Alan Bercow

Alan Bercow

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Chambers UK 2015

Alan is a commercial litigation partner, with broad experience of corporate and commercial disputes. Alan has extensive experience of litigation before the High Court, as well as other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. Alan is also an accredited CEDR mediator.

Alan is ranked as a leading individual by both the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories in their civil fraud categories. He is co-head of Stephenson Harwood’s Fraud and Asset Tracing Group and has extensive experience of high value, complex international fraud cases. He was a lead partner on the litigation between BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov and has recently acted on a six week fraud trial in the High Court by the liquidators of a hedge fund against its former directors. He is particularly experienced in obtaining and defending interim injunctions, including world-wide freezing injunctions, disclosure orders, anti-suit injunctions and gagging orders.

Legal 500 praises Alan, saying he “is particularly experienced in cases involving Russia and the CIS”. In fact, most of Alan’s work has an international element and he is used to working with international clients. Alan has experience of international asset tracing and enforcement. Chambers 2014 notes his “experience of advising on multi-jurisdictional fraud cases” and clients and contacts describe him as a "hard-working, thorough and extremely good litigation handler."

Alan has particular experience of cases involving insolvency. He has acted for and against insolvency practitioners, both in the UK and abroad. His experience includes acting for the Norwegian trustees in bankruptcy of Hilmar Reksten, the largest bankruptcy in Norway at the time. Alan is also experienced at advising directors on their duties and liabilities before and after insolvency, and advising creditors of insolvent companies.

Alan has extensive fraud and asset tracing experience and has acted in a number of the largest fraud cases before the Courts in recent years including the six week Weavering trial and the BTA Bank v Abluazar litigation. He has also in recent times acted for both claimants and defendants in relation to worldwide search and seizure, freezing and disclosure, receivership and gagging orders.

Alan has particular experience in acting in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving the CIS and offshore jurisdiction: his recent cases have covered Russia, the Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the BVI, Cyprus, the Isle of Man and a number of other jurisdictions.

He has acted on a number of claims involving regulated financial entities (both in England and abroad) and is used to working alongside our regulatory team. Alan also has extensive insolvency experience and is used to acting for and against insolvency practitioners, insolvent companies and their former directors.

Alan is listed as a leading individual in the civil fraud category of the current editions of both Chambers (where he is "praised by sources for his skills in the Commercial Court and as an arbitrator") and Legal 500 which notes he "is particularly experienced in cases involving Russia and the CIS".