Island Getaway: demystifying offshore fraud investigations

  • 20 Oct 2015
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • Mishcon de Reya, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London WC2B 6AH
  • 16

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There is a perception in the UK that offshore financial centres are impenetrable and that it is frequently impossible to locate and recover assets once they reach a so-called tax haven.  But what’s the reality?

On Tuesday 20 October 2015 our speakers will demystify the rhetoric and explain the reality of locating and recovering assets from offshore jurisdictions.

Mark Ballamy: Mark is a partner in Ballamy LLP and has 25 years’ experience of providing forensic accounting services to a range of international clients.  Mark has experience of tracing monies through offshore jurisdictions and in working with lawyers both in the UK and abroad to recover assets. 

Mark’s presentation will summarise the conventional principles of tracing assets, explain the acceptability of departures from tracing conventions, and explain the usual financial information requirements of offshore jurisdictions to support applications for disclosure orders.

David Wilson:
Practice Areas - Litigation, Financial Services Regulation, Trusts and Insolvency.  David's expertise includes banking, trust and funds disputes, anti-money laundering issues, regulatory investigations, asset recovery, insolvency, trustee applications, professional negligence and partnership and shareholder disputes. David is regularly instructed by global financial institutions, Jersey-based financial services businesses and international law and accountancy firms. He acts for the Viscount (the officer of the Royal Court responsible for administering bankruptcies) has acted as an appointed inspector for the Jersey Financial Services Commission and acts for a number of high net worth individuals in a broad variety of complex disputes. He has acted in some of the leading Jersey cases on trust issues, such as the A Trust, which changed the Jersey law on setting aside a trust and Re the Representation of Lloyds TSB Offshore Trust Company Limited, which settled Jersey law on proprietary claims to trust assets.  David is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. David is also an honorary Member of the UK Commercial Bar Association. David holds the Institute of Directors (IoD) Diploma in Company Direction.

Career: David joined Lacey Advocates in February 2015 having previously been a partner of Mourant du Feu & Jeune (1993-2007) and Baker & Partners (2008-2015).  After studying law at King's College, University of London, David trained and worked as an English solicitor with a leading City law firm between 1989 and 1993, when he moved to Jersey, qualifying as a Jersey lawyer in 1996.

Jamie Biddle: Jamie is a Managing Associate at Lacey Advocates.  His expertise lies in financial services regulation, fraud, commercial litigation and anti-money laundering.  Prior to joining Lacey Advocates in 2015, Jamie was the Deputy Director of Enforcement at the Jersey Financial Services Commission where he led teams of lawyers and accountants in conducting the Commission’s most complex enforcement cases.  Jamie was instrumental in the Commission’s adoption of settlement agreements and in the development of the Enforcement Division’s processes and procedures.  

Jamie’s presentation will focus on the circumstances in which a regulator in an offshore jurisdiction such as Jersey may be able to assist victims of regulatory breaches to recover losses caused by those breaches.

The Event will be held at Mishcon de Reya, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London WC2B 6AH

18:00hrs to 18:30hrs - Registrations
18:30hrs to 19:30hrs - Speakers and Q&A 
19:30hrs to 21:00hrs - Networking Reception
 

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