Fraud poses a significant financial and reputational risk to businesses of all sizes, both at a domestic level and internationally. Businesses need to implement systems to reduce the risk of fraud and to detect fraud and they need to respond effectively when it is detected.
Our expertise comes into play primarily once a fraud has been detected. Our disputes team is constantly working on fraud cases, many of which arise in a cross-border context giving rise to complex conflicts of laws issues. Our extensive experience of dealing with cross-border cases enables us to devise pragmatic and effective strategies for the preservation and recovery of assets internationally, working in conjunction with lawyers in other jurisdictions. We are able to move quickly and confidently to obtain targeted urgent injunctive relief and our team has been involved in some of the leading international enforcement cases resulting in proceedings in the appellate courts of numerous countries around the world.
Our internal investigations team is regularly involved in investigating the full extent and implications of suspected frauds. We will ensure that investigations are conducted in a way which will preserve privilege and comply with applicable laws.
Unlike many of our competitors, we tailor the strategy and team to suit the case. Fraud cases can be highly complicated from a factual and legal perspective. We want clients to benefit from our experience without paying to ‘reinvent the wheel’. We therefore aim to keep legal teams small and focussed with an experienced partner closely involved throughout your matter.
Russian metals business
Acted in High Court litigation relating to a fraud between business partners involving a $500 million Russian metals business.
Leading international auction house
Acted for a leading international auction house in High Court proceedings in the defence of disputed claims that various artworks were counterfeits.
Middle Eastern IT company
Carried out a bribery investigation for a FTSE 250-listed company in relation to a multi-million dollar infrastructure project in the Middle East.
Devised an international enforcement strategy to recover assets stolen in an employee fraud and dissipated through offshore companies.