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 lawyer in the area of 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 and authored the BVI chapter of the 3rd edition (2014) of International Fraud and Asset Tracing and more recently, co-authored the BVI chapter in Complex Commercial Litigation (GTDT 2019).
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.
Jonathan is recognised as a “next generation partner” in the British Virgin Islands Dispute Resolution rankings. Sources have said he is “highly likeable, dependable and friendly, in addition to being professional and knowledgeable”.Legal 500, 2020, 2021
Jonathan is recognised as an expert in asset recovery.Who's Who Legal, 2020
Jonathan is recognised as an expert in asset recovery. He is described as “accomplished” and an “articulate and dedicated litigator who never gives up”.Who's Who Legal, 2019
- England and Wales (not practising)
- British Virgin Islands
- Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)
- Exeter University (LLM)
- Exeter University (LLB)