In this chapter, WWL is proud to present 134 future leaders in the investigations space. These lawyers have been carefully selected for their experience and expertise representing multinationals, financial institutions, executive boards and individuals in a range of corruption, bribery, fraud and other white-collar crime investigations.
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.
Most Highly Regarded
Ben Morgan is a respected name in the European market for investigation matters. He brings experience as a former joint head of the SFO’s bribery and corruption group to his practice.
Sarah Parkes achieves recognition as a respected name among peers in the investigations market, who recommend her for her practice advising clients on investigations pertaining to the banking and finance sectors.
Emanuel Ballo earns recommendations for his “strong knowledge on white-collar crime matters” and “his incredibly calming manner, which makes him a highly sought-after lawyer”.
Jeremy Andrews is a dispute resolution specialist whose practice encompasses litigation and arbitration proceedings. He is much in demand for his expertise in banking and finance litigation involving fraud and asset-tracing elements.
Laura Ford is a “great lawyer in the investigations space”. She has experience of conducting investigations in the retail, finance and logistics sectors.
Other Leading Individuals
Claire Cross at Corker Binning is widely considered “excellent”. Her previous experience at the FCA and CMA in the UK has given her a very desirable degree of expertise across various complex money laundering, fraud and cartel cases.
Edward Grange achieves significant recommendations from peers in the market for his investigations work, which encompasses fraud investigations conducted by the SFO, the HMRC and the FCA as well as extradition matters.
Jonathan Clark of Slaughter and May is singled out as “a truly great investigations lawyer”. He is well versed in advising large corporate clients on high-profile investigations conducted by the SFO, the DoJ and the FCA.
The “outstanding” Kelly Hagedorn with Jenner & Block is highlighted as a go-to name for investigations matters. Her practice is centred around white-collar crime, bribery, corruption and fraud cases across a broad range of sectors including commodities, telecommunications and financial services.
BCL Solicitors’ Shaul Brazil is an esteemed investigations specialist who “wins big cases, and is a trusted name in the market”. His expertise lies in multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption investigations, asset recovery matters and extradition issues.
Rita Mitchell at Willkie Farr & Gallagher is recognised as “a highly regarded name in the field” by peers. She defends corporations in criminal and civil investigations into bribery, corruption and fraud, and also advises on compliance issues.
Charles-Henri Boeringer of Clifford Chance sits among Europe’s most respected partners in the investigations market this year. He has an impeccable track record in high-profile fraud and corruption matters as well as market offences.
Nicolas Brooke with Signature Litigation is praised for his “impressive hands-on experience of negotiating multi-jurisdictional settlements”. He specialises in internal investigations and compliance matters pertaining to a wide range of white-collar crime issues.
Gleiss Lutz’s Eike Bicker is enthusiastically credited with “good knowledge when it comes to compliance matters” and “strong experience of investigations”. He is praised for his client-friendly manner and impressive capabilities.
Tine Schauenburg at White & Case earns acclaim for her conduct across several investigations. She has considerable experience heading internal investigations for large corporate clients, and advising companies on compliance issues.
Rick van ‘t Hullenaar of Jones Day is recognised as “an impressive and experienced lawyer” in the market. He has a broad investigations practice that encompasses corruption, fraud, bribery and economic sanctions matters.
Most Highly Regarded
Anton Dudnikov at Essex Court Chambers is an esteemed junior barrister who specialises in complex, international civil fraud cases and asset recovery proceedings.
Olga Tocewicz of Pinsent Masons comes “highly recommended”, with one peer effusing, “She works effectively on most of the firm’s top-tier investigations work.” She is very skilled at representing clients under investigation by UK authorities for fraud and money laundering.
Marie Kavanagh with Cooley is “head and shoulders above the rest”. Clients are “always reassured by her advice and rigour”, and dub her “an undoubted star of the future” who is “extremely hardworking and wonderfully diligent in all manner of tasks”.
Morrison & Foerster’s Saqib Alam is a respected name in the European market for his investigations work. His practice focuses on bribery and money laundering compliance investigations, which he has carried out in over 30 countries around the globe.
Duncan Grieve at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is identified as a rising star in the European investigations market. He has a broad practice that spans a range of investigations, regulatory compliance matters and white-collar crime issues.
Kate Meakin of Herbert Smith Freehills is marked out as a key name for the future in the investigations space. She primarily advises and represents investment banks, multinationals and individuals in internal and external investigations conducted by the SFO and FCA.
Ella Williams with Slaughter and May is an investigations specialist with a truly bright career ahead of her. She focuses on advising clients on global regulatory and criminal investigations, as well as anti-corruption and white-collar crime issues.
Matheson’s Ciara Dunny is an up-and-coming name in Europe’s investigations market. She stands out for her skill and experience in bribery, corruption fraud and money laundering investigations across the US, Europe, China and the UAE.
Sophie Levy at Clifford Chance is an acclaimed investigations practitioner, with expertise in both defending clients and investigating instances of corruption and financial crime across Europe, Asia and the USA.
Peers say Muriel Rosing of Stibbe “really deserves to be included”, adding that it is “always a positive experience working with her”. She advises corporate clients and individuals on high-profile fraud, corruption and money laundering investigations.
Most Highly Regarded
Michael Diamant is lauded by sources as “a great lawyer”. He has impressed peers with his white-collar defence work on the Petrobras investigation before the SEC and the DoJ.
Peers single out John Chesley as one of the USA’s top investigations partners under 45. He has considerable experience representing corporations and executives through internal and government investigations pertaining to corruption, fraud, environmental crimes and securities violations.
David Bitkower is an esteemed figure in the US market for his investigations expertise. He brings extensive experience as a former deputy assistant attorney general at the DOJ to his investigations practice, which encompasses money laundering, corruption, and cybercrime matters.
Reid Schar co-chairs the investigations, compliance and defence practice group at the firm, and secures recommendations for his skill as a trial lawyer in fraud and civil RICO investigations. He brings over 13 years of experience as an assistant US attorney to his practice.
Matteson Ellis is recognised by peers as “a king in Latin America”. He is “involved in the most complex anti-corruption matters in Latin America” and is “very well regarded in the market”.
Peers highlight Lauren Briggerman as “a very experienced lawyer on antitrust internal investigations”. Her impressive practice also encompasses money laundering, bank fraud and contractual fraud matters.
Adam Lurie at Linklaters secures recommendations as “excellent in international dispute resolution and civil litigation”. He heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in the USA and Americas, and brings extensive experience from his time in the DoJ to his practice.
Matthew Alexander of Mayer Brown “ really knows how to handle an internal investigation”, reports one effusive peer. His practice is geared towards white-collar crime defence and internal investigations.
Jason Linder is praised as “a very good, extremely smart and vigorous lawyer”. With a decade of experience as a federal prosecutor behind him, he has abundant expertise in defending clients in domestic and international investigations and court proceedings.
Benjamin Singer with O’Melveny & Myers is “a really well-respected practitioner in the market”, say sources. His expertise lies in representing multinational corporations in civil and criminal investigations carried out by the SEC and the DoJ.
Caryn Trombino at Perkins Coie is championed by peers for her “great healthcare and life sciences background” and her “extensive cross-border investigations work”.
Jessica Nall of Farella Braun + Martel is an esteemed lawyer in the US investigations market, and leads the firm’s corporate investigation and white-collar defence group. She represents public and private companies in the technology, energy and financial services sectors in cybercrime and white-collar crime issues.
Farrah Berse with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is esteemed in the US market for investigations work. Her practice is geared towards internal and government corruption investigations and corruption defence cases.
Amy Carver at Welsh & Recker is fast becoming a distinguished name for white-collar crime defence work in the US. She focuses on the defence of corporations and individuals in federal criminal and civil cases involving fraud, bribery and securities violations.
Jeanhee Hong of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has made a name for herself in the firm’s Washington, DC office for her work on complex white-collar crime defence matters and internal investigations. She has vast experience of representing clients in the financial services and media sectors.
Mahesh Rai earns acclaim from peers as “a forceful litigator who is always keen to think outside the box”. His practice encompasses investigations matters in the IT, construction, telecommunications and commodities sectors.
Blossom Hing is described as “a very affable and easy-to-work-with lawyer, who pays strong attention to the details of an investigation”.
Peers who have worked with Voon Jiet Chia laud him as “a meticulous investigations lawyer” in the market. He has over 15 years of experience representing multinational corporations, individuals and finance institutions before all Singaporean courts in fraud and competition investigations.
Gary Low is a prominent name in Singapore for civil and criminal investigations, and litigation proceedings. He brings experience as a former deputy public prosecutor to his practice, representing domestic and international corporations and institutions in corruption, securities and market manipulation matters.
Other Leading Individuals
Jaikanth Shankar at Davinder Singh Chambers is roundly acclaimed as “a good litigator in court”. He is the firm’s CEO, and manages a broad practice spanning litigation and investigation proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud and other white-collar crimes.
John Choong of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer secures extensive recommendations from peers in the market for his investigatory practice. He has experience of advising clients based in Asia on high-profile investigations by the DOJ and the SEC.
Bradley Klein with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is a prominent name in the Asia-Pacific investigations market. His expertise lies in representing clients in the US and Asia in internal investigations, regulatory enforcement and compliance matters under US law.
Adam Goldberg at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett wins endorsements from peers as “a great co-counsel” and “a very good lawyer that clients trust”.
Most Highly Regarded
Thiago Jabor Pinheiro at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is “the real deal” when it comes to investigation proceedings. He focuses on compliance and investigatory work, and peers find him “very experienced and practical”.
Erica Sarubbi of Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados is lauded by peers as “one of the leaders of Brazil’s top investigations firm” who has “been involved in very complex multi-jurisdictional cases”.
Eloy Rizzo Neto with Demarest Advogados is “an experienced professional with great multi-jurisdictional expertise”, who is “always available to brainstorm and reach the best answer for the client’s queries”. He “has a way of handling serious matters with discretion and understanding of the risks, and provides exceptional guidance”.