Sebastian Neave

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Sebastian Neave joined J.S. Held in May of 2022 as part of J.S. Held's acquisition of GPW. Sebastian Neave is a Managing Director in the Global Investigations practice in J.S. Held’s London office. He advises clients on complex disputes involving fraud, asset recovery, and a range of cross-border litigation and arbitration claims. He has over 10 years of investigations experience, having started his career in the London office of Kroll before working in PwC’s Forensics practice and at a specialist dispute consultancy.

He has developed specific expertise in disputes related to Russia and the CIS and has worked on a number of the more high-profile matters emanating from the region. Elsewhere, he has assisted clients in disputes over assets in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Gulf. Working with GPW Sovereign Debt Advisors, the firm’s dedicated sovereign recovery practice, he also has extensive experience gathering evidence to support recovery strategies against a diverse collection of states and state-owned commercial parties.

His recent work includes an investigation to determine the real parties behind a “corporate raid” perpetrated against his client’s mining business in Russia; an evidence-gathering investigation into the circumstances of a high-profile corporate collapse in North Africa; investigative support for a successful challenge to the appointment of an arbitrator; an investigation in response to allegations against the management of a collapsed professional services firm in respect of historical activities; a complex fraud investigation in the context of a shareholder dispute over a bank operating in the CIS; an investigation into a secret change in ownership of a commodities trader with significant business across eastern Europe, and numerous asset recovery investigations in respect of individual, commercial and sovereign debtors at different stages in the dispute life cycle.

Key Expertise

  • Investigations
  • Evidence Gathering
  • Asset Recovery
  • Sovereign Disputes
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Fraud


  • BA in Russian from the University of Bristol

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training:

  • Who’s Who Legal Global Leader – Asset Recovery Experts 2021, 2023
  • Band 3 UK for Business Intelligence & Investigations by Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • ‘Ranked Individual’, Litigation Support, Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • Trustee, Anti-Terrorism Research Charity