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Global Investigations Review – Privilege

Oliver Powell and Saaman Pourghadiri have joined with William Bobby and Andrew Thornton-Dibb of McGuireWoods London LLP to examine how the use of legal professional privilege developed during 2019 and, in particular, how the law impacts on the practice of conducting international investigations.

The article featured in GIR Insight (25 January 2020). Click here to read the article.

Oliver is ranked in both Chambers and Partners (UK) and The Legal 500. He undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; business crime; commercial fraud; financial services; indirect tax and sanctions. Recent work of note includes: representing Behzad Fuels (UK) Ltd, a distributor of diesel and kerosene, in the Court of Appeal; representing a former SVP of Alstom Network UK charged with conspiracy to corrupt; providing pre-charge advice to a former Director of British Solar Renewables Ltd in relation to an extant bribery & corruption investigation. Oliver is routinely instructed in matters with an international element and usually cases involving allegations of dishonesty, sharp practice or breach of trust. He is a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), a member of the New York State Bar Association, and in recent years has undertaken work in inter alia: USA, UAE, Greece, Falkland Islands and UK offshore jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man.

Saaman is regularly instructed in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and regulatory investigations. He has particular expertise in financial services, civil fraud and professional negligence. Examples of Saaman’s current and recent work include a multi-jurisdictional US$1 billion commercial fraud, a professional negligence claim against advisers in a regulatory investigation, claims against banks seeking rescission of financial products on the grounds of LIBOR fraud, and acting for a senior individual employed by a leading investment bank in relation to the FOREX investigations. Saaman acted as counsel in ENRC v SFO in the High Court.

Should you require further information about Oliver and/or Saaman, or if you would like to instruct either of them, please contact David Smith, Business Development Director.

News 28 Jan, 2020


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