Julia Alaverdashvili

Associate

Julia is an associate in the litigation and arbitration team.

She has experience working on international high-profile cases, with a particular focus on cases involving allegations of fraud and cases brought by creditor banks against debtor companies or their beneficial owners. Julia has assisted in applications for worldwide freezing, receivership, asset disclosure, search and other interim relief orders.

As a native Russian speaker, Julia has acted in a number of cases involving parties from Russia and the CIS. Many of Julia’s cases have been quite complex and involved instructing foreign counsel as well as experts in foreign law and forensic accountants.

Julia has also advised clients on cross-border insolvency under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 and assisted on several international arbitrations concerning joint venture and shareholder disputes.

Segretaria Zoë Nunn

Esperienza

Admissions

Assisted on a complex joint venture dispute in relation to a valuable asset in Moscow, Trekhgornaya Manufaktura: Danilina v Chernukhin [2018] EWHC 39 (Comm); [2018] EWHC 2503 (Comm). The case involved a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal on security for costs: [2018] EWCA Civ 1802.

Assisted on two reported cases brought by a creditor Russian bank against beneficial owners of debtor companies: JSC BM Bank v Vladimir Kekhman and others [2018] EWHC 791 (Comm) and JSC BM Bank v Andrey Chernyakov and others [2016] EWHC 2583; [2017] EWHC 2564. In JSC BM Bank v Vladimir Kekhman there were findings of complex financial fraud and manipulation of financial accounts, on which forensic accountants prepared an expert report. The Defendant’s knowledge of and involvement in the fraud was disputed and was inferred by the court based on all the evidence presented to it and on the results of the cross-examination, during which the Defendant proved to be a thoroughly dishonest witness.

Represented a Swiss financier in a complex investment fraud case: ENG King Limited and another v Vincent Petrillo [2016] EWHC 3801 (Comm).

England and Wales, 2016

Il mio profilo in un minuto

The most interesting aspect of my work is working with documents and finding and collating evidence, especially in cases of complex fraud. I enjoy the moment when documents start "talking" to me.

I specialise in commercial litigation and civil fraud. To me, the most interesting aspect of my work is working with documents and finding and collating evidence, especially in cases of complex fraud. I enjoy the moment when documents start "talking" to me.

I probably read too many Sherlock Holmes books when I was a child and I like working with private investigators. Their work is essential in some cases, particularly when opponents create opaque ownership structures to try to hide their assets.

The case I am proudest of is JSC BM Bank v Vladimir Kekhman – I was involved in every aspect of the case and was responsible for preparing the trial bundle, answering counsel’s queries as well as liaising with forensic accountants, experts on Russian law and the client’s in-house legal team in the run up to a month-long trial in the High Court. During the trial, I had to fly to Moscow on short notice to assist one of our witnesses who was giving evidence by video link. Following the trial, it was very satisfying to obtain a judgment in our client’s favour. The judgment contained serious findings of dishonesty against our opponent.

In my free time, I enjoy London’s many parks and green spaces with my family and I also like to travel.

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  • English
  • Russian

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