WHO WE ARE
The International Fraud Group began in London in 1997. Established by leading London firm, Mishcon de Reya, it was a specific response to a client’s needs. To recover assets stolen and spirited away into multiple jurisdictions. An alliance of law firms was created for the purpose. With devastating success. In the 21 years since, this one-off alliance has become a permanent global network, the criteria for membership the expertise and tenacity it takes to defeat fraudsters.
Today we are an elite group of handpicked lawyers across 47 countries that has recovered hundreds of millions of pounds. Fraud specialists, we are equipped with everything it takes to trace, freeze, seize, secure and return assets. Motivated – no matter the size and the scale of the fraud – by four tiny words: “What’s yours is yours”. We don’t rest until it is.
What we do
Fraud is a global industry. Fraudsters are devious. They cross borders, cover their tracks and create trusts to conceal assets. But however complex unravelling a fraud is, our aims are re-assuringly simple: investigate the matter, locate your money or your assets, and return them. For the simple reason: “What’s yours is yours”.
Our weapons of choice are the order and the injunction. They are the game changers without which assets can be moved and evidence destroyed. We know how to convince judges to grant them.
We can then pursue fraudsters across jurisdictions care of the global nature of our network. IFG lawyers are expert in the use of cross-border piggyback injunctions specifically for this purpose.
We can shine a light on trusts which fraudsters have created, find out who is pulling the strings and expose their sham structures.
We can track the electronic movement of money and, with an order, compel the institution that has handled it to tell us where it has gone. If it is still there, we will freeze it.
Our approach is unapologetically forceful. When your assets have been stolen, you want lawyers who will work 24/7 to get them back. But besides speed and precision, asset recovery is about connections. Not only via our own network but with other investigators, with the courts and with police forces. These relationships mean we can secure bespoke orders for freezing assets, and seizing and preserving evidence. Fast. So that once again what’s yours is yours.
Where we do it
Fraud and fraudsters have no respect for borders and jurisdictions. A network that is serious about defeating both can only do so if it is equally global. IFG lawyers in one jurisdiction will invariably need the help of IFG lawyers elsewhere. Each one is able to rely on the others’ expertise in their local jurisdiction.
For this reason we now have members in 47 countries, including those key offshore jurisdictions where fraudsters are particularly fond of hiding stolen assets. 26 firms united by the conviction that “What is yours is yours”, “ce qui est à toi est à toi”, “was dein ist, ist dein”, “cio che e tuo e tuo”, “lo que es tuyo, es tuyo”, “o que e seu, e seu”, “wat van jou is van jou”, “hva er ditt, er ditt”.