Michael Roberts is a commercial litigator focussing on cross-border fraud and insolvency, and with a particular emphasis on Russian and CIS disputes. He has a wealth of experience conducting investigations and using the full range of the Court's powers to trace, secure, and recover misappropriated assets.
For many years, Michael acted for BTA Bank in what remains the largest set of fraud proceedings ever before the English Court, and spawning satellite proceedings in countless off-shore jurisdictions. Since 2014, Michael has acted for the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency against the former senator Sergei Pugachev, establishing numerous ground-breaking precedents, including several Court of Appeal decisions, on worldwide freezing orders, 'passport orders', cross-border insolvency, and asset-tracing. Following a lengthy trial in 2017 (in which Michael was cross-examined), Hogan Lovells succeeded in 'breaking open' Pugachev's discretionary trusts.
More recently, Michael was successful in securing a landmark victory at the Court of Appeal for ENRC against the UK Serious Fraud Office in relation to the scope of legal professional privilege in the context of internal investigations. He is also currently acting for the Ukrainian oligarch and politician, Sergey Taruta, in connection with a multi-billion dollar dispute with a number of other Ukrainian businessmen.