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We are market leaders in sovereign debt recovery.

Our team of political experts, investigators, and asset recovery specialists is focused on monetizing your award.

Whether through a robust enforcement strategy, securing financial support and expertise, or supporting negotiations, we have successfully helped our clients recover sovereign debt in some of the most difficult jurisdictions around the world.

Sovereign Debt Expertise

Our experts work with sovereign arbitral award holders to monetize their holding and efficiently recover funds by incorporating our years of experience in tracing the assets of states, obtaining intelligence on political and commercial leverage points to encourage settlement, and coordinating global recovery efforts.

Pre-Purchase Assessment

We assess the ‘attractiveness’ of a specific sovereign award or other form of commercial sovereign debt prior to purchase. From ease of enforceability, to litigation risk, to available leverage tools and political factors, our assessments provide clients with the necessary information to evaluate their potential investment. This is also applicable on the sell-side.


We advise clients as they are entering the sovereign debt market or looking to expand their position. From insight into the risks and opportunities presented by different types of sovereigns to assessing the viability of asset recovery and enforcement; we help our clients identify their ideal target investments and provide political-economic assessments to help underpin their decision making.

Enforcement Management

We manage the entire enforcement process, taking the burden off the debt holder. We have the in-house expertise and resources unique to sovereign collection coupled with a global network of sovereign enforcement specialists. We are ideally placed to bring together a tailored team of experts and effectively monetize sovereign awards. From generating the overarching recovery strategy, to identifying and gathering evidence on enforceable assets, to bringing together the appropriate legal team for coordinated, multi-jurisdictional enforcement litigation– our work is underpinned by our years of experience in managing large scale recovery cases.

Our Sovereign Debt Advisory Experts

Our experts work with sovereign award holders, those who purchase awards on the secondary market, sovereign bond holders, financial institutions with outstanding sovereign loans, commercial parties with outstanding SOE loans including resource-backed loans, and investors in the sovereign debt space.

We advise clients prior to investment and, in cases of non-payment or default, we work closely with holders of sovereign arbitral awards or other forms of distressed sovereign debt to assess the options available and provide the tools needed to maximize their investment.

Ashley Messick

Senior Managing Director | Sovereign Debt Advisory

Ashley is an acknowledged expert in asset recovery and global investigations with a particular focus on investor-state disputes and sovereign recovery.

Over the past 10 years, Ashley has worked on complex, multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters and has led a number of high-profile international investigations. Ashley is routinely engaged to provide evidence in support of enforcement measures, as well as critical intelligence to support their timely application.

In addition, Ashley regularly supports clients investing in sovereign debt through pre-investment due diligence on recoverability and identifying and brokering award purchases.

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