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Fraud & Asset Tracing

We are one of only a few large, full-service firms with dedicated expertise in fraud litigation in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Our international network of offices and lawyers have experience of litigating in the key offshore jurisdictions in which the proceeds from fraud are usually held and are able to act quickly to freeze assets.

We have been involved in some of the largest international fraud cases, including Maxwell, Madoff, Michael Brown, Solo Industries and KazakhGold.

Against this background, our specialists provide clients with ready and extensive resources, up-to-date knowledge and a proven ability to advise on cross-border work. The team concentrates on civil and criminal fraud and related areas such as corruption, asset tracing and trusts disputes.

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Top UK finance litigation and contract law developments in 2019

This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to finance parties.

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

Legal advice privilege upheld for dissolved companies

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that documents protected by legal advice privilege remain so protected even upon the dissolution of the company to whom the privilege belongs. Once attached, legal advice privilege exists unless overridden by statute or waived. In addition, the court found that legal professionals have a duty to assert privilege over their former client’s documents and are entitled to resist disclosure of such documents, even if not instructed to do so: Lee Victor Addlesee v Dentons Europe LLP [2019] EWHC Civ 1600

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

Cryptocurrency treated as property in freezing order

The High Court has granted a freezing order over GBP1.5million worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrency against a trading platform and its directors, in only the second known example of the court treating cryptocurrency as property. The question of whether cryptocurrency is property is relevant to determining competing rights parties may have in it: Elena Vorotyntseva v Money-4 Limited t/a Nebeus.Com, Sergey Romanovskiy, Konstantin Zaripov [2018] EWHC 2596 (Ch)

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Publications: 22 OCTOBER 2019

English court grants asset preservation order over Bitcoin

The English High Court has granted an asset preservation order over Bitcoin finding that there was a serious issue to be tried concerning a proprietary claim. In this case, the proprietary question was relevant to whether the order should be granted. More widely, the status of Bitcoin as property goes to the competing rights parties may have in it: Robertson v Persons Unknown, unreported, CL-2019-000444.

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.