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Geopolitical instability and regional realignments have always by definition had a profound impact on the shape and intensity of business and personal risk. The last two years are certainly no exception.

In this report, Peters & Peters has invited prominent observers of the international political and economic landscape to share their thoughts on new and developing trends in legal and financial risk, for the benefit of our clients.

We hope you enjoy our report. We’ll be adding to it over the months ahead, so do sign up for further updates.

Tom Keatinge

Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute

Tom Keatinge is the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption. He has a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his research focused on the effectiveness of the global counterterror finance regime. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.

Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute

George Magnus

George Magnus, Independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London

George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. George was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Adviser, at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2012. His current book, Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy was published in September 2018 by Yale University Press.

George Magnus, Independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Michael O’Kane

Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner

Michael O’Kane is the Senior Partner of Peters & Peters. Michael leads the firm and its market-leading Business Crime team. He has acted in many of the most high profile and sensitive business crime cases of the last 25 years, at Peters & Peters and before that as a prosecutor.  He is the author of a respected textbook on criminal cartels and co-author of the leading resource on sanctions. 

Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner

Anna Bradshaw

Anna Bradshaw, Partner

Anna Odby is a Partner at Peters & Peters. She advises individuals and corporates on all aspects of financial crime and economic sanctions risk, compliance and enforcement. Anna is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), assisting the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) with their research on US, EU and UK sanctions. She has been a member of the Law Society’s EU Committee since 2011 and has given evidence in Parliament on EU criminal law and criminal justice cooperation matters. 

Anna Bradshaw, Partner

Nick Vamos

Nick Vamos, Partner

Nick Vamos is a Partner at Peters & Peters. The former Head of Special Crime and Head of Extradition at the Crown Prosecution Service, Nick has unique expertise and insight into complex, international, high-profile and sensitive criminal matters. He acts for individuals in high-profile extradition, INTERPOL Red Notice and mutual legal assistance cases, as well as fraud, money laundering, export controls and related offences.  Nick’s advice is routinely sought by individuals and corporations looking to bring or defend private prosecutions and, since January 2020, he has been representing the Post Office in the largest series of criminal appeals in UK legal history.

Nick Vamos, Partner

Jasvinder Nakhwal

Jasvinder Nakhwal, Partner

Jasvinder has over 20 years’ experience acting for high profile individuals and companies facing complex cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations.  She is particularly skilled in dealing with cases involving individual/corporate rights and has a long track record of defending successfully in extradition, INTERPOL and asset seizure matters.

Jasvinder Nakhwal, Partner

Jonathan Tickner

Jonathan Tickner, Partner and Head of Fraud and Commercial Disputes

Jonathan is Peters & Peters’ Head of Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud. He specialises in large complex international and commercial disputes, civil fraud and asset recovery with ground-breaking experience in multi-jurisdictional emergency procedures. Jonathan has also has extensive experience in large scale competition follow on damages claims having acted for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for over 20 years in a significant number of large scale damages, fraud and cartel claims.

Jonathan Tickner, Partner and Head of Fraud and Commercial Disputes

Keith Oliver

Keith Oliver, Head of International

Keith is Peters & Peters’ Head of International and one of the firm's key partners. He has frontline experience at the cutting edge of international fraud litigation, asset recovery and disputes with a focus on achieving the very best result for every client whatever the challenge. Keith specialises in international disputes and the location, freezing and recovery of misappropriated assets involving emergency relief procedures and the management of legal teams from many jurisdictions. His work often involves multi-jurisdictional actions in the USA, continental Europe and worldwide. He is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading lawyers in civil fraud with a reputation for addressing and resolving the most intractable of disputes and crises faced by individuals and companies.

Keith Oliver, Head of International

Vlad Meerovich

Vlad Meerovich, Senior Associate

Vlad is a commercial litigator specialising in the field of complex corporate and financial fraud. He acts in the High Court and arbitral proceedings that also tend to engage criminal process and involve emergency without notice applications to seize property and assets. Vlad’s experience covers both obtaining and challenging freezing injunctions.

Much of Vlad’s work is international. In addition to UK and European clients, he has acted for individuals and entities from India, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

Vlad Meerovich, Senior Associate