Jonathan Addo

Litigation & Insolvency
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Expertise and Professional Background

Jonathan joined Harneys in 2012 having previously worked in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs International for 4 years and then subsequently practising as an advocate at the Common Law Bar in London. Jonathan specialises in international commercial litigation; company law with a particular expertise in funds-related litigation; shareholder disputes; unfair prejudice claims; fraud; asset recovery, insolvency and restructuring. He has appeared as an advocate in numerous such cases before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court including the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the High Court, including BTA Bank v Ablyazov; Gudavadze et al v Patarkatsishvili et al; QVT Funds v China Zenix; and CFTC v Nicolai Battoo.    

Through working in the industry for some years, Jonathan has gained considerable funds experience which uniquely informs his practice and as a result he specialises in all aspects of law relating to investment management-related matters including subscription and redemption issues; directors' duties; the law relating to custodians, investment managers and administrators of fund structures. 

Jonathan co-authored with Andrew Thorp, the BVI chapter of the 3rd edition (2014) of International Fraud and Asset Tracing. He has also authored numerous articles on commercial litigation, company law and insolvency in ILO and Mondaq.
Jonathan is recommended as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 since 2013 and is recognised by Who's Who Legal as an "accomplished" leading lawyer in the area of asset recovery.

Prior to moving offshore Jonathan practised as a barrister at the Chambers of David Josse QC (5 St. Andrew’s Hill formerly 1 Harcourt Buildings) where he remains a door tenant.His practice focused on civil and criminal fraud, asset recovery, insolvency as well as a broad spectrum of commercial disputes. He is reported as a result of his appellate work.
Jonathan is an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association.


Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course) 2006
Exeter University (LLM) 2002
Exeter University (LLB) 1999

Bar Admissions

England and Wales 2006 (not practising)
British Virgin Islands 2013


Legal 500: Jonathan is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 where he is described as being "hard-working and efficient" and recognised for his "detailed familiarity of the finer points of governing local law". Legal 500 further describes Jonathan as a "very efficient, polished advocate" who "fights a clients' corner with dogged determination".

Who's Who Legal: Jonathan is recognised as being amongst the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers. Jonathan is described as “accomplished” and “an articulate and dedicated litigator who never gives up”. Jonathan is further described as "a talented advocate and technically exceptional practitioner".

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