Director, Dispute Consulting
Ashley Messick manages GPW’s London-based Dispute Consulting team. She joined GPW at the beginning of 2015 following several years at an international investigations firm where she provided investigative and strategic advisory services to governments in relation to large scale, multi-jurisdictional asset recovery assignments. Her work included co-ordinating the global intelligence efforts and gathering evidence to support states’ efforts to recover stolen funds.
Ashley brings her asset recovery experience to GPW, where she works alongside leading law firms and corporate counsel in involved in complex commercial disputes. Her focus is not solely on the provision of actionable intelligence, but in helping clients meet the evidential thresholds necessary to successfully enforce awards and seize assets. For example, Ashley recently testified in English High Court legal proceedings as the only material witness in an application to sustain a charging order over UK property which was upheld based largely on her testimony. More recently, Ashley has focused on enforcement against sovereigns and state-owned entities, including recent cases in LATAM, West Africa and the FSU. Evidence gathered by Ashley and her team has led to the seizure of goods in transit, security over shares in European companies and the freezing of bank accounts.
In addition to asset recovery, Ashley regularly conducts evidence gathering exercises in support of LCIA, ICC, ICSID and SCC proceedings, to include identifying and collating supplementary documentary evidence and interrogating the veracity of counterparties’ witness statements.
While the majority of Ashley’s cases are international, she has particular experience in conducting investigations in the CIS and Russia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. A graduate of McGill University in Canada, Ashley moved to London in 2008 to complete a Masters degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to entering the intelligence sector, she had studied in Damascus (Syria) and in Florence (Italy).