Andrew Witts

Andrew advises clients on fraud and asset recovery cases, with a particular emphasis on the coordination of multi-jurisdictional matters.

He enjoys working with clients to develop and implement case strategies, and as one of the founder members of ICC Fraudnet is able to operate seamlessly worldwide with other asset recovery specialists.

Andrew has been involved in a number of high-profile international fraud matters, working for state governments, administrators, liquidators, corporates, banks and trust companies.

His current cases include the long-running asset recovery matter involving the former Mayor of Sao Paulo, Paulo Maluf, where Andrew now acts for the Liquidators of various BVI companies, representing the interests of the City of Sao Paulo; acting for the Antiguan Liquidators of Stanford International Bank; and acting in relation to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Andrew has also been involved in setting up the Gowling WLG Sao Paulo office, where he spends time working with local professionals on bankruptcy and asset recovery cases.

WWL says: Andrew ranks highly among peers thanks to his excellence in multi-jurisdictional insolvency and asset recovery proceedings.

Experience

Andrew has been involved in a number of high profile fraud matters.

He acted for Deloitte as the Cayman liquidators of Bank of Credit and Commerce International Overseas (BCCI Overseas).

Andrew continues to advise on the long running claims against the former Mayor of Sao Paulo, Paulo Maluf, in relation to the misappropriation of public funds. This was the largest and most wide-ranging corruption case undertaken by Brazil, involving several jurisdictions in the investigation and repatriation of assets.

Andrew advised the Republic of Maldives in relation to claims against a former president.

He also advised the Government of Ukraine on claims against two former prime ministers.

He currently acts for Grant Thornton as Antiguan liquidators of Stanford International Bank.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

    • Career
      May 2020
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Partner
  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Fraud: Civil (UK-wide) - Band 3
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Fraud: Civil) - Band 2
  • 2016

    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, chairman
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, chairman
  • 2001

    • Career
       2001
      Lawrence Graham, partner
  • 1996

    • Career
       1996
      Alsop Wilkinson (then DLA), partner
  • 1992

    • Career
       1992
      Alsop Wilkinson, solicitor
  • 1990

    • Career
       1990
      Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1988

    • Career
       1988
      Walker Martineau, trainee and solicitor