Asset Recovery and Enforcement — Our Services
Asset Tracing and Investigation
Backed by the experience of our skilled civil fraud team, we have become known for our tenacity in building effective cases tracing, freezing and recovery of assets. With four Global Elite Thought Leaders in Asset Recovery according to Who's Who Legal, we have double the number of experts than any other firm in the world.

We work at the cutting edge of the law, using the full legal armoury to obtain results for our clients. Cases are often complex and international by nature, with assets frozen in multiple jurisdictions, simultaneously.

We have secured recoveries for our clients of hundreds of millions of pounds, unravelling complicated structures – such as offshore discretionary trusts, Jersey foundations, Liechtenstein anstalts, nominee owners and webs of companies spanning several jurisdictions.

Our notable experience
  • Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery Law Firm of the Year 2019.
  • Acting for the liquidator of a bank in obtaining a US$1.4 billion worldwide freezing order and search order.
  • Obtaining an order in the US against Google to disclose emails from a Gmail account with information relevant to asset disclosure.
  • Obtaining orders to crack passwords to access electronic devices holding information about assets.
  • Obtaining the first judgment which established that a search order can be granted against a third party, against whom there is no claim, which led to the discovery of previously unknown assets of the defendant.
  • Establishing the jurisdiction of the Cayman Court to grant freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings, so as to be able to freeze effectively substantial assets held through Cayman vehicles.
  • Acting for a company listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange in simultaneously serving US$500 million freezing orders in four jurisdictions and executing search orders at three premises.
  • Obtaining the leading judgment on when it is appropriate to order cross-examination of a respondent to a freezing order on their asset disclosure, with the case settling shortly after that cross-examination.
Our specialists
Nicola Boulton
0207 842 1659
Anthony Riem
Senior Partner
0207 842 1650
07887 732522
Trevor Mascarenhas
0207 842 1656
07775 910586
Civil Fraud and Commercial Dispute Services
Asset Recovery and Enforcement
We have decades of expertise working across complex international fraud and asset recovery cases – delivering creative solutions, at pace.
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Civil Fraud
Regarded as a leader in the civil fraud space, our team is experienced representing both claimants and defendants in all areas of fraud litigation.
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Commercial Litigation
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with high-value, complex and heavily contested commercial litigation cases – often against large City and international firms.
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Insolvency and Restructuring
With wide-ranging experience acting for corporations and individuals alike, members of the PCB Byrne team have dealt with some of the largest insolvency cases to reach the English Courts.
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International Arbitration
We have worked with clients from around the world, who seek us out for our outcome-driven approach and pragmatic advice. We ensure every case is tailored to meet the needs of each client – often leaning on our litigation colleagues to support arbitration proceedings, for example in the case of interim relief applications.
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Business Crime and Regulatory Services
Asset Seizure and Forfeiture
With one of the most experienced teams in the country, we routinely tackle asset seizure and forfeiture investigations for a wide range of clients. We have established a number of legal precedents in this space, and have become the go-to firm for proactive, expert advice.
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Corporate and Financial Crime
Working across jurisdictions on all areas of corporate and financial crime, we regularly advise on issues such as fraud, bribery and corruption, economic sanctions and money laundering.
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Crypto Currency and Cyber Crime
We have built a reputation for our tenacity in building cases and in tracing, freezing and recovering assets. We work at the cutting edge of the law on interim relief, using the full armoury of the law in order to obtain results for our clients.
Financial Sanctions
In a fast-evolving, global environment, where penalties for any breach are severe and the need to bring timely challenges is crucial, our sanctions team provides specialist advice, backed by worldwide experience.
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Regulatory and Disciplinary
Whether clients are facing investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Dental Practice Board, we bring a wealth of international experience across regulatory and compliance enquiries.
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Serious and General Crime
We bring our criminal defence expertise to bear across a range of general crime issues, from theft and fraud to sexual and violent offences.
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