Anthony Shipman is our exclusively recommended International Litigation expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anthony directly using the contact details listed above.
Anthony is an entrepreneurial, international investigative attorney registered in both London as a barrister and New York, as a foreign legal consultant, and heads his own litigation practice.
Combining rigour and tenacity, he specializes in complex multi-jurisdictional civil and human rights litigation, particularly in obtaining injunctive relief or restraining orders against sovereign assets pending the domestication of foreign or U.S. federal court judgments in Italy, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland and/or in offshore tax havens.
He has undertaken cases and/or negotiations against a series of governments designated as sponsor of terrorism in many jurisdictions, together with attorneys in European and Middle Eastern civil jurisdictions as well as in the United States.
Commercial Litigation against Sovereign States and Central Banks
He currently represents three U.S. families – Flatow, Eisenfeld and Duker – in a complex human rights European enforcement action against Iran in which he has blocked more than €1bn following domestication (exequatur) in the relevant jurisdictions. He was awarded the 2018 Finance Monthly Global Human Rights Lawyer Award.
He has represented several U.S. and European financial institutions in complex litigation including the Bank of New York v Central Bank of Iraq, in Italy, which was successfully settled. He has also represented corporations in ultimately successful recovery actions-negotiations against several emerging
White-collar Crime Defence
He has also represented a current Eastern European Interior Minister in complex litigation in Europe before his appointment, case-managing the defence to false accusations of fraud and murder, overturning an incarceration order based on an Interpol Red Notice in 12 days at the relevant Court of Appeal and subsequently the rejection of an extradition request.
Shipman, a fluent speaker of English, Italian, German and French, has been involved in several projects in difficult jurisdictions including Russia, several former Soviet Republics and Eastern European countries, Lebanon, Egypt, UAE, Colombia, Panama, Bermuda, Eastern Europe, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
He is a founding partner in EMA International, an asset tracing and due diligence firm with small offices in London, Milan and associate offices in Washington D.C., Rome and Lisbon.
EMA is a project-based research group that specializes in asset tracing in Europe, the Middle East and offshore tax havens and in gathering admissible evidence and intelligence internationally in complex corporate, legal and financial matters.
EMA’s uncompromising aim is to place our clients in the dominant position of any negotiation or contested situation, by legal means.
EMA’s multilingual consultants are qualified in law, accounting, financial services, intelligence, investigation and business management.
Formed in 1992, EMA has its own offices in London and Milan and associate offices in Washington D.C., Rome and Lisbon.