New Partner Appointment: Programme Management & Design

by
Aidan Larkin

We are delighted to announce that Paul Mylvaganam will be joining Asset Reality as a Partner.

Paul will lead the Programme Management and Educational Capacity Building programmes at Asset Reality. His role will include policy, regulatory and institutional framework reviews which will support Asset Reality’s mission of improving effectiveness in Asset Recovery for the benefit of society and victims of crime.

Speaking of the appointment, Aidan Larkin (Partner and Chief Executive) commented, “By conducting technical assessments and external audits of asset management offices and their functionality for example, we can truly get to the heart of the issues that affect the amount of money agencies can recover for victims and funding more law enforcement. It’s vital that we have these sometimes awkward and uncomfortable conversations, to help governments build transparent and sustainable ecosystems to improve their ability to manage seized and confiscated assets. Having Paul’s experience in international Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery as a UK barrister for over 20 years and UNODC international expert, will give Asset Reality a unique insight that will complement our extensive network of international consultants and experienced practitioners. I’m delighted to welcome Paul as a Partner to Asset Reality. Since the companies formation, we have delivered training and consulted with international agencies in every continent ranging from law enforcement agencies and inter governmental bodies and regulators. The pandemic has presented unique challenges for governments that has brought effective asset recovery into focus and the combination of increased fraud and corruption and limited resources and funding means has made ‘making crime pay’ for society more important than ever.”

A graduate of Oxford University, Paul also holds an LLM in International Criminal Law, from Sussex University, where he specialised in international corruption for his masters degree.

Prior to his current management and programme design role with Asset Reality, Paul practised for over two decades as a trial attorney (Barrister) at the UK criminal Bar, both prosecuting and defending. He was engaged as trial counsel in a number of the biggest terrorist and corruption trials in the UK, including the ‘Oil for Food’ Sanctions case, which had complex ancillary, asset seizure recovery hearings. He has appeared in over thirty major asset recovery (AR) cases and conducted well over a hundred AML related hearings. Over the last three years, Paul has been working as Consultant/Senior Technical Adviser to the UK Foreign Office- Conflict, Security and Stabilisation (CSSF) Programme advising on two jurisdictions in Asia. He was simultaneously appointed to act as a Consultant to a UK Mission in North Africa advising on capacity building in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery. Paul has also worked closely with the senior UK judiciary in organising international conferences as well as with the US Department of Justice and with senior legislative drafters from the UK House of Commons and UNODC and STAR ( World Bank). Having worked in many challenging conflict and post conflict zones, Paul brings to the table a practical knowledge of project management.

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