Fraud and Asset Recovery

UK

The impact of fraud goes beyond financial loss. Our civil fraud and asset recovery lawyers work quickly to recover your stolen assets across multiple jurisdictions. Acting for clients in both the public and private sector, our strength lies in the depth and breadth of experience across our full practice firm. The level of coverage that we can provide will ensure you are in the very best of hands.

Our Fraud, Insolvency and Asset Recovery (FIA) Group has advised on some of the most significant and high profile cases on an international level. Our team is partner-led, proactive and responsive to ensure your commercial interests are protected.

If you are in need of advice in this area, please do contact us.

Expertise in Fraud and Asset Recovery

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Fraud and Asset Recovery Services

Client work

Our FIA Group is experienced in working on high value, complex matters. Examples of past and current projects include:

  • Cross-border corruption

    Acting for the Federal Republic of Brazil and the City of São Paulo since 2005 on the long running fraud and asset recovery case against the City of São Paulo's former Mayor, Paulo Maluf. This is the largest and most wide-ranging corruption case undertaken by Brazil, involving several jurisdictions in the investigation and repatriation of stolen money.

  • Injunctive relief

    Advising New York-based clients on an alleged fraud relating to a series of loans made by the client. This included obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction from the English High Court over £10.5 million of assets and managing related proceedings in France, Switzerland and Israel.

  • Fraudulent misrepresentation

    Advised on a £132 million claim for CPC Group Limited. The claim included serious allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy, unlawful interference and extortion. Defended a novel application for a 'notification injunction', obtained security for costs of £5.5 million and brought a number of other applications.

  • Property Fraud

    Acting for a consortium of high-net-worth individuals to pursue claims and recover assets in connection with a £100m property fraud scheme. Freezing orders were obtained in the UK, Jersey and the BVI, and substantial recoveries were made.

  • Investment Fraud

    Acting for professional trustees of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and advising the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank Limited in connection with their individual collapses.

  • Public Sector and Sovereign State

    Acting for the UK Insolvency Service for over 30 years on fraud and corruption cases, as well as advising numerous overseas sovereign states on anti-fraud matters.

Recognition in Fraud and Asset Recovery

They are really sharp, on top of their game and have a great bedside manner with individuals who are stressed about their circumstances.Chambers UK

Our FIA Group is at the forefront of fraud and asset recovery. We are recognised as 'global elite' thought leaders for asset recovery by Who's Who Legal. The guide describes Andrew Witts as an 'international heavyweight' and praises his 'good mix of litigation trust and insolvency skills, which make him the go-to person for large asset recovery matters.' Alex Jay was also recognised as an 'up and coming star' by the guide, and was highlighted for his 'strength in matters involving international investigations'.

We are also ranked for our expertise in civil fraud by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, with the latter noting our 'great international credibility'.

Our FIA Group is a founding member of FraudNet, benefitting from access to an ICC endorsed network of fraud and asset recovery specialists, which extends to more than 50 jurisdictions and operates in 60 countries. Through the network, the team can engage fraud specialists and investigators anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, and can arrest identified assets before they are dissipated.

Alex Jay has also been an active board member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) UK chapter for the last 5 years, and is an advisor to the UK Cabinet Office in relation to the Government Counter Fraud Profession initiative.

Sectors

Our work takes us to matters across a multitude of different industries. These include:

Meet the team

If you are in need of fraud or asset recovery advice, please do get in touch.

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Alex Jay

Partner

Alex Jay is a dispute resolution partner with specialist expertise in fraud and insolvency litigation matters. He is qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and sits as a Board member of the ACFE UK, the UK branch of the global anti-fraud organisation. He is also a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel and assists the UK Cabinet Office on anti-fraud matters.

Andrew Witts

Partner

Andrew advises clients on fraud and asset recovery cases, with a particular emphasis on the coordination of multijurisdictional matters. Andrew has been involved in a number of high-profile international fraud matters, working for state governments, administrators, liquidators, corporates, banks and trust companies.

Davinia Gransbury

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution

Davinia has over 25 years' expertise in corporate governance, civil fraud, directors' responsibilities and duties and insolvency law. She has over 15 years' experience of management responsibilities, currently leading Gowling WLG's Dispute Resolution Group in the UK. Davinia is one of the leading experts in the UK in investigating and pursuing directors' disqualification proceedings where the public interest is a driving factor.

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