Ben Wells

Ben Wells

Partner


Ben Wells is a Solicitor Advocate. The majority of his work is focused on clients from the countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) or Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Ben is experienced in international arbitration (sitting as an arbitrator) and dispute resolution related to cross-border disputes. Ben has a particular focus on contentious trusts issues, claiming relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, asset-tracing and recovery. Ben also assists clients to decide contentious issues in relation to commercial contracts, trading, investments, banking, company and shareholder disputes, cross-border insolvency, international civil fraud and enforcement. Ben regularly represents clients in arbitration and in the English courts.

Ben is an executive committee member of the British-Kazakh Law Association, holds rights of audience at the Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) and is listed as an international arbitrator with the Russian Arbitration Centre and RSPP.

Ben writes articles which have been published in CIS Arbitration Forum, Arbitration.ru and Zakon.ru as well as having featured in articles for the Law Society of England and Wales. Ben is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the FSU and CIS.

Recent Cases

Acting for the Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee Fund and a consortium of Ukrainian banks in their actions against previous ultimate beneficial owners and managers believed to be complicit in the misappropriation of funds worldwide with a combined value of over $1 billion.

Acting for Natalia Rotenberg, defending her against two appeals by (i) Ravendark Holdings Limited; and (ii) Arkady Rotenberg, in the Court of Appeal in relation to a High Court award of a £35 million mansion in Surrey.

Representing the minority shareholders of a mining plc in a corporate dispute to the value of £10 billion.

Representing a Kazakh Bitcoin mining entity in a dispute with a power producer following the illegal confiscation of Bitcoin producing servers.

Representing two BVI holding companies involved in a Cyprus joint venture dispute over a major CIS mining company. In this high-stakes shareholder dispute, CANDEY's clients successfully secured a partial LCIA arbitration award in their favour, with further proceedings pending in Cyprus and London as the dispute continues. The value of our clients' claims, including the value of the underlying asset, exceeds $500 million.

Representing a Bulgarian gas company in a High Court dispute in relation to inflated fees of previous service providers.

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