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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.

Jon Felce
Partner - PCB Litigation

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, 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 has been singled out as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for both civil fraud and banking litigation and was named by one legal publication as its ‘Lawyer in the News’ for obtaining a rare maximum two year prison sentence for contempt of Court.


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).


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”.


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)

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)

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.


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.

 


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

Jon Felce
Jon Felce Partner
PCB Litigation
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)
Sam Goodman
Sam Goodman Barrister
Twenty Essex
Joana Rego
Joana Rego Partner
Raedas
Keith Han
Keith Han Partner
Oon & Bazul LLP (Singapore)

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)

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)

Hong Kong & China Committee

Ben Bury
Ben Bury Partner
HFW (Hong Kong)

Ireland Committee

Sarah Twohig
Sarah Twohig Senior Associate
William Fry (Ireland)
Zara West
Zara West Senior Associate
Pinsent Masons (Ireland)

Upcoming Events

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2 Day Summits
30 Jun 2021
FIRE Starters Global Summit

The FIRE Starters Global Summit is a unique new event for the rising stars of the Asset Recovery, Fraud & Insolvency practitioners calendar. At a price unprecednted in the industry this event will give the neglected bulk of the industry the chance to speak, network and grow their personal contacts with likeminded peers. 


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Virtual
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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Virtual
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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Virtual
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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Virtual
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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Virtual
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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Virtual
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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Virtual
24 Nov 2020
FIRE Year in Review

2020 is already shaping up to be a year not to be forgotten. Review the key cases and developments across 2020 at our end of year annual round up of the industry chaired by Mary Young, Kingsley Napley


Coming Soon
1 Day Conference
20 Apr 2021
QC Surgery: Civil Fraud

Unique technical knowledge through focused sessions each led by an eminent QC. Chaired by Jon Felce & Natalie Todd from PCB Litigation this is a technical update not to be missed


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Latest News

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Community Magazine
FIRE Magazine - Issue 2, FIRE International - NOW AVAILABLE

As the Summer of 2020 rolls on, with lockdowns relaxing in some countries and reinstating in others, travel around the world via our FIRE International issue featuring insight from practitioners in Kazakhstan, BVI, Isle of Man, UK, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Read Here!

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Community Magazine
FIRE Magazine - Issue 1 - NOW AVAILABLE

We are delighted to bring you the 'Litigation in Lockdown' edition of the FIRE Magazine, where you will get the latest insights from all professionals whose practice encompasses or touches upon Fraud, Insolvency, Recovery, Enforcement.

Read Here!

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New freestanding moratorium introduced into the Insolvency Act 1986

As part of the recent CIGA, the Government has introduced new provisions into the IA which provide for a new free standing moratorium available to companies, independent of any separate insolvency proceedings.

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Investigative Receiverships: Bringing a Canadian Concept to Offshore Enforcement

Judgment creditors are often cursed by asymmetrical information. When it comes time to enforce, a debtor will already know what assets it owns and where those assets are located. Unscrupulous debtors will try to hide or transform their assets through layers of transactions designed to frustrate enforcement. Bridging that informational gap requires the creative deployment of various investigative tools on behalf of the creditor.

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Civil remedies for identifying and injuncting hackers in Singapore

On 9 May 2020, Bleepingcomputer.com published an article with an ominous sounding title “Hacker group floods dark web with data stolen from 11 companies”. In the article, it was revealed that a hacking group known as Shiny Hunters had hacked into the databases of companies such as Tokopedia (Indonesia’s largest online store) and Unacademy (one of India’s largest online learning platforms), and had begun selling the user databases over the Dark Web for between $500 to $5,000 each.

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Third Party Financing and the Ability to Recover Fees from an Opposing Party

Litigation can be expensive. Very expensive. And the only thing litigants dislike more than paying their own attorneys’ fees is also having to pay the legal fees of their adversaries when they lose a case. Unsurprisingly, losing parties assert creative arguments to avoid this outcome. One recent example arose in FastShip, LLC v. United States, a case involving a third-party litigation funder.1 The losing defendant argued that, since the funder, not the plaintiff, paid the legal costs, the plaintiff lacked standing and its statutory right to recover attorneys’ fees was destroyed.

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Insolvent trusts and trustee duties

Economic uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic will undoubtedly have a profound effect on the value of trust assets. Industry experts predict steep rises in insolvencies, affecting key industries. Many businesses may become cash-flow/balance sheet insolvent (if they are not already).

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Don’t forget those checks and balances!

The severe economic and social impact of COVID-19 has increased the likelihood of fraud, not just in relation to the government assistance schemes where false claims could be made, but also the risks faced by companies and other organisations who may be subject to fraud as a result of the new working environment.

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Switzerland: easy steps to kick off an asset search

Switzerland’s recurrent presence in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing exercises is certainly not proportionate to the small size of its territory. For creditors however, the Swiss jurisdiction poses a number of challenges in terms of information retrieval. From the lack of centralized data to the use of three different main languages in business life, conducting research in Switzerland is often perceived as complex and costly.

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Panama Resurrects Equitable Relief

Panama, which infamous “Panama Papers” have put the country in the limelight for the past four years, is not a traditional offshore jurisdiction. It is more of a traditional Civil Law jurisdiction with a (formerly) notable offshore sector. In the strict Civil Law tradition, Panamanian substantive and procedural laws tend to stress legal remedies over equitable remedies.  Thus, its judiciary is not prone to issue equitable relief to the same extent it is issued by its Common Law counterparts in England, the British Commonwealth and the United States of America.

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Asset Tracing & Recovery in Singapore

Singapore is one of Asia’s leading centres for conventional banking and financial services, and is fast becoming a hub for digital payments and cryptocurrency platforms. As such, there is an ever-present risk of fraud. This article provides a snapshot of the mechanisms through which victims of fraud may seek to recover assets via civil proceedings in Singapore.

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COVID-19 Challenges to Cross-Border Insolvency

COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on the global economy. Future economic effects of the pandemic will largely depend on the efficiency of government actions. At present, record number of personal, corporate, local, and cross-border bankruptcy filings is being anticipated due to the virus.1 A vast majority of airlines is likely to collapse without extensive financial support paving the way to a litany of multinational failures

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Using Creditor Administration Applications as a Tool for Asset Recovery in respect of Corporate Targets

The insolvency process often features as a weapon in the asset recovery arsenal so far as corporate targets are concerned. It’s utility not only as a mechanism to recover assets but also as a tool with which to recovery information is well known. The appointment of administrators by creditors with a qualified floating charge is quick and effective and so it is not surprising why it is favoured by secured creditors. It’s use by unsecured creditors is, however, much less frequent principally because of the lack of information about the company’s business and affairs.

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Passing the buck: who is responsible for a fraudulently-diverted payment?

A form of fraud which FIRE practitioners are often asked to advise on starts with a contract, where one party is required to pay the other. For example, the paying party might be a buyer under a sale contract. The dispute arises where a fraudster has induced the buyer to pay the fraudster instead of the seller

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Articles
Investigate and Preserve

Shaun Reardon-John outlines why pre-action asset investigation and preservation is going to be crucial during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Covid-19: A Perfect Storm over the Courts System

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a perfect storm in which the increase in commercial disputes, fraud-related behaviours and insolvencies has come hand-in-hand with the impossibility of the judicial system to deal with them, as the crisis has also prevented the courts from operating normally.

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English Courts: At the Forefront of Fighting Fraud

As fraud continues to be rife, it is important to develop new tools and strengthen existing mechanisms to enable claimants to pursue, locate and enforce against fraudsters and their ill-gotten assets.  Over the past few years, the English Courts have continued to develop the law in this area. We set out below a non-exhaustive snapshot of some of these developments in three areas. These highlight the progress continuing to be made in the fight against fraud, and bodes extremely well for the future.

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Covid-19 Induced Insolvencies - Things to Watch Out for

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the far reaching and drastic measures implemented in numerous countries around the world, we are receiving an increasing number of insolvency and restructuring enquiries from our clients.

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Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2020

This quarterly civil fraud update provides a summary of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period April - June 2020.

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Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2020

This quarterly civil fraud update provides a summary of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period January - March 2020.

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Kweku Adoboli - London Business School Case Study

Prior to hearing directly from Kweku Adoboli on the 19th May. This is a must read case study 

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Alok Sharma Shakes up Insolvency Laws

The government announced plans to introduce changes to current insolvency laws to ease pressures on UK businesses being caused by the global pandemic, COVID19. 

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A Freeze on Fraud?

A freeze on fraud? Whilst the global economy is on hold as countries focus on defeating the coronavirus, if past experience of economic crises offers any guidance, then these will be precisely the times when fraud increases. Fortunately, the English legal system remains well placed to tackle this.

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Compensation Orders against Company Directors: a New Way Around Limited Liability?

The case of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Kevin William Eagling [2019] EWHC 2806 (Ch) was the first brought by the Secretary of State under a regime in the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 providing for compensation orders. The

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Matrimonial Proceedings - Insolvency Considerations

Insolvency proceedings are a potential option for clients to consider in situations where there are unpaid debts, judgments and orders and/or concerns over the dissipation of assets.

It is recognised that insolvency can seem a nuclear option for enforcement but insolvency proceedings can be an effective strategy to maximise recoveries where a client has an outstanding award.

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Disclosure in Financial Remedy Proceedings: no Longer a “Cheater’s Charter”?

The Family Court has demonstrated a willingness to assist a party to enforce a financial remedy order by allowing use of confidential documents where there is evidence of deliberate attempts by the respondent to frustrate English court’s orders, and where there is no evidence that the applicant acted unlawfully in accessing confidential materials.

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Divorces, Death and dealing with the Deceased Estate

Boris Berezovsky was born in January 1946. He was a Russian business Oligarch, government official and mathematician. Berezovsky was politically opposed to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin...

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