Asset Recovery

Better Recoveries Result from experience and connections

Dealing with distressed companies and bankruptcies are an unavoidable reality for all lenders. In these situations, maximizing the recovery of what is yours is critical and requires swift actions. The process becomes particularly challenging as distressed companies and individuals become more adept and creative in hiding assets.

Our team helps you untangle this complex web—using sophisticated techniques to locate, trace and recover the financial and physical property associated with your claims and counseling you through the administrative and legal phases involved.

We have an impressive track record representing many financial institutions, lenders, receivers and bankruptcy trustees on strategies to recover assets from debtors and their conspirators. We use out-of-court solutions whenever possible – but litigate and enforce when necessary. We work with you from start to finish, using all administrative and judicial processes to recover what belongs to you.

HMB has a particularly robust team focused on international asset recovery matters. Our extended network of professionals allows us to undertake investigations, identify additional parties affiliated with your claims and maximize recoveries to the fullest extent.

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Aaron L. HammerChair | Bankruptcy Group
Delaware Bankruptcy Court Confirms Bankruptcy Court Has Authority to Issue Preliminary Injunctions To Freeze AssetsSeptember 2, 2021

In 1998, The U.S. Supreme Court in Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo S.A. v. Alliance Bond Fund, 527 U.S. 308, held that the District Court had no authority to issue a preliminary injunction preventing petitioners from disposing of assets pending adjudication of the respondents’ contract claim for money damages. Subsequently, courts have interpreted Grupo to carve out exceptions for equitable actions…

Inquiry Notice Applies to A Transferee’s Good Faith Defense to a Trustee’s Fraudulent Avoidance ActionSeptember 2, 2021

On August 30, 2021, the Second Circuit decided in Irving Picard, trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC v. Citibank N.A., 20-1334, on “appeals of the latest installment in the long-running litigation arising from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme” whether the District Court properly dismissed actions brought against initial and subsequent transferees, to avoid and recover transfers,…

The Rise Of Fraud Schemes From the CARES ActMay 7, 2021

The CARES Act, which sought to provide economic assistance during the global health pandemic, is exalted as an essential federal initiative. One of the most visible pieces of that Act is the PPP, which seeks to provide immediate financial assistance in the form of SBA-guaranteed loans to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the economic uncertainties of the novel coronavirus. An important yet severe consequence is the rise of fraud in connection with misuse of PPP loan proceeds.

Current Trends to Hide AssetsJanuary 7, 2021

With the economy on troubling grounds, there is a greater desire to protect assets. But, there is a difference between hiding and protecting assets. Hiding assets is a form of protection, but done for illicit purposes to keep away from current creditors.

Asset Protection Devices in the British Virgin Islands That Creditors Need to UnderstandDecember 30, 2015

There are approximately 800,000 companies registered in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI"). BVI entities are used as vehicles for investing in Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China where anywhere from 40-50% of BVI entities are used. There are three types of funds that can be organized under BVI law-private, professional and public. High net worth individuals are most interested in…

John Guzzardo and Rick Rein Published in NABT American Bankruptcy Trustee JournalJanuary 15, 2019

John Guzzardo and Rick Rein wrote an article for NABT American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal regarding the use of Consent Directives to locate offshore assets. A consent directive is a "rare bird" investigatory tool that litigants in the US may use to discover assets and information from debtors or third parties located anywhere in the world. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy…

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