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Alan Gourgey QC

Call: 1984    QC: 2003

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Civil Fraud

Civil fraud is one of Alan’s main areas of practice and on in which he has been recommended by the legal directories for many years. “Super bright and very quick” as well as “very commercial”, Alan’s experience covers deceit and bribery, misappropriation and claims for breach of duty across a wide variety of subject areas from joint venture disputes to private equity litigation. He is also known for his skill in international asset tracing, where his excellent advocacy skills make him ideal for dealing with freezing injunctions and search orders.

His recent work includes:

  • JSC Bank of Moscow v Kekhman [2018] EWHC 791 (Comm): acting for bank in successful claims for over $150m in respect of deceit and unlawful dissipation of assets. Claims brought under article 1064 of Russian Civil Code.
  • IPCO (Nigeria) Limited v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation: acting for claimant seeking to resist an arbitration award for US$152m plus interest being set aside on the grounds that it was allegedly procured by fraud. Action settled at trial early 2018.
  • Gerald Metals SA v Timis [2017] EWHC 1375 (Comm): acting for claimant in securing and subsequently resisting the discharge of a freezing order in support of unlawful means conspiracy claim for circa $75m.
  • Interactive Technology Corporation v Ferster [2016] EWHC 2896 (Ch): claim for breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of assets and other wrong doing in respect of operation of an online gaming business. Together with an unfair prejudice position.
  • An ICC arbitration involving fraud claims against a major bank arising out of the Madoff fraud.
  • Providence Finance v Svirsky: claims for misappropriation of assets and breach of fiduciary duty in relation to an international group of companies operating out of Russia and other offshore locations such as the BVI and Cayman Islands.
  • VTB v Nutritek: acting for VTB in claims for unlawful means conspiracy and deceit raised issues of applicable law under PILA.