This year we highlight 1,198 names for their brilliant work handling a range of white-collar crime matters on behalf of individuals and corporates (including internal investigations, fraud and corruption), and dealing with various governmental authorities.
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Peter Binning is a “first-class white-collar all-rounder” with expertise spanning the full gamut of criminal and regulatory matters.
David Corker is “a tier above the rest” and is lauded as a “hugely accomplished lawyer” who “always achieves excellent results for clients” in complex fraud and corruption proceedings.
Jessica Parker stands out as a “real pleasure to work with” thanks to her “thoughtful approach and ability to consistently come up with practical solutions”. She excels at representing corporates and individuals in money laundering and tax fraud cases.
Andrew Smith is a “true market leader” and an “extradition specialist”. He is “extremely knowledgeable on Interpol matters and excellent at managing high-net-worth clients”.
>Stephen Gentle is a “standout practitioner” who is “extraordinarily bright and thoughtful with a strong understanding of criminal law”. He has an “impressive ability to adapt his skillset to any situation”.
David Schreuders is a “big player in the market” who is “on everyone’s shortlist”. He is highly sought after by clients in the construction, technology and financial industries.
Nick Benwell is “one of the best business crime lawyers in the world”. He has a “brilliant mind” which he applies to the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious proceedings.
Benjamin Borsodi garners plaudits for his significant experience defending corporations against corruption and money-laundering allegations.
Paul Gully-Hart is distinguished among peers thanks to his profound expertise in corporate investigations and complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Peter Burckhardt is highly esteemed for his strong regulatory knowledge and first-class work as counsel in high-profile corruption and money-laundering investigations.
Nicholas Purnell QC is “an absolute superstar” who “shines in all of the big cases” and “always achieves excellent results for his clients”.
Clare Sibson QC is noted for her “remarkable reputation” for deftly representing individuals in complex fraud claims and financial crime proceedings.
Alison Pople QC is a “very safe pair of hands” and “stands out as a leading silk” in high-profile criminal and regulatory investigations.
John Kelsey-Fry QC is an “incredibly impressive barrister” and a “highly sought-after genius with an enormous presence in the white-collar crime market”.
The “exceptional” Louise Hodges has a “tremendously strong presence in the market” and is “vastly experienced in regulatory and criminal proceedings”.
Stephen Parkinson earns acclaim for his “unparalleled regulatory knowledge” and invaluable experience gained at the Attorney General’s Office.
Jonathan Grimes enjoys is distinguished for his top-tier international practice and is singled out as a go-to for complex SFO and NCA investigations.
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Eve Giles is a “fantastic corporate crime specialist” and a “skilful tactician”. She possesses more than 20 years of experience representing clients across the financial services, energy, construction, mining and engineering sectors.
Hendrik Jan Biemond is highlighted for the breadth of his experience in corporate internal investigations.
Denis Chemla is a “splendid professional” recognised for his impeccable profile as a criminal litigation specialist.
Richard Sallybanks is an accomplished lawyer who takes an “impressively thorough and strategic approach” to complex criminal and regulatory investigations.
Ian Burton is a “leading authority on white-collar defence in the UK” with decades of experience representing multinationals in the full range of business crime proceedings.
The “fantastic” Harry Travers is singled out for his first-rate business crime practice, which encompasses fraud and corruption investigations, economic crime and regulatory issues.
Niels van der Laan is a “phenomenal criminal lawyer” who is “sharp minded” and stands out in fraud investigations, corruption cases and criminal tax matters.
Lisa van der Wal is touted for her “brilliant reputation for corporate defence” and “excellent attention to detail” as well as her “top-notch legal insights”.
Carel Raymakers is a seasoned lawyer who is considered an authority on complex financial crime proceedings.
Han Jahae is a “pre-eminent business crime lawyer” with extensive experience defending high-profile corporates and individuals.
Dian Brouwer is well reputed for his “excellence in court” and “profound knowledge of business crime law”.
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Dietrich Rechtsanwalts is home to Otto Dietrich, who is “very highly regarded among peers” for his efficiency in white-collar defence and extradition proceedings.
At Boutique Law, Anand Doobay is an “extremely clever international lawyer” and “the very best for extradition”. He is touted for his a “sensational reputation among peers” and his “encyclopaedic understanding of business crime law and cross-border operations”.
Christine Braamskamp with Jenner & Block is “tremendously well versed at handling complex business crime issues for a broad range of clients”.
Judith Seddon of Ropes & Gray is “technically excellent and has a fantastic bank of experience”. She is “particularly skilled at guiding corporates through complex financial crime accusations”.
Brian Spiro at Herbert Smith Freehills is noted for his “wealth of knowledge in criminal law” and is a go-to for internal investigations and business crime litigation thanks to his three decades of experience.
Susannah Cogman impresses as a “leading light” who is “phenomenal in sanctions and anti-money-laundering cases”.
At Cooley, Tom Epps is a “terrific white-collar lawyer” who is “highly intelligent and enjoys the challenge of fighting in his client’s corner”.
Stephen Pollard of WilmerHale is “simply excellent” and is lauded for his three decades of experience in business crime investigations and securities enforcement, acting on behalf of domestic and international companies.
Jo Rickards at Mishcon de Reya is a “brilliant tactical mind” and “fierce advocate with tremendous insight into the complex world of financial crime”.
At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the “wonderful” Ali Sallaway is a “tactical and strategic thinker” who regularly navigates clients through enforcement actions and financial crime accusations.
Matthew Bruce is renowned for his extensive experience in white-collar investigations across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
At Linklaters, Elly Proudlock is a “rising star” in the white-collar crime space, where she is recognised for the “very strong defence” she provides to clients.
Jonathan Pickworth at White & Case is a “very hardworking individual” who is “very engaging and charismatic” and highly sought after for his “significant experience” in white-collar criminal defence.
At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, the “incredible” Elizabeth Robertson is “on everyone’s radar” and enjoys “an excellent reputation” for her work on corporate criminal defence proceedings.
Claire Lipworth at Hogan Lovells is “an excellent lawyer” renowned for her considerable experience handling complex FCA investigations.
Stéphane de Navacelle of Navacelle enjoys widespread praise for his “unrivalled knowledge of French criminal and data protection law” and “immaculate understanding of the banking and regulatory environment”.
Bonifassi Avocats is home to Stéphane Bonifassi, a “vastly experienced, extremely talented and charismatic lawyer”. He regularly defends corporates and individuals in fraud and corruption litigation.
Eric Dezeuze with Bredin Prat is a “truly phenomenal lawyer” who excels in compliance matters and corporate investigations.
Kai Hart-Hoenig of Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig is a “top name” for corporate and individual defence, crisis management, and compliance advice.
At Dr Felix Dörr & Partner, Felix Dörr is celebrated for his broad business crime practice encompassing environmental, banking, tax and trade law.
Heiko Ahlbrecht of Wessing & Partner is revered for his exceptional work in criminal tax proceedings and internal investigations.
Ilias Anagnostopoulos at Anagnostopoulos is “the go-to lawyer in Greece” for the full range of business crime and risk management issues.
Kenan Furlong at A&L Goodbody has a “spectacular reputation” as “an easy choice for clients” thanks to his strong track record in whistleblowing proceedings, internet-based defamation and money laundering claims.
Gregory Glynn with Arthur Cox is commended for his considerable experience in money laundering and fraud investigations.
Studio Legale Pisano is home to Roberto Pisano, who is “top-notch for tax fraud issues” and placed “among the very best criminal lawyers” in the market.
At NautaDutilh, the “outstanding” Marike Bakker is looked upon with enormous favour for her tremendous regulatory knowledge, which she applies to investigations, fraud claims and insider trading cases.
Berit Reiss-Andersen with DLA Piper is distinguished for her impressive experience defending corporates before the supreme court, and for her cross-border expertise.
Andenæs Aaløkken Veum sees Ellen Holager Andenæs nominated for her 45-plus years of experience in criminal law, and her expertise defending individuals in high-profile cases.
Vânia Costa Ramos at Carlos Pinto de Abreu e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados is recognised as an exemplary lawyer who clients rely on in high-profile criminal and regulatory proceedings.
João Medeiros of VdA stands out for his “top-tier white-collar defence” and is considered a “go-to lawyer for compliance issues and medical negligence”.
Ignacio Ayala Gómez with Oliva-Ayala Abogados is highlighted for his 35-plus years of experience in tax and criminal law.
Saverio Lembo at Bär & Karrer is singled out for his “phenomenal worldwide reputation” as “the go-to white-collar-crime lawyer in Switzerland”.
Lalive’s Marc Henzelin earns plaudits for his first-rate business crime practice encompassing investigations, litigation and compliance issues.
Sonja Maeder Morvant at OHER is “most definitely a go-to lawyer for corporate defence” on behalf of clients in the financial services industry. She excels in asset recovery proceedings, corruption cases and money laundering charges.
Patrick Hunziker of RVMH is an “excellent operator” renowned for his tremendous understanding of criminal law.
At Aver Lex, Olga Prosyanyuk is a “brilliant white-collar crime attorney” who is “extremely well coordinated” and “highly skilful in her communication” in court hearings and investigations.
Vitaliy Serdyuk is “one of the best criminal lawyers in Ukraine” with a “spectacular reputation for defending businesses and political figures”.
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Mary Jo White is an “all-round brilliant white-collar lawyer” who is “at the top of her field”. She is hailed as a “dean of the bar” thanks to her long-standing practice and experience in white-collar crime law.
Andrew Ceresney is “quick, brilliant and effective” when representing corporate clients including financial institutions, TMT companies and pharmaceutical companies in complex SEC investigations.
Bruce Yannett is a “top-notch attorney” with strong expertise in securities fraud, bribery allegations, cybersecurity and regulatory enforcement.
David Brodsky enjoys a “stunning reputation” as an “excellent all-rounder” who advises clients in relation to crisis management, corruption, securities litigation and compliance.
Jonathan Kolodner is a “phenomenal litigator” with an “immaculate standing in the market” for his top-notch work on foreign corruption, inside trading and cyber-related issues.
Lev Dassin is noted as an “extraordinarily talented lawyer” who clients rely on for advice on crisis management, financial fraud and corruption charges.
F Joseph Warin is an authority on securities regulation and enforcement issues, and has decades of experience representing global corporations in complex investigations and disputes.
Debra Wong Yang is celebrated for her strong track record in white-collar litigation, crisis management and regulatory compliance.
Michael Kim is “tremendously smart, with excellent judgment” and shines in fraud and insolvency disputes.
Steven Kobre is “terrific in the most complex of business crime cases” including high-value disputes and enforcement proceedings.
Matthew Reinhard is “the go-to guy for corporate defence” and is highly sought after by clients in the oil and gas industry for criminal investigations and enforcement actions.
The “brilliant” Mark Rochon is a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience representing multinational corporations and individuals in fraud investigations and insider trading allegations.
Theodore Wells Jr is a “legendary trial lawyer” who is “as good as they come”. He takes a “smart and effective approach” to white-collar litigation and SEC investigations.
Roberto Finzi is a “fabulous lawyer” who “knows the public corruption space very well”, enthuse impressed sources.
Mark Pomerantz is hailed as a “terrific litigator” with extensive experience representing corporations and individuals in a broad range of fraud cases.
David Schertler is a distinguished litigator who regularly represents high-profile individuals in complex criminal and securities investigations.
Danny Onorato is distinguished for his impressive experience as federal prosecutor and for his strong understanding of money laundering, tax fraud, counterfeiting and trafficking issues.
Brendan Sullivan Jr is a “living legend” who “stands out as one of the top white-collar lawyers in the USA” for his “excellent handling and organisation around complex investigations”.
Robert Cary is a “tremendously skilled trial lawyer” with extensive experience at all levels of court.
John Villa is a go-to for clients in the financial services industry seeking first-rate white-collar defence.
William Taylor III is a top-tier litigator with an encyclopaedic understanding of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Roger Zuckerman is a distinguished figure with close to five decades of experience in white-collar crime defence, and is celebrated for his profound knowledge of the False Claims Act.
Paula Junghans has a stellar reputation for her 40-plus years of experience in criminal defence and federal tax litigation.
Peter Romatowski is an “excellent lawyer” who is highly esteemed for his work on securities enforcement matters, internal investigations and other criminal proceedings.
Brian Sun is a long-standing figure in the market who shines in FCPA disputes and cross-border fraud cases.
Charles Carberry is recognised for his impressive knowledge of insider trading matters.
John Keker is celebrated for his four decades of experience in complex contentious business crime proceedings on behalf of individuals and corporations.
Elliot Peters is commended for his deep understanding of the False Claims Act, and for his fantastic track record representing high-profile corporates and individuals.
Jan Nielsen Little is a seasoned veteran with a broad practice encompassing foreign corruption, health care fraud, money laundering and tax fraud.
Other leading individuals
At Bracewell, the “extraordinary” Paul Shechtman is a “first-rate trial lawyer with unrivalled expertise in white-collar defence”.
Brafman & Associates is home to Benjamin Brafman, who is “highly successful in his tough approach” to complex cases involving celebrities and political figures.
Sean Hecker of Kaplan Hecker & Fink is a “superb trial lawyer with a wealth of knowledge to his name”, and a go-to for anti-corruption and regulatory investigations.
The “excellent” Andrew Levander at Dechert is a “smart and effective lawyer” with profound expertise in enforcement proceedings, whistle-blower claims, investigations and anti-corruption.
Gary Naftalis with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is an “outstanding white-collar attorney” and a “legend in the market” who is “revered for his many decades of experience”.
Barry Berke is a “prominent criminal defence lawyer” with broad expertise encompassing complex litigation and investigations.
Reid Weingarten at Steptoe & Johnson is an “A-list criminal trial lawyer” with a stunning track record in securities enforcement and internal investigations.
Richard Morvillo at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is highly commended as “one of New York’s finest white-collar specialists” thanks to his enormous experience in the field spanning four decades.
Schulte Roth & Zabel sees Barry Bohrer nominated for his “tremendous expertise as a top-notch trial lawyer” who excels in white-collar matters for financial institutions, law firms and political figures.
Independent practitioner Andrew Lawler is “extremely highly regarded” for his “vast experience and excellent judgement” in white-collar proceedings and securities litigation.
Raymond Banoun with Banoun Law enjoys a stellar international reputation for his encyclopaedic knowledge of anti-corruption law.
Welsh & Recker is home to Robert Welsh Jr, who is a distinguished figure with three decades of experience handling criminal tax matters, fraud issues and securities cases.
Catherine Recker is a “first-rate practitioner who stands out among the best criminal defence attorneys in the market” for enforcement proceedings and regulatory issues.
With three decades of experience, Howard Shapiro of WilmerHale is touted as “a sensational lawyer” who stands out in complex investigations and business crime litigation.
Seth Waxman is highly esteemed for his long-standing practice which sees him represent clients across a broad range of sectors before all levels of court in criminal and commercial proceedings.
At Arguedas Cassman & Headley, Cristina Arguedas receives praise for her two decades of experience defending high-profile clients against IP theft allegations, corruption cases and drug manufacturing claims.
Jan Lawrence Handzlik of Handzlik & Associates is a veteran in business crime defence and a go-to for regulatory enforcement actions and crisis management.
At Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber, the “excellent” Barry Pollack shines in securities litigation and insider trading investigations.
J Sedwick Sollers III at King & Spalding is revered for his top-flight work representing corporations and individuals from the life sciences and healthcare industries in complex white-collar matters.
The “excellent” William Jeffress Jr of Baker Botts is singled out for his expertise in bank fraud, money laundering, insurance fraud, bribery and RICO violations.
The “outstanding” Roy Black of Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf is “one of the top lawyers in the field” with more than 40 years of experience in criminal defence.
Edward Shohat at Jones Walker is “an exquisite lawyer” who is “at the top of the white-collar bar” thanks to his wealth of experience in state and federal level litigation.
Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn is noted for his “sensational reputation” for complex white-collar litigation and securities class actions.
At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the “terrific” James Benjamin Jr stands out for his exemplary work in complex investigations and enforcement proceedings.
George Canellos with Milbank is an “excellent, all-round business crime lawyer” with extensive experience litigating white-collar cases before state and federal courts.
Fred Hafetz of Hafetz & Necheles is a “splendid lawyer” with a strong track record for representing investment banking and accounting firms, insurance companies and pharmaceutical clients in criminal proceedings.
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Andrew Powner is lauded as an “extremely reliable, hard-working and dedicated lawyer”.
Jonathan Midgley is a “vastly experienced criminal defence practitioner” with an impeccable track record spanning more than 35 years.
Felix Ng is singled out as a “highly professional and extraordinarily capable” white-collar crime lawyer.
Anita Chow enjoys a strong reputation for her two decades of experience working on complex money laundering, fraud and commercial crime cases.
Christopher Morley is “revered for his eye for detail” in criminal investigations and high-profile contentious proceedings.
Eric Seto impresses with his expert handling of complex corporate criminal defence proceedings.
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Robert Wyld at Johnson Winter & Slattery ranks highly among peers thanks to his “very strong expertise in anti-corruption”.
Graham Harris SC at Liberty Chambers is “without a doubt the best mitigator in Hong Kong” and is highly sought after for his work on criminal misconduct cases.
At the Law Offices of Panag & Babu, Sherbir Panag is a “brilliant lawyer with a tremendously strong understanding of Indian and US business-crime law”.
The “truly exceptional” Hamidul Haq of Rajah & Tann Singapore is “most certainly among the best in the market” thanks to his extensive prosecution experience and commercial litigation expertise.
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Antenor Madruga with FeldensMadruga is a “brilliant strategist” who is highlighted for his “phenomenal corporate defence” and “impressive cross-border expertise”.
Leopoldo Pagotto at FreitasLeite is nominated for his “top-tier compliance and anti-bribery work” and his “excellent international reputation spanning from his skill in complex cross-border investigations”.