Laurence Katz

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Laurence Katz

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 "Laurence is a "hands-on" practitioner and "good tactician", with a "calm and measured approach" and "excellent" attention to detail." -  Chambers UK Guide

What he’s best at:

Laurence has specialised for 25 years in commercial dispute resolution (including international arbitration under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL), fraud and asset tracing claims and insolvency litigation. He has extensive experience of acting as a supervisor solicitor on the execution of search orders and began taking appointments as a supervising solicitor in the late 1990s. Laurence's commercial dispute resolution experience includes contractual disputes (including in relation to guarantees, business sale agreements, joint ventures, management agreements, patent licences, distribution agreements, commercial agency contracts and restrictive covenants); shareholder and partnership disputes; directors' and officers' liability; and professional negligence claims against auditors, solicitors and valuers.

Who he works for:

  • Insolvency office holders (both from England and overseas)
  • Banks
  • Companies
  • Company directors
  • Individuals

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Testimonials:

“Laurence is prized for ‘paying attention to the details without losing sight of the big picture.’ He is also commended for his ability to think up novel approaches, particularly in cases with an interplay between fraud and insolvency.” – Chambers UK Guide

"Laurence is a "hands-on" practitioner and "good tactician," with a "calm and measured approach" and "excellent" attention to detail." – Chambers UK Guide

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Publications

Laurence has lectured and written for many years on  issues relating to fraud, asset tracing and cross-border insolvency. Recent publications include:

  • “Asset tracing – getting evidence and injunctive relief” (Recovery, the publication of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, Winter 2007)
  • “The interface between fraud and insolvency – how insolvency laws can assist in finding and recovering the proceeds of fraud” (International Bar Association’s Insolvency and Restructuring International, April 2008)
  • “The tort of deceit” (Fraud Intelligence, June 2008)
  • “Cross-Border Fraud –How the English courts exercise their powers” (American Bar Association’s International Litigation Quarterly, Autumn 2009)
  • “How the courts can assist Insolvency Practitioners to help victims of corporate fraud” (Recovery, Spring 2010)
  •  “Cross-Border Insolvency: the battle for recognition in Stanford” (Insolvency and Restructuring International, September 2010)
  • “When to tear: Supreme Court pulls at the corporate veil” (Fraud Intelligence, July 2013), reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision in Prest v Petrodel Resources Limited (2013)

Speaking engagements

Recent speaking engagements include:

  • Panel co-chair at the International Bar Association’s 15th Annual Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, May 2009 “Lessons learned from recent financial institution failures”
  • Panelist at C5’s 18th Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Forum, March 2010 “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery in Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings”
  • Panel moderator at the INSOL Europe Annual Congress, September 2011: “The fraud/insolvency interface – going across borders to recover the proceeds of fraud.”
  • Presentation on “How to preserve assets and evidence prior to enforcement” at the Association of Business Recovery Professionals October 2012 Asset Recovery Course

Professional Memberships

  • International Bar Association (co-chaired the enforcement of creditors’ rights sub-committee in 2009 and 2010 and was a vice-chair of the Insolvency Section in  2011 and 2012).
  • A member of INSOL Europe and  of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • A past member of the Law Society’s Civil Fraud Reference Group.

Previous Law Firms

  • Trained Paisner & Co; qualified 1991
  • Partner, Commercial Litigation department, Paisner & Co 1998 – 2001
  • Partner, Holman Fenwick & Willan 2001 – 2009
  • Partner, CKFT 2009 - April 2014

Education

  • Bristol University (1987 BSc Econ)
  • College of Law, Chancery Lane (1987 to 1989)
  • King’s College, London University (1995 LLM Commercial and Corporate Law)

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