Business Crime Defence 2018: Analysis

This year’s research into the international business crime defence market features over 1,000 listings from 398 firms across 33 jurisdictions.

The legal market for white-collar criminal law features a wide array of law firms – from large national firms such as Schellenberg Wittmer in Switzerland and Williams & Connolly in the US, to full-service international powerhouses such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Sidley Austin, Debevoise & Plimpton and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Meanwhile, specialist firms also hold a prominent position in the market. This is reflected in our research this year firms such as Kingsley Napley, Corker Binning, BCL, and Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries all performing well.

Below we identify the most highly regarded lawyers practising in the business crime space today: those who stand out for their exceptional work handling a range of matters including regulatory and internal investigations, fraud, corruption, bribery and mutual legal assistance.

 

Methodology

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

EMEA

Global Elite Thought Leaders
Corporate Defence
1. Stephen Pollard WilmerHale, London
2. Judith Seddon Ropes & Gray LLP, London
3. Stephen Gentle Simmons & Simmons LLP, London
4. Stéphane de Navacelle Navacelle, Paris
5. Rod Fletcher Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London
6. Louise Hodges Kingsley Napley LLP, London
7. Jo Rickards Mishcon de Reya, London
8. Benjamin Borsodi Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Geneva
9. Marike Bakker NautaDutilh NV, Amsterdam
10. Roberto Pisano Studio Legale Pisano, Milan
11. Paul Gully-Hart Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva
12. Kenan Furlong A&L Goodbody, Dublin
13. Paulo de Sá e Cunha Cuatrecasas, Lisbon
14. Kai Hart-Hoenig Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte, Frankfurt
15. Clare Montgomery QC Matrix Chambers, London
Individual Defence
1. Peter Binning Corker Binning, London
2. Louise Hodges Kingsley Napley, London
3. Tom Epps Brown Rudnick LLP, London
4. David Corker Corker Binning, London
5. Paul Gully-Hart Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Geneva
6. Stephen Gentle Simmons & Simmons LLP, London
7. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
8. Niels van der Laan De Roos & Pen, Amsterdam
9. Ilias Anagnostopoulos Anagnostopoulos, Athens
10. Stephen Pollard WilmerHale, London
11. Olga Prosyanyuk Aver Lex, Kiev
12. Han Jahae JahaeRaymakers, Amsterdam
13. Saverio Lembo Bär & Karrer, Geneva
14. Jo Rickards Mishcon de Reya, London

Leading Firms

Kingsley Napley

This top-tier UK-based firm stands out in the region for its distinguished white-collar crime practice and sees four lawyers recognised here.
Louise Hodges is “a real market leader” who is described as “absolutely fantastic” when it comes to handling both corporate and individual defence work. One peer effuses: “There is nothing about criminal law that she doesn’t know.”
Stephen Parkinson is “a huge figure” in the business crime space who comes highly recommended by market sources for his vast experience handling regulatory and criminal investigations.
Jonathan Grimes receives widespread plaudits from peers who praise his expert handling of investigations from a range of regulatory bodies including the SFO, HMRC and FCA.
Rebecca Niblock is “an excellent lawyer” who is recognised here for her impressive work defending individuals. She wins high praise from sources who note, “She’s really at the top of her game.”

Cloth Fair Chambers

This set boasts a prominent position at the UK Bar and sees six outstanding barristers highlighted for their expertise in the space.
Nicholas Purnell QC is highly respected by peers who consider him “a well-known, leading practitioner in this field” and praise his strong expertise in investigations.
Clare Sibson QC is described by sources as “a counsel of choice” when it comes to complex white-collar crime cases and is “highly recommended for her SFO work”.
John Kelsey-Fry QC enjoys a stellar reputation in the market for his first-class advocacy work when handling high-profile financial crime matters. 
Alison Pople QC is “a standout advocate” according to sources who commend her leading expertise and deep understanding of corporate criminal law.

Three Raymond Buildings

This set also stands out at the UK Bar and sees seven barristers recognised this year.
Patrick Gibbs QC is regarded as “a superb defence barrister” and “jury advocate extraordinaire” by sources who praise his excellent work in criminal and regulatory proceedings. One peer notes, “He is a really brilliant advocate and I do love working with him.”
Hugo Keith QC is “an excellent barrister” who continues to impress market commentators with his exceptional work on a range of high-profile cases, from insider dealing to corporate liability.
Alexander Cameron QC is a widely recognised figure at the UK Bar who stands out among peers for his adept handling of fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption matters.

BCL Solicitors

This corporate crime specialist performs well this year with five lawyers recognised for their excellence in the space.
Richard Sallybanks is “a first-class defence lawyer” who peers “would never hesitate to refer work to”. He is highlighted by international sources for his strong expertise defending both corporates and individuals.  
Senior partner Ian Burton is “top tier” according to sources who commend his “fantastic” work handling corporate crime matters on behalf of corporates, high-net-worth individuals and government entities.
Harry Travers is a well-known figure in the business crime field who “always gives a lot of thought to the academic content as well as tactics” and is recognised for his “great judgement of procedural aspects of the case”.

Corker Binning

This standout criminal defence firm illustrates its impressive offering this year with four individuals recognised.
Peter Binning is “a phenomenal lawyer” who peers consider “the best” when it comes to highly complex and high-profile regulatory and fraud-related litigation.
David Corker stands out as “a superb and very academic lawyer” who is “a key name” in the market. One source notes, “He is very highly specialised in business crime work.”
Jessica Parker is recognised as “a top name” in the field who enjoys “a very high profile in the market”. She is “absolutely great” when it comes to handling fraud, corporate crime and investigations.
Andrew Smith impresses peers who praise him as “astonishingly good” and note, “He should absolutely be included in the list.” He is frequently engaged in high-profile SFO and FCA investigations and is regarded by sources as “a definite thought leader of the future”.

Peters & Peters Solicitors

This firm boasts a strong reputation for its first-rate business crime and fraud expertise and sees four lawyers highlighted here.
Michael O’Kane is “top notch” when it comes to handling bribery, corruption and corporate liability cases on behalf of both corporate and individual clients.
Neil Swift continues to impress peers who “rate him very highly” for his leading expertise in fraud-related matters and internal investigations.
Hannah Laming “has a brilliant legal mind” according to sources who note, “She is particularly good in the field of private prosecutions,” and is “very much an up-and-coming lawyer”.
Jasvinder Nakhwal is also recognised for her expert handling of cartel defence and extradition matters.

Schellenberg Wittmer

A leading full-service Swiss firm that sees four lawyers highlighted in this edition.
Benjamin Borsodi stands out among peers for his “great analysis capability” and “excellent knowledge of the subject matter”. Peers commend his “open-minded and strategic approach” with one commenting, “He knows every detail of the claim.”
Paul Gully-Hart is “an outstanding lawyer” who is renowned for his leading expertise when it comes to compliance and white-collar crime matters. He enjoys a strong international reputation for his work in the field with peers noting, “He is very well respected around the world.”
Peter Burckhardt is a top-notch lawyer who “really stands out” in the corporate crime space, according to sources. He is well versed in handling a range of complex business crime disputes.
Vincent Jeanneret is a widely recognised figure in the Swiss market who is commended for his first-rate disputes practice. He is praised for his expert handling of white-collar crime matters, an area in which he is considered a top name.

Herbert Smith Freehills

This full-service international outfit sees four lawyers nominated from England and France.
Brian Spiro is “a senior member of the bar” who possesses “a lot of gravitas and experience” in the corporate crime field. One source comments, “He is an absolutely great defence lawyer.”
Rod Fletcher is “a massive name” in the business crime space where he is recognised as “unquestionably a standout performer”. Sources note, “He is excellent and treats clients with a huge degree of courtesy and understanding.”
Susannah Cogman is “absolutely first class”, particularly when it comes to sanctions-related matters. She wins high praise from peers who consider her “very good technically on key legal points”.
Jonathan Mattout is well known in the French market for his strong understanding of complex white-collar crime disputes and investigations.

Simmons & Simmons

In this edition the firm sees three practitioners recognised for their expertise in the field.
Thought Leader Stephen Gentle is “very much a star” in the field of white-collar criminal defence, where peers “would strongly recommend him” for his deep understanding of financial fraud and regulatory issues.
Nick Benwell is “an excellent lawyer” according to sources who note they are “extremely impressed by him”. He wins praise for his adept handling of fraud claims and related investigations.
David Schreuders is a strong practitioner who garners recognition in this edition for his impressive experience in corporate criminal law.

De Roos & Pen

A long-standing fixture in the Dutch market that sees two top-tier practitioners recognised across both chapters.
Niels van der Laan is “the best criminal defence lawyer in the Netherlands” according to sources who note he is “very hands-on and to the point” and “has a nuanced understanding of the law and people”. One impressed peer comments, “He is always my first choice for a referral.”
Lisa van der Wal is “an excellent lawyer” who draws high praise from clients for “her ability to keep an eye on the big picture, provide critical feedback and work constructively together with other specialists”.

Brown Rudnick

This transatlantic outfit sees two lawyers from its London office highlighted here.
Tom Epps is “a highly experienced lawyer” who is well regarded in the white-collar crime space for his “clever and pragmatic approach”. Sources note, “He is always cool under pressure.”
Mark Beardsworth “has great white-collar crime experience” according to sources who commend his “excellent judgement”. He is also praised for his client manner, with interviewees noting, “He is an excellent people person.”

 

Other Leading Individuals

England

Stephen Pollard at WilmerHale is “at the top of his game” and “a huge name” in the white-collar market, according to sources, one of whom effuses: “He is equally great in the corporate and individual space.”

At Ropes & Gray, Judith Seddon is “a leading light” and boasts “a great reputation” in the field, where she is considered “absolutely up there” when it comes to handling complex corporate criminal, fraud and regulatory matters.

Jo Rickards at Mishcon de Reya continues to impress market sources with her “excellent work” on fraud, corruption and cartel cases. One peer describes her as “the go-to person for referrals”.

At 6 KBW College Hill, David Perry QC is “absolutely superb” according to peers who consider him “among the very best” for corporate criminal advocacy. Interviewees note, “He has the Midas touch when it comes to bribery and corruption cases and major fraud matters.”

Ali Sallaway at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a “standout” name in the UK white-collar crime space where she is considered to be “at the forefront” of the practice. She draws praise for her “fantastic” work on high-profile corporate investigations.
Matthew Bruce is “unquestionably a well-recognised name in the corporate defence sphere”, according to respondents who note, “He is really exceptional in dealing with the pressures of an active corporate investigation.”

At Byrne and Partners, Matthew Frankland is recognised as “a very smart lawyer” who is well regarded for his work defending both corporate entities and individuals in complex criminal proceedings.
Sara Teasdale is a widely recognised figure in the UK market where she receives plaudits for her top-tier handling of criminal regulatory investigations.

At King & Spalding International, Aaron Stephens is highlighted as “a big name” in the field, who is known for his “excellent work” advising clients on complex government investigations.

Hickman Rose’s Ross Dixon is “a strong name” in the corporate crime space and is well versed in handling a wide range of matters from fraud investigations to bribery and corruption matters.
Ben Rose is a well-regarded figure among peers and clients alike who commend him for his impressive work on regulatory enforcement and economic crime issues.

Peter Burrell at Willkie Farr & Gallagher is a well-established fixture in the UK market and boasts a strong international reputation. One source says, “In terms of strategic thinking he is absolutely first-class.”

Jenner & Block’s Christine Braamskamp is “very strong on corporate investigations” according to sources who consider her “a great investigator” and “an astute lawyer who is strategically gifted”.

At Matrix Chambers, Clare Montgomery QC is highlighted as “a well-known practitioner in this field”. She is considered “one of the very best” in the market, particularly thanks to “her incisive mind and great team spirit”.

Roger Burlingame at Dechert is “absolutely brilliant” when it comes to dealing with US-facing matters in the UK market. According to one peer, “They don’t come any better than Roger.”  

Eve Giles at Allen & Overy wins widespread praise from sources for her impressive work defending both corporates and individuals in an array of matters including, corruption, insider dealing, market manipulation and regulatory investigations.

At Boutique Law, Anand Doobay is “first port of call for individuals work” according to peers who describe him as “up there with the best”. He gains recognition as “a standout lawyer” who is “fantastic for extradition work”.

France

Navacelle’s Stéphane de Navacelle is a Thought Leader in the corporate crime space where he enjoys a stellar international reputation for his “great work” handling insider trading, benchmark manipulation matters and internal investigations.

Stéphane Bonifassi at Bonifassi Avocats boasts “an amazing reputation” in the international market for his top-tier white-collar crime practice. He is commended for his adept handling of complex economic crime, investigations and corruption matters.

Germany

Kai Hart-Hoenig at Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte is a long-standing fixture in the German market who comes highly recommended for his extensive experience representing both corporate and individual clients in complex corporate criminal proceedings.

Greece

Ilias Anagnostopoulos at Anagnostopoulos is “an excellent lawyer” who stands out as the foremost white-collar expert in the country. He is internationally renowned for his leading expertise in corporate crime and compliance issues.

Ireland

At A&L Goodbody, Kenan Furlong is “fantastic” when it comes to dealing with high-profile corporate investigations, and is highlighted by peers as “an absolute pleasure to work with”.

Italy

Roberto Pisano at Studio Legal Pisano enjoys a great international reputation as the go-to adviser in Italy for complex corporate crime matters. He stands out for his impressive understanding of international investigations and criminal proceedings.

Netherlands

Marike Bakker at NautaDutilh is “a very strong lawyer” who peers “would definitely recommend” for her leading expertise in government investigations as well as her “great skill defending individuals”.

At Simmons & Simmons, David Schreuders is well recognised across the international market for his first-rate work on business crime matters and related investigations.

Han Jahae at JahaeRaymakers is “a smart lawyer” who “handles cases very well for individuals”, according to peers, one of whom says, “I would certainly recommend him.”

Portugal

Paulo de Sá e Cunha at Cuatrecasas is widely praised as "a leading lawyer in the criminal area at Cuatrecasas", with sources highlighting him particularly for his "impressive handling of administrative sanctions" matters.

Vânia Costa Ramos at Carlos Pinto de Abreu e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados is “number one in international corporate issues” according to peers who praise her “excellent attention to detail”. One source comments, “She is probably one of the most hardworking lawyers I know.”

Spain

Cristóbal Martell at Martell Abogados is a well-known business crime expert in the Spanish market who focuses his practice on defence work in corruption and fraud cases. 

At Oliva–Ayala Abogados, Ignacio Ayala Gómez boasts over 25 years of experience in the field and is well versed in handling criminal defence proceedings for both corporate and individual clients.

Switzerland

At Bär & Karrer, Saverio Lembo is a highly respected figure in the Swiss market where he boasts a great reputation as one of the leading corporate criminal lawyers in the country. He wins high praise for his first-class work handling a wide range of white-collar proceedings on behalf of both corporate entities and individuals.

Lalive’s Marc Henzelin stands out as a top name in the business crime space where he is renowned for his strong expertise in complex corporate investigations and compliance matters.

Miguel Oural at Lenz & Staehelin is “an excellent lawyer” who is considered “absolutely brilliant” when it comes to handling regulatory investigations and matters relating to international mutual legal assistance.
Daniel Tunik is a well-recognised name in the field who wins high praise from sources for his impressive knowledge of white-collar criminal law. He is highly sought after by clients seeking counsel on corporate investigation proceedings.

Sonja Maeder Morvant at OHER & Associés is “a fantastic lawyer” who stands out for her strong expertise in relation to corporate criminal and internal investigations.

Ukraine

At Aver Lex, Olga Prosyanyuk comes “highly recommended” by market commentators who consider her “the go-to person for any business crime issues in Ukraine”.
Vitaliy Serdyuk is “a shrewd and strong litigator” according to sources who praise his “dedicated approach” to defending corporate and individual clients.

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
Corporate Defence
1. Gary P Naftalis Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York
2. Mary Jo White Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
3. John W Keker Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, San Francisco
4. F Joseph Warin Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC
5. Laurence A Urgenson Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, DC
Individual Defence
1. David M Zornow Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, New York
2. Andrew J Levander Dechert LLP, New York
3. Mary Jo White Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
4. Sean Hecker Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, New York
4. James J Benjamin Jr Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, New York

 

Leading firms

Debevoise & Plimpton

This leading international firm sees five top-tier individuals highlighted in this edition.
Mary Jo White stands out as one of the foremost white-collar defence attorneys in the US. She is recognised as “a dean of the bar” and “a top lawyer” when it comes to handling complex corporate crime mandates.
Bruce Yannett is “a very strong name” at the US criminal defence bar, where he comes highly recommended for his expertise in both regulatory and internal investigations.
Andrew Ceresney wins praise as “a terrific lawyer” who is “very well regarded” for his impressive work representing clients in complex corporate litigation.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

This US-based law firm sees practitioners listed for their work in both corporate and individual defence this year, with six lawyers listed in total.
F Joseph Warin is recognised as “one of the deans of the white-collar bar in DC” and is “extremely well regarded” for his long-standing expertise in the field. Hs stands out as a Thought Leader for his skill in corporate defence.
Debra Wong Yang draws high praise from market commentators who consider her a standout name in the US when it comes to corporate crisis management, money laundering and investigations.
Lawrence Zweifach is a well-established name in the US market who is highly respected for his strong work defending corporate entities in high-profile criminal investigations.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

This international firm performs well this year with five listings.
David Brodsky is “a first-rate lawyer” who is widely recognised in the international market as a leading name for corporate criminal defence matters, including securities and regulatory investigations.
Lewis Liman is “very well regarded” among peers for his strong expertise defending clients in a range of white-collar defence matters and related investigations.
Jonathan Kolodner is regarded as “a terrific lawyer” who is “outstanding” when representing both corporates and individuals in complex regulatory investigations.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello

This litigation boutique illustrates its specialist offering with five leading lawyers listed in this edition.
Elkan Abramowitz is a top-notch criminal defence lawyer who is highly respected by peers and clients alike. He is well regarded for his impressive work handling corporate criminal cases in both state and federal court proceedings.
Lawrence Iason is “a highly intelligent practitioner” who enjoys a strong reputation in the US white-collar market. He is known for his first-rate practice that encompasses representing clients in a range of regulatory and enforcement proceedings.
Robert Anello is well regarded for his excellent work in the business crime space, where he is considered a top name. He is highly sought after by clients for his expert handling of complex corporate litigation.

Sidley Austin

This full-service US firm achieves listings from across its Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Thomas Green stands out as “one of the toughest white-collar practitioners in the country”. He has vast experience as a trial lawyer and is well known for representing both individuals and companies.
Timothy Treanor is an impressive lawyer who comes highly recommended by market sources for his “superb” work on high-profile investigations and enforcement actions at both state and federal level.
Mark Hopson is a well-known trial lawyer in the US who is recognised here for his first-rate work handling a range of complex corporate litigation and government investigations.

Williams & Connolly

This US-based litigation firm stands out this year with six lawyers nominated.
Brendan Sullivan Jr is praised by peers who consider him “a legend” in the field and commend his leading work handling complex corporate litigation at both state and federal level.
John Villa co-chairs the firm’s financial services and banking group and impresses market sources with his adept handling of criminal litigation on behalf of corporate clients.

Other Leading Individuals

USA

Gary Naftalis at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel stands out as the leading corporate defence lawyer in the country in this year’s research. He is regarded as “a top lawyer” in white-collar criminal matters, most notably relating to complex litigation proceedings.
Barry Berke also gains widespread recognition this year as “a phenomenal individual defence lawyer”. He is highlighted as a prominent lawyer in New York and is “very knowledgeable” in the corporate crime space.

John Keker at Keker, Van Nest & Peters is a widely respected figure in the US market where he is well known for his first-class work on corporate criminal litigation.

At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, David Zornow is renowned among peers and clients alike as a prominent name in the business crime space. He is “a brilliant and thorough lawyer” who is “incredibly knowledgeable in the law as well as the practical application of the law”.

The “phenomenal” Andrew Levander at Dechert is “a top white-collar lawyer in New York” according to sources who praise his “excellent reputation” as well as his “fantastic individual practice”, an area in which he is “really strong”.

Sean Hecker at Kaplan Hecker & Fink is “terrific” when it comes to handling white-collar criminal defence matters, with one source noting, “He’s right up there at the top of my list.”

At Schertler & Onorato, David Schertler is a well-known corporate criminal lawyer who is a firm favourite among clients, one of whom comments, “I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Robert Bennett is a well-recognised name in the US market where he enjoys a strong reputation for his expertise in corporate criminal trial work.

Miller & Chevalier’s Mark Rochon is “very impressive” in the business crime defence field, where he is well versed in handling a range of matters from internal investigations to FCPA proceedings. One source effuses: “He’s one of the top lawyers in the city.”

Reid Weingarten at Steptoe & Johnson wins praise as “a top-flight trial lawyer” who is known for his outstanding work handling high-profile corporate fraud investigations.

Laurence Urgenson at Mayer Brown is a first-rate lawyer who is recognised here for his impressive work on both corporate and individual defence matters.

Covington & Burling’s Lanny Breuer is “a go-to for high-stakes white-collar matters”, according to peers, an area in which he is “extremely highly regarded”.

James Benjamin Jr at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is “really strong in this area” say sources, who consider him “terrific” when handling both corporate and individual defence work.

At Kobre & Kim, Steven Kobre is “very well regarded” in the US market where he stands out for his “excellent” work defending clients in government enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations. 
Michael Kim is a widely recognised name in the white-collar space who wins high praise from sources for his superb representation of clients in high-stakes corporate investigations.

At Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Theodore Wells Jr is “a big name in the white-collar bar” according to sources who note, “He is a top lawyer.” He is regarded as “an absolute star”, drawing praise in particular for his exceptional criminal defence practice.

Benjamin Brafman at Brafman & Associates is “extremely well respected” by market sources and is highlighted here as “one of the best”, particularly in individual defence work.

At Bracewell, Paul Shechtman is regarded as “a fantastic defence lawyer” who is “a dean of the white-collar bar”. He is “very strong” on both corporate and individual defence matters.

 

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
Corporate Defence
1. Felix Ng Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries, Hong Kong
Individual Defence
1. Andrew Powner Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries, Hong Kong

Leading firms

Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries

This Hong Kong law firm stands out in the Asian market as a top choice for white-collar defence matters.
Felix Ng boasts “in-depth experience” in the business crime space, where he stands out for his “unparalleled professionalism, perseverance and passion for justice”. One source comments, “He is attentive to the client’s needs in a meticulous manner, always responding to questions promptly.”
Andrew Powner is “a very experienced criminal practitioner” according to peers who “rate him very highly” for his first-class corporate crime practice. He is regarded as a go-to name when it comes to securities and regulatory investigations.
Jonathan Midgley is a widely recognised name in the Asian market who stands out for his expert handling of white-collar defence matters. He is highlighted by peers and clients alike as one of the top criminal defence lawyers in Hong Kong.

 

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

At Johnson Winter & Slattery, Robert Wyld is considered “the go-to white-collar lawyer in the country”. He focuses his top-tier practice on representing both domestic and international clients in bribery, fraud and anti-corruption matters.

Hong Kong

At Morley Chow Seto, Anita Chow is “extremely experienced” in the white-collar space. She is praised for her “pragmatic approach” to disputes which “often results in a greater understanding between the two sides”.
Christopher Morley is a firm favourite among clients who commend his “wealth of experience” in the corporate crime sphere as well as his “ability to handle the issue at hand as well as explain it clearly and accurately to clients”.
Eric Seto is recognised as “a diligent and passionate advocate” who is “very knowledgeable of criminal laws and procedures”. Sources also commend his “thoughtfulness for clients”.

India

Sherbir Panag at Law Offices of Panag & Babu is “exceptionally smart and has an ability to diagnose a legal or business problem effectively”. One source effuses: “He is extraordinarily effective in helping craft practical and implementable solutions to difficult problems for clients.”

Singapore

Neil McInnes at Pinsent Masons MPillay wins high praise from clients who are “impressed by his ability to strategise and anticipate the next steps in major cases”. He stands out in the market for his “extreme dedication to his work” with one source noting, “His professionalism and knowledge are second to none.”

 

Latin America

Leading Individual

Brazil

Antenor Madruga at FeldensMadruga is “highly recommended” by market commentators who praise his superb work handling business crime and mutual legal assistance matters for a range of corporate clients. 

 

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