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What the team is known for Advises clients on high-value commercial fraud proceedings and investigations in the UK and internationally, often in parallel with criminal prosecutions. Obtains urgent interlocutory relief, including freezing, search and passport orders, as well as helping clients to discharge such orders. Notable expertise in directors' duties matters, and regularly acts for liquidators in relation to fraud claims against former directors. Handles a significant amount of cross-border work, with particular strength in Russia and CIS-related cases.
Strengths One source describes Fieldfisher as a "quality firm that does a very good job in the international sphere."
A client values the lawyers' "in-depth expertise and sound knowledge."
A commentator says the lawyers have "great competence in the fraud field and great capacity to plan and execute a strategy."
Work highlights Continued to advise Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian high net worth individual, as the first defendant in a USD1.9 billion fraud claim brought by PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine and formerly co-owned by Mr Kolomoisky. The defendants are currently seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, after a 2018 judgment striking the case out on jurisdictional grounds was later reversed by the Court of Appeal.
Head of fraud
Tony Lewis possesses vast experience in handling investigations and litigation arising out of alleged fraudulent activity. He is adept at handling cross-border matters, including issuing and defending injunctive relief applications across multiple jurisdictions.
"Tony is hugely experienced and really good at blue-sky thinking - he thinks outside the box to advance his clients' interests." "He is very hands-on, focused and very value-orientated for the client." "Tony is excellent - he is commercial, practical and knows his stuff."