Corporate & Financial Crime Case Studies

The Khan Partnership is an expert in complex and multi-jurisdictional financial crime cases.

Corporate & Financial Crime Case Studies

The Khan Partnership is an expert in complex and multi-jurisdictional financial crime cases.

Advising a Russian businessman in relation to a substantial fraud which has been perpetrated against him.  We are assisting him as to his remedies in the UK and other jurisdictions.  The value of the fraud is in excess of USD 1.5 billion. 

Mr Mohammad Gohir, a UK National, was arrested by the US Secret Service in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2014. 

He was arrested for allegedly masterminding a sophisticated international Missing Trader Intra Community VAT fraud.  The fraud was sophisticated being run through a global network of fraudulent companies dealing in European Union Allowances (Carbon Credits). Mr Gohir was remanded in custody in Nevada, USA whilst contesting an extradition request made for him from Germany.  The press reports value the fraud at USD 700 million saying that Deutsche Bank received EUR 136 million from fraudulent VAT reclaims.  Deutsche Bank is under active investigation in Germany.  285,000 pages of prosecution material have so far been disclosed to the defence team.

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The Khan Partnership directed and coordinated an international legal team with lawyers in the USA and in Germany.  The global team led by The Khan Partnership challenged the original issuing of an Arrest Warrant in Germany, contested the request for extradition in the District Court in Nevada, and co-ordinated appeals to the Ninth Circuit in California.   

We are responsible for a review of the evidence supplied, drafting submissions, legal research.  Additionally we are responsible for the overall strategy of the case and client management.

R v U. We were instructed by the first defendant in a complex international multi-defendant Missing Trader Intra Community VAT fraud allegedly involving tax losses of £56.5 million between UK, Europe and Dubai.  

The Khan Partnership were instructed after the trial in relation to an appeal.  Prior to The Khan Partnership’s involvement in the case the first defendant had been convicted at trial of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and money laundering.

The defendants were both outside the jurisdiction when they instructed their defence teams.  Despite the client being abroad we were able to persuade the Court of Appeal to deal with the appeal. 

Leave to appeal against conviction was granted, and the appeal was heard over several days in the Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal Criminal Division were persuaded to quash the convictions on the basis that “the judge failed to secure a fair trial  in the Appellants’ case” and ordered a re-trial. The Court of Appeal ruled that the trial had been unfair due to inadmissible evidence being led by the prosecution and the unlawful questioning of a key HMRC witness by the trial Judge.