Simmons & Simmons LLP

Fraud: Civil Department

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What the team is known for Advises businesses and individuals affected by fraud in high-profile disputes. Carries out complex cross-border investigations, focusing in particular on instructions emanating from Eastern Europe and Russia, and those with a banking and finance angle. Experienced with handling cross-border asset tracing and recovery work. Also offers clients the benefit of complementary expertise in areas such as white-collar crime and financial regulation.

Strengths A source says Simmons & Simmons has "an organised team that is well structured."

A client praises the team for the way it "helps with strategic decisions, formulates a defence and decides how a case should be run."

Work highlights Defended Macquarie Bank against an USD82 million fraud claim, in which a former client of the bank alleged that one of its employees was engaged in fraudulent activity with regard to the trading of oil futures.

Notable practitioners

Nick Benwell is a key contact at the firm.