Asia

Raedas has developed a strong Asian portfolio in recent years, taking on multinational clients facing contentious issues in challenging jurisdictions like mainland China, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.

Our team of experts, who have lived and worked in the region, conduct thorough and focussed investigations – from fraud to sovereign asset traces – in support of high-stake disputes.

We combine Asian and western knowledge to develop holistic strategies for law firms and businesses. Fluent in Mandarin, Hindi, and other Asian languages, our investigators leverage their deep knowledge of the region to source and decipher rare data and produce incisive reports.

Our investigations increasingly have an Asian nexus, whether it is central or tangential. To remain at the forefront of investigations in this region, we systematically update our in-country resources and capabilities and maintain contact with sources about crucial developments.

“Raedas open up new case strategies and avenues through their investigative approach. Their contributions often create new leads in matters and provide a fresh approach.” – Chambers UK, Litigation Support: Business Intelligence & Investigations 2021.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Acted for US counsel in anticipation of a multi-hundred-million-dollar claim against a prominent Asian entrepreneur, as part of a digital advertising services dispute with a US big tech firm. Investigations targeted an entrepreneur’s holding group, which encompassed offshore and operating entities in India, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Produced evidence on the company’s opaque transactions, potential attempts of asset dissipation, and assets currently held through its complex corporate structure.
Supported a leading telecommunications multinational in pursuing an award over USD150 million against an Asian sovereign. Identified and analysed asset classes which comprise intellectual property, imports and exports, overflight fees, and overseas properties. Devised and proposed asset enforcement strategies that carefully considered the nuances and issues of veil piercing (contingent on a specific type of state-owned entity) and other political and economic developments unique to the region.
Helped UK counsel examine the quantum of an airport infrastructure investment and the acquisition of the airport project by a Southeast Asian diversified holding company.  Established the size, value, and other details of the investment through discreet source enquiries and public record research, and uncovered evidence supporting the client’s allegations, including a Cayman special purpose vehicle (SPV) and suspicious discrepancies between figures reported in SEC filings, media, and social media on the asset sale.
Assisting a joint stock company in investigating its legal opponent’s deceased relative’s estate in India, as part of a mismanagement and fraud litigation. Involved mapping and dissecting individual family members’ local commercial affiliations and assets, including vessels, real estate, and equity in companies.
Investigated a Southern Asian jewellery and metals company’s and its six defaulted buyers’ involvement in the fraud of two Asian state-owned banks through the siphoning and diversion of funds. Gathered evidence of collusion from high-level enforcement, journalist, and legal sources, including the company’s cross-jurisdictional holding structure and exact sums transferred between the subject metals company and six entities in Hong Kong.
Investigated an Asian businessman’s involvement in a foreign airport contract and his concurrent links to multiple entities in Singapore and abroad during the signing of this deal. Provided evidence of beneficial ownership and longstanding, de-facto relationships that supported the client’s allegations.

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NEWS AND INSIGHT

EVENTS 31 JANUARY 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we hosted our annual ‘Women in Disputes’ event on 8 March 8:45am at the AllBright Club in Mayfair. This year’s event discussed the power of storytelling as a personal and professional tool....

FIRM NEWS 24 JANUARY 2022

Director Jenna Burton was interviewed for The Arbitration Station’s first podcast of 2022. The podcast discusses key issues relating to commercial and investment arbitration. Hosted by arbitration experts Saadia Bhatty (Counsel, International...

COMMENTARY 27 OCTOBER 2021

Directors Isabel Asquith and Matthew Walker spoke on panel for ThoughLeaders4 London event.  Isabel discussed the Burning Questions of 2022 for asset recovery, fraud, recovery, and insolvency. Isabel outlined the implications of information entering the...

FIRM NEWS 11 OCTOBER 2021

Raedas are pleased to announce the hire of forensic accountant and accounting expert witness David Lawler. David has over 30 years’ experience advising claimants and defendants in high profile disputes across a variety of sectors. Trained as a Chartered...

FIRM NEWS 28 JUNE 2021

Raedas have maintained their Chambers and Partners’ Band 1 ranking for Litigation Support: Business Intelligence & Investigations (BI&I) for the third year in a row, and Band 2 ranking for Global Asset Tracing & Recovery (Investigations) for a...

EVENTS 20 MAY 2020

In the aftermath of COVID-19 businesses will need to have resilient defences against fraud and corruption and the ability to take effective action whenever those defences are breached. In this webinar Raedas founding partner Andrew Wordsworth, Mishcon  de...

COMMENTARY 16 NOVEMBER 2018

We have published an article looking at the perils of recovery in India and promise in the country’s new bankruptcy law. In it we dissect one of the most expansive private investigations in India and reflect on lessons learned from this cautionary tale....