WWL has once again partnered with Global Investigations Review to create a comprehensive guide focusing on the field of investigations, spanning a wide range of issues in white-collar crime, corporate compliance and regulatory enforcement. Our research identifies over 600 lawyers jurisdictions, highlighted for their exceptional ability and outstanding work in the space.
The Global Elite 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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
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.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Peter Binning is a “big name” in the market with a wealth of experience in investigations pertaining to cartels, regulatory breaches and fraud.
Jessica Parker is a “standout name at the firm”. Clients benefit from her “very seasoned and sound judgement” in complex and sensitive investigations.
David Corker is a “specialist FCA investigator who has “been around for a long time” and possesses formidable experience in acting for clients facing regulatory and criminal investigations.
Andrew Smith is an impressive practitioner who nimbly advises clients facing investigations concerning allegations of market abuse, fraud and money laundering.
Robert Brown is a long-standing fixture in the market with over 30 years of experience and a superb reputation.
Michael O’Kane possesses immense expertise and receives accolades for his high-profile work on some of the most complex FCA investigations and prosecutions.
Hannah Laming is a “real leader in the private prosecutions industry” and garners plaudits as a “very strong advocate”.
Keith Oliver is a well-respected name among peers and clients alike, who praise his expert handling of cross-border investigations.
Louise Hodges is lauded as the “doyenne of white-collar crime” with “real in-depth criminal experience”. She is highlighted for her “no-nonsense approach and for delivering it straight”.
Jonathan Grimes is commended for his “very cerebral mind”. He continues to impress market sources with his exceptional work on high-profile white-collar investigations.
Stephen Parkinson brings significant value to clients due to his “excellent regulatory experience” and expertise in criminal investigations..
William Christopher gains recognition for his first-class practice and is commended for his expertise in fraud matters.
Brian Spiro garners plaudits for his “wealth of experience in criminal law”, having spent over 30 years acting for clients in complex investigations spanning the globe.
Susannah Cogman is “frighteningly cerebral” and is “specialised in some of the most complex areas of law”. An impressed peer adds, “She really has it at her fingertips.”
Daniel Hudson is a widely recognised practitioner with strong experience counselling clients on investigations concerning corruption, sanctions and fraud.
Jonathan Mattout is a “real star” in the white-collar crime market in France and advises a variety of clients facing financial crime allegations.
Ali Sallaway possesses a “fantastic reputation” and receives accolades for her deep-seated knowledge in corporate and financial crime.
Ian Taylor is a well-established name with “a lot of experience in large investigations”. He is often engaged by retail and investment banks facing investigations from regulators.
Matthew Bruce is a distinguished player in the investigations space who “demonstrates a calm, measured intelligence when dealing with challenging and emotional matters”.
Stephen Gentle is hailed as an “impressive litigator”, with one source calling him the “most experienced and able practitioner in this area”.
Nick Benwell wins glowing praise from peers who “think very highly of him”, with one impressed source adding, “He is my go-to guy.”
David Schreuders is well versed in corporate criminal law and adeptly assists clients with internal investigations, and complex regulatory and compliance issues.
Jonathan Cotton is “well-respected in acting for corporates” and earns plaudits for “operating on some of the biggest SFO matters”.
Deborah Finkler is “first rate and a definite inclusion”, says one peer. She is “extremely accomplished” in the investigations space and has acted on several high-profile cases.
Richard Swallow is highlighted for his superb investigations practice and has experience advising on criminal and regulatory investigations with both domestic and US elements.
Other Leading individuals
Stephen Pollard of WilmerHale is hailed as “head and shoulders above other folks” and “one of the greatest” practitioners in the investigations field”.
Eve Giles at Allen & Overy is held in high regard her “proper criminal defence know-how”. An impressed source adds, “She is so easy to work with and very clever.”
The “fantastic” Christine Braamskamp of Jenner & Block has a “loyal client following” and “attracts corporate clients who have a lot of confidence in her”.
At Ropes & Gray, the “fabulous” Judith Seddon possesses “enormous experience” and is a “very well-known practitioner in the area”.
Richard Sallybanks of BCL Solicitors is fêted as a “leading player” in the market who has “been around for a long time with a wealth of experience”. Effusive peers report that they “love him”.
Jo Rickards at Mishcon de Reya is a “brilliant lawyer” whom peers really “rate and respect”. She is a seasoned expert, having over 20 years of experience advising clients under investigation by regulators.
Ross Dixon of Hickman & Rose is a “highly skilled lawyer” and a “pleasure to work with” who peers would “refer matters to with confidence”.
Ben Rose receives accolades for his deep-seated knowledge in financial crime, having advised on high-profile cases such as SFO and FCA investigations into the LIBOR-fixing scandal.
Clare Montgomery of Matrix Chambers is commended as a “fabulous, very robust and sublime” barrister. She garners praise for her “experience in the commercial application of the law, which really benefits clients”.
Tom Epps of Cooley has a strong record counselling clients on some of the most challenging fraud prosecutions and investigations around, with a particular expertise on international investigations.
Anand Doobay at Boutique Law is a highly esteemed practitioner, as well as a “real expert in extradition matters” and high-profile investigations.
Neil O’May at Norton Rose Fulbright is a shining star in the London market, recognised as “outstanding” by peers thanks to his depth of criminal law experience, particularly on fraud, market abuse and bribery matters.
Investigations lawyers “do not come any better than” Roger Burlingame at Dechert, commended as “well-known US-trained lawyer”.
Stéphane de Navacelle at Navacelle is a standout player with “an extremely international outlook” who is “great with helping clients on issues in more than one jurisdiction”.
Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats has “been in the market for a long time and really knows what it’s all about”, comment peers who point to his nearly 30 years of experience in financial criminal law.
Kai Hart-Hoenig of Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte is a well-established name in the investigations market with wide-ranging experience advising global and domestic companies.
Ilias Anagnostopoulos of Anagnostopoulos is “known by everyone” as “absolutely the go-to guy in Greece”, due to his extraordinary depth of business crime expertise.
Kenan Furlong at A&L Goodbody is held in high regard for his “calm and assured approach” which “gives clients confidence”. Sources note that he is “always collegiate when on the other side”.
Fabio Cagnola at Cagnola & Associati Studio Legale is a “serious, competent and astute practitioner”, widely respected by colleagues around the globe.
Joel Benjamin of Kinstellar is noted for his invaluable insights in a range of industries – including banking, mining, and oil and gas – which enable him to effectively assist clients facing regulatory investigations.
Alexander de Swart at Stibbe is a trusted adviser to companies and their directors seeking counsel on investigations and prosecutions. He has extensive experience negotiating out-of-court settlements.
Babajide Ogundipe of Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore is noted for his formidable criminal expertise, a much-valued asset for clients facing investigations.
Saverio Lembo of Bär & Karrer is revered in the Swiss market thanks to his exceptional breadth of experience and expertise assisting companies with internal investigations.
Marc Henzelin at Lalive, renowned for his criminal law background, adeptly advises on investigations concentrating on compliance and asset recovery.
Gönenç Gürkaynak at ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is a towering figure in the market, well acquainted with advising clients on anti-corruption and corporate compliance.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Joseph Warin is “certainly one of the top guys in the country” and is “leading the charge” in the US investigations market.
Richard Grime is credited with a “balanced and thoughtful approach, and draws praise for being “very orientated towards problem-solving and navigating challenging matters”.
Patrick Stokes possesses a wealth of experience in complex and sensitive internal investigations, and interacting with government enforcement authorities.
Mark Mendelsohn displays exceptional awareness in complex white-collar crime matters, in particular corruption and FCPA-focused investigations.
Theodore Wells Jr is held in awe for his impeccable profile, which includes investigations spanning the FCPA, OFAC, AML and SEC, with over three decades of experience.
Alex Oh is a standout practitioner with vast experience in white-collar representations. She has advised multiple Fortune 100 companies on internal investigations and compliance programmes.
Lanny Breuer is a widely recognised figure across the US market, where he is considered a first-rate litigator. His practice encompasses civil and criminal investigations with challenging regulatory issues.
Nancy Kestenbaum brings significant value to an array of clients such as global companies and individuals due to her tremendous experience in complex and sensitive internal investigations.
Eric Holder Jr is widely considered one of the US’s top investigations practitioners, possessing enviable experience of the agencies and enforcement.
Mark Rochon is a specialist in white-collar crime issues, particularly relating to FCPA investigations and individuals facing government contracting fraud investigations.
James Tillen is hailed as “the best lawyer I have ever worked with” by an impressed peer. He is regarded as “a genius who really knows where the problems are”.
Kirby Behre is noted for his exceptional courtroom experience and is well versed in criminal litigation and government investigations.
Michael Dixon excels due to his “superb anti-bribery and corruption knowledge” coupled with “very strong investigations experience”, with peers adding that he is “smart and practical”.
Mark Morrison is a top name in the Canadian market, garnering praise for the “accuracy of his legal analysis” in addition to his invaluable anti-bribery and corruption know-how.
Sean Boyle is a well-established name, deemed “smart and competent, particularly on securities commission investigations and defence matters”.
Other Leading individuals
Milos Barutciski at Borden Ladner Gervais stands out for the breadth of his experience, which includes advising Fortune 500 companies on investigations relating to export control and anti-corruption.
Matthew Lindsay QC at Rose is hailed as a “practical and well-respected litigator” with immense experience navigating fraud, and other criminal and internal investigations.
Kimberly Parker of WilmerHale is a “fantastic practitioner” who draws praise for her “sharp legal mind”. One peer raves, “She is the real deal.”
Abbe David Lowell of Winston & Strawn is a renowned figure in the market and one of the US’s top trial lawyers, with extensive know-how in regulatory enforcement and challenging investigations.
At Morrison & Foerster, James Koukios is “phenomenal” and held in high regard due to his “extensive white-collar expertise and trial experience”.
Charles Duross is recognised as a “remarkable practitioner” by peers for his specialisation in white-collar crime matters. He is highly proficient in compliance counselling and internal investigations.
Alice Fisher of Latham & Watkins is a top name in the market and has amassed considerable experience advising corporations on bribery allegations under the FCPA and export sanctions.
William Burck at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is highly commended for his involvement in significant and high-profile matters, such as the recent Mueller and Boeing 737 Max investigations.
Amy Millard of Clayman & Rosenberg is a seasoned expert and “very skilful” when handling investigations from a range of government agencies, including the SEC and DOJ.
Laurence Urgenson at Mayer Brown is a well-respected authority on FCPA matters with over 40 years’ experience counselling individual and corporate clients.
Robert Cleary of Proskauer Rose impresses the market with his “ability to use calm quiet persuasion to lead adversaries towards his point of view”. Clients add, “His style is truly compelling.”
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Robert Wyld at Johnson Winter & Slattery is a standout name in the market with deep and varied experience in trade sanctions, extradition and anti-corruption investigations and prosecutions.
Eric Carlson of Covington & Burling is a well-respected practitioner who helps clients navigate the complex landscape of anti-corruption laws in Asia, particularly in China.
Felix Ng at Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries receives rave reviews for his “in-depth experience” in white-collar crime, and for showing “unparalleled professionalism and perseverance”.
Andrew Powner is a go-to name for criminal matters in Hong Kong, with extensive experience dealing with authorities including the SFC, the SEHK and the HKMA.
At Herbert Smith Freehills, Kyle Wombolt is a “very experienced practitioner” who has led investigations in over 40 jurisdictions, and possesses excellent insights into the Asia-Pacific region.
Martin Rogers at Davis Polk & Wardwell is a “top name in the space” and is regarded highly for his work as a litigator.
Kelly Austin of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is a seasoned expert with profound experience in challenging corporate and government investigations in relation to fraud and anti-money laundering.
Hamidul Haq of Rajah & Tann Singapore is “among the top crop of practitioners in the market”. He has worked on notable investigations such as 1MDB, and advised companies involved in the Petrobras scandal.
Lionel Tay is an expert in advising clients facing difficult regulatory investigations and asset recovery actions, with a focus on Asia.
Davinder Singh of Davinder Singh Chambers is a top choice for counsel, and highly active in the market with extensive experience defending clients.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Maximiliano N D’Auro of Beccar Varela is an impressive practitioner who demonstrates great panache when advising on all elements of compliance and anti-corruption matters.
At Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados, Carlos Ayres is commended for his “high-profile work” as “one of the leaders of Brazil’s only law firm exclusively focused on investigations”.
Bruno Carneiro Maeda is a “fantastic professional” and “very experienced” in international investigations, as well as the creation of extensive compliance programmes.
Juliana Sá de Miranda of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a “superb criminal attorney who has been working with internal investigations for a long period”. Peers “really appreciate her work”.
Isabel Franco at Azevedo Sette Advogados garners praise for her ability to “summarise complex legal and compliance topics in a clear, practical and synthetic way”.
Shin Jae Kim at TozziniFreire Advogados is a big name in the Brazilian market and “is at the forefront of some of the largest matters in Brazil, such as Operation Car Wash”.
Marcos Ríos at Carey is “definitely a standout name”, highlighted for his immense capabilities in complex investigations.