Gary DiBianco, Matthew Cowie and Caroline Wojtylak of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom outline best practices for multi-jurisdictional investigations.
"The standard investigational issues to be addressed throughout the course of an investigation – data preservation and collection, interviews of relevant individuals, fact analysis and reporting, disclosure obligations and settlement negotiations – present particular risks that must be evaluated at each step of the investigation."
Who’s Who Legal and its sister publication Global Investigations Review have combined to identify the leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in this sector for the third time. In total we pick out 507 lawyers, 83 forensic accountants and 49 digital forensic experts from 37 countries.
Our research picks out the foremost forensic accountants with recognised expertise in this field, as well as the outstanding digital forensic experts. The former were commended for their knowledge of disputes and regulatory issues, and the latter were recognised by the market for their skills in e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis for clients including law firms and corporations.
From governments worldwide turning up the heat on money laundering and terrorism financing to China’s relentless anti-corruption drive, 2016 is set to be a challenging year for authorities, companies and lawyers alike. GIR asks investigations specialists around the world what issues they’ll be keeping a close eye on in the coming year.
Who’s Who Legal has combined with sister publication Global Investigations Review to produce this second edition identifying the world’s leading investigations lawyers. This year we feature a total of 384 lawyers, 42 forensic accountants and 31 digital forensic experts from across 31 countries.
Several firms stand out for the quality of their lawyers in this sector, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom heading the research overall. London-based Kingsley Napley, Clifford Chance, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Hogan Lovells and DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered are also among the most impressive for their strength and depth.
We also select the 10 most highly regarded individuals from across the world, based on the number of recommendations they received from clients and peers.
We once again identify the outstanding forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Those selected in the former category are experts in aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence, while those in the latter have a proven track record in relation to e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis in investigations on behalf of both law firms and corporations.
Global accountancy powerhouses Deloitte, KPMG and PwC lead the way in our research. Business advisory firm FTI Consulting is also internationally reputable for its forensic experts. Meanwhile, Kroll has pioneered investigative consultancy for 40 years and enjoys an equally prestigious reputation.
From a new kind of FCPA RICO case to France’s double jeopardy conundrum, the lawyers we spoke to have picked out trends that may have gone unnoticed by others. But before turning to the future and what it may bring, it’s worth reviewing the year just gone. Last year was certainly a busy one for investigations lawyers and enforcement agencies alike...
For the first time, Who’s Who Legal in collaboration with Global Investigations Review has published a guide to the leading investigations lawyers in the world. Over the past year, we have canvassed hundreds of lawyers and clients to identify the leading individuals and firms in this burgeoning practice area. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom fields an impressive total of seven lawyers to this edition, as does Clifford Chance. Baker & McKenzie boasts six inclusions, as do Kingsley Napley, Miller & Chevalier Chartered and WilmerHale.
We also list the 10 most highly regarded investigations lawyers in the world, with Joseph Warin of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher achieving the top spot this year.
This first edition also includes a list of 39 of the very best forensic accountants and 29 of the leading digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Deloitte stands out as a “pre-eminent player” with six forensic accountants selected as well as one digital expert. FTI Consulting garners six inclusions in the forensic accountant section, and KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers each field three forensic accountants and three digital experts. Navigant and Kroll also are highlighted due to their strong presence in these sections.
This first edition is in response to the exponential growth in enforcement activity across the globe, and its corresponding importance to companies, boards and the lawyers who serve them. The strict compliance measures companies are now subject to have facilitated the creation of a rapidly maturing investigations bar, with the skills and experience to guide their clients through increasingly challenging global conditions. In this article we summarise the myriad regulations that are driving legal work around the world.
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