client experts. We will be discussing how the various practice areas overlap with each other and how best to work across disciplines 


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04 Dec 2020
FIRE Year in Review: A Year Like no Other

FIRE Year in Review is the ultimate showdown between 14 of the top global FIRE practitioners. In a year like no other, which has been the most important FIRE topic of the year? You decide! 


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Virtual
21 Jan 2021
Insolvent Trusts

This deep dive into insolvent trusts will bring together our FIRE and Private client communities to assess the latest cases and their practical impact on best practice approaches 


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09 Feb 2021
Sovereign States – a Rorschach Test?

Tips and tricks for asset recovery against states.

This event will present a range of views and experiences in dealing with asset recovery against sovereign states, not merely focused on enforcement, but other disciplines which can contribute to the successful recovery of monies.


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21 Apr 2021
Nizam: Nuclear powers face off in High Court over English trust law principles

India and Pakistan locked horns with each other and descendants of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in Pakistan v NatWest decided by Marcus Smith J in October 2019.  .  When Pakistan initiated new proceedings in 2013, the current Nizam instructed Eason Rajah QC, 10 Old Square, and Paul Hewitt, Withers LLP.  Eason and Paul will set out the historic and political context as well as the trust law principles debated.


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29 Apr 2021
The Future of Fraud

The financial crash brought the financial system to its knees, with government bailouts, bank insolvencies and long running litigation. What will the impact of Covid bring? 


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06 May 2021
Challenges facing the Serious Fraud Office: Here and Abroad

An international panel of experts has been brought together for a Rahman Ravelli seminar to analyse the major issues the Serious Fraud Office faces in the UK and Europe.

The online event, which will be held on May 6 at 3pm UK BST, will examine from a number of perspectives the challenges that the SFO has to meet. It will be of interest to UK and Europe-based general counsel, legal professionals, compliance experts, company CEOs and board members and business organisations.


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20 May 2021
Fraud & Insolvency X-Over for FIRE Practitioners 2021

Mary Young is back with the 2nd Annual virtual jamboree of international experts. Join this unique event to drill down into the best practice approaches to the use of fraud in insolvency proceedings and vice versa when using insolvency powers in fraud claims.


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Virtual
12 Nov 2021
FIRE Starters Netherlands: The future of Asset Recovery in the Netherlands

Listen on our FIRE starters Netherlands FIRE practitioners discuss the future of asset recovery in the Netherlands 


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Latest News

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FIRE Magazine Issue 9 - FIRE International 2022 Vilamoura Edition

We are delighted to present Issue 9 of FIRE Magazine in conjunction with the flagship Asset Recovery event for 2022, FIRE International in Vilamoura, Portugal.

In this FIRE International edition, our authors provide insight from the UAE, UK, BVI, Switzerland, India, US, Cyprus and Australia on issues and updates affecting FIRE practitioners. We also hear from some of our speakers at FIRE International in our series of 60 seconds with interviews.

We are also delighted to feature a supplement for the International Law Book Facility Essay Competition where we hear from Jude D’Alesio of Bristol University, the winner of the competition and his insightful essay that earned him an internship at Brown Rudnick.

Thank you to all of our members and community partners for their continued support, we hope you enjoy this abounding FIRE issue.

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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Blair Leahy QC Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 

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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Jane Colston Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 

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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Leyza Blanco Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 

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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Phoebe Waters Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 

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FIRE by the Liffey - a FIRE Starters Global Summit 2022 round-up by Kingsley Napley

Good craic, towering cultural heritage, and the wandering ghost of sweet Molly Malone - Dublin is a city of legendary charms.

It should come as no surprise therefore that the launch of the FIRE Starters Global Summit to Ireland’s capital after two years of Covid misery was a hotly anticipated event in the conference calendar.

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Reflections from the FIRE Starters Global Summit 2022 - By Ogier

There was a distinct air of positivity and delight to be out and about networking again at the FIRE Starters Global Summit in Dublin. Once again the event was well attended by a wonderful and dynamic group of international professionals from across the advisory spectrum in asset recovery, fraud and insolvency and many new networks were forged over the fun three-day event.

With a team of four attending from its Guernsey, Jersey and Cayman Islands offices, Ogier has written a short overview of some of the sessions they attended. Every session was engaging and informative, and the speakers and practical insights into the industry continue to be of the highest standard.

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Thought Ladies That Inspire - IWD 2022 - Frances Coulson Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. Today we launch our ThoughtLadies that inspire campaign featuring a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change.

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The Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition,  A Fire Starters Global Summit Special Edition

We at ThoughtLeaders4 are serious about providing opportunities to up-and-coming practitioners specialising in Asset Recovery, Fraud, Insolvency and Enforcement. We strongly believe that the next generation of practitioners should be writing, speaking and attending events in order to build networks and further their careers.

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FIRE Magazine Issue 8 - Bringing Together The Rising Stars Of Asset Recovery

We are delighted to publish this issue of the FIRE Magazine post FIRE Starters Global Summit, our first Asset Recovery event of 2022. In this edition, we gain insight on all aspects of FIRE from our FIRE Starters community. Our authors discuss a variety of current trends and recent cases, including ESG, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Crypto-fraud. We also hear more from our community in a series of 60 second interviews, including the winner of the Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition, Caitlin Bruce. Thank you to all of our authors for contributing towards the first issue of 2022. It is going to be a busy and exciting year for the FIRE community, and we look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible throughout 2022.

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Received Wisdom the Investec Arguments Brought To England

Ever since the Privy Council’s landmark decision in Investec v Glenalla1 in April 2018, there have been various attempts to use the arguments raised in that case in England, on both sides of the issue (being in the main whether a trust’s creditors could enforce their claims against the trust’s assets directly, or had to rely on pursuing the trustees and the trustees’ right of indemnity from the trust assets in turn).

January of 2021 saw a particularly ambitious attempt to use the Investec authority to the advantage of the trustees of a family will trust, endeavouring (as they were) to avoid several millions of pounds of liability to a (purportedly) secured lender.

In Williams v Simm2 the Court was asked to look afresh at the Privy Council’s decision in Investec as it applied to a notionally simple domestic will trust.

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Noteworthy Developments In The Liechtenstein Legal Landscape In 2021

As this piece is being written, cases of infections with COVID-19 are surging (once again) all across Europe. Although we hoped that the virus would be left behind together with the year 2020, COVID has not loosened its grip over everyday life and also continues to affect judicial and administrative processes in Liechtenstein. Consequently, the Liechtenstein government has recognized the necessity to extend ancillary administrative measures (nearly) throughout the current year (until 30 September).

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ESG Factors Here To Stay In Fraud And Insolvency

Onshore or offshore, whatever your industry, ESG factors are here to stay - that was the emerging theme of a series of workshops we ran on sustainability issues within fraud and insolvency at September’s FIRE Summit for fraud and insolvency practitioners.

That’s not to say that the future, or even the exact nature, of ESG and sustainability in business are mapped out. In the series of sessions that we held the practitioners agreed that the nebulous scope of the topic made it hard to define the nature of the issues, particularly given the varied possibilities for focus on the ‘E’ (Environmental), the ‘S’ (Social) or the ‘G’ (Governance).

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Convoy Collateral Ltd V Broad Idea :The Return Of Black Swan And More?

On 4 October 2021, an enlarged seven-member Board of the Privy Council handed down a majority judgment (4:3) in the case of Convoy Collateral Ltd v Broad Idea International Ltd.1 It confirmed that the British Virgin Islands’ (“BVI”) court has jurisdiction to grant an injunction against a non-cause of action defendant based in the BVI in support of foreign proceedings.

However, the significance of the decision has more far-reaching consequences. This was not lost on Sir Geoffrey Vos who, in giving the minority judgment, described the decision of the majority as a “ground-breaking exposition of the law of injunctions” 2and an attempt at providing a “juridical foundation for the entire law of freezing and interlocutory injunctions” 3.

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Cvas Key Cases Of 2021

With the commercial property market being crippled by the effects of the pandemic, coupled with the pre-pandemic pressures already facing retailers, ‘landlord only’ CVAs have become (and look set to continue to be) an increasingly popular method of restructuring distressed retail businesses. Conjunctively, impaired landlords have galvanised to challenge such CVAs.

In this article we explore the three high-profile retail tenant cases of 2021, providing long-awaited guidance on the legality and fairness of their use by distressed retailers.

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The Exploitation Of Covid-19 Government Support Schemes: What Next?

In response to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government rapidly introduced several large-scale schemes to support vulnerable businesses. Two of the most utilised government support measures were the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (‘BBLS’). Whilst these measures have provided a lifeline for many businesses, they have also facilitated an increase in fraudulent activity. This is evidenced by a reported 24% rise in fraud during the pandemic.1 Now that these measures have ended, what are the government proposals for how to hold those involved in the fraudulent exploitation of these schemes accountable?

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2021:  Developments In Cum-Ex

The past 12 months have seen matters come to a head on a number of issues in relation to Cum-Ex.

Putting it in the most straightforward of terms, Cum-Ex describes the trading strategies (also known as arbitrage) that were used to obtain dividend withholding tax refunds on dividend payments. Shares were traded rapidly with (“cum”) and without (“ex”) dividend rights, so that the identity of the actual owner was concealed. An agreement would be made to sell a company stock before the dividend was paid out, but it was not delivered until after the dividend had been paid. This enabled both parties to claim tax rebates, even though that tax had only been paid once, at most. Huge volumes of rapid trading between various parties gave the impression of numerous owners, creating large profits from tax rebate claims. Losses to European treasuries attributed to Cum-Ex are, according to the most recent research, estimated to be approximately €150 billion.

But while the use of Cum-Ex was uncovered by German authorities in 2012, investigations have only gathered pace in recent years. And 2021 has been, arguably, the most significant year in terms of those investigations.

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Freezing In The Caribbean

There has been more heat than light in the area of freezing injunctions in the British Virgin Islands (the “BVI”), in particular in recent years so it comes as a welcome relief that the Privy Council have cast a cold eye over the law in Broad Idea International Ltd v Convoy Collateral Ltd [2021] UKPC 24 (the “Judgment”). The Judgment is, as recognised by his Lordship Sir Geoffrey Vos, “ground-breaking” (para. 221).

Although the Judgment provides definitive clarity in relation to some points of uncertainty in the BVI not all of the same points arise in relation to other Caribbean jurisdictions, such as the Cayman Islands. Nevertheless, their Lordships’ statement in the Judgment as to the purpose and scope of interim relief will undoubtedly be useful and relied upon for its general statement that the court is able to modify existing practices to provide effective remedies in changing circumstances, and its more specific, purposive, approach to the use of freezing injunctions.

The background to the Judgment is as follows: the claimant (appellant), Convoy Collateral Limited, sought a freezing injunction in the BVI in support of ongoing proceedings in Hong Kong against the defendant (second respondent), Mr Cho. The Hong Kong proceedings were capable of resulting in a judgment for damages equivalent to US$92 million. A freezing injunction was sought against both Broad Idea International Limited (“Broad Idea”) (the first respondent), a BVI company in which Mr Cho held a 50.1% stake, and Mr Cho personally. Whilst Broad Idea was a company incorporated in the BVI, Mr Cho was habitually resident in Hong Kong.

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ESG Dominates The Corporate Agenda In 2021

If 2020 was the wake-up call that thrust the ESG movement into mainstream society’s consciousness, then 2021 was the year in which it came to dominate the corporate and regulatory agenda in the UK and much of Europe. This has significantly increased pressures on ESG targets and results, which will inevitably lead to a greater risk of fraud.

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Summarily Judging Fraud: Bringing Claims To An Early Close

The conventional wisdom when faced with a fraud claim is that the claim will not be subject to early termination whether by way of strike out or of summary judgment in the Claimant’s favour. The nature of fraud claims, involving serious factual findings against the Defendant make them generally inappropriate for summary determination. However, a number of decisions over the past year should serve to remind parties that even when faced with a fraud case, summary judgment and strike out are available to both Claimants and Defendants and in the appropriate case where claims or defences are inadequately pleaded or where the evidence is overwhelming, the court will be willing to bring the litigation to an early close.

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Under Construction: The Interaction Of Confiscation Orders And Constructive Trusts

In the Crown Prosecution Service v Aquila [2021] UKSC 49, the Supreme Court considered whether a company could assert its rights under a constructive trust in the face of confiscation orders obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) over the proceeds of crime.

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The Tax Man Cometh: Virtual Currency Industry Beware

The anonymity offered by the cryptocurrency market may soon be no more, and it may not be long before regulators are knocking at your door. In addition to the DOJ and the SEC, the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have made it clear that they are increasingly focused on cryptocurrency entities and efforts to facilitate or enable tax evasion.

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Akhmedova V Akhmedov – A Case Study In Dealing With Difficult Defendants

In this article, Anthony Riem and Andrew McLeod, Senior Partner and Associate at the London firm of PCB Byrne LLP, review the recent litigation in the judgment of Mrs Justice Knowles in the Family Division of the High Court in Akhmedova v Akhmedov 2021 EWHC 545, [2021] 4 WLR 88 (Fam), and the lessons that can be learned about dealing with a recalcitrant defendant in civil fraud proceedings. Such defendants seek to ignore their obligations to the Court or even actively frustrate the Court’s orders and processes. That type of litigation conduct might be seen in the short term to have benefits, in disrupting or even derailing claims against them. Yet the various powers of the English court to grant interim remedies enable it to interrogate a defendant’s claims and if necessary find other methods to compel a defendant to comply with their obligations. These present not only the ability to counteract a defendants’ efforts to defeat the court’s processes, but the opportunity to convert that litigation conduct into a successful outcome at trial.

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2021 Development In Quincecare

The Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Singularis1, the first in which a breach of Quincecare duty2 was found, brought about a rejuvenated appetite for a duty that had lain relatively dormant for decades. This year’s cases have further tested the limits and application of the duty.

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Trends In Fraud 2021

This year has seen a number of cases in which the courts have had to grapple with novel issues arising in fraud disputes. This article explores three trends to have emerged: (1) limits to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) extraterritorial reach; (2) the interaction between criminal restraint orders (CROs) and worldwide freezing orders (WFOs); and (3) the, perhaps unsurprising, continuing rise in cases involving cryptocurrency and crypto fraud.

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60-Seconds With: Richard Foss, Partner, Kingsley Napley

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in this profession?

A: My answer to this question has shifted each decade I have spent in the profession. My boyhood dream was to be a Formula 1 motor racing driver. Sadly I had neither the talent nor the funding to be able to achieve that. Nowadays, I could picture myself in the Italian mountains. I’d be in the Sella Ronda, running a small family cycle/ski hotel. In the summer, I would spend my days on a bike guiding guests through spectacular mountain passes and climbs, and during the winter, I would do the same, but on skis.

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60-Seconds With: Joana Rego, Partner, Raedas

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in this profession?

A: I started my career in international development and would have probably continued on that path had I not come across investigations. At the time, I was also considering applying to the Portuguese Foreign Ministry to pursue a career as a diplomat. But I think I would make a decent child’s party planner. I am creative and visual by nature and have a blast conceptualizing my kids’ ideas for their special day. I also do make a mean margarita so maybe an adjacent tequila bar to my party planning studio could be on the cards.

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60-Seconds With: Caroline Greenwell, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

Q: What would you be doing if youweren’t in this profession?

A: I am completely obsessed with maps so were I not a lawyer, I think I would have been involvedin cartography in some way. Either that or a weather woman. I’m always hoping for a map related fraud case...but I think I might be waiting for some time!

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60-Seconds With: Anthony Riem, Senior Partner, PCB Byrne

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in this profession?

A: In some ways, it would be easier to say what I would not have been. Before becoming a lawyer, I worked in banking and insurance but they did not grab my attention. I think I would either have been a historian as I am fascinated by the past – a good job at my age! – and our continual failure to learn from mistakes that have been repeatedly made during the course of history or, dare I say it, a politician. However, I think any political career would have been short-lived as it appears that strategic thinking and an ability to actually answer questions are traits that do not sit comfortably with being a successful politician.

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FIRE Magazine Issue 7 - 2021, Asset Recovery Year in Review

2021 has continued to present new challenges due to the global pandemic. Despite this, here at ThoughtLeaders4 we are proud to have brought the FIRE community back together in person. We are delighted to have seen so many of you at our events, from FIRE UK: Welcome Back Summit, to FIRE Middle East. Guest edited by Mary Young, Partner at Kingsley Napley, our Year in Review authors discuss some of the significant cases and trends over the past 12 months.

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Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition

Assessed by an illustriously experienced, senior and broad ranging panel of practitioners this is your chance to stick your head above the parapet and mark yourself as the one-to-watch. With the opportunity to attend and present your essay at our Global FIRE Starters Summit: Dublin as well as attend our FIRE International: Vilamoura event in Portugal we look forward to your submissions and to welcoming to the FIRE Starters community.  

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FIRE Magazine Issue 6 - Let’s Talk Contentious Insolvency

We are delighted to publish the 6th issue of the FIRE Magazine post FIRE UK, our first in person Asset Recovery Event of 2021. In this edition our authors focus on all things Contentious Insolvency; looking at recent jurisdictional trends, funding and the use of insolvency tools in Fraud and Asset Recovery proceedings. Additionally, we are diving deeper into our Community and finding out a little bit more about what fires up our members with a series of quickfire 60 Second interviews.

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