International Asset Recovery
Business is global, so lawyers are not effective unless they can act across borders.
This kind of work requires intense creativity. International litigation and asset recovery files may involve:
- collecting evidence around the world
- coordinating simultaneous court applications in multiple jurisdictions, such as ex parte applications to freeze assets (Mareva injunctions) and obtain information (Norwich Pharmacal), perhaps in Hong Kong, Vancouver, and London
- foreign criminal proceedings, which in many countries are a normal tool for private litigants to collect evidence and sometimes detain the defendants
- different standards in multiple jurisdictions, for the enforcement of foreign court orders, admissibility of evidence, privilege, substantive causes of action, and asset seizure
- obtaining local court orders with international effect
- anti-bribery and anti-money laundering legislation from different jurisdictions (for example the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act), which typically enjoin international conduct that has some connection to their local jurisdictions
- building teams of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions
- international actors such as the World Bank or the US Department of Justice
We continue to develop our international network of investigators and law firms so that we can obtain reliable international information and act quickly when we need to.