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Natalie Todd
German, English
A strong communicator, recognised for her creative approach, Natalie specialises in highly complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving fraud, corruption and bribery. She is adept at using a wide range of civil law remedies to assist in the recovery of assets and enforcement of judgments.

As well as fraud and asset recovery, Natalie has deep expertise in litigation and arbitration involving banking and financial services, trust, contractual, partnership, shareholder and joint venture disputes. She has acted for a wide range of clients – from a pension provider subject to a pensions’ liberation fraud, minority shareholders in a large high street brand, an investment bank in claims for owed M&A transaction fees, to state appointed liquidators of Russian and CIS banks in significant claims to recover proceeds of fraud.

Natalie’s practice focuses on Russian and CIS cases and she has acted for banks and individuals from those jurisdictions for a number of years. At PCB Byrne, Natalie has worked on multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases, including obtaining extensive Worldwide Freezing, Search, Disclosure and Passport Surrender Orders in one of Russia’s biggest ever bank frauds.

Natalie is on the list of Supervising Solicitors and has hands on experience of working on highly contested search orders involving multiple parties. She has recently assisted the Civil Procedure Rule Committee with the drafting of the new precedent Imaging Order.

The directories say:

Legal 500

In the Legal 500 2020 edition, Natalie is identified as a key lawyer for civil fraud and in the 2021 edition, she is identified as a key lawyer for Commercial Litigation and Banking Litigation, and is described as ‘creative in approach [with] excellent client communication’.

Notable experience
  • For an insolvent Russian bank relating to a £1.34 billion worldwide freezing order and search order in one of Russia’s largest ever alleged frauds (Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov).
  • Advising a commodities trading company in a €225 million fraud claim involving multiple arbitration and litigation claims.
  • A c. USD $350 million dispute between Russian oligarchs about the ownership of a substantial fishing enterprise (Tugushev v Orlov and others).
  • Acting for CIS state banks in liquidation seeking to recover assets from fraudulent acts of its former management.
  • For a Trustee in bankruptcy in the largest fraudulent investment (Ponzi) scheme to hit Jamaica.
  • For one of the first Eastern European oligarchs in a dispute involving bribery and corruption of foreign public officials.
  • Acted on one of The Lawyer top 20 cases of 2014 involving the Blue Skye Investment Group, which was facing allegations of inter alia fraud, conspiracy and unlawful interference.
Natalie qualified as a lawyer in England and Wales in 2005 and obtained an LLB Law with German Law Hons from King's College London. She has authored numerous articles and is a member of Lexis PSL’s Case Analysis Expert Panel on Dispute Resolution, and is co-editor of the England and Wales chapter of ‘Enforcement of Foreign Judgements’. She is actively involved in responding to legal consultations. She has had numerous speaking engagements at conferences recently including the annual ABA/RAA Conference on the resolution of CIS-related disputes, The Law Society's English Law Week in Russia and on numerous Thought Leaders4 webinars. Natalie is Honorary Secretary of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and is on the Founding Committee for next generation practitioners for Thought Leaders4 Disputes and the IWIRC European Networks Steering Committee. Her professional memberships include the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and Thought Leaders4 FIRE.
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