Alexander Heylin

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Year of call: 2000 England and Wales; 2011 Turks and Caicos; 2015 Cayman; 2016 British Virgin Islands
Introduction
Alexander has broad commercial and insolvency litigation experience covering a wide range of contractual, property and regulatory disputes.
His work includes an emphasis on civil fraud, white collar fraud, company, insolvency and regulatory matters, as well as complex commercial disputes generally. Alexander regularly advises shareholders in joint venture disputes and acts in contentious matters involving trusts and involuntary liquidation. He has been the lead counsel in several long, complex, document heavy cases.
Alexander has conducted a considerable amount of complex contested trials and hearings and therefore is an experienced advocate and cross-examiner in highly contentious and hard-fought cases in England and overseas. Alexander has appeared numerous times in the highest courts and appellate courts of multiple jurisdictions. Alexander has substantial experience of witness actions and in cross-examination and is well used to coping with the challenges presented by trials and major applications.
Alexander has not only practised at the Bar but also as a partner in an offshore law firm and as a Principal in a New York Law firm. Alexander is therefore used to taking a client friendly and pragmatic approach to cases with an emphasis on providing optimal solutions to client’s problems. Alexander’s international experience makes him particularly well suited to cases involved cross border issues and has much experience working with other legal teams in multiple jurisdictions on the same case.
Some Notable Cases Alexander has appeared in:
- Lead Counsel acting for IP’s representing victims of $300 million Ponzi scheme operated out of Dubai. Cross border issues on insolvency law in several jurisdictions with a vast amount of documentation to be analysed.
- Counsel in civil fraud and recovery case valued at several 100 million GBP acting for a well-known Billionaire financier.
- Counsel acting for music legend Prince in dispute over property in excess of GBP15 million.
- Counsel for purchasers of Ritz Carlton (West Caicos) in insolvency action relating collapse of Lehman Brothers.
- Counsel acting for leading Chinese Industrialist in an unfair prejudice action brought by an American Hedge Fund claiming damages in excess of GBP50 million.
- Counsel for Investment Fund in a derivative action against ‘vulture funds’ seeking to take control of Fund and its significant portfolio of assets.
- Counsel for high profile industrialist and property developer in accusations of bribery and government corruption.
- Acting for a number of international banks in cross border disputes and enforcement actions.
Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud
Alexander has extensive experience in complex and highly contentious cases and civil fraud. Many of his cases arise in the context of claims against directors, partners and former senior employees; and joint venture disputes Alexander has conducted many injunction hearings related to these cases including freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal applications and other injunctive relief.
Insolvency
Alexander is experienced in many areas of insolvency law both domestic and international both advising companies and conducting the hearings. These areas include:
- Administrations
- Administrative receivers
- Asset-tracing and recovery
- Bankruptcy
- Cross-border (including EC Regulation, the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations and UNCITRAL model law)
- Directors’ disqualification
- Liquidation (including application for appointment of provisional Liquidator)
- S.423 applications
- Voluntary arrangements and ‘pre -packed’ liquidations
- Winding up in the public interest
Cross Border Disputes
With globalization has come increased legal, regulatory, financial and reputational complexity and risk for international businesses and investors. Alexander has over eight years’ experience concentrating on cross border disputes with a focus on the offshore financial industry and the US Financial Industry particularly relating to Funds.
Alexander also studied for a Masters (LLM) in International and US Corporate law at NYU Law one of the top 5 law schools in the US.
Alexander has been called to the Bar and appeared in the Courts of multiple jurisdictions and has considerable experience working with international legal teams. He is particularly experienced in high value and complex joint venture disputes.
Regulatory Law and Corporate Governance
Alexander has unique perspective and experience on regulatory issues having both advised funds and other financial institutions including global banks for many years. He has also worked inside a fund dealing with regulatory issues in multiple jurisdictions. Corporate Governance being a particular interest of Alexander's.
Alexander has represented companies and individuals in regulatory matters both contentious and non-contentious including making presentations and direct representations to the relevant regulator. Alexander has been involved in many regulatory matters that have been directly tied to parallel regulatory issues in the US including SEC and DOJ investigations.
Alexander has acted for both Companies and individuals in regulatory matters that also involve criminal allegations including MLAT requests, POCA and money laundering allegations.
Some examples of the areas Alexander can advise on include –
- Financial Services Regulation (including FCA)
- Suspicious Activity Reports in the Financial Sector
- Corporate Governance and Reporting (including POCA)
- Reports to Money Laundering Officers and POCA / money laundering regulations
- Directors Duties and Fiduciary Duties (including representation at Tribunal)
- Professional Conduct particularly concerning those regulated in the Financial Services Sector
- Bribery Act
Internal Investigations
Alexander has acted for major Financial Institutions and Global brands in relation to their internal investigations on issues ranging from financial and sexual misconduct to an arson investigation. Alexander has also acted for individuals who have been caught up in internal investigations.
White Collar Fraud
Alexander has nearly 20 years of experience in Fraud and White-Collar Crime. He has prosecuted and defended many such cases though in the last 10 years had exclusively concentrated on defence. Alexander was formally on the AG Panel prosecuting for bodies such as HMRC, SOCA, NHS and DWP.
Alexander defended one of the primary defendants (against whom all charges were ultimately dropped) in one of the most high-profile fraud and corruption cases in the English-speaking world. This also includes confiscation proceedings and production orders.
Much of his work in the last 10 years has had international aspects to it and was closely related to regulatory and commercial legal issues. Alexander almost uniquely is in a position where he has considerable experience in all of these areas.
Employment Law
Alexander primarily now concentrates on the Financial sector and representing Senior Executives on employment issues. He has nearly 20 years of experience advising and representing companies and individuals on employment law. He has appeared in many Tribunal hearings and also on Appeal.
Alexander’s concentrates on the Financial Sector and senior executives due to his related experience in Regulatory Law and Internal Investigations which are frequently issues in such cases. Alexander has represented many investment bankers and finance professionals.
Alexander has an LLM in Employment Law.
Languages
- English
- Basic French
Reported Cases
Yorke v Katra, Court of Appeal - Civil Division, June 09, 2003, [2003] EWCA Civ 867
Qualifications
BA Newcastle University
CPE / BVC College of Law
LLM Surrey (part time) – Employment Law
LLM NYU Law – Corporate Law
TEP – Trust and Estate Practioner as designated by STEP

Latest News & Publications

In a recent reported decision from the English High Court, the court re-examined the principles on which a Defendant can be cross-examined...

Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers is delighted to welcome Alexander Heylin to No5...

Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019