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Galina Usorova

T: +44 20 7809 2806 M:+44 7825 943 080 Email Galina | vCard Office: London

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Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

Galina Usorova Managing associate

Contact details

Galina Usorova

Galina Usorova
Managing associate

T: +44 20 7809 2806 M: +44 7825 943 080 Email Galina | vCard Office: London

Galina is a managing associate in the fraud and asset recovery team. She is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Russian advocate, and holds a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law. Galina works on high profile cross-border commercial disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty.
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Civil fraud is central to Galina’s practice. She has worked on some of the leading High Court cases involving cross-border fraud, asset recovery and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Galina has particular experience of dealing with freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and other forms of interim relief. Galina regularly acts for both claimants and defendants in proceedings before the English High Court and manages disputes conducted in foreign jurisdictions such as the BVI, the Channel Island, Cayman Island, Switzerland and Cyprus. Galina also has experience in sanctions-related advice and litigation.

Galina has a particular interest in ESG litigation and heads the firm's greenwashing team. 

The more recent of Galina's cases include defending a prominent Russian businessman in the US$600 million civil fraud claim brought by two major Russian banks, acting for a leading trading house in £600 million global asset recovery action, and representing the founders of one of the largest Saudi oil and gas construction company in a breach of duty claim they brought before the DIFC Court.

"Galina Usorova is a stand-out associate. She is extremely hardworking, has impressive skills of legal analysis, and is a master of managing the client. You want her on your team."

The Legal 500 UK 2023

  • Dispute resolution
  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Commercial litigation

LCIA proceedings

Acting for a listed company in the agriculture sector in the ongoing LCIA proceedings related to commercial contracts with a fertiliser company affected by the UK and EU sanctions.

FTSE 250 Investment management company

Advising the company in connection with civil, regulatory and Ombudsman proceedings in the Channel Islands relating to allegedly negligent investment advice provided to retail clients.

Shareholder dispute

Representing a shareholder in a major Russian insurance company in unfair prejudice petition proceedings before the High Court.

More: Dispute resolution

Commodities fraud

Acting for a leading trading house in a £600 million cross-border fraud claim.

PJSC National Bank Trust v Boris Mints

Acting for the fourth defendant in a $600 million fraud claim brought by two Russian banks subject to the UK sanctions against a group of Russian businessmen.

Dili Advisors Corporation & Production Investment Management Limited

Securing a victory for our clients in relation to a jurisdiction challenge they brought in respect of a series of claims totalling $50 million made against them by a Ukrainian oligarch. 

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc v Baglan Zhunus

Defended a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $325 million Commercial Court fraud claim brought against him by the LSE listed Kazakh and Manx group of companies.

Alliance Bank JSC & Baglan Zhunus

Acted for a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $300 million claim brought by a major Kazakh bank in connection with the acquisition and development of oil fields in Russia.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors

Represented the second defendant in one of the largest and legally significant claims ever brought before the English High Court.

China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd v Chun Chi Wai & Ors

Acted for three defendants in relation to ancillary freezing and disclosure orders sought in aid of a $500 million fraud claim brought by the liquidators in Hong Kong.

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Breach of contract dispute in the aviation sector

Acting for a lessor in respect of its claim against an aircraft carrier arising in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joint venture dispute

Acting for a group of five defendants in relation to a breach of contract claim relating to one of the largest IT group of companies in the CIS.

Litigation strategy advice

Developing detailed and targeted litigation strategy for a UHNW individual from the Central Asia in respect of a dispute against his business partners in a successful media group. 

Saudi high net worth individuals

Acted for founding shareholders of a major Saudi oil and gas construction conglomerate in a $450 million claim for breach of duty and an indemnity brought before the DIFC Court as a result of a report produced by an international consultancy firm for the Saudi stock market regulator.

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc v Baglan Zhunus

Defended a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $325 million Commercial Court fraud claim brought against him by the LSE listed Kazakh and Manx group of companies.

Alliance Bank JSC & Baglan Zhunus

Acted for a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $300 million claim brought by a major Kazakh bank in connection with the acquisition and development of oil fields in Russia.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors

Represented the second defendant in one of the largest and legally significant claims ever brought before the English High Court.

China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd v Chun Chi Wai & Ors

Acted for three defendants in relation to ancillary freezing and disclosure orders sought in aid of a $500 million fraud claim brought by the liquidators in Hong Kong. 

Shareholder dispute

Acting for two large shareholders in respect of a potential claim against the current and former directors and controllers of an AIM-listed company.

  • CIS and CEE

As a Russian qualified lawyer and an advocate, Galina has acted in a number of high profile cases involving parties from Russia and the CIS. She has assisted in making and defending applications for worldwide freezing, receivership, disclosure and other interim relief orders emanating from these jurisdictions.

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc v Baglan Zhunus

Defended a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $325 million Commercial Court fraud claim brought against him by the LSE listed Kazakh and Manx group of companies.

Alliance Bank JSC & Baglan Zhunus

Acted for a prominent Kazakh businessman in a $300 million claim brought by a major Kazakh bank in connection with the acquisition and development of oil fields in Russia. 

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors

Represented the second defendant in one of the largest and legally significant claims ever brought before the High Court. 

More: CIS and CEE

Awards

Fraud: Civil

Fraud: Civil

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