Martin Kenney is a specialist lawyer in multi-jurisdictional economic crime and international serious fraud, and has acted for international banks, insurance companies, individual investors, and other private and governmental institutions. He is a practising Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) of the Supreme Courts of England & Wales and of the Eastern Caribbean (at the BVI and in St. Vincent & the Grenadines), a non-practising Barrister & Solicitor of British Columbia, and a licensed foreign legal consultant in the State of New York. Mr. Kenney holds an LL.M. (International Business Law) from University College, London. He has published and lectured on money laundering, legal and ethical restraints on the conduct of private investigations, and international concealed asset recovery. Mr. Kenney is widely regarded as a ground breaker in the use of preemptive remedies in response to global economic crime to uproot bank secrets and freeze hidden assets in multiple jurisdictions concurrently. He has been featured in articles and broadcasts of media outlets in many countries.
Offshore Alert of Miami has said that Mr. Kenney is "perhaps the best-known fraud and asset recovery attorney in the world, having worked on a number of high-profile international cases." The Canadian Lawyer Magazine (Toronto) has said that he "just may be - considering his Robin Hood reputation and his bulldog legal tactics - one of the most determined and trusted lawyers around." The Financial Times (US Edition) has called him a "top international asset chaser.” The International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery says that “Kenney is internationally hailed as a dean of asset recovery.” And the Toronto Star has said that Mr. Kenney’s firm is “now recognized as one of the top fraud recovery firms in the world.”
In June 1999, Mr. Kenney was appointed to the Working Group on Government Corruption of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, which issued proposals for the reform of the law on abuse of power and government corruption in the United Kingdom. Mr. Kenney is an active member of the Business Crime Committee and of the Insolvency Section of the International Bar Association. Mr. Kenney is also the exclusive member of FraudNet for the BVI, a specialist network of leading fraud lawyers of the Commercial Crime Services Division of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Who's Who Legal 2014 reported that: "Martin Kenney.... is widely considered the "dean of the asset recovery bar" and a "guru" on the use of pre-emptive remedies."
Martin Kenney featured as one of the '10 Most Well Regarded Fraud and Asset Recovery Individuals', globally for 2014 as per the independent research team at Who's Who Legal (London) - see further information on their website: http://whoswholegal.com/news/analysis/article/31666/legal-marketplace-analysis-lawyers/.
In June 2014, Mr Kenney delivered a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the ACFE's 25th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. Mr Kenney was given the 2014 Cressey Award, the ACFE's highest honour for lifetime achievement in the detection and deterrence of fraud. The ACFE is the world's largest association of anti-fraud professionals with 70,000 members from 160 countries."
Mr. Wise holds a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, from the University of London. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1994 and became an English Solicitor Advocate in 2006. Mr. Wise was admitted as a solicitor in the BVI in October 2005, and as a BVI Solicitor Advocate in December 2006. He has been admitted to practice before the courts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a solicitor-advocate; and before the courts of St. Kitts on a limited basis for certain cases.
A significant amount of Mr. Wise’s work involves obtaining disclosure and freezing orders in various offshore jurisdictions, several times as a component of FSU “oligarch” disputes. Mr. Wise led the successful application in Antigua to remove and replace the former joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank; and has led the litigation team on behalf of the joint liquidators in Antigua, since their appointment.
Mr. Wise joined Martin Kenney & Co. in June 2005. He has substantial experience with complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. Mr. Wise started his legal career with Manches (London), before gaining experience at LIFFE in the investigation of malfeasance and fraud in the futures and options markets. Prior to joining MKS Mr. Wise practised at Healys (London). At Healys, Mr. Wise was the lead lawyer in the successful pursuit of a £16 million multi-jurisdictional fraud claim on behalf of a European public company. He obtained freezing and confidential document disclosure orders in England, and led the procurement of similar orders in Monaco and Belgium. Mr. Wise was also part of the claimants' team in civil fraud proceedings against Nicholas van Hoogstraten, brought by the estate of Raja, whom it was alleged had been killed on Mr. van Hoogstraten's orders.
Mr. Wise has substantial experience in the investigation of fraud in the commodities markets, and he has acted for clients with interests in the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Nigeria, the United States, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Mr. Wise has basic Russian language skills.
In 2012 and 2013 Mr. Wise was elected to serve as the First Vice President of the BVI Bar Association.
Who's Who Legal's independent research team reported that, in 2014, Head of Litigation at MKS, Dan Wise,.... earns high praise for his "significant work" in the field of asset recovery including obtaining disclosure and freezing orders in various offshore jurisdictions.
Mr. Blackburn joined Martin Kenney & Co. in March 2007. Mr. Blackburn was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in July 2000, having completed his training with London firm Healys.
At Healys, he practiced as a litigation solicitor gaining experience in High Court litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Following his time at Healys, Mr. Blackburn practiced as a shipping litigator with specialist shipping firm Jackson Parton (London). In 2007, Mr. Blackburn was admitted as a solicitor in the BVI. In 2010, Mr. Blackburn was admitted as a Solicitor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
A native of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Gilliland holds a degree in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from the University of London, as well a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School and a Diploma in Legal Practice also from Nottingham Law School.
Mr. Gilliland has more than 10 years post-qualification experience specialising in international fraud litigation and asset recovery. Mr. Gilliland has been involved in a number of significant multi-jurisdictional cases in jurisdictions such as Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Switzerland, France, Bermuda, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Cayman, Belize, Dominica, Antigua and Turkey.
Mr. Gilliland is admitted as a solicitor-advocate in England and Wales, the British Virgin Islands and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Arthurs holds an undergraduate-degree in English and a Law degree from the University of the West Indies. He obtained a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School.
Mr. Arthurs has 9 years post-qualification experience and started his practice in Jamaica doing general commercial litigation at a leading firm. Upon moving to the British Virgin Islands in 2006, his practice shifted to cross-border insolvency litigation and fraud and asset recovery. Since joining Martin Kenney & Co in 2010, Mr. Arthurs has been involved in a number of significant multi-jurisdictional cases in jurisdictions such as Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Cayman, Belize, Dominica and Antigua. He acts as lead Advocate on MKS’ litigation team for the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank.
Mr. Arthurs is admitted to practice in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis and most recently Belize.
A native of Wales, Mr. Reardon-John holds a law degree from Cardiff University, where he also undertook the Legal Practice Course.
Mr. Reardon-John trained with the National Health Service where he was involved in high value clinical negligence cases and also assisted Counsel working on the E-Coli public inquiry chaired by Professor Hugh Pennington on behalf of several Local Health Boards. On qualification, Mr. Reardon-John moved to a well-known international law firm where he specialised in fraud litigation and asset recovery on behalf of financial institutions. Since joining Martin Kenney & Co. in 2012, Mr. Reardon-John has worked on matters in several jurisdictions.
Mr. Reardon-John was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008 and in the British Virgin Islands in 2012.
Mr. James graduated with an LLB degree (Hons) from Nottingham Trent University, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School in 2008.
Mr. James joined Martin Kenney & Co., Solicitors in March 2009 and has since worked on numerous international fraud-related insolvency matters, including complex discovery applications in jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, Belize as well as the BVI. Mr. James was a member of the team which successfully removed and replaced the former liquidators appointed by the Antigua High Court over Stanford International Bank Limited (in liquidation). Mr. James returned to England in order to undertake pupillage at a leading set of chambers in London. Having successfully completed his pupillage Mr. James rejoined the firm in June 2013.
Mr. James was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2008 and is a member of Middle Temple. In addition, he was admitted as a barrister before the courts of the British Virgin Islands in March 2010; and similarly admitted before the courts of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in October 2010.
A native of Jamaica, Merrick holds a B.Sc. degree in Political Science and International Relations, a Masters degree in Comparative Politics and Political Theory and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of the West Indies.
Mr. Watson also attended the Norman Manley Law School (“NMLS”) where he graduated with the Legal Education Certificate. While at NMLS, he led the Law School’s team to victory at 2010 World Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Africa. He was selected best speaker in the competition from a field of 38 participating teams.
At law school, Mr. Watson was awarded the Sir Fred Phillips Prize in Law and Legal Systems for best performance in the course. While at NMLS he was awarded the Aubrey Frazer Memorial Prize for best performance in Ethics, Rights and Obligations of the Legal Profession, the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Prize for representing the Law School, the Hon. Mr., Justice James Kerr, O.J. Memorial Bursary and the Norman Manley Law School Class of 1975 Bursary.
In 2010, Mr. Watson completed an internship at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Division) in St. Lucia and was appointed Judicial Assistant at the Court in 2011.
Mr. Watson is the author of the book “Corporate Governance and regulation in an Era of Corruption: Recalibrating Asymmetries in Corporate Power – a Jamaican Perspective” (Lambert Academic Publishing). He has also authored the article “Protecting a Common Humanity: Rethinking the Use of Force for Humanitarian Intervention in Contemporary International Human Rights Law” (The University of the West Indies Student Law Review, Volume 26, April/May 2009, pp. 47 – 100).
Mr. Watson was called to practice in Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands in 2011; The Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent in 2012; the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2012; and Anguilla, Grenada and Antigua in 2014.
Mr. Ruiz joined Martin Kenney & Co. in 2011. Mr. Ruiz is a qualified Brazilian lawyer with strong experience in corporate and finance law, insolvency and international asset tracing, with particular focus on complex multi-jurisdictional cases and litigation. Mr. Ruiz acts as the most immediate member of the team to support Mr. Kenney’s leadership on all of the firm’s Brazilian bankruptcy fraud recovery matters.
Prior to joining Martin Kenney & Co., Mr. Ruiz worked as in-house lawyer for Banco Bradesco; a top private bank; and the multinational car manufacturers Renault and Nissan in Brazil. Mr. Ruiz was also the Head of the Brazilian Department at Max Gold Partnership Solicitors LLP, an international law firm in London. Mr. Ruiz is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association and he holds an LLM in Corporate Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica and an MBA in Finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Mr. Ruiz has practical experience with the common law, and is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Ms. O'Brien is counsel to MKS. She is an Irish Barrister-at-Law and has been called to the Bars of England & Wales, the British Virgin Islands and New York. She has lectured and written extensively on global economic crime, money laundering, and the law of investigations. Ms. O'Brien has worked professionally with Mr. Kenney for 15 years on a broad array of complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations in respect of serious forms of corruption and abuse. She frequently co-authors, with Mr. Kenney, works for publication or for presentation at international conferences.
Mr. Allam joined Martin Kenney & Co in 2012 after more than 30 years police service in England, Trinidad and Tobago, and the British Virgin Islands.
In England, Mr. Allam served with the City of London Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary and for the majority of his service, with the London Metropolitan Police. He spent the last 10 years of this service as a Homicide Detective and Accredited Financial Investigator.
Following his retirement from the police force in England, Mr. Allam was employed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on the newly-created Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) for the purpose of training newly-recruited local officers in the United Kingdom’s methodology related to investigating “gang-related homicide”, an area of grave concern and little success for local law enforcement. He also assisted in the setting up of the country’s first Financial Investigation Branch, prosecuting cash seizure through to forfeiture, investigating money laundering and identifying assets for confiscation. Mr. Allam also served in the Financial Investigation Unit of the Royal Virgin Island Police Force in 2012 under a year-long contract.
Tony McClements joined MKS early 2015 having served in excess of 32-years in three different UK police forces. Joining Merseyside Police in 1982, he served a total of 27 years with the force, becoming a detective in 1985. He is a criminal investigation specialist whose CV includes departments such as Special Branch, Major Crime Unit, Fraud Squad and Financial Investigation Unit. He has formed part of several high-profile enquiry teams investigating murders and organised crime. Tony was seconded to the Northwest Regional Asset Recovery Team in 2007 whereupon he was immediately attached to Lancashire Constabulary, investigating a multi-million pound money laundering enquiry arising from an MTIC fraud. In 2009 he was offered the opportunity to transfer to Lancashire Constabulary in order to remain part of their Economic Crime Unit.
Tony became Lancashire’s Fraud Evaluation & Liaison Officer, responsible for assessing all reported frauds and deciding which crimes were viable and worthy of investigation. He devised bespoke investigation strategies for CID tasked with fraud investigations. Tony oversaw the implementation of Action Fraud and sat on a number of practitioner/ professional groups and bodies. He was nominated for the prestigious Police Federation Detective of the Year Award in 2012; that same year he added to his list of commendations when he was recognised by the Chief Constable for “single-handedly raising the Constabulary’s profile in regard to fraud investigation”. Post retirement in 2013, he joined British Transport Police as a civilian Fraud/ Financial Investigator.
He has been a Fraud and Accredited Financial Investigator since 1998 and 2001 respectively. He holds a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Financial Investigation and is on the brink of qualifying as an MSC in Criminal Investigation. He is a guest lecturer in both Fraud and Financial Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire; and at the time of joining MKS was one of the longest serving Fraud Investigation specialists outside of the City of London.’