Luke Ponte specialises in complex crime, often with a commercial or financial aspect. He has particular expertise in matters of asset recovery.
Ponte is a level-three CPS prosecutor and is on the specialist panels for proceeds of crime, fraud and serious crime.
He is instructed in matters of white-collar crime, including MTIC, commercial and mortgage fraud. Current and recent instructions include defending a city trader in a £250m Ponzi scheme; prosecuting a nine-handed money laundering operation conducted through money tranfer bureaus; and advising in relation to a $200m (£120m) bond fraud.
He has particular expertise in matters concerning alternative remittance systems such as hawallah and hundi banking. In respect of MTIC fraud, he has considerable experience representing individuals and companies both in the criminal courts and before the Tax Tribunal, as well as advising in matters of bribery and corruption.
Ponte also practises in the fields of proceeds of crime, complex crime, regulatory crime, professional discipline, licensing and road traffic offences.
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