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.