Kwame Akyianu

Leaders in Law endorses Kwame Akyianu as our exclusively recommended Debt & Asset Recovery expert in Ghana. If you wish to get in touch with Kwame, please use the contact information provided above.


He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Practice
  • Specialising in Dispute Settlement Consultancy
  • Debt/Asset Recovery


  • University of Ghana, BPP Law School and the Ghana School of Law

Firm Description:

Akyianu and Associates is a boutique Law Firm established in 2000, engaged in Commercial Practice, specialising in Dispute Settlement Consultancy and Debt/Asset Recovery.


David Bennett

Leaders in Law endorses David Bennett as our exclusively recommended Asset Recovery Services expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with David please use the contact information provided above.

I have over 25 years of experience in the recovery and reorganisation space. I lead our British Virgin Islands (BVI) business and take insolvency appointments in the BVI. Our practice focuses on complex cross border insolvencies, dispute resolution and forensic accountancy.

I started my career in London moving to Asia in the late 1990’s. Following a couple of years in Hong Kong and my return to the UK, I moved into corporate finance before returning to restructuring work where I operated as an insolvency practitioner and worked in restructuring, advisory and pensions advisory.

In 2014 I moved to Hong Kong and launched our restructuring team. Over the next seven years I was involved in some of the largest cross border restructuring cases including China Fishery, Noble Group, China Huishan Diary Holding including offshore cases in Cayman, Bermuda and BVi.

Over the last few years I acted as an independent director sitting as a director on numerous boards as part of an international dispute relating to an investment fund.

Expertise covers:

  • Restructuring advisor to a USD 400 million senior debt group in the restructuring of a major listed business headquartered in Hong Kong.
  • Appointed by stakeholders to manage a PE fund with USD 700 million of investments and operations over 27 jurisdictions. Acted as Board member to monitor and maintain status quo.
  • Bermuda Court appointed soft touch Liquidator of Indian telco. Oversaw the disposal of key operations to third party acquirer
  • Joint Liquidator of UA Cinemas one of the larges cinema chains in Hong Kong and oversaw the disposal of multiple sites to new operators.
  • BVI Liquidator of entity embroiled in the Qingdao metals fraud.


  • Member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association
  • Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
  • JIEB Qualified
  • Former Board member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants – RIF Chapter

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Grant Thornton British Virgin Islands

Grant Thornton British Virgin Islands focuses on recovery and reorganisation. The firm collaborates with Grant Thornton’s Eastern Caribbean firms in Antigua and St Kitts & Nevis, which provides services to the four English speaking countries of the Leeward Islands, St Lucia, which serves the four English speaking countries of the Windward Islands, the Cayman Island member firms and Grant Thornton UK.


Matt Richardson

Leaders in Law endorses Matt Richardson as our exclusively recommended Asset Recovery Services expert in British Virgin Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Matt please use the contact information provided above.

I joined Grant Thornton BVI in 2017 and have spent 12 years living and working in the British Virgin Islands. Prior to joining the firm, I established and ran the office of a global firm specialising in contentious insolvency and asset recovery.

I have extensive experience in corporate recovery services, primarily in contentious cross-border insolvency and fraud involving international litigation, fraud investigation, asset tracing and realisation of complex and illiquid assets. I have undertaken work in a variety of industries, including financial services, offshore banking, real estate, shipping, financial institutions, mining, oil & gas and telecommunications.

I’ve been recognised as an asset tracing and recovery expert by Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery in 2014 – 2018 and was described as “one of the very best in the asset recovery space” and “absolutely excellent” in the same publication in 2018.  In 2019, I was recognised as an Offshore ‘Thought Leader’ by the same publication.

Firm Description:

Grant Thornton (British Virgin Islands) Limited is part of one of the world’s largest and most technically skilled professional services firms.

We specialise in providing recovery and restructuring services for or to companies registered in the BVI and the Eastern Caribbean, we act for companies, directors, creditors, investors and other stakeholders.

Our assignments frequently result in us being liquidators or receivers of distressed companies, often arising from fraud and/or shareholder disputes and normally require multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and litigation.  As part of our assignments we often collaborate with our Grant Thornton member firms in the Eastern Caribbean, where we have a presence on all major islands unlike any other firm, and across the globe.

Grant Thornton’s significant presence and experience in handling these global matters makes us the perfect choice to act both in both cross-border matters and those located purely in the Eastern Caribbean.

At the outset of an assignment we work closely with stakeholders to understand the situation and the complexities associated with the matter and work collaboratively with stakeholders to maximise value.  Over the last decade our BVI practitioners have been involved in some of the largest and most complex matters in the region.