International ONE day conference

18 April 2024 | Warsaw

Timely Topics | Authoritative Speakers

THE CONFERENCE

Asset Recovery CEE is the inaugural Polish event for the dispute resolution and investigations sectors. Aimed at legal professionals, litigation funders, corporate investigations specialists and asset recovery experts, the event will bring together leading experts and industry practitioners from the CEE region and beyond.

The event takes place in Warsaw, a city of increasing strategic significance.

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Introduction

Panel 1: The Politics of Asset Recovery

Panel 2: Sovereign Disputes – enforcement strategies and tactics

Panel 3: Intelligence Gathering: latest trends for asset tracing and enforcement

Panel 4: Litigation funding in the CEE

Panel 5: Offshore jurisdictions – a new era of transparency?

Panel 6: London courts as a tool for CEE originated litigation

Panel 7: Dubai – the growth of a global investigations hub

Panel 8: Investigating and enforcing on Artwork and other luxury items

Panel 9: Sanctions and Sanctions Circumvention – latest trends

Panel 10: Investigations on a Portfolio Basis and in Special Situations in the CEE

Panel 11: Warsaw’s development as a Dispute Resolutions Centre

Panel 12: High Net Worth Family Disputes – enforcement

Closing Remarks

Drinks Reception

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Tadeusz Kościński

Former Secretary of State

 

Poland

Tadeusz Kościński

Former Secretary of State

 

Poland

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Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Partner

Clyde & Co

United Kingdom

Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Partner

Clyde & Co

United Kingdom

Rachel conducts internal investigations for clients into fraud and corruption/corporate crime. She conducts the civil litigation and injunctions, often as a follow on from the findings of investigations. Rachel advises on compliance matters including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, CCO, modern slavery and sanctions across a wide range of sectors and internationally in respect of Board Governance, conflict management policies and procedures, through to supply chain due diligence and controls. She advises at Board level on regulatory and white-collar issues. Rachel has undertaken numerous investigations and advisory work across the regulated and unregulated sector for compliance matters arising cross-sector, including real estate, construction, insurance, mining and energy, beauty, telecoms and IT. Rachel also has 5 years in-house experience in BP and Willis insurance Brokers (now Willis Towers Watson), as a Senior Manager and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer respectively.

Dr Anna Bradshaw

Partner

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

United Kingdom

Dr Anna Bradshaw

Partner

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

United Kingdom

Dr Anna Bradshaw has been a Partner at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP since 2017. She is ranked in Chambers & Partners UK (2023) and the Legal 500 (2023) for her specialist knowledge of economic sanctions. Anna is ranked as a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’ by Who’s Who Legal for her work on International Sanctions (2021, 2022 and 2023 editions), with one edition describing her as “a brilliant attorney” who is recognised as “one of the best for complex sanctions issues and related litigation”. Anna is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, assisting the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies with their research on US, EU and UK sanctions. Anna co-edits The Guide to Sanctions, published by the Global Investigations Review (currently in its third edition).

Anna Zorya

Partner

Rymarz Zdort

Ukraine

Anna Zorya

Partner

Rymarz Zdort

Ukraine

Anna Zorya is a Ukrainian law-qualified attorney-at-law and a partner in the corporate department of Rymarz Zdort. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2001 and completed a course of professional education of Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL). She qualified as an attorney-at-law in 2019. Prior to joining Rymarz Zdort (formerly known as Weil, Gotshal & Manges – Pawel Rymarz sp.k.) in 2022, she worked as a corporate and M&A partner at one of the leading Ukrainian law firms. She is ranked as a well-regarded practitioner by such directories as IFLR 1000 (2019-2020), Who’s Who Legal (2019-2021), Chambers Global (2019-2021), The Legal 500 (2019-2021), and Best Lawyers (2019-2021, 2022). A specialist in corporate law and M&A, she has worked on transactions for clients from various sectors, including agriculture, TMT, IT and real estate. She has provided comprehensive support for M&A transactions, including due diligence, transaction structuring, preparation of transactional documents, developing an effective corporate structure, and corporate support of company activities.

Suzie Ogilvie

Head of Financial Crime and Sanctions

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

United Kingdom

Suzie Ogilvie

Head of Financial Crime and Sanctions

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

United Kingdom

Suzie Ogilvie is the Global Head of Financial Crime and Sanctions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, an international law firm.  She leads on the management of reputational risks, and financial crime and sanctions compliance among other things, and sits on the firm’s London Management Group.   Suzie has been a member of the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society of England and Wales since September 2009, serving as Chair for a period.  She has been the Law Society’s UK delegate to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) money laundering committee since September 2010.  Through these roles she has assisted in the co-ordination of the legal profession’s policy positions on financial crime and sanctions in the UK and (previously) the EU and has represented the members of the legal profession at Government committees.  Suzie has co-authored both the Money Laundering chapter in the IBA’s publication „Risk Management in Law Firms” and the chapter on International Money Laundering Initiatives in Neate & Godfrey’s publication “Bank Confidentiality”.

Andrew Stafford KC

English barrister and King's Counsel

Kobre & Kim LLP

United Kingdom

Andrew Stafford KC

English barrister and King's Counsel

Kobre & Kim LLP

United Kingdom

Andrew Stafford KC is an English barrister and King’s Counsel who represents corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in complex, high-value disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. Admitted to practice in England & Wales, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, Mr. Stafford KC has deep experience acting in matters that have elements across key onshore and offshore jurisdictions, including the UK, the U.S., the BVI, Dubai, Hong Kong, São Paulo and Seoul. He has particular expertise in international judgment enforcement, developing and executing strategies designed to secure effective collection of arbitral awards and judgments, including awards made against sovereign judgment debtors. In addition, Mr. Stafford KC’s expertise is of great value to high net-worth individuals needing advice in relation to complex problems and disputes affecting their assets, reputation and liberty. A highly regarded appellate advocate and trial lawyer, Mr. Stafford KC appears in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and acts in international arbitrations on a range of matters, including financial derivatives, insurance and international commercial fraud. With a focus on devising creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems, he has been cited by industry publications as „a really good lateral thinker” and „a great tactician” with „fantastic courtroom demeanor.”

Anthony Riem​

Senior Partner

PCB Byrne

United Kingdom

Anthony Riem​

Senior Partner

PCB Byrne

United Kingdom

Recognised as a leading lawyer in fraud investigation and litigation, asset recovery, banking litigation and commercial litigation, Anthony has deep expertise gained over a 30 year career in handling complex cross-border disputes. Strategically-minded and a source of astute, commercially-focused advice, Anthony has an established practice acting for financial institutions, major international organisations and high net worth individuals. The most recent directories describe Anthony as having “remarkable litigation instincts”, “a powerhouse who is approachable and sees the shape of issues from a client’s perspective. He is solution-oriented in a truly unusual way” and “absolutely the man you want representing you as he will leave no stone unturned, looks at every angle and understands immediately the opposition’s weak points and leverages them” with “a wealth of unique experience in his field.” In 2021, he was named as one of Britain’s most sought after lawyers by TheTimes following his successful representation of Tatiana Akhmedova in what is reported to be the UK’s largest ever reported divorce award and one of the 100 Hot Lawyers by The Lawyer Magazine. He is the English representative of Fraudnet, the ICC’s global network of asset recovery specialists and a founding member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. Anthony was both the Managing Partner and Senior Partner at PCB Litigation and following its merger with Byrne & Partners in April in 2021 is now its Senior Partner. The firm is described as having the “intellectual ability, experience and sheer grit to hold their own against any rival” and “the lawyers there handle cases which other firms cannot.”

Agnieszka Durlik

Director General

The Arbitration Court

Poland

Agnieszka Durlik

Director General

The Arbitration Court

Poland

Director General of The Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce long-time practitioner in the field of business support. Jagiellonian University Master of law, completed postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics in Human Resource Management. She developed her first professional experience as the right hand of the director of one of the largest hospitals in Warsaw, where she learned the ins and outs of the challenges of managing an organisation in a way that required reconciling opposing interest groups. For many years, she has represented the entrepreneurs’ self-government as an expert in business and legal topics concerning the establishment and operation of a business, labour law and social security. She has worked her way up through the various levels of a large organisation such as the Polish Chamber of Commerce – from expert, through project-manager, Press Officer, Director of the President’s Office, to Director General of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce. She actively participates in the law-making processes in Poland – in the parliament, ministries, public administration bodies. She has successfully prepared and implemented projects financed by EU funds. She advises entrepreneurs and is a guest of various media in advocating the interests of entrepreneurs. She is a co-author of a number of publications on, inter alia, business advocacy, business conduct and corruption prevention.

Michael Sweeney

Asset Recovery

Burford Capital

France

Michael Sweeney

Asset Recovery

Burford Capital

France

Michael Sweeney is an investigative researcher and asset recovery specialist at Burford Capital, the world’s largest litigation funder. He regularly provides asset tracing and evidence-gathering support in the context of investor-state arbitration and enforcement proceedings. He has assisted legal teams on multi-jurisdictional recovery efforts against sovereign states in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Burford Capital in 2019, Mr Sweeney spent four years working for investigations consultancy K2 Intelligence, and he previously published as a journalist including in the UK’s Guardian newspaper and New Statesman magazine. He is a graduate of Oxford University and is based in Paris.

Gabriel Olearnik

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

Asertis

United Kingdom

Gabriel Olearnik

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

Asertis

United Kingdom

GABRIEL IS A FUND MANAGER, LAWYER AND INVESTOR. Gabriel was previously the managing director for Europe of a global litigation funder. He has 18 years of experience which includes being the general counsel of Mayfair based investment fund Tristan Capital Partners and the head of the private equity practice group at Kochański and Partners. Whilst in private practice he worked at Clifford Chance, Mayer Brown and Dentons as a solicitor responsible for commercial deals and disputes. He also has particular expertise in resolving shareholder and law firm partnership disputes. Gabriel holds an LLM from King’s College London, where he was awarded the Principal’s Award for his work in the field of international arbitration. Gabriel is a practising solicitor in England and Wales.

Angelika Hellweger

Legal Director

Rahman Ravelli

United Kingdom

Angelika Hellweger

Legal Director

Rahman Ravelli

United Kingdom

Angelika is a specialist in international, high-level economic crime investigations and large-scale commercial disputes. As a multilingual lawyer she represents corporates and conglomerates across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. Her comprehensive experience and thorough understanding of all aspects of white-collar crime have led to her successfully representing corporations in many notable multijurisdictional investigations and in some of the most complex commercial litigation. Her work on cases involving environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has seen her become one of the lawyers at the forefront of this developing area. As part of Rahman Ravelli’s international sanctions team, she assesses the potential impact of all relevant laws and keeps up to speed with the rapidly-evolving rules and regulations to ensure clients adopt the correct approach and do not face prosecution or financial penalty. She coordinates work for international conglomerates in this field; advising them on regulatory matters, producing staff training and compliance programmes and ensuring their worldwide activities are legally compliant. Much of her sanctions practice is particularly focused on enforcement activities and the freezing and seizure of assets. Angelika speaks English, German, Spanish and Arabic; which is an asset in many international cases.

James E. Berger

Partner

DLA Piper

United States

James E. Berger

Partner

DLA Piper

United States

James is a litigation partner resident in New York and Washington. He focuses his practice on international disputes and cross-border enforcement and asset recovery, representing clients in a broad range of international and domestic conflicts before US courts and arbitral tribunals. A significant portion of his practice includes the enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments against sovereign and commercial entities in the US and globally. James also has experience in multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings involving allegations of fraud, and has represented and advised clients worldwide in various sectors including mining, energy, and finance. James has served as lead counsel in some of the most cutting-edge cross-border cases to be litigated in US trial and appellate courts in recent years. He has considerable experience litigating issues under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the New York Convention, the Panama Convention, ICSID, the Energy Charter Treaty, the Uniform Foreign Money Judgments Recognition Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1782, and other treaties and statutes that have unique applicability in cross-border disputes. He has considerable experience advising not only foreign investors and parties to cross-border disputes, but also litigation funders, hedge funds and other dispute investors and financial stakeholders who play a critical role in the resolution of large commercial and investor-state disputes. James speaks and writes regularly on topics related to international dispute resolution and enforcement. He has been a guest lecturer at New York University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, and Renmin University School of Law in Beijing, and cases he has handled have served as the basis for semester-long international disputes classes at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. He conceived, edited, and was a contributing author to International Aspects of U.S. Litigation (ABA, 2017), a two-volume treatise on the litigation of international disputes in US courts, and has published expert analyses on international disputes issues in Law360, as well as been a guest contributor on legal issues to the South China Morning Post, a leading daily newspaper in Hong Kong. James was also recently appointed an executive member of the Institute for International Economic Policy of the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Olga Shenk

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Ukraine

Olga Shenk

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Ukraine

Olga is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Compliance practice group at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang’s Kyiv office. She has more than 15 years’ experience in highly complex litigation and arbitration proceedings in Ukraine and abroad, including in international investment and commercial arbitrations (under ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, SCC, VIAC, ICAC rules), enforcement of arbitral awards in Ukraine and abroad, and cross-border litigation. Olga efficiently handles all kinds of disputes, from straightforward claims to complex, high-value, challenging ones in a way that meets clients’ commercial objectives, whether that is to litigate aggressively, arbitrate, or conduct employment mediation. With domestic litigation, Olga has not only in-depth experience in commercial dispute resolution cases, but also specialist knowledge of sectors such as IT, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, insurance, energy and banking. Olga’s practice also covers tax and compliance; Olga has conducted numerous compliance investigations of alleged/reported corrupt practices and regularly delivers anti-corruption trainings for management and compliance officers of top-ranked international businesses. Olga is a recommended lawyer in the field of International Arbitration and Litigation by Best Lawyers 2022 rankings.

Dmytro Marchukov

Partner and Head of Cross-Border Litigation

Integrites

Ukraine

Dmytro Marchukov

Partner and Head of Cross-Border Litigation

Integrites

Ukraine

Dmytro Marchukov is a Partner and Head of Cross-Border Litigation at Integrites, Ukraine. He has represented sovereigns, corporates and private clients in close to every kind of dispute resolution including national and cross-border litigation, transnational insolvency and receivership, asset tracing and recovery, fraud investigation, enforcement of mortgages and pledges, contentious inheritance and divorce, commercial and investment arbitration under the major institutional and ad hoc rules, as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judicial and arbitral awards. He has sat as an arbitrator and frequently acts as the Ukrainian law expert in civil and criminal proceedings in the US, the UK, BVI, Monaco, Cyprus and Switzerland, as well as in the arbitration proceedings under the ICSID rules.

Kajetan Wandowicz

Barrister

4 Pump Court

United Kingdom

Kajetan Wandowicz

Barrister

4 Pump Court

United Kingdom

Kajetan is a barrister (trial advocate) at 4 Pump Court in London, specialising in large-scale complex corporate fraud disputes, usually involving simultaneous litigation in several jurisdictions worldwide and valued from millions to several billion USD. His work concerns all aspects of business wrongdoing, including shareholder fraud, misappropriation of corporate assets, directors’ conflicts of interest, asset dissipation and recovery, conspiracies, breach of trust, bribery, economic intimidation, blackmail, cryptoassets, banking fraud, and computer hacking. He also practises in general business disputes before the English court and worldwide arbitration tribunals, including in particular in international trade, shipping, construction and infrastructure, and banking and financial services. He has particularly strong experience of work concerning the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, India, Singapore, China (both mainland and Hong Kong) and offshore financial centres. He was born and grew up in Poland and speaks Polish fluently, and is valued by international clients in the London market for his deep cultural understanding of Central and Eastern Europe.

Paul Austin

Senior Vice President

HIGHGATE

United Kingdom

Paul Austin

Senior Vice President

HIGHGATE

United Kingdom

Paul has 20 years of dispute resolution, litigation support and business intelligence experience and has led cross-border cases in many challenging jurisdictions for governments, law firms and corporate clients. Paul, a former disputes lawyer, is regularly instructed to support sovereign and commercial disputes on both the claimant and defendant side and has expert insight into the complexities of state immunity laws and their impact on enforcement of judgments and awards, as well as expertise in enforcement, asset-tracing and settlement negotiations. Paul started his career at KPMG before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where he spent time in Afghanistan. He later ran his own investigations firm before qualifying as a solicitor and working at one of London’s leading disputes law firms. Paul has a BA from Durham University and a Master of Laws from the University of Law.

Philipp Kurek

Partner

Signature Litigation

United Kingdom

Philipp Kurek

Partner

Signature Litigation

United Kingdom

Philipp specialises in international arbitration, representing clients and providing strategic legal advice in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings across a wide range of sectors and regions. Philipp’s practice includes both investment arbitration, as well as commercial arbitration under all major institutional rules. Philipp’s investment arbitration expertise (including under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules) has seen him represent clients operating in several global industries, including technology, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, logistics, real estate, financial services, tax, media, health care, and aerospace. Philipp’s focus on global arbitration has led to him representing international clients in claims against several states in the following regions: Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe (including in particular Central and Eastern Europe) and Asia. Philipp also regularly acts for clients in commercial arbitrations around the world, and in this context has acted for clients in relation to a wide variety of disputes, including joint venture, shareholder, finance, private equity/M&A, regulatory, and pharma disputes, as well as many other contractual and non-contractual claims.

J-P Pitt

Director

Hereford Litigation

United Kingdom

J-P Pitt

Director

Hereford Litigation

United Kingdom

J-P is an experienced litigation funder with a particular focus on asset recovery and judgment enforcement. J-P also has deep experience in funding and managing litigation assets across numerous jurisdictions and sectors, including group actions, bilateral treaty arbitration, and commercial litigation. Hereford Litigation is a London-based third-party funder active across legal assets, with a global remit. The team includes two leading KCs and brings considerable experience across law, third party funding and special situations investing. J-P is an English solicitor and, prior to commencing a career in legal services, he served as a British Army officer for 14 years with the Scots Guards.

Alistair Jones

Senior Associate

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

United Kingdom

Alistair Jones

Senior Associate

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

United Kingdom

Alistair is a Senior Associate at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP and advises individuals and corporates on all aspects of sanctions risk, compliance and enforcement. Alistair is recognised in particular for his knowledge of financial and trade sanctions and export controls. He represents sanctioned parties in designation challenges and was instructed with Anna Bradshaw in the successful challenge to an EU sanctions designation in Abdelkader Sabra v Council of the European Union (Case T-249/20). Alistair is sought after for his sanctions training and co-authored the chapter 'Representing Designated Persons: A UK Lawyer’s Perspective’ in The Guide to Sanctions, published by the Global Investigations Review (currently in its third edition).

Irina Tymczyszyn

Independent Arbitrator

Tymczyszyn Arbitration

United Kingdom

Irina Tymczyszyn

Independent Arbitrator

Tymczyszyn Arbitration

United Kingdom

Irina Tymczyszyn FCIArb is an English lawyer and a well-known international arbitration specialist. Over the last 20 years, Irina has acted as counsel and arbitrator in multiple international commercial arbitration proceedings seated around the world. She has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional cross-border disputes. Irina specialises in investment and post-M&A disputes, shareholders’ disputes (often involving allegations of fraud), commodity trading, construction, energy and natural resources disputes.

Paddy Beiner

Group Managing Director

Bearstone

Germany

Paddy Beiner

Group Managing Director

Bearstone

Germany

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Adelina Prokop

Partner

Clifford Chance

Poland

Adelina Prokop

Partner

Clifford Chance

Poland

Adelina Prokop, a qualified Polish advocate, is a partner in the Clifford Chance Warsaw Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. She focuses on dispute resolution in commercial, financial and international law. In particular, she specialises in investment arbitration. Adelina has vast experience acting for clients in court and arbitration proceedings gained in Clifford Chance’s Warsaw and London offices. She acts for foreign investors in international investment arbitration. She has acted in arbitration proceedings in Paris, London, Geneva, Brussels and Warsaw. She represents banks, financial institutions and auditors before the common courts and the Court of Justice of the EU. She has also advised clients from the energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and real estate sectors, as well as in disputes concerning unfair competition and M&A. Clients perceive Adelina as “a highly intelligent, thoughtful associate and an excellent advocate” (Legal 500 EMEA 2021) and appreciate her „” her in terms of accuracy”” in arbitration and contentious banking matters (Chambers Europe 2021). She is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal, an international legal directory, as a Future Leader in arbitration proceedings in Poland.

Rodrigo Vivas

UK Head of Intelligence

CT Group

United Kingdom

Rodrigo Vivas

UK Head of Intelligence

CT Group

United Kingdom

Rodrigo Vivas is CT Group’s UK Head of Intelligence. Rodrigo leads complex multijurisdictional investigatory assignments including litigation and international arbitration support, asset tracing, sanctions and political exposure analysis as well as integrity and reverse due diligence. Rodrigo speaks fluent Russian and Spanish and has developed a particular expertise in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America. He has travelled extensively throughout these regions and spent seven years working in Moscow.

Ian Casewell

Partner

Mintz Group

United Kingdom

Ian Casewell

Partner

Mintz Group

United Kingdom

Ian Casewell is a Partner and heads the Mintz Group’s London office. He specialises in providing investigative support to large- scale disputes and fraud matters. Ian co-heads the firm’s international asset tracing unit that specialises in tracing assets around the world, and has been helping creditors enforce judgments in hundreds of cases over the past 20 years. Working for individuals, companies and governments, his cases are invariably multi-layered, frequently cross-border, and often in offshore jurisdictions. Ian and his team have particular expertise in areas they have found crucial to asset tracing and recovery, including: Banking, Offshore Structures, Shipping, Real Estate, Private Aircraft and Internet Forensics. Ian has worked in corporate investigations for over a decade. He previously worked at Europol, where he ran international investigations into organised crime. In addition to his operational work, Ian was lead analyst for all computer crime- related activities within the European Union relating to Europol. In this role he was responsible for the establishment of an EU- wide strategic intelligence group comprised of members of the EU’s computer crime units, producing the first EU-wide strategic assessment on computer-related crime within the Union. It was published and disseminated to all Member States. Ian also has experience working at the U.K. Government’s Asset Recovery Agency and West Mercia Constabulary, where he was engaged in crime pattern analysis and the support of criminal investigations. Ian was recognised as a leading practitioner in Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery Experts in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. He is described as “number one” according to WWL sources who consider him “awesome” when handling asset tracing, investigations and enforcement proceedings with his “‘impressive’ investigations practice, which centres on providing support for large–scale disputes and fraud cases.”

Helena Bowyer

Director, Asset Tracing & Complex Investigations

Ankura

United Kingdom

Helena Bowyer

Director, Asset Tracing & Complex Investigations

Ankura

United Kingdom

Helena is a Director in Ankura’s Asset Tracing & Complex Investigations team. Helena is an experienced investigator specialising in cross-border asset tracing exercises, the provision of strategic intelligence in dispute resolution and aiding the enforcement of investor-state arbitral awards. Helena has significant experience in the CIS region having spent time working and studying in Russia and leading multiple investigations in the region.

Gunjan Sharma

Partner

Volterra Fietta

United Kingdom

Gunjan Sharma

Partner

Volterra Fietta

United Kingdom

Gunjan Sharma, a “Next Generation Partner” (Legal 500, 2024) and “Rising Star” (Euromoney, 2022, 2023), has been praised as “very able”, a “future star in public international law for sure”, a “highly experienced arbitration lawyer” who provides “senior-level expertise” and “invaluable value to clients”, “excelling in the depth of his knowledge”, “very professional”, a “consummate professional”, with “fantastic drafting skills” and “quick and very easy” communication (Legal500, 2021-2024). Mr Sharma provides clients with the comprehensive advice they need to achieve successful outcomes in international disputes involving billions of dollars, including State-to-State disputes, investor-State and commercial arbitrations and major litigations. He has represented States before the International Court of Justice; obtained victories for States and investors in multi-billion-dollar investor-State arbitrations; and caused New York courts to summarily dismiss a potentially USD 200 million claim for fraud against a private equity client, without discovery or trial. Mr Sharma also has extensive non-contentious experience, having advised clients on various issues in over 300 transactions. He has represented States and private companies in major treaty negotiations and boundary delimitations, including free trade agreements, transboundary unitisation agreements and other energy treaties. Mr Sharma’s clients have included major energy and mining companies; Silicon Valley giants; some of the world’s largest investment funds; and numerous States, including Bahrain, Barbados, Egypt, Kenya, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He also served as an expert witness on international law in proceedings before a European court on behalf of a North American State. Mr Sharma is also an acknowledged thought leader. His work has been cited by numerous authorities, including the US Congressional Research Service. He is regularly consulted by major newspapers and publications, including the NRC in the Netherlands, The Times in England and the Financial Times’s The Banker magazine. Mr Sharma has a Juris Doctor from the prestigious New York University School of Law. He is a Krogh Honors Medallion Scholar and has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, with a Certificate in Asian Studies, from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Ania Farren

Partner

Fieldfisher

United Kingdom

Ania Farren

Partner

Fieldfisher

United Kingdom

Ania is a Partner at Fieldfisher. She is a highly experienced practitioner who advises and represents States and corporate entities in a wide variety of international dispute resolution and public international law matters, including commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She has over 20 years of experience as counsel; She has acted as counsel in disputes conducted under all of the major arbitration rules including ICC, ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, LCIA and SCC. She is Chair of the ICC UK Committee for Arbitration and ADR and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Charity Ball. She also sits as an Arbitrator and is a member of Arbitra. She previously worked at a leading third party funder.

Roman Bieda

Head of Fraud Investigations

Coinfirm

Poland

Roman Bieda

Head of Fraud Investigations

Coinfirm

Poland

Roman is a recognized Fraud Investigator, both in the traditional and blockchain space, cooperating with Corporates, Police Forces, and other agencies on forensic investigations including hack, fraud, murder, assault, child protection, terrorism, e-discovery, forensic data analysis, bribery, conflict of interest, tax fraud, and AML. • MIT Certified Blockchain Expert. • He has provided testimony on blockchain investigations in courts in Europe and USA. • A guest lecturer at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. • Crypto investigations training provider for law enforcement agents.

Dr. Ileana M. Smeureanu

Counsel

JONES DAY

France

Dr. Ileana M. Smeureanu

Counsel

JONES DAY

France

Ileana Smeureanu concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She represents clients from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East throughout the whole arbitral process, covering a wide range of disputes and a variety of jurisdictions. Before joining Jones Day, Ileana worked in London as a research assistant to a renowned international arbitrator and was an associate with the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington, D.C. During her doctoral studies, Ileana trained with the ICC Court of Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and four international law firms in Paris and Singapore. Ileana is author of the book Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer Law International, 2011). She coauthored the English translation of the Romanian arbitration law (ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, 74th Suppl., May 2013) and has published and spoke on numerous topics with special focus on Eastern Europe. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bucharest Bar Association, and the young international groups of several prominent arbitral institutions.

John Adams

Partner, Insolvency and Commercial Dispute Resolution

Penningtons Manches Cooper

United Kingdom

John Adams

Partner, Insolvency and Commercial Dispute Resolution

Penningtons Manches Cooper

United Kingdom

John Adams is an experienced insolvency and civil fraud partner in the commercial dispute resolution team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in London who advises on proceedings at all levels of the English courts. He has significant experience in both domestic and cross-border insolvencies, and has developed a particular specialism in contentious cases arising out of fraud. John has advised on a number of complex, high value matters involving concurrent criminal or regulatory investigations, including the US trustee of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC, and the estate of Bernard L Madoff. He has specialist expertise in digital assets where he advises clients on cryptocurrency, NFT and blockchain disputes. He also advises on all aspects of asset investigation and recovery, including corporate and personal insolvency, and has assisted in the recovery of all types of assets, from crypto assets to racehorses and overseas properties.

Kateryna Gupalo

Partner, Attorney-at-Law

Arzinger Law Office

Ukraine

Kateryna Gupalo

Partner, Attorney-at-Law

Arzinger Law Office

Ukraine

Kateryna Gupalo, Attorney-at-law, Partner, co-head of the White-Collar Crime practice, co-head of the Anticorruption practice. Kateryna’s expertise involves the provision of legal aid to companies with foreign investments, to its top management as well as to private clients in criminal proceedings. Due to her understanding of the relevant business processes Kateryna effectively defends clients at all stages of criminal proceedings (in pre-trial investigations as well as in court). Kateryna also deals with cross-border cases as well as represents her clients before international investigative bodies, including. Interpol. The companies include, in particular, Ukrainian subsidiaries of multinational grain-trading companies and other agribusiness representatives as well as food, pharma, timber processing, construction companies, etc. Kateryna also practices complex litigation and also has extensive expertise in the area of tax and customs litigation. Kateryna is an active participant in scientific and practical conferences and forums.

Piotr Bytnerowicz

Dispute Resolution Counsel and Arbitrator

ByArb

Poland

Piotr Bytnerowicz

Dispute Resolution Counsel and Arbitrator

ByArb

Poland

Piotr is a seasoned dispute resolution lawyer specialising in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has gained his experience working for eighteen years at top international law firms in Warsaw and London (White & Case, Clifford Chance and CMS Cameron McKenna), as well as in-house in Australia, specifically in relation to a mega arbitration dispute concerning a major LNG project. ​ Piotr works as lead and co-counsel on significant international and domestic arbitrations and represents clients in Polish state court proceedings. He also frequently acts as a sole, presiding or co-arbitrator. Piotr’s main areas of specialisation include disputes related to M&A, real estate, construction and energy projects. However, throughout his career, Piotr has successfully represented clients in all sorts of disputes. Therefore, he is confident handling even the most unusual and challenging problems. ​ Piotr is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also one of the founders and a Vice-President of the Arbitration Association for Central and Eastern Europe (ArbCEE). ​ He is recommended by Who is Who Legal in the Arbitration category, as well as by Chambers & Partners in the Dispute Resolution category.

Dominik Nagly

Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder

Fidera

United Kingdom

Dominik Nagly

Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder

Fidera

United Kingdom

Dominik is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder at Fidera. Fidera is a special situations focused investment firm based in London and Luxembourg. Dominik started his investing career in 2008. Prior to co-founding Fidera in 2019, Dominik was a Partner at Macrosynergy where he led special situations opportunities investing. Before that, he was at Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and Brevan Howard.

Will B Jenkins

Intelligence and Investigations Director, CFE

Gravamen Advisory and Menas Associates

United Kingdom

Will B Jenkins

Intelligence and Investigations Director, CFE

Gravamen Advisory and Menas Associates

United Kingdom

Will B Jenkins is a Certified Fraud Examiner, independent investigator, and strategic intelligence specialist. He was most recently a Director in the London office of two global investigations firms. He has conducted hundreds of investigative and intelligence cases across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Indo-Pacific. His work focuses on complex disputes, due diligence, asset searches, bespoke political risk, and regulatory- and intelligence-led investigations into integrity issues, especially in frontier markets. Will formerly worked in Dubai at the forensic disputes and integrity services section at EY, where he managed over a hundred multi-jurisdictional integrity and compliance investigations across MENA and into Europe. There, he worked on anti-corruption cases and traced assets, money-laundering and sanctioned networks around the Middle East and Eurasia including a number of historic sanctions, forensic dispute, and internal investigation mandates. An Arabic and Persian speaker and Middle East specialist by background, Will is also proficient in German, French, Russian, and Urdu. Will formerly worked at the Australian Senate on trade and defence policy, and at the Australian Chamber of Commerce in trade and productivity research as well as at a boutique business consultancy focused on emerging markets in Sydney. He received his master’s degree with Distinction in global economic history from the University of Leipzig in Germany and the London School of Economics & Political Science. His undergraduate degrees are from the Australian National University, where he also taught.

Grzegorz Woźniak

Managing Partner

Woźniak Legal Law Firm

Poland

Grzegorz Woźniak

Managing Partner

Woźniak Legal Law Firm

Poland

GRZEGORZ E. WOŹNIAK is a Managing Partner at Woźniak Legal Law Firm in Warsaw, Poland. Mr Woźniak represents clients in the field of mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance as well as private client. Some of his work focuses on helping clients prepare proactive policies to prevent fraudulent activity in companies and to remedy damage suffered as a result of fraud, especially after the takeover. Mr Woźniak has been also trained as a judge. Before setting up Woźniak Legal, he used to work for many years at Allen&Overy in Warsaw. Mr Woźniak was admitted to the Polish Bar in 2001. He is the active member of The International Bar Association.

Andrew de Roy

Founder

Bearstone

Poland

Andrew de Roy

Founder

Bearstone

Poland

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Andrew Barns-Graham

Legal Director (Barrister)

Pinsent Masons

United Kingdom

Andrew Barns-Graham

Legal Director (Barrister)

Pinsent Masons

United Kingdom

Andrew is a barrister and civil litigator specialising in fraud claims, investment scams, the enforcement of non-performing loans, freezing injunctions and other interim relief, and contentious trusts. He has extensive experience of advising clients on sensitive disputes involving dishonesty allegations and his cases often cross borders. His notable ongoing cases include the SKAT litigation (quantum of c. £1.5bn) and the Privatbank litigation (quantum of >$4bn).

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Book your place for cutting-edge insights from top speakers and unparalleled networking opportunities with industry peers. The conference fee includes:
 
  • Full-day access
  • Access to all panels
  • Free coffee breaks and lunch
  • Allocated networking time.

 

Very Early Bird

Valid till 31.12.2023

1850 zł

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Early Bird

Valid from 01.01.2024 till 31.03.2024

2 300 zł

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Valid from 01.04.2024

2 850 zł

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VENUE DETAILS

Asset Recovery CEE conference will be held at:

Warsaw Marriott Hotel

al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, 00-697 Warsaw, Poland

 

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On April 13, 2023, Warsaw hosted the international one-day conference "Asset Recovery CEE."

The event focused on critical aspects of asset recovery in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. Topics included envisioning asset recovery in Ukraine, reflecting on the past year’s sanctions and future trends, piercing the corporate veil, enforcing against sovereign states, litigation funding in the CEE region, managing risk in greenwashing enforcement, and the role of technology in asset recovery.

Discussions explored strategies for effective asset recovery in Ukraine, the complexities of holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing, legal frameworks for recovering assets from sovereign entities, the current state and future prospects of litigation funding, practical approaches to managing risk in cases of greenwashing, and the latest advancements in technology for asset tracing and recovery. The conference provided a platform for professionals to exchange knowledge and foster collaboration in advancing asset recovery practices in the CEE region.

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The conference will take place 18 April 2024. More details will be provided later.

The conference will be held at Warsaw Marriott Hotel, al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, 00-697 Warsaw, Poland

The conference is primarily aimed at professionals involved in the field of asset recovery in Central and Eastern Europe, including law enforcement officers, lawyers, investigators, forensic accountants, and compliance professionals.

All panels will be conducted in English.

No, and networking space will be available throughout the conference.

Yes. More information you can find in REGISTER section above.

You can register for the conference on the event website.

Refunds are only possible if the event is canceled or rescheduled.

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Please review the most up-to-date Polish government guidance: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations 

Yes, the conference will include networking sessions where attendees can meet and connect with other professionals in the field of asset recovery.

Yes, we will an after party. Details will be provided on the conference website as they become available.

The Asset Recovery CEE conference will be held only offline in Warsaw.

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