Fraud and asset tracing overview

Our track record in the field of fraud and asset recovery speaks for itself.

It is a core specialism of our BVI office. We are the only large onshore law firm with lawyers based in the BVI. Where required, we have unique capability to trace and recover assets across jurisdictions, both onshore and offshore. Where proceedings start in Europe, the US or Asia, we are able to follow the case advising tactically throughout.

Our expertise covers:

  • Complex Financial and Banking Fraud
  • Bribery / Corruption
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax and Carousel Fraud
  • Investment Fraud / Investment Scams
  • Fraudulent Investment or “Ponzi” Schemes
  • Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Claims
  • False Accounting / Invoicing
  • Money Laundering
  • Tax Evasion
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • FCA / SEC / FSC Investigations
  • Trade Finance Fraud / Letters of Credit
  • Commodities Fraud
  • Claims over title and stolen assets

We work across the globe with both public and private businesses that have been defrauded or have received the proceeds of fraud, often unwittingly. We can also advise directors and employees caught up in these events.

Our team in the BVI has particular expertise in advising clients on steps that can be taken in the jurisdiction to investigate BVI companies that may have been used to perpetrate a fraud or assist in the movement of funds arising from fraud. We advise clients on the possibility of obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief from the BVI Commercial Court which, if successful, enables us to obtain information through the registered agent of the company that would otherwise not be publicly available, such as details of directors and shareholders.

We also have extensive experience of obtaining freezing orders to prevent asset removal from BVI companies with such orders often being sought in support of proceedings ongoing in other jurisdictions.

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