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I bring extensive experience on cross-border assignments, often involving coordination with offshore and onshore colleagues and external legal advisers in multiple jurisdictions.

As a Cyprus and UK licensed insolvency practitioner, and experienced British Virgin Islands (BVI) insolvency appointment-taker, I provide insolvency and asset-tracing services, predominantly in the context of offshore contentious insolvency appointments.

I work closely with the Grant Thornton Cyprus Insolvency & Asset Recovery (IAR) team, led by Partner Stephen Michaelides, to drive development of the IAR product within the country as well as external touchpoints.

Our firm has invested significantly in our UK/Cypriot connectivity in recent years, with Stephen's leadership on the IAR service line ensuring that we're well-equipped to take on international insolvency disputes, asset-tracing and asset recovery engagements involving Cyprus. We also frequently interface with other jurisdictions covered by Grant Thornton Offshore.

As well as IAR services, I also work closely with Partners leading he specialist Advisory services, including; Digital Assets, ESG, Quantitative Risk and Funds & Regulatory services, as well as more traditional Advisory services including Transaction Advisory and Business Consulting.

My previous experience with another multi-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring practice in the region included leading contentious insolvency engagements in the UK, Cyprus, the BVI, UK, UAE, APAC Region, Russia, and the FSU.

Previous engagements include:

  • dealing with a Singapore-based nickel trading fraud
  • acting as Receiver on multiple BVI receivership enforcement matters which featured assets and claims in Russia and the FSU
  • appointment by the BVI Commercial Court as Liquidator of Mossack Fonseca in the BVI, following the 'Panama Papers' scandal

I was also involved in managing the liquidation and winding-down of a Caribbean bank; Loyal Bank, of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The engagement included realising assets and winding down subsidiaries in Eastern Europe.

I enjoy involving myself in all stages of a contentious insolvency and asset-recovery engagement. This ranges from pre-planning stages and research around the subject matter, asset-type, and key stakeholders, as well as working with various teams of advisers, who are often multi-jurisdictional. This hands-on approach continues throughout the engagement.

  • ICAEW Licensed Insolvency Practitioner (UK)
  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioner (Cyprus)
  • FCCA (Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountants)
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