Investigations 2018: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review have once again come together to produce an in-depth report into the leading lawyers worldwide in the field of investigations.

This year, we feature 558 practitioners from 269 firms across 40 jurisdictions who stand out for their exceptional work assisting companies and individuals on both external and internal investigations as well as external enforcement proceedings and dawn raids.


Thought Leaders
1. Peter Binning Corker Binning, London
2. Stephen Pollard WilmerHale, London
3. Louise Hodges Kingsley Napley LLP, London
4. Judith Seddon Ropes & Gray LLP, London
5. Jessica Parker Corker Binning, London
6. Marc Henzelin Lalive, Geneva
7. Kai Hart-Hoenig Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte, Frankfurt
8. Sonja Maeder Morvant Lalive, Geneva
9. Stephen Gentle Simmons & Simmons LLP, London
10. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

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.

UK criminal law specialists PETERS & PETERS SOLICITORS boasts the foremost investigations offering in the region, achieving seven nominations this year.
Michael O’Kane leads the firm’s business crime team and is a widely respected figure in the UK market. He is highlighted for his exceptional work handling FCA investigations, criminal cartels and corruption matters.
Neil Swift is described as “a great, down-to-earth lawyer” by sources, who commend his first-rate work on major investigations by UK agencies.
Monty Raphael QC is “an elder statesman” of the investigations bar, and is considered “top tier” by market commentators when it comes to corruption, money laundering and related investigations.
The “excellent” Hannah Laming is a well-known name in the investigations space who draws high praise for her expert handling of both external and internal investigations.
Keith Oliver is a highly regarded litigator, known in the market for his world-class investigations practice.

UK-based KINGSLEY NAPLEY sees five practitioners recognised for their outstanding investigations work.
Louise Hodges comes “highly recommended” by market commentators, particularly for her excellent work representing individuals in relation to major FCA and SFO investigations.
The “fantastic” Jonathan Grimes is internationally recognised as a leading name in the field of corporate investigations, and focuses his impressive practice on financial and white-collar crime matters.
Stephen Parkinson leads the firm’s criminal litigation practice and stands out for his excellent advocacy work in relation to business crime investigations.

BCL SOLICITORS also achieves five listings this year.
Richard Sallybanks is widely recognised for his extensive experience handling major investigations from a wide array of agencies including SFO, FCA and HMRC.
Harry Travers is a firm favourite among many clients, and is commended for his strong expertise in business crime investigations and related regulatory matters.
Ian Burton boasts vast experience handling major business crime investigations, an area in which he is considered one of the most prominent practitioners in the country.  

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees five practitioners achieve nominations in this edition.
Susannah Cogman is a widely recognised figure in the UK market, noted for her market-leading financial crime expertise.
Rod Fletcher is “a top name” according to sources who recommend him notably for his excellent work on the regulatory side. 
Brian Spiro is “a leader” in the field and is highlighted for his “great” work on both national and international investigations.

MATRIX CHAMBERS is one of the leading offerings at the UK Bar, with five barristers highlighted here.
The “excellent” Clare Montgomery QC is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to sources, who consider her one of the pre-eminent advocates in the country when it comes to investigations work.
Alex Bailin QC is highly sought after by clients who effuse that he is “excellent in all he does”. One peer comments, “He is an excellent advocate and a very good team player.”
Tim Owen QC is “at the top end” when it comes to investigations work, and comes highly recommended as an “all-round good black letter lawyer”. One source adds, “He is great on transnational issues."

We feature four practitioners from international outfit CLIFFORD CHANCE this year.
Roger Best is as regulatory enforcement specialist who gains recognition from peers for his invaluable experience handling a wide array of investigation proceedings.
Carlos Conceicao is “top of the tree” according to sources who consider him a leading practitioner in the field of regulatory enforcement and financial crime.
Luke Tolaini wins widespread praise from peers who regard him as “a great choice” when it comes to litigation proceedings and investigations relating to corporate economic crime.
In Frankfurt, Heiner Hugger focuses his first-class practice on regulatory compliance, corporate criminal defence and related investigations.

CORKER BINNING’s Jessica Parker is a well-respected name among peers and clients alike, who praise her expert handling of criminal regulatory matters.
Peter Binning stands out in the UK market for his exceptional work dealing with financial crime matters and related investigation on behalf of both corporates and individuals.
David Corker is “absolutely fantastic” according to sources, who particularly commend his impressive work on financial crime and cartel investigations.
Robert Brown also gains recognition for his first-rate work in the field.

Other Leading Individuals

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


Roland Kier at RECHTSANWALTSBÜRO SOYER KIER STUEFER is internationally recognised for his strong expertise in the investigations space, most notably when it comes to cross-border cases.


Judith Seddon at ROPES & GRAY is one of the most highly regarded investigations lawyers in the UK, highlighted for her “brilliant” work on behalf of both corporates and individuals.

WILMERHALE’s Stephen Pollard boasts “excellent regulatory expertise” according to respondents, and wins high praise for his top-tier criminal defence practice.

Aaron Stephens at BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER leads the firm’s corporate crime and investigations team. He draws praise from international sources for his impressive practice which spans both internal and external investigations.

At SIMMONS & SIMMONS, Stephen Gentle stands out among peers for his “fantastic” and “first-rate” work on corporate crime investigations, particularly when it comes to cartel-related proceedings.

Nichola Peters at ADDLESHAW GODDARD is “very impressive” according to sources, who recognise her first-class investigations practice and consider her “a sanctions specialist”.

DECHERT’s Roger Burlingame is a well-known figure in the UK investigations market who is considered “a smart lawyer” and garners respect for his “highly professional” approach.

Ali Sallaway at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is recognised as “a smart and creative practitioner” and is described by sources as “a leader” when it comes to handling major global investigations.

Arnondo Chakrabarti at ALLEN & OVERY focuses his top-notch practice on a wide range of criminal investigations from internal to regulatory proceedings.

BROWN RUDNICK’s Mark Beardsworth co-leads the firm’s global white-collar crime and regulatory investigations team and is “a well-known practitioner” in the field. He boasts experience in matters relating to a range of investigative agencies including the FCA and the SFO.


Stéphane Bonifassi at BONIFASSI AVOCATS is “a major player” in the investigations space, highlighted for his world-class work handling financial and corporate crime matters.

NAVACELLE’s Stéphane de Navacelle is internationally regarded as a first-class lawyer, noted particularly for his excellent work dealing with both domestic and US-related investigations.


INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Kai Hart-Hoenig is “a really strong lawyer” according to sources, and stands out as one of the leading investigations practitioners internationally.

Bernd Gross at FEIGEN-GRAF is widely regarded as “a top lawyer”, particularly when it comes to international white-collar investigations.


Ilias Anagnostopoulos at ANAGNOSTOPOULOS is a highly respected figure in the international investigations market who wins widespread praise from sources, one of whom describes him as “the guru of Greek white-collar crime”.


Kenan Furlong at A&L GOODBODY is “very commercial and pragmatic in his approach” to investigations according to sources who note, “He is extremely responsive and always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.” 


At STUDIO LEGALE PISANO, Roberto Pisano is the leading investigations lawyer in the country. He is recognised for his impressive practice which encompasses international investigations, white-collar crime and asset recovery.


HOUTHOFF BURUMA’s Alexander de Swart leads the firm’s corporate criminal law offering and comes highly recommended for his excellent work handling business crime investigations.


At SOFUNDE OSAKWE OGUNDIPE & BELGORE, Babajide Ogundipe is “a fantastic lawyer” who is “well known” in the international field for his top-tier investigations practice.


At LALIVE, Sonja Maeder Morvant is a first-class litigator, recognised for her strong expertise in white-collar crime and related internal and external investigations.
Marc Henzelin wins praise as a “great” investigations practitioner, and is recognised for his expert handling of both national and international proceedings.

Paul Gully-Hart at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is “incredibly wise and knowledgeable” according to sources, who commend his impressive understanding of corporate crime and regulatory matters.

HOMBURGER’s Claudio Bazzani comes “highly recommended” by peers for his invaluable experience in relation to US-related investigations as well as his “pragmatic approach”.


At ELIG ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, founding partner Gönenç Gürkaynak is recognised by international sources as a standout name in the investigations space who is highlighted particularly for his expertise on both white-collar crime and internal investigations.

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Joseph Warin Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington DC
2. Mark Mendelsohn Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington DC
3. Lanny Breuer Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC
4. Theodore Wells Jr Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York
5. Reid Weingarten Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC
6. Gary Naftalis Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York

Leading Firms

SIDLEY AUSTIN boasts the leading investigations offering in North America, with eight individuals highlighted across six US offices.
In Washington DC, Thomas Green is a well-respected figure nationally and internationally, highlighted for his excellent work handling both federal and state-level investigations.
James Cole co-heads the firm’s global white-collar crime practice and draws high praise from sources for his adept handling of internal and federal investigations.
New York-based Barry Rashkover is commended for his impressive representation of both corporate and individual clients in relation to investigations from government agencies and regulators.

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER also performs well this year achieving seven listings from four offices throughout the US.
Joseph Warin is the most prominent investigations lawyer in North America where sources note, “He is leading the charge.” His outstanding practice encompasses both domestic and cross-border complex criminal and regulatory investigations.
Richard Grime is a standout litigator, considered by respondents to be one of the best when it comes to handling white-collar investigations.
Marc Fagel co-chairs the firm’s securities enforcement practice and is a firm favourite among clients who include financial institutions, accounting firms and hedge funds.

PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON sees seven leading individuals highlighted for their exceptional work in the investigations space.
Mark Mendelsohn is a “leader” in the field according to respondents, particularly when it comes to handling FCPA and internal investigations.
The “excellent” Theodore Wells Jr co-chairs the firm’s litigation department and is highly respected among peers and clients alike for his top-notch advocacy work in complex white-collar crime proceedings.
Mark Pomerantz is a well-recognised figure across the US market, where he is considered a first-rate trial lawyer. His practice encompasses a wide array of regulatory and white-collar crime matters, an area in which he draws praise for his strong expertise.  

WILMERHALE also sees seven practitioners highlighted for their leading investigations work.
Williams McLucas is a superb corporate lawyer, recognised by peers for his invaluable experience handling enforcement actions and high-profile investigations.
Boyd Johnson III co-chairs the firms’ investigations and criminal litigation group. He boasts 25 years’ experience in the field, where he has built up a reputation as a leading litigator in criminal investigation proceedings.
Kimberly Parker draws widespread praise from international peers who particularly commend her exceptional expertise in FCPA investigations.

SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM also achieves seven listings this year.
Richard Marmaro is a first-class trial lawyer who gains recognition in this edition for his renowned white-collar crime and government enforcement practice.
Patrick Fitzgerald impresses peers and clients alike who regard him as a brilliant advocate. He is considered a go-to name for complex litigation relating to investigations and enforcement matters.
David Zornow is a white-collar crime specialist, recognised by market sources as a standout name when it comes to government enforcement actions and related litigation.

Other Leading Individuals


At BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON, Mark Morrison receives plaudits from international sources for his exceptional investigations practice where he is considered “top in the area”, particularly on anti-corruption matters.

Matthew Lindsay QC at ROSE is a top-tier investigations practitioner, highlighted by sources for his professional approach and “strong interpersonal skills”.

At BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS, John Blair QC wins high praise from respondents who consider him a real specialist when it comes to securities-related disputes, and commend his fantastic work on related hearings, enforcement actions and investigations.

MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT’s David Porter is widely respected across the Canadian market as a white-collar crime defence expert. He leads the firm’s practice group and is recommended for his impressive work handling related investigations proceedings.


At COVINGTON & BURLING, vice-chair of the firm Lanny Breuer is “a real powerhouse” in the investigations space according to sources. His world-class practice spans white-collar criminal defence proceedings, economic crime investigations and anti-corruption disputes.
Eric Holder Jr is a widely recognised figure throughout the US legal market where he boasts a strong reputation for his work on complex investigations and related litigation.

STEPTOE & JOHNSON’s Reid Weingarten stands out as “an A-list name” in the business crime and investigations arena. He is one of the foremost practitioners in the field in the US and is highly sought after for his vast trial experience.
Lucinda Low is “one of the best in DC” according to respondents, where she leads the firm’s compliance, investigations, trade and enforcement practice. She is well known for her deep understanding of US anti-corruption regulation.

The “excellent” Gary Naftalis at KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL is one of the leading trial lawyers in the US, noted for his exceptional handling of regulatory and criminal proceedings.

MAYER BROWN’s Laurence Urgenson is a well-established name in the investigations space, commended by sources for his extensive experience dealing with international anti-corruption disputes and investigations.

Robert Cleary at PROSKAUER ROSE is a highly regarded figure in the international investigations space, recognised for his impressive white-collar crime and enforcement expertise.

At BAKER BOTTS, William Jeffress Jr continues to impress sources who consider him “the very best” when it comes to handling fraud and corruption matters.

Peter Romatowski at JONES DAY is “extraordinarily good” according to respondents, who recommend him for his extensive experience handling criminal and internal investigations.
Brian Sun enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as a leading investigations lawyer, highlighted for his outstanding trial work.
Charles Carberry is a business crime and civil litigation specialist who gains recognition for his brilliant work on internal and criminal investigations one behalf of both corporates and individuals.

At SULLIVAN & CROMWELL, the “excellent” Samuel Seymour is managing partner of the firm’s investigations and criminal defence practice, where he wins praise for his work on white-collar crime, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters.

Earl Silbert at DLA PIPER is “the best of the best” according to peers, owing to his outstanding experience and deep expertise in the US investigations arena.

At NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, Abbe David Lowell is a high-profile name when it comes to investigations work, an area in which he is considered a real specialist. He is particularly noted for his excellent trial advocacy. 

John Keker at KEKER VAN NEST & PETERS stands out as a superb advocate whose top-notch practice encompasses criminal investigations and related trial proceedings.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON’s Bruce Yannett chairs the firm’s white-collar and regulatory defence practice and is commended by sources for his strong expertise handling internal investigations and corporate criminal proceedings.

Andrew Levander at DECHERT is well respected for his work in relation to white-collar crime and securities disputes and is highlighted by respondents as a standout trial lawyer.

At ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER, founding partner William Taylor III is a terrific litigator, recognised by market commentators for his excellent work dealing with high-profile criminal proceedings.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Martin Rogers Davis Polk & Wardwell, Hong Kong
2. Kyle Wombolt Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong

Leading Firms

In Hong Kong, CLIFFORD CHANCE’s Wendy Wysong boasts “a very good reputation in the market”, most notably when it comes to anti-corruption and regulatory matters.
Singapore-based Harpreet Singh is well versed in handling complex disputes and wins praise from respondents for his excellent work on high-value proceedings.

At HOGAN LOVELLS, Mark Lin is highly regarded among peers and clients alike, one of whom considers him “top for Hong Kong financial regulatory work”.
In Mexico, Luis Enrique Graham is highly sought after by clients who commend his strategic approach to investigations and anti-corruption matters.

APPLEBY’s Peter McMaster QC leads the firm’s disputes team in Cayman and comes highly recommended by peers for his extensive knowledge of asset tracing and regulatory matters.
Andrew Willins receives widespread plaudits from sources who describe him as “a go-to name” for investigations and asset recovery work, and praise his “excellent knowledge of offshore jurisdictions”.

Other Leading Individuals


Maximiliano D’Auro at ESTUDIO BECCAR VARELA is a “fantastic” lawyer, highlighted by international sources as “the go-to guy in Argentina” for anti-corruption and compliance matters.


At JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY, Robert Wyld is widely recognised in the market for his “excellent” work handling investigations and anti-corruption disputes across a range of sectors.


Carlos Ayres at MAEDA AYRES & SARUBBI ADVOGADOS is “absolutely fantastic” according to sources who recommend him for his deep understanding of compliance, government enforcement and investigations matters.
Bruno Carneiro Maeda draws effusive praise from international sources who consider him a standout name in the investigations space.

Juliana Sa de Miranda at CAMPOS MELLO ADVOGADOS is highlighted by respondents as a criminal law specialist who focuses her impressive practice on white-collar criminal defence and investigations.


At COVINGTON & BURLING, Eric Carlson is well versed in advising clients on a range of anti-corruption matters including those relating to the FCPA.

Kate Yin at FANGDA PARTNERS stands out as “a responsive and effective lawyer” recognised for her “collaborative” approach. One source effuses: “She is certainly the strongest name on the list.”

Hong Kong

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL’s James Wadham is recognised as “a key name in the Hong Kong market” for investigations work, and is particularly highlighted for matters concerning the financial services sector.
Martin Rogers draws high praise from sources who consider him “a very big name in the Hong Kong litigation space”. One source notes, “He is top for financial regulatory work”.

Kyle Wombolt at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is “a well-known figure” in the investigations market and leads the firm’s global corporate crime and investigations team. Money laundering, corruption and fraud investigations are just some of the areas in which he excels.

At GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER, Kelly Austin is a “high-profile” name and “well-known” practitioner in the investigations space who “certainly belongs on the list”, according to sources.


At DREW & NAPIER, executive chairman Davinder Singh SC is one of the most prominent advocates in the country who wins praise for his excellent work handling high-profile disputes. 

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