F. R. Jenkins, Esq.
F. R. Jenkins, Esq. is admitted to the Bar of the State of Maine, and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also been called to the Bar of England and Wales by the ancient Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and he is a Barrister-at-law and Solicitor with full rights of audience in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is further admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.
He was educated at Cambridge University, England (LL.M., English Commercial Law), Cornell University, New York (J.D. with formal specializations in International Law and Business Regulation), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with Distinction, English and International Relations).
Mr. Jenkins has engaged in the private practice of law in and through the United Kingdom, the United States and the Eastern Caribbean, primarily in various fields of international law, since 1998. He now heads his own law firm Meridian 361, and is also a member of Temple Court Chambers, a set of London Barristers within the grounds of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, opposite the Royal Courts of Justice in the heart of London’s legal district. His international law practice includes all aspects of cross-border transactions, the formation and representation of international financial institutions, international investigations and complex international litigation.
Mr. Jenkins has a special interest and expertise in civil anti-terror litigation. He successfully represented the British insurer Lloyds, and acted as settlement agent for the bankruptcy trustee for the flagship American airline Pan American Airways, in their claims against Libya arising from Libya’s involvement in the 1989 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He currently represents the American victims of the 1985 Abu Nidal terrorist attacks, which were launched simultaneously at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy and the Schwechat Airport in Vienna, Austria. On behalf of the victims, he has sued both Libya and Syria as State sponsors of the attacks. He also represents American victim families in an Austrian case to collect from the treasurer/financier of the Abu Nidal Organization millions of dollars in terrorist assets frozen in Austrian bank accounts. Mr. Jenkins has undertaken substantial lobbying campaigns for his clients in connection with these attacks, which brought about the enactment of the Justice for Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act and the Libya Claims Resolution Act, landmark legislation in this area. Mr. Jenkins also currently represents various U.S. victims of Al-Qaida in Iraq, in their claims against the State sponsors of that terrorist organization. Mr. Jenkins’ work in this area has led to his appointment to the International Advisory Board of the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s most important national security and counter-terrorism conference and think tank.
Mr. Jenkins also has a special interest and deep expertise in the world’s so-called “offshore finance centres”. It is estimated that at least one-third of global wealth resides in or is structured through the offshore finance centres.
Any client venturing into the offshore finance centres should do so only with an experienced guide. Mr. Jenkins has acted as counsel to the organizers of a range of offshore businesses and financial institutions, including offshore investment banks, offshore mutual and hedge funds and fund managers, and offshore insurance companies. He has represented offshore fiduciary service providers; parties with difficulties with offshore financial regulators; parties conducting individual commercial transactions and/or operating active businesses in or through offshore jurisdictions; parties conducting wealth and estate planning using offshore vehicles and plans; parties seeking offshore asset protection; offshore parties defending themselves from creditor attack in onshore litigation; parties suspicious they are being lured into offshore scams; and parties seeking to recover assets stolen from them in complex international fraud involving offshore vehicles. Mr. Jenkins’ work in this area has led to his appointment to the editorial advisory board of Offshore Investment magazine, a leading publication in the sector.
Before entering private law practice, Mr. Jenkins saw active duty in the U.S. Air Force, as a JAG, starting in the rank of First Lieutenant and rising to Captain. He completed his entire tour of duty at the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, a very active F-15 fighter base in East Anglia, England. He acted as prosecutor in numerous courts-martial, and periodically advised Squadron and Wing commanders on matters of public international law, including the Geneva and Hague Conventions, the U.S.-U.K. Status of Forces Agreement and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties. In the civil arena, he acted for the largest U.S. Air Force procurement function in the U.K., and handled a range of cross-border contract, employment, environmental, labor and tort matters.
Mr. Jenkins also worked with Monitor Company, a prestigious international strategy consultancy headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and founded by Harvard Business School professors. From their London offices, he was deployed on a number of board-level engagements with major multinationals. His major achievements at Monitor include designing a new tax-efficient product for the largest roadside assistance company in the U.K., and securing the permission of the European Commission’s Merger Task Force to the acquisition by Heineken of Diageo Plc’s Spanish subsidiary and operations. He continues to enjoy business strategy and is able to contribute a sharp business mind to many of his client engagements.