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Jonathan Addo
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Jonathan Addo is a superb practitioner. Good judgment, well regarded by the local judiciary, clever, responsive and determined

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Biography

Jonathan Addo is a partner in our Litigation and Insolvency practice group. He specialises in Shareholder Disputes, Commercial Fraud, Asset Tracing, and Directors Duties, advising major corporations and investors on complex commercial litigation. He has particular expertise in complex hedge fund-related litigation. Prior to joining us in 2012, Jonathan practised as a barrister at the Bar in London and previously worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs International between 2004 and 2008. He is a leading BVI lawyer in the area of injunctive relief having appeared both as the first instance advocate and subsequently as th ...

Jonathan Addo is a partner in our Litigation and Insolvency practice group. He specialises in Shareholder Disputes, Commercial Fraud, Asset Tracing, and Directors Duties, advising major corporations and investors on complex commercial litigation. He has particular expertise in complex hedge fund-related litigation.

Prior to joining us in 2012, Jonathan practised as a barrister at the Bar in London and previously worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs International between 2004 and 2008.

He is a leading BVI lawyer in the area of injunctive relief having appeared both as the first instance advocate and subsequently as the led first junior in the ground-breaking Privy Council case on freezing injunctions of Convoy Collateral Limited v Broad Idea Ltd et al [2021] UKPC 24.

In addition, Jonathan has the leading BVI practice in private international law with a particular focus on forum challenges. He acted for the successful appellants in the leading Privy Council case on jurisdiction challenges in fraud disputes: JSC Eurochem et al v Livingston Properties Equities Inc et al [2020] UKPC 31, and more recently, he acted for the successful party in the leading BVI case on forum non conveniens (in the context of a contractual dispute): Oscar Trustee Limited v MBS Software Solutions Limited BVIHCMAP2021/0024.

Jonathan has a long-established practice advising on directors’ duties, investor protection and shareholder relief having appeared for the successful party in the leading case in the BVI on the use of directors’ powers (IAMC v SFL BVIHC COM 0034/2016). He has successfully acted for numerous shareholders in the context of joint venture disputes and unfair prejudice petitions.

Jonathan is recognized by his peers and the directories as a leading commercial fraud and asset recovery lawyer and is often instructed to act for UHNWIs and large MNCs in the investigation; tracing and recovery of assets arising from commercial fraud; misappropriated assets or bribery claims.

Jonathan regularly appears before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court both in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Privy Council, both led and as a junior alone.

Jonathan presents at numerous conferences in these areas of expertise and has authored numerous articles. He co-authored the BVI chapter in Complex Commercial Litigation (GTDT 2019) and is a regular contributor to the Offshore Litigation Blog.

He is an Overseas Member of the Chancery Bar Association; an Honorary Member of COMBAR; a member of the IBA and a member of the C5 Fraud Advisory Board.

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Recommendations

“Jonathan Addo ‘is an exceptionally talented litigator who ‘provides pragmatic advice on cross-border claims involving fraud, misappropriation and funds.”

“Jonathan Addo ‘is an exceptionally talented litigator who ‘provides pragmatic advice on cross-border claims involving fraud, misappropriation and funds.”

Jonathan is currently recognised as a “next generation partner” in the 2023 Dispute Resolution rankings.

Ranked in WWL since 2014, Jonathan is currently recognised as a Thought Leader in the GIR - Asset Recovery guide; and a Global Leader in the Commercial Litigation guide.

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England and Wales (not practising)
2006

British Virgin Islands
2013

Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)
2006

Exeter University (LLM)
2002

Exeter University (LLB)
1999

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