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Alan Bercow

T: +44 20 7809 2242 Email Alan | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Alan Bercow Partner

Contact details

Alan Bercow

Alan Bercow
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2242 Email Alan | Vcard Office: London

Head of our market leading fraud and asset tracing team, Alan is described by Chambers UK as "extremely knowledgeable". Clients value his experience and practical approach to a broad range of commercial litigation issues. Alan's practice is international and The Legal 500 praises Alan, saying he "is particularly experienced in cases involving Russia and the CIS".
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Alan acts on a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, which have included some of the largest cases before the English courts. His clients include companies, directors, high net worth individuals and insolvency practitioners.

Alan heads our market-leading fraud team, which is ranked in tier 1 by The Legal 500. He has significant experience of high value, complex fraud and asset tracing claims, often involving freezing orders, disclosure orders, anti-suit injunctions and gagging orders. He is listed as a leading individual by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, who describe him as "hard-working, thorough and extremely good litigation handler".

Alan has significant experience of cases involving insolvency. He has acted for and against insolvency practitioners, both in the UK and abroad. He also advises regularly on directors' duties.

Alan has extensive experience of parallel, multi-jurisdictional cases involving Russia and the CIS, and also offshore jurisdictions such as BVI, Caymans and the Isle of Man.

"He's extremely knowledgeable and he factors commercial and strategic considerations into the advice that he provides"
Chambers UK 2015

  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial litigation
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Alan heads our market leading civil fraud team, and is praised by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for his expertise in this area. The directories have praised his "experience of advising on multi-jurisdictional fraud cases".

Mukhtar Ablyazov, former owner of BTA Bank

Defended eight sets of High Court claims brought by the bank, for in excess of $4 billion. These were some of the largest, most publicised claims ever to be brought before the English court.

A former director of the Weavering hedge fund

Defended fraud and negligence claims for $450 million, arising from one of the largest hedge fund insolvencies in England.

A Russian oligarch

Acted for a well-known Russian oligarch, bringing claims against his former business partners and obtaining a world-wide freezing order freezing monies in Georgia and the Cayman Islands.

More: Fraud and asset tracing

Alan has led teams on some of the largest claims before the English court in recent times. He has significant experience of taking large cases to trial and on to appeal.

Mukhtar Ablyazov, former owner of BTA Bank

Defended eight sets of High Court claims brought by the bank, for in excess of $4 billion. These were some of the largest, most publicised claims ever to be brought before the English court.

A former director of the Weavering hedge fund

Defended fraud and negligence claims for $450 million, arising from one of the largest hedge fund insolvencies in England.

A Russian cligarch

Acted for a well-known Russian oligarch, bringing claims against his former business partners and obtaining a world-wide freezing order freezing monies in Georgia and the Cayman Islands.

More: Commercial litigation

Alan has extensive experience of litigation arising in the context of insolvency, particularly claims against former directors of insolvent companies.

Largest Norwegian bankruptcy

Acted for the Norwegian trustees in bankruptcy of Hilmar Reksten, the largest bankruptcy in Norway at the time.

A former director of the insolvent Weavering hedge fund

Defended fraud and negligence claims for $450 million by the liquidators of the fund, arising from one of the largest hedge fund insolvencies in England.

The largest receivership order ever made in England

Represented Mukhtar Ablyazov following the appointment of receivers over his assets, the largest receivership order ever made by the English Court. Defended eight sets of High Court claims, relating to transactions carried out prior to the bank's insolvency.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

  • CIS and CEE

Alan is a leading expert in litigation arising from Russia and the CIS, described by The Legal 500 as "particularly experienced in cases involving Russia and the CIS".

Mukhtar Ablyazov, former owner of BTA Bank

Defended eight sets of High Court claims brought by the bank, for in excess of $4 billion. These were some of the largest, most publicised claims ever to be brought before the English Court.

A Russian oligarch

Acted for a well-known Russian oligarch, bringing claims against his former business partners and obtaining a world-wide freezing order freezing monies in Georgia and the Cayman Islands.

A Russian oligarch

Acted for a Russian oligarch defending claims and a freezing order in excess of £1 billion, brought by a creditor of a bank formerly owned by the oligarch.

More: CIS and CEE

Awards

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Latest news & insights

02 Jan 2013

From Insights

Asset tracing and recovery

Alan Bercow and Ros Prince contributed an article on asset tracing and recovery in Lawyer Monthly.

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