Join us for a discussion on the impact of Unexplained Wealth Orders have on HNW & UHNW clients with connections to the UK. We are joined by an eminent team of legal & investigation specialists to help private wealth advisors understand the latest cases and impact for their clients. We are delighted to be joined by the panelists below:
Nicola McKinney - Partner, Grosvenor Law, London. Nicola specialises in complex commercial and cross-jurisdictional disputes, particularly those involving Worldwide Freezing Orders and other forms of asset injunction and seizure, as well as fraud and other quasi-criminal cases.
Nicola's clients are often UHNWs and their companies, and important considerations often include ongoing access to assets, threats to liberty and freedom of movement between countries, reputation and privacy.
A practising barrister for a decade before joining Grosvenor Law, Nicola's approach is practical, strategic and detail-oriented; she distils large volumes of information quickly and works closely with clients towards a focussed case plan. Nicola is also called to the Bar in The Bahamas, and speaks conversational Swiss German and French.
Jessica Miller - Founder & Director, Strela Advisory, London. Jessica is the founder and director of Strela Advisory limited, a boutique investigations firm founded in 2017. Strela Advisory has three core practice areas: private client, asset tracing & recovery, and dispute support.
Jessica's particular expertise is in the application of investigations to assist private clients from the CIS and Middle East, and their family offices and advisors, in the resolution of legal disputes, addressing threats to reputation, and managing sensitive commercial and personal matters.
Further to English, she speaks Italian, Russian, Spanish and French.
Alison Pople QC, Cloth Fair Chambers, London. Alison is widely recognised as a leading silk with particular specialisms in financial and commercial crime and corporate crime and investigations. She is routinely instructed in high profile, serious and complex investigations and proceedings for both individual and corporate clients.
Alison's case load involves addressing the complex and sensitive issues faced by high-profile, politically exposed persons or otherwise exposed individual clients or corporate clients.
Her expertise embraces the interface between the commercial world and criminal or regulatory investigations including issues of corporate fraud and false accounting, insider dealing, criminal cartels, tax fraud, domestic and international corruption and corporate regulatory issues.
She advises on all aspects of POCA and AML issues including investigation orders, potential civil recovery issues and disclosure issues, including in relation to the regulated sector, as well as potential criminal and regulatory exposure.
In March 2020 Alison represented one of three respondents in the first successful challenges to Unexplained Explained Wealth Orders.
Ian Ryan - Partner, Howard Kennedy LLP, London. Ian is a white-collar crime lawyer specialising in serious fraud and acting in serious and high-profile matters both domestically and internationally. Ian heads the firm's well regarded Business Crime team.
Ian has over 25 years' experience dealing with a full range of business crime and serious fraud investigations. This includes investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He advises on investigations from the early stages through to and including contested jury trials.
His primary focus is acting for clients in SFO investigations. He is representing senior individuals in SFO investigations into Euribor, Patisserie Valerie, Amec Foster Wheeler, and ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation). Ian successfully represented Achim Kraemer, the only defendant acquitted in the first Euribor trial in June 2018. He has previously acted on the SFO investigations into Rolls Royce, GSK, Tesco, Harlequin and represented Vincent Tchenguiz on his arrest by the SFO and subsequent search of his business premises.
Ben Ticehurst - Legal Director, Howard Kennedy LLP, London. Ben is an experienced litigation and regulatory lawyer specialising in business crime, white-collar crime and investigations, increasingly with a global focus.
Ben has a lengthy track record of representing corporates, and senior business executives who have found themselves at the centre of fraud, bribery and corruption, and other white-collar crime investigations.
His experience as a fraud and white-collar crime specialist has seen him defend clients successfully in cases brought by the SFO, NCA, CPS, the Insolvency Service, and HMRC. Ben is experienced in the niche area of private prosecutions advising companies, and high-net-worth individuals who have been victims of fraud or other white-collar crime.
Ben acts on a myriad issues, often high-profile and involving allegations of conspiracy to defraud, multi-million pound tax credit schemes and VAT fraud, global bribery and corruption probes, and major energy sector investigations. He also defends financial services professionals in complex fraud prosecutions and money laundering prosecutions.
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