Nicholas Bortman

Prior to co-founding Raedas, Nicholas was partner and co-chair of the dispute consulting group of GPW, the London based investigations firm. He established GPW's office in the United Arab Emirates, spending six years in the Middle East developing its regional practice and working to introduce investigative dispute consulting to Dubai’s growing legal community.


Nicholas acted in many of the most significant litigation and arbitration proceedings to impact the region in the last decade, including Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers v Maan Al Sanea & Ors (aka AHAB v Saad), a highly publicised US Department of Justice FCPA prosecution and a range of private and public clashes among merchant families and royalty heard in the DIFC courts, UAE courts and arbitration centres and London High Court. Most recently he has been lead investigator for underwriters litigating fraudulent trade financing schemes emanating from Singapore, India and the UAE, and for an insurance syndicate disputing the circumstances of a high profile hull loss of a commercial aircraft. He also recently led an investigative team acting on behalf of a GCC sovereign institution seeking to recover US$200 million in Singapore arbitration.


Over the course of his career Nicholas has developed expertise in global asset recovery on behalf of financial institutions, multi-nationals and sovereign clients. Much of this work focused on enforcement of civil and arbitral awards in non-New York Convention signatory countries and particularly in the Arabian Gulf. 


In 2016 Nicholas was asked to consult for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, evaluating the court’s financial investigation practices and advising the Office of the Prosecutor on asset recovery in Africa. He serves on the expert roster Justice Rapid Response, an intergovernmental facility for the global deployment of criminal justice professionals trained to investigate genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations. He is also a member of the UN Security Council Affairs Division’s roster of experts.


Nicholas previously worked in the specialist investigative practice of a former senior trial prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He was educated at Reed College, New York University and the London School of Economics.




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