14 Aug

Antonia Mottironi presented at the Corporate Fraud & Forensics India Summit 2017, Mumbai

14 August 2017

Antonia Mottironi presented on "Fraud and Corruption: International Developments” and “The Recovery of Fraudulently Stolen Assets” at the Corporate Fraud & Forensics India Summit 2017, which took place in Mumbai from 10 to 11 August 2017.

1 Aug

Monfrini Bitton Klein sponsors the IBA Latin American Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Conference

1 August 2017

Monfrini Bitton Klein is proud to sponsor the IBA Latin American Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Conference that will take place in São Paulo from 6 to 7 November 2017. Yves Klein, who as chair of the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee is one of the conference co-chairs, will moderate the session titled "Civil and insolvency asset recovery tools: a complement to criminal proceedings". Claire Daams will moderate the session titled "The anti-corruption revolution – is it actually taking place in Latin America? A view from the enforcement agencies". For more information, see the conference website.

28 Jul

Monfrini Bitton Klein recognised in Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery 2017

28 July 2017

Monfrini Bitton Klein was once again prominently featured in Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery 2017.

Yves Klein was notably recognised as the No. 1 Asset Recovery Thought Leader in the EMEA Region.

28 Jul

Monfrini Bitton Klein sponsors the Corporate Fraud & Forensics India Summit 2017

28 July 2017

Monfrini Bitton Klein is proud to sponsor the Corporate Fraud & Forensics India Summit 2017, which will take place in Mumbai from 10 to 11 August 2017

Yves Klein will present on "Fraud and Corruption: International Developments” and “The Recovery of Fraudulently Stolen Assets”.

27 Jul

David Bitton Inteviewed by Bloomberg in Alleged Bank Fraud

27 July 2017

David Bitton  was inteviewed by Bloomberg in connection with an alleged bank fraud at Credit Suisse (Ex-Credit Suisse Banker Charged in Turkish Client Probe).

5 Jul

Claire Daams Interviewed by Global Investigations Review

5 July 2017

Claire Daams was interviewed by Global Investigations Review about the evolution of mutual assistances proceedings in anti-corruption matters and her joining Monfrini Bitton Klein. The article, titled Former Swiss prosecutor: “There is more of a team spirit at the international level”, may be downloaded here.

1 Jul

Claire Daams, a former senior federal prosecutor, joins Monfrini Bitton Klein

1 July 2017

Dr. Claire Daams, MA, LL.M., joins Monfrini Bitton Klein as Senior Counsel. For more than 12 years, she was a federal prosecutor at the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, with responsibility for complex and multi-jurisdictional cases of international bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud and other financial crimes. During that period, she was Switzerland’s representative at the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery, and presided its Law Enforcement Group. Since 2016, she was Head of Legal and Case Consultancy at the Basel Institute on Governance’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR). Claire has experience with asset recovery in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and she is a frequent speaker at international conferences. She lectures on international legal assistance at the University of Bern since 2009. She will strenghen our asset recovery, business crime defence and anti-corruption investigations practices.

29 Jun

Monfrini Bitton Klein hosts a luncheon at the London C5 Anti-Corruption Conference

29 June 2017

Monfrini Bitton Klein hosted a luncheon on "Opportunities and obstacles in offshore investigations" for 20 participants at the London C5 Anti-Corruption Conference. Yves Klein, Claire Daams, Antonia Mottironi, and Stephen Baker and Simon Thomas, from Baker and Partners, Jersey, discussed with the attendants the issues of privilege in internal investigations and of the use of asset recovery by companies which managers or employees have committed acts of active bribery.

22 Jun

Yves Klein and Antonia Mottironi write an article on a bill to facilitate the recognition of foreign insolvencies in Switzerland

22 June 2017

Yves Klein and Antonia Mottironi wrote an article "Switzerland - A new hope? The Swiss Government adopts its Dispatch to the Parliament on an amendment to the provisions governing recognition of foreign insolvencies" for Lexology, which may be downloaded here.

14 Jun

Yves Klein Chairs an Asset Recovery Workshop for Law Enforcement Officials at OECD in Paris

14 June 2017

Yves Klein chaired an Asset Recovery Workshop for Law Enforcement Officials in parallel to the Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference and to the meeting of the Law Enforcement Officials of the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery.

13 Jun

Yves Klein Chairs the Asset Recovery Session at the Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris

13 June 2017

Yves Klein chaired the session titled Asset recovery: Role and standing of victims of corruption in criminal proceedings, notably in the context of structured criminal settlements at the Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris.

12 Jun

Yves Klein Chairs the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee meeting in Paris

12 June 2017

Yves Klein chaired the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee (Anti-Corruption Committee) meeting at the Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris. Antonia Mottironi also attended.

6 Jun

Yves Klein and Antonia Mottironi publish an Article on the Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitral Awards in Switzerland

6 June 2017

The article on the Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitral Awards in Switzerland written by Yves Klein and Antonia Mottironi for Thomson Reuters' Practical Guide went to print today. Its online edition is available here.

1 Jun

Monfrini Bitton Klein launches with a new name and a renewed dedication to its core litigation strengths

1 June 2017

Based in Geneva but borderless in its reach, the renamed Monfrini Bitton Klein is a conflict-free litigation boutique focusing on white-collar crime and offshore litigation.

The white-collar crime practice ranges from international asset recovery to business crime defense and to anti-corruption investigations.

The offshore civil litigation practice concentrates on enforcing foreign judgments, arbitral awards and insolvency orders, freezing concealed assets in commercial, matrimonial and probate disputes, and obtaining evidence in support of proceedings abroad.

3 May

Yves Klein Presents at FIU Miami on Criminal and Civil Asset Recovery

3 May 2017

Yves Klein and James Bouzaglo attended the Florida International University College of Law 2nd Annual Conference on the Fight against Corruption and Impunity, Miami, which saw the participation of several law enforcement officials from around the world. Yves Klein presented on Pluses and Minuses of Government-to-Government or Criminal-Based Asset Recovery and on Case Studies of Successful Civil Asset Recoveries.

1 May

Yves Klein Presents on Strategies to Obtain Information at OffshoreAlert Miami

1 May 2017

Yves Klein and James Bouzaglo attended the 15th Miami OffshoreAlert Conference. Yves Klein presented on Strategies to Obtain Information in Offshore Jurisdictions.


29 Apr

Yves Klein, James Bouzaglo Attend FraudNet’s Spring Meeting in Miami

29 April 2017

Yves Klein and James Bouzaglo attended the ICC-FraudNet spring meeting in Miami, which saw the participation of more than 80 fraud and asset recovery professionals from around the world.


19 Apr

David Bitton Analyzes Bouvier Art Case for the Tribune de Genève

19 April 2017

David Bitton was interviewed by the Tribune de Genève (Les juges de Singapour donnent raison à Yves Bouvier) on the Singapore Court of Appeal decision admitting Geneva art dealer Yves Bouvier’s appeal on his Forum Non Conveniens application in the context of his multibillion art dispute against Russian oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev.

10 Apr

Our Firm is Ranked by Chambers for Asset Recovery

10 April 2017

Our firm was once again ranked in Chambers Europe in the White-Collar crime category for its asset recovery practice: A niche asset recovery practice with a strong reputation in this field. Represents individuals and companies as plaintiffs in financial crime cases and acts on behalf of liquidators in international bankruptcy matters. Best known for representing numerous national governments in their asset-tracing and recovery actions. Clients particularly appreciate the firm's "extensive expertise in international asset recovery." One source adds that the team are "excellent strategists, tremendously responsive and collaborative." Yves Klein is an expert in anti-money laundering and asset tracing. One interviewee describes him as having "a huge amount of experience in the area. He looks for broader solutions and is easy to get along with." Enrico Monfrini has vast experience in asset recovery cases having assisted many national governments over the years.

24 Mar

Yves Klein is Switzerland’s ‘Most Highly Regarded Individual’ in Asset Recovery (Who’s Who Legal)

24 March 2017

Yves Klein was ranked as the Most Highly Regarded Individual in the asset recovery practice by Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2017. Our firm is home to two of the most nominated attorneys in our research. The “really remarkable” Yves Klein is highlighted for his “incredible work” in the area. One source says: “Yves is particularly skilled at developing strategy to pursue worldwide asset recovery.” Enrico Monfrini is also highly nominated for his skill and expertise in the area. He has an extensive background acting for countries and governments in relation to asset recovery matters.

24 Feb

David Bitton speaks on an International Divorce Case to Le Temps

24 February 2017

David Bitton was interviewed by Le Temps (Amon contre Amon: grand déballage sur le Rocher) in the context of the multi-million Amon v. Amon divorce, where matrimonial and criminal proceedings are pending in New York and Monaco.

 

13 Feb

Yves Klein recognized as an Asset Recovery Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal

13 February 2017

Yves Klein was recognized as an Asset Recovery Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal in its inaugural WWL Thought Leaders 2017 edition.

17 Jan

Yves Klein publishes for The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review

17 January 2017

Yves Klein wrote the Switzerland chapter for the 5th edition of The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review, edited by Mark Mendelsohn, Law Business Research, London.

8 Dec

Yves Klein Presents Civil Asset Recovery Tools at the OECD Working Group on Bribery

8 December 2016

Yves Klein presented on Civil asset recovery tools as complements to foreign bribery investigations at the OECD Working Group on Bribery meeting in Paris.

14 Nov

Yves Klein Presents on Strategies to Obtain Information at OffshoreAlert London

14 November 2016

Yves Klein presented on Strategies to Obtain Information in Offshore Jurisdictions at the 5th Annual European OffshoreAlert Conference on Financial Intelligence & Investigations, London.

20 Sep

Yves Klein Chairs the Asset-Recovery Subcommittee meeting at the IBA Conference

20 September 2016

Yves Klein chaired the Asset Recovery Subcommittee (Anti-Corruption Committee) meeting at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

27 Jun

Yves Klein Presents on Cross-Border Insolvency in Rio de Janeiro

27 June 2016

Yves Klein presented on the Recognition of foreign insolvencies in Switzerland and participation in criminal proceedings at the 1st ICC FraudNet Symposium on Cross-Border Insolvency and Asset Recovery (Homologação de Falências Estrangeiras na Suíça e Participação em Processos Penais - ICC FraudNet - 1° Simpósio sobre Falência Transnacional e Recuperação de Ativos), Rio de Janeiro.

24 Jun

Yves Klein Presents on Recovery of Corruption Proceeds at FIU, Miami

24 June 2016

Yves Klein presented on Effective Recovery of the Proceeds of Corruption – A Legal Perspective and Case Studies at the Florida International University College of Law, The Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in 2016 and Beyond, Miami.

14 Jun

Yves Klein Presents Asset-Recovery Case Study at IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris

14 June 2016

Yves Klein presented on Asset Recovery Case Study and chaired the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee meeting at the 14th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris.

2 Jun

David Bitton Interviewed by Le Temps on Credit Suisse Fraud Case

2 June 2016

David Bitton was interviewed by Le Temps in the matter of the investigation into three portfolio managers in the context of a Credit Suisse banker fraud committed at the expenses of a Georgian and a Russian oligarch (Trois financiers inculpés dans l'enquête sur le banquier fraudeur de Credit Suisse).

1 May

Yves Klein Tackles Banks’ Role in Ponzi Schemes at OffshoreAlert Miami

1 May 2016

Yves Klein presented on ‘You Can’t Run a Ponzi Scheme without a Bank’ – The Victims Strike Back at the 14th OffshoreAlert Conference, Miami.

10 Apr

James Bouzaglo Outlines Use of Freeze Orders in Oil Tycoon’s Divorce

10 April 2016

James Bouzaglo was quoted in Mexican Norte Digital (Congelado) in connection with the freeze orders he obtained in Geneva on behalf of the divorce of Mexican oil tycoon Miguel Zaragoza.

20 Nov

David Bitton Interviewed by Le Temps on Trial of Businessmen for Concealment of Diamonds

20 November 2015

David Bitton was interviewed by Le Temps in the matter of the trial of four Geneva businessmen accused of concealing diamonds stolen at the Brussels airport (À Genève, quatre notables face aux diamants de la tentation).

12 Nov

Yves Klein Presents on International Judicial Cooperation for Academy & Finance, Geneva

12 November 2015

Yves Klein presented on L’entraide judiciaire internationale : quels sont les pouvoirs des juges en pratique ? at the Academy & Finance conference Le nouveau tournant de la place financière suisse, Geneva.

6 Nov

Yves Klein Interviewed on Money Laundering by Brazil's Leading Newspaper Valor Economico

6 November 2015

Yves Klein was interviewed by Valor Economico on the use of Swiss bank accounts to launder the proceeds of bribery and tax fraud.

2 Oct

Yves Klein Presents About Liability of Banks at ICC FraudNet, Vienna

2 October 2015

Yves Klein presented on Case Study – Potential Liability of Banks at the ICC FraudNet Conference on Fraud, Corruption and Asset Recovery, Vienna

24 Aug

David Bitton Interviewed about Setting Aside of Mareva Injunction in Bouvier Case

24 August 2015

David Bitton was interviewed by numerous media on the lifting of the Mareva injunction ordered against Yves Bouvier (Singapour lève le gel des avoirs de l'homme d'affaires Yves Bouvier, Singapour débloque les avoirs d'Yves Bouvier, triomphe judiciaire pour le Genevois).

 

10 Jun

Yves Klein Presents on Civil Asset Recovery at IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, Paris

10 June 2015

Yves Klein presented on Developments in civil asset recovery at the 13th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, Paris.

28 Apr

David Bitton Interviewed by Bloomberg on Multibillion-Dollar Art Dispute Case

28 April 2015

David Bitton was interviewed by Bloomberg (The Billionaire, the Dealer, and the $186 Million Rothko) in the context of the multi-billion art dispute opposing Yves Bouvier to Dmitro Rybolovlev.

6 Apr

Yves Klein Interviewed on Challenges of Ben Ali Asset Recovery

6 April 2015

Yves Klein was interviewed by Swissinfo in an article (The complex case of Tunisia’s blocked funds) about the difficulties faced in Switzerland to recover the Ben Ali funds and the new strategy developed to seek damages from facilitators, such as banks who laundered crime proceeds.

19 Mar

Yves Klein, James Bouzaglo Discuss Ben Ali Case with Media

19 March 2015

Yves Klein and James Bouzaglo were interviewed by Bloomberg and Le Temps (Tunisia Asks to Join HSBC Case to Get Embezzled Ben Ali Cash; La Tunisie réclame 114 millions de francs à HSBC pour avoir accueilli l’argent du clan Ben Ali) about the action they are bringing on behalf of the Government of Tunisia against HSBC, Geneva, for 120 million US dollars in damages in connection with the laundering of Ben Ali funds.

25 Jul

Yves Klein Pens Article on Civil Asset Recovery for Who’s Who Legal

25 July 2014

Yves Klein published an article for Who’s Who Legal Asset Recovery 2014 titled A Civil Perspective on Asset Recovery (with a focus on Swiss Law).

4 May

Enrico Monfrini Compares Lázaro and Abacha Cases for La Nación

4 May 2013

El caso Lázaro Báez impacta en la dinámica de la justicia en Suiza / The Lázaro Báez case impacts on the dynamic of justice in Switzerland (La Nación)

Enrico Monfrini was interviewed by Argentina’s La Nación on the parallels between the Lázaro case and the Abacha case.

4 Oct

Enrico Monfrini, David Bitton and Yves Klein Represent Nigeria in Abacha Case

4 October 2012

The Tribune de Genève reported on the hearings of the criminal trial of Abba Abacha, in which Enrico Monfrini, David Bitton and Yves Klein represented the Federal Republic of Nigeria, seeking the confiscation of hundreds of millions of US dollars frozen in Luxembourg (Me David Bitton : « Camus a écrit l'étranger, Abba Abacha a écrit l’absent ! » / Me David Bitton : "Camus wrote the stranger, Abba Abacha wrote the absent »).

4 Sep

Yves Klein Explains Relevance of Decision to Return Judge’s Assets to Brazil

4 September 2012

Yves Klein was interviewed by the Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo on the decision of the Swiss Federal Court confirming the confiscation and allocation to Brazil of the account with Banco Santander Geneva of former judge Nicolau Dos Santos Neto, who was convicted in 2002 in Brazil for corruption and embezzlement (Suíça vai devolver ao Brasil parte do dinheiro desviado por ‘Lalau’ / Switzerland will return to Brazil part of the money embezzled by ‘Lalau’ Estado de Sao Paulo).

 

24 May

Enrico Monfrini Tells Reuters About Genesis of Ben Ali Case

24 May 2012

Enrico Monfrini was interviewed by Reuters on the proceedings he initiated on behalf of Tunisia to recover the assets of former President Ben Ali and his associates (Bounty hunter on the trail of Arab Spring loot Reuters).

27 Apr

Yves Klein Examines Cooperation Between Criminal and Tax Law

27 April 2012

Yves Klein was interviewed by China Economic Review on the changing landscape of Swiss law on cooperation in criminal and tax matters (Swiss Banking: do new rules threaten Chinese tax evaders ? - China Economic Review).

23 Apr

Enrico Monfrini Discusses Asset Recovery from International Kleptocrats

23 April 2012

Enrico Monfrini was interviewed by Germany’s Tagesspiegel on the proceedings he initiated on behalf of developing nations (Nigeria, Haiti, Tunisia) to recover the assets of kleptocrats (Abacha, Duvalier, Ben Ali) (Der Milliardenjäger (The hunter of billions)).

21 Apr

Yves Klein Dissects Stanford Ponzi Scheme for Le Temps

21 April 2012

Yves Klein was interviewed by Le Temps on the Robert Allen Stanford case, in which he represents the liquidators of the estate of Stanford International Bank Ltd, Antigua (Les liquidateurs du «mini-Madoff» doublés par la justice américaine /“Mini-Madoff”’s liquidators duped by American justice).

27 Aug

Enrico Monfrini Shares Experience of Asset Recovery from Sani Abacha

27 August 2011

Enrico Monfrini was interviewed in Belgium’s L’Echo on his experience in hunting dictators’ assets, notably those of Sani Abacha (Enrico Monfrini: Traqueur de cleptocrates / Enrico Monfrini: kleptocrats hunter).

13 May

Yves Klein ‘Busts Trust’ in London

13 May 2011

Yves Klein made a presentation on "Trust busting in Switzerland" at the 7 Bedford Row Trust Busting Seminar, London.

6 May

Financial Times Features Enrico Monfrini on Assets of Dictators

6 May 2011

Enrico Monfrini was featured in Financial Times’ First Person, where he discusses his experience in hunting dictators’ assets, notably those of Sani Abacha and Jean-Claude Duvalier (First Person: Enrico Monfrini).

20 Apr

Yves Klein Highlights Fraud by Financial Intermediaries

20 April 2011

Yves Klein was interviewed by Swiss magazine L'Hebdo on financial fraud by unauthorized financial intermediaries in Switzerland  La Suisse, nid de parasites financiers / Switzerland, a nest of financial parasites).

3 Mar

Enrico Monfrini Speaks to BBC about Abacha and Duvalier Cases

3 March 2011

Enrico Monfrini is interviewed in BBC’s Outlook on his experience in hunting dictators’ assets, notably Sani Abacha and Jean-Claude Duvalier (The dictator hunter).

1 Feb

Enrico Monfrini’s ‘Hunting’ of Dictators’ Assets Featured in Financial Times Deutschland

1 February 2011

Enrico Monfrini is featured in Financial Times Deutschland’s Agenda and speaks on his experience in hunting dictators’ assets, notably Sani Abacha and Jean-Claude Duvalier (Monfrini - der Potentatenjäger / Monfrini – the dictators hunter).