Investigations – Future Leaders 2018: Analysis

In our first ever edition of WWL: Investigations – Future Leaders, which ranks the most eminent lawyers in the field under 45, a total of 83 partners and 29 non-partners are recognised as those practitioners whom the market tips to become the go-to names on matters regarding investigations, anti-corruption and white-collar crime in the coming years.



Most Highly Regarded
1. Andrew Smith Corker Binning, London
2. Astrid Mignon Colombet Soulez Larivière & Associés, Paris
3. Louis Burrus Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

One of the world’s foremost full-service firms, BAKER MCKENZIE, has a leading investigations practice. It sees three future leaders recognised: two in London and another in Düsseldorf.
Joanna Ludlam is a standout name in compliance and investigations, particularly in a litigation context. She receives praise for her work representing public bodies, associations and financial institutions, and for herexcellent reputation within the market”.
Charles Thomson draws widespread plaudits for his work in business crime and investigations and is a leading name in cross-border litigation. One source says, “Charles is an outstanding lawyer with a huge knowledge of the complex issues that can arise in an investigation.”
Anahita Thoms is well known for her expertise in global investigations where she is “highly capable”, particularly in data protection matters.

KINGSLEY NAPLEY’s leading investigations team sees two partners recognised.
Johanna Walsh acts for both individuals and corporates on criminal investigations covering fraud and corruption, where she is highly esteemed for her “unflappable manner”. One respondent says, “Jo is a very effective operator who is technically excellent and client-friendly.”
Caroline Day receives praise for her complex fraud and financial crime expertise. She is recommended as “very hard-working, savvy and highly personable”.

Full-service US firm WHITE & CASE achieves two listings in its European offices.
Joanna Dimmock is a highly respected name in international investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions. Her expertise in bribery and corruption, cartel investigations and extradition matters makes her highly sought after by clients.
Tine Schauenburg is recognised for her skill and dynamism when heading internal investigations and is praised for her expert counsel on criminal and administrative investigations.

Corporate powerhouse FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER also achieves two listings.
Sarah Parkes is a rising star in complex financial services litigation. She receives plaudits for her disputes expertise and her handling of large-scale and complex investigations.
Nicholas Williams is a highly respected figure in the field with deep experience across the gamut of investigations issues.

PETERS & PETERS SOLICITORS is a leader in the investigations space, with two of its partners recommended.
The “highly reputed” Jason Woodland is a heavyweight fraud practitioner and has strong experience in asset-tracing and recovery in relation to such matters. He is noted for his experience in relation to emergency injunctive relief.
Jasvinder Nakhwal is a top name in business crime and fraud, with a widely regarded expertise in extradition and corruption matters on an international scale.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


CORKER BINNING sees Andrew Smith recognised as a formidable litigator for white-collar and regulatory matters, on an international scale. Sources praise him as “a very clever practitioner who provides sensible advice” and “a go-to name for individuals who need separate advice in a corporate investigation”.

Shaul Brazil at BCL is an expert on business crime and regulatory enforcement. He has experience both at the Bar and in private practice, and is praised as “very good on extradition” and “definitely a strong up-and-comer”.


Astrid Mignon Colombet of SOULEZ LARIVIÈRE & ASSOCIÉS is highly regarded for her expertise in white-collar crime and cross-border corruption matters, with a particular focus on deferred prosecution agreements. One source notes, “I think extremely highly of Astrid. She is extremely knowledgeable on any and all white-collar matters.”


SCHELLENBERG WITTMER sees Louis Burrus in Geneva recognised for his leading investigations practice. His expertise in domestic and international investigations with a particular focus on white-collar crime makes him highly recommended. One source says, “Louis has a great reputation in Switzerland.”

Martin Karl Weber of ROESLE FRICK & PARTNERS is widely reputed in the market as an authority on white-collar crime and investigations, particularly in the financial sector where he has strong experience.


Most Highly Regarded
1. Steven E Fagell Covington & Burling, Washington DC
2. Hank Bond Walther Jones Day, Washington DC
3. Matthew T Reinhard Miller & Chevalier, Washington DC

Leading Firms

Leading West Coast firm GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER sees three future leaders recognised.
John Chesley is a leading figure in white-collar criminal enforcement where he represents corporations and executives. Sources praise him as “a great white-collar attorney and investigator with the ability to grasp complex technical concepts and focus in on the critical issues”.
The “exceptional” Michael Diamant specialises in white-collar criminal defence and corporate compliance. His work on internal investigations is widely respected within the market.
Winston Chan is a well-known name in government enforcement defence and has significant experience in internal investigations, including time spent as an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

JENNER & BLOCK achieves three listings in its US offices.
David Bitkower is praised for his expertise in investigations and compliance and his deep knowledge gained from his more than 10 years as a federal prosecutor. He is held in high regard within the market and one source calls him “a fantastic attorney”.
Reid Schar receives high praise for his stellar record on foreign internal investigations and his international practice. He is particularly respected for his cross-border expertise.
Matthew Cipolla is widely regarded as a go-to practitioner on high-stakes investigations including criminal and regulatory matters, particularly involving multiple jurisdictions.

COVINGTON & BURLING boasts an esteemed investigations practice with two future leaders recognised.
Steven Fagell is an eminent name for both corporations and individuals on matters of high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement. He receives high praise for his work in the FCPA space and is recommended as “a great lawyer with a really sharp mind”.
Tammy Albarrán receives plaudits for her internal investigations expertise. She counsels both public and private companies and is “a top-notch lawyer with a strong and growing profile”.

Two rising stars are recognised at JONES DAY.
Hank Bond Walther is highly regarded within the market for his leading knowledge of complex criminal fraud and corruption matters, alongside his background as a formal federal prosecutor. One source says, “I was impressed by Hank’s knowledge of the law, his understanding of how prosecutors will think and react, and his ability to give clear, risk-assessed advice without being intimidated.”
Emmanuel Ubiñas is a well-known figure in bribery, procurement fraud and money laundering among other matters. He is widely praised for his skills in leading Latin America-related investigations, often with complex Spanish-language aspects.

MILLER & CHEVALIER sees two of its esteemed partners listed.
Matthew Reinhard is a market authority on white-collar criminal defence and internal investigations. He represents both corporations and individuals, particularly in the oil and gas industry, and is regarded as “an excellent investigations lawyer” who is “really at the top of his game and goes above and beyond for his clients”.
Matteson Ellis is “superb for FCPA and investigations matters”, according to interviewees. He is highly experienced in international anti-corruption matters and is recommended for his expertise in the Latin American market.

Widely renowned full-service firm DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON achieves two listings.
The “outstanding” Andrew Levine is highly experienced in representing Fortune 100 firms in civil and criminal investigations. He is noted for his impressive record in complex cases.
David O'Neil is a highly respected investigations and white-collar crime lawyer who comes highly recommended by peers. One source says, “David has a superb understanding of how the DOJ fraud section thinks and reacts.”

Rest of the World 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thiago Jabor Pinheiro Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
2. Erica Sarubbi Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados, São Paulo
3. Giovanni Falcetta TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Firms

DREW & NAPIER, one of Singapore’s leading firms, sees two future leaders recognised.
Mahesh Rai is highly respected for his expertise in money laundering and his considerable legal knowledge in the sphere. One client says, “Mahesh is quick on his feet, pays attention to detail and is clear and concise in his explanations.”
Voon Jiet Chia receives praise for his work in competition and regulatory investigations where he is known as an authority on the sophisticated legal issues that arise in such matters.

Leading Individuals


Jacqueline Wootton at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is widely regarded as an expert on anti-bribery and corruption matters. She has an international practice and “combines deep technical proficiency with forensic rigour and practicality”. One source says, “Jacqui knows her stuff and what matters – she’s incredibly strategic.”


Thiago Jabor Pinheiro at MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is a market authority on government investigations, anti-corruption and compliance. He is particularly good at handling difficult investigations. One respondent says, “Thiago is very proactive and thorough. He helped us evaluate and address a range of complex problems and was responsive to our wider business objectives.”

MAEDA, AYRES & SARUBBI ADVOGADOS sees Erica Sarubbi recommended for her work both in Brazil and internationally. She is frequently called upon to represent domestic and international corporations in investigations and anti-corruption matters. She is regarded as “serious, discreet, ethical and very knowledgeable” with “an impressive ability to read the scenario and zoom in on the real matters”.

The “pragmatic and professional” Giovanni Falcetta at TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOS is well known for his abilities in conducting internal investigations and in compliance programmes and their implementation. One source describes him as “one of the leaders in the field on internal investigations”.

Eloy Rizzo Neto of KLA – KOURY LOPES ADVOGADOS is “recognised as an expert in investigations in Brazil”. He is widely respected for his knowledge of internal investigations, anti-corruption and compliance and also has expertise in FCPA-related matters.

Hong Kong

The “highly capable” Matt Bower at ALLEN & OVERY is recommended for his work on regulatory investigations both in England and Wales and in Hong Kong. He receives praise for his work advising international financial institutions on matters regarding forex trading, transactions and money laundering.



Most Highly Regarded
1. Elly Proudlock Linklaters, London
2. Saba Naqshbandi Three Raymond Buildings, London
3. Ciara Dunny Addleshaw Goddard, London

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

HOGAN LOVELLS sees two up-and-coming investigations practitioners recognised across its European offices.
Liam Naidoo in London receives praise for his business crime, bribery and fraud work. He is a go-to figure in internal investigations resulting from corruption and is respected for his “excellent judgement and ability to provide sound legal advice on difficult questions”.
Dorina Bruns in Munich has “a superb reputation” and is well regarded for her work advising both German and international clients on internal investigations and corporate compliance.

CLIFFORD CHANCE sees two leading practitioners listed in its Paris office.
Charles-Henri Boeringer is an expert in white-collar crime and is experienced in representing clients before criminal authorities. He is well regarded for his work on corruption, fraud and market offences.
Sophie Levy is widely respected for her investigations litigation practice and is a well-known figure in the Paris market.

Two esteemed names are listed at leading international firm DLA PIPER.
Laura Ford receives plaudits for her work in complex cross-border misconduct and in the oil and gas, and retail sectors. Peers praise her as “an excellent lawyer and investigations specialist” who is “very pragmatic and knows the needs of her clients”.
Ilaria Curti is regarded as an authority on corporate criminal law matters and has strong experience conducting cross-border internal investigations.

WILMERHALE achieves two listings in its London office.
Christopher David is a dynamic operator when it comes to international white-collar crime; he represents both individuals and corporations and has significant experience with SFO and FCA-based investigations.
Alison Geary is an expert in white-collar crime involving corruption and money laundering. She is widely respected for her work in the financial sector on forex and LIBOR manipulation cases.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Elly Proudlock at LINKLATERS receives high praise for her investigations work in the financial services sector and her deep experience with SFO and FCA-related investigations. One peer says, “Elly is a fantastic lawyer who is thorough and clever. She would be my first point of contact for any referrals.”

At the Bar, THREE RAYMOND BUILDINGS Saba Naqshbandi is recommended for her superb criminal fraud practice and her work as an advocate. One respondent says, “Saba is fabulous – she is outstanding in every regard.”

Ciara Dunny of ADDLESHAW GODDARD is a well-known and highly regarded figure in corporate crime, investigations and related litigation. She is recognised for her “rapid uptake of complex issues, insight into implications and great written communication skills”.

Ella Williams at SLAUGHTER AND MAY is a rising star in investigations and has previously been instructed by the SFO on defence of damages claims totalling £300 million. She is recommended as “incredibly sharp and on the ball” and as “a standout associate with an enormous amount of judgement and common sense”. 

North America 

Leading Individuals


David (Dj) Wolff of CROWELL & MORING is a well-regarded name on anti-money laundering and compliance matters and is recommended for his “extensive knowledge of US and EU law and regulation”. He counsels both US and non-US clients and has a deep knowledge of international investigations. One respondent says, “His personal drive, enthusiasm and commitment to his work and to our needs were beyond expectations.”

Marc Alain Bohn at MILLER & CHEVALIER is a go-to name on FCPA-related matters, particularly international corporate compliance and economic sanctions. He is well known for advising multinational corporations on enforcement matters.

PAUL WEISS sees Farrah Berse recognised for her superb FCPA practice and her defence of clients in corruption-related investigations. She is recommended as “an excellent and responsive attorney” who is “absolutely fantastic”.

Anne Lefever at PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN is an experienced corporate defence lawyer who receives praise for her strong investigations practice, particularly relating to tax fraud, antitrust offences and money laundering.

Anthony Rapa at STEPTOE & JOHNSON is recommended counsel on international regulation and compliance. He is praised for his expertise in export controls and economic sanctions where he has “excellent analytical skills”.

Rest of the World

Leading Individuals


At K&L GATES, Nick Williams is recommended for his work in corruption and internal corporate investigations, where is highly praised as a skilled and effective operator.

United Arab Emirates

Kim Rosenberg at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER in Dubai is an authority on corporate investigations in the Middle East and North Africa.

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