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Covington & Burling LLP

Fraud: Civil

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What the team is known for

Well-known litigation practice that collaborates with the firm’s white-collar team to advise clients involved in complicated fraud-related disputes. Highly skilled bench of litigators experienced in obtaining and opposing injunctive relief applications such as disclosure, freezing and search orders. Particularly strong on proceedings arising in Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

Strengths

A client says: "It's a great firm - the team has managed to make sure all aspects of the matter are taken into account and that everything is coordinated. The lawyers are smart and pleasant to work with."

"A highly regarded team with which it is a pleasure to work - I highly recommend them," says a source.

Work highlights

Defended Russian businessman Vitaliy Machitski and his aluminium business Vi Holdings NV against a USD300 million claim brought by Vitaliy Gayduk concerning an alleged conspiracy between Mr Machitski and a third businessman, Mikhail Shlosberg.

Notable practitioners

Craig Pollack plays a central role in high-value fraud cases relating to an array of claims including breach of contract and conspiracy. He also assists his clients in recovering misappropriated assets.
"Craig has an incredible mind - he offers very strategic views on a matter and is able to grasp the legal aspects of it right away." "He has good oversight and is very thoughtful and calm in setting out the strategy." "He is very practical, reasonable and really leads the client towards a decision."

Ian Hargreaves is skilled at coordinating international fraud litigation as well as strategies to trace and recover assets obtained fraudulently. He is adept at handling matters related to investment fraud as well as those that have concurrent criminal proceedings.
"Ian is a polished and experienced practitioner." "He is an intelligent lawyer and an expert in his field." "Ian is on every corner of a case, looking at all of the perspectives, and that is a real talent."

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Fraud: Civil Department

Covington & Burling LLP

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Department location

265 Strand

London

Greater London

UK

WC2R 1BH

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Fraud: Civil


Craig Pollack
Band 4
Ian Hargreaves
Band 4