Emma has extensive expertise in civil fraud litigation, in particular obtaining and defending worldwide freezing injunctions. As a result of her work on behalf of the Department of Health, Emma has experience in litigating private damages actions in competition cases alleging abuse of dominant position and entry into anti-competitive arrangements. In the competition litigation practice area, Legal 500 described Emma as “very sharp”. Emma’s work often involves cross-border or international elements: amongst other things Emma was part of the team that defended the former CEO of what was Nigeria’s fourth largest bank, conducting 2 weeks of the trial of the claim in Lagos. Emma has also assisted in the taking of evidence from witnesses in Nigeria, made representations on behalf of clients at the United Nations In New York and drafted evidence in support of an anti-suit injunction seeking to prevent the continuation of a claim filed in Israel. Emma was called to the New York Bar in February 2012. Emma is also a member of the committee of the British Nigeria Law Forum, which provides business, networking and educational opportunities for members and friends in the UK and Nigeria. Emma has contributed to the Law Digest (Africa’s premier law journal) and has co-authored chapters of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2014 and the 2016 Asset Recovery guide to Getting the Deal Through.
Mungo Lowe, Maples & Calder
Mungo is an associate in Maples and Calder’s London office, where he advises on offshore corporate and commercial litigation including shareholder disputes, asset tracing, corporate investigations, contractual claims and enforcement of security. As a fellow of INSOL International he has particular expertise in cross-border insolvency and restructuring. He also has experience of contentious trusts disputes. Mungo joined Maples and Calder in 2016. He was previously with another international law firm in the BVI for four years and before that practised for eight years as a barrister at 13 Old Square Chambers (now 3 Stone) in Lincoln’s Inn, London. Mungo is recommended as being “industrious, creative and ingenious, as well as a smart, persuasive advocate” in the Legal 500’s 2016/17 BVI rankings and as being “very responsive, commercial and client friendly” in the Legal 500’s 2017/18 Offshore law firms in London rankings.
Maria Vinogradova, Lalive
Maria Vinogradova joined LALIVE in 2013. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international litigation and white collar crime & compliance. She is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and of the Swiss Federation of Lawyers. Before joining LALIVE, Maria Vinogradova trained with Cramer-Salamian, (2011-2013) where she practiced civil and criminal litigation in contractual disputes, asset recovery and insolvency proceedings with respect to both domestic and international matters. Maria Vinogradova holds a Master of economic Law (2011), as well as a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva (2011). She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions (2011).
Watson Pringle, Maitland Chambers
Watson specialises in commercial chancery litigation, for which he is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK and Chambers Global. He was shortlisted for ‘Chancery – Junior of the Year’ in the 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards and was highly recommended in Legal Week’s ‘Stars of the Bar 2014’. His practice includes civil fraud and asset tracing, jurisdiction and conflicts of laws issues, enforcement and recognition of judgments, contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, shareholder disputes; and personal and corporate insolvency matters He is an experienced junior in large, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, having been junior Counsel for the Family Defendants in Berezovsky v Abramovich, and for the Claimants in Gudavadze v Anisimov and Blue Tropic v Chkhartishvili. He is currently instructed by the Defendant in Slater & Gordon’s £637 million fraud claim against Watchstone Group Plc, and by the Applicants in Browder v Nogotkov, Re Dalnyaya Step LLC. Where possible he appears unled, and as sole Counsel he is experienced in both trial and application advocacy in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Watson is particularly effective in fraud cases, and is experienced in both obtaining and resisting the full range of pre-action and interlocutory remedies that typically arise, including freezing injunctions and orders under the Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust jurisdictions. He has worked alongside criminal investigations, and with IT and accounting experts, to locate stolen assets. He is experienced and effective in cross-examination, a skill that he honed during his early practice in frequent multi-day trials in the county courts.
Benoit Mauron, Lalive
Benoît A. Mauron joined LALIVE as an associate in 2015. His practice focuses on domestic and cross border litigation. Before joining LALIVE, Benoît A. Mauron worked as an associate in the dispute resolution group of a leading Swiss firm in Geneva (2012-2014) where he also trained before being admitted to the Geneva bar (2010-2012). Benoît A. Mauron is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA). Benoît A. Mauron holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar with Honors, 2015) as well as a Master in Swiss law from the University of Lausanne (major in Business Law, magna cum laude, 2009).
Nicola Lewis, Stephenson Harwood
Nicola is a senior associate in Stephenson Harwood’s fraud and asset tracing team. She specialises in high-value complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation. She has significant experience of trials and in bringing and defending interlocutory applications in proceedings in the English High Court. Nicola has full rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales. Nicola has worked on three of The Lawyer magazine’s annual Top 20 Cases (2012-2015) and has taken cases to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Nicola’s experience in fraud litigation includes obtaining freezing orders and defending committal proceedings with particular experience with clients in the Middle East and CIS. She also has experience in corporate insolvency matters.
Samuel D Ouriach, Grant Thornton
Samuel Ouriach is an Associate Director in Grant Thornton’s Insolvency practice. He started with Grant Thornton in 2005 and has specialised in complex, contentious insolvency and asset recovery. He is currently based in London but has previously worked in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman dealing with offshore, cross border assignments.
Samuel has experience in dealing with litigation and asset recovery matters in overseas jurisdictions including BVI, Cayman, Hong Kong, PRC, CIS, Eastern Europe, Switzerland, South America and Caribbean regions.
He is an ACCA qualified accountant with a BA (Hons) Mathematics and Accounting and also a member of Insol International.
In Legal 500 Who’s Who Asset Recovery publication Samuel is quoted as being ‘’…a firm favourite among clients…“He understands the commercial reality of any given situation and finds a solution that really works.”