Global Fraud, Investigations and Asset Recovery Team
Fraud is complicated. While the potential loss to the client remains constant, how to discover, ferret out and recover from fraud keeps evolving. As business globalized, so too did fraud. New methods, new schemes, new hiding places, every stage is nuanced and requires a specific set of present-day skills to help navigate through the nefarious conduct and the mess left behind. Well more than typical commercial litigation, fraud investigations, intelligence gathering, and fraud litigation are art-forms unto themselves.
Combining a keen understanding of the “psychology of the fraudster” or nefarious actor with progressive intelligence gathering and fast, powerful and effective litigation, Freeborn’s Global Fraud, Investigations and Asset Recovery Team artfully gets the job done, no matter the type of nefarious activity or industry. Some of the many types of matters we handle include:
- Ponzi Schemes
- Insurance Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Asset Recovery
- Fraudulent Transfers
- Domestic and Foreign Asset Protection Trusts
- Art Theft and Related Crimes
- Receivers and Receiverships
- Offshore Financial Centers
- Government Corruption
- Corporate Finance and Governance
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (Bribery)
- IP Theft
- Occupational Fraud
Freeborn's Global Fraud, Investigations and Asset Recovery Team possess a wealth of experience in all facets of fraud, investigations, intelligence gathering and prosecutions. From former law enforcement to former U.S. and District attorneys, our fraud warriors have seen it all in every form. We differentiate ourselves in our use of actionable intelligence, which leverages our successful investigations and recoveries, both before and after the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan. Our representation of institutional, government and individual clients -- including banks, insurance companies, corporate boards, employers, commercial and industrial landlords, municipalities, judgment creditors, trustees in bankruptcy and receivers in other court and administrative proceedings -- detects and responds to fraud in the most aggressive and efficient manner possible. We spend considerable time studying and profiling the modern fraudster, employing the expertise of professionals from the field of behavioral science. Combined with our own internal intelligence gathering unit, we are highly successful in uncovering the real story behind the fraud. These cutting edge tactics and techniques leverage our ability to ferret out the fraud and recover the stolen and hidden assets.
Our team is also multi-jurisdictional, with admissions in many tribunals domestically and internationally, so we go where the fraud goes, and are well versed in the laws of many different courtrooms, including bankruptcy.
We also have established an extensive, international network, including resources in high profile and emerging offshore financial centers.
While many attorneys and firms profess to handle fraud matters, the Freeborn Global Fraud, Investigations and Asset Recovery Team possesses a unique and tested skill set which results in shorter and more useful intelligence gathering as well as shorter and more efficient litigation.
RECEIVERS AND TRUSTEES
Fraud Team leader Neal Levin is also a State and Federal Equity Receiver.
Supported by the depth of skill and resources, Mr. Levin is often called upon to act as or represent Receivers for court-appointed receiverships or Trustees in Bankruptcy. Receivers and trustees act to collect and secure the target's business operations or personal estate for the benefit of the government or creditors who may need to preserve and maintain access to the assets in the likely event of judgments or other relief against the target. Receiverships and Bankruptcy Estate Administration often requires our combination of keen business savvy and our forensic mind-set of a fraud investigator in order to maximize the value of an estate and protect assets for the benefit of third-parties.
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