Disputes arising from business and government deals have become commonplace in this highly litigious world. However, once a party wins an award, whether following a court battle or an international arbitration, enforcement and collection is another matter entirely. Asset tracing and recovery is perceived as an enigmatic and difficult process, as asset ownership is often hidden from view via complex corporate structures while the location of assets can be spread across various jurisdictions with conflicting laws and regulations.
In this podcast, Gaela Gehring Flores, an international arbitration partner with Allen & Overy, and Nicole Silver, Esq. – committee chairs of the D.C. Bar International Law Community – interview Ashley Messick
about the intricacies of the asset recovery process, how it works in practice to determine legal strategy, and how to navigate some of the practical problems that can ensue.
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Ashley Messick is a Managing Director within the J.S. Held Global Investigations practice. She leads J.S. Held’s Sovereign Debt Advisory practice and has extensive experience advising on sovereign and commercial disputes, asset recovery & enforcement. As a global asset tracing and recovery expert, Ashley has led several high-profile investigations involving debtors originating from Africa, Latin America, and Russia / Central Asia. Her work has included cases against former government officials charged with embezzling state funds; multi-year investigations into attachable foreign assets of sovereigns and state-owned companies; unravelling complex fraudulent schemes; and tracing the assets of individual debtors.
Ashley is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners for Asset Tracing & Recovery (Investigations Agencies) and is recommended in Who’s Who Legal’s Asset Recovery Experts 2023.
Ashley can be reached at [email protected] or + 44 20 8706 1923.
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