In the latest edition of WWL: Investigations, we distinguish 630 top-tier lawyers across 43 jurisdictions for their market-leading work in investigations, spanning white-collar crime, corporate compliance and regulatory enforcement.
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 “very impressive” lawyer, distinguished among peers as an “experienced pair of hands in investigations work”.
Jessica Parker is a “fantastic” practitioner who has “been in the investigations field for a long time”. Sources praise her as “really nice to work with”.
David Corker is a “very seasoned” lawyer, described by peers as “a man with a plan and energy to fight”.
Andrew Smith is “well versed in US, EU, and UK sanctions and export control laws” and is “highly respected in his field”.
Michael O’Kane draws praise for being a “very smart lawyer” who is renowned for having “particular skill in fraud investigations”.
Keith Oliver is a “hugely well-respected” and skilful practitioner who is “well-liked by all who know and work with him”.
Hannah Laming is the “consummate professional” and is singled out as “great at managing clients in crisis” and for having “an encyclopaedic recall of her brief”.
The internationally renowned Louise Hodges is “very strong on international matters” and has “vast experience” in cross-border corporate investigations.
Jonathan Grimes is a “fantastic” lawyer who “really knows his stuff and is great with SFO matters” according to market commentators.
Stephen Parkinson is a well-known figure in the white-collar crime proceedings and investigations who has extensive expertise acting for individuals and corporates.
William Christopher is a “leading fraud expert” according to sources, who applaud him for his impressive experience in civil fraud litigation.
With over 30 years of experience, Brian Spiro stands out as a “supremely fantastic” and a “great guy” who possesses profound expertise in significant business crime investigations.
Susannah Cogman has “experience in some of the biggest investigations” in the market. She is regarded as a “great strategist and technically impressive”.
Jonathan Mattout is applauded by market commentators for his strong experience in white-collar crime disputes and investigations.
Ali Sallaway is a “very commercially minded” lawyer, singled out as “sensible, practical and a steady hand” on investigations.
Matthew Bruce is a “great communicator” and is “extremely responsive, thoughtful and practical in his guidance and advice”.
Ben Morgan is a “highly impressive” practitioner who is widely regarded as a “fantastic mentor” and an “astute and strategic” individual.
Stephen Gentle is a “class act” who is “very active” in the market and is described by sources as “accomplished and calm in all he does”.
Nick Benwell is a “highly regarded white-collar crime lawyer” who “provides specialist advice which is essential in any investigation”.
David Schreuders is “one of the best” names in the market as a result of his wealth of experience in litigation arising from corporate investigations.
With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan Cotton stands out for his tremendous understanding of civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations.
Corporate crime specialist Ewan Brown is a leading name in the market who has established an excellent reputation for his work on multi-jurisdictional investigations.
Deborah Finkler is widely respected for her strong experience counselling clients on investigations concerning corruption, sanctions and fraud claims.
Richard Swallow is a very knowledgeable lawyer who specialises in global investigations, an area in which he possesses 25 years of experience.
Michelle de Kluyver is “one of the key players at Addleshaw’s busy investigations team” and brings a “calm presence” to her approach.
Nichola Peters heads the firm’s investigations team and “deals with a range of matters, most recently related to investigations related to covid-19 fraud”.
The “excellent” Polly Sprenger “draws her expertise in law enforcement and internal investigations to give clients holistic advice on managing difficult and contentious matters”.
Other Leading Individuals
At Ropes & Gray, Judith Seddon is a “highly recommended” investigations specialist, who excels at conducting internal investigations for clients.
Christine Braamskamp of Jenner & Block is a “great all-rounder” in investigations, where she is considered an expert at representing corporates and senior management individuals.
From WilmerHale, Stephen Pollard stands out as a “class act” in the market and is distinguished for his “great gravitas” and expertise in corporate investigations.
Eve Giles of Allen & Overy is a “fantastic trial lawyer with strong financial crime expertise”. She is lauded as “very committed to clients and is user friendly”.
Tom Epps at Cooley is a “bright, practical and easy going” lawyer who is known for being “very strong on SFO matters”.
Boutique Law’s Anand Doobay is “highly impressive” and a “leading lawyer in the field” according to impressed sources who add that he is a “premier practitioner regarding extradition”.
Richard Sallybanks at BCL Solicitors is a “leading white-collar crime and investigations expert” with a wealth of experience acting for individuals and companies.
White & Case’s Jonathan Pickworth comes highly recommended for being an “incredible mentor with three decades of experience of high-profile investigations”.
The “highly experienced” David Perry QC from 6 KBW College Hill is “absolutely top of the tree” for investigations-related litigation, and “is able to provide complex, strategic and difficult advice in easily digestible form”.
At Hickman & Rose, Ross Dixon draws plaudits as an “excellent lawyer” who is “loved by his clients for his straightforward approach”.
The “brilliant” Jo Rickards heads Mishcon de Reya’s investigations group and is commended for her experience representing corporates and individuals in multi-jurisdictional investigations.
Clare Montgomery QC at Matrix Chambers is “the doyenne of investigations” according to sources who regard her as “absolutely amazing” and someone who is “great with clients and juries”.
Elly Proudlock of Linklaters is a “star” in the international market who is “calm, methodical and meticulous” in her approach.
At Hogan Lovells, Claire Lipworth is “very experienced” in corporate investigations, and is distinguished among peers for her “in-depth knowledge of the FCA”.
Roger Burlingame at Dechert is a “well-regarded” practitioner who is “well known” and “experienced in individuals work”.
Navacelle’s Stéphane de Navacelle is singled out as a top-tier practitioner who is deeply experienced in carrying out internal investigations.
August & Debouzy’s Astrid Mignon Colombet is a highly respected lawyer who is adept at handling complex white collar-crime investigations.
Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats is hailed as “the go-to practitioner in France”, and is renowned for being “knowledgeable, responsive and very practical”.
At Bredin Prat, Eric Dezeuze is widely recognised as a “great lawyer” and a true specialist in white-collar criminal defence and corporate investigations.
At Clifford Chance, Heiner Hugger is “a great lawyer” renowned for his adept handling of complex regulatory and internal investigations.
Eike Bicker from Gleiss Lutz is a “brilliant attorney” who is “very engaged, client oriented” and “always on point with pragmatic and reliable advice”.
Kai Hart-Hoenig at Dr Kai Hart-Hoenig Rechtsanwälte is an “excellent” name in the international market who excels at business and tax criminal law matters.
Anagnostopoulos’ Ilias Anagnostopoulos is a leading light in Greece for corporate investigations. He is lauded as "as good as it gets for white-collar crime in Greece" with one impressed source noting: "Everyone knows Ilias - he’s fantastic.”
A&L Goodbody’s Kenan Furlong is “knowledgeable and easy to work with” according to sources who applaud his first-class work on internal investigations.
Bruno Cova at Delfino e Associati, Willkie Farr & Gallagher draws widespread praise from international sources for his excellence in corporate investigations and related compliance matters.
From Cagnola & Associati Studio Legale, Fabio Cagnola comes “highly recommended” by market commentators as a result of his deep experience in corporate internal investigations. He “has always displayed an international perspective” and is recognised as “very experienced and easy to work with".
Marnix Somsen from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is “one of the best in the Netherlands” for representing corporations and financial institutions subject to investigations.
Patrick Ploeger is a “highly recommended” lawyer who is “very experienced” in international investigations.
With over 35 years’ experience, Babajide Ogundipe of Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore stands out as an internationally renowned practitioner with experience in anti-corruption, asset recovery and corporate investigations.
From Famsville Solicitors, Dayo Adu is commended as “analytical, thorough and detailed”, with a “vast knowledge” of investigations.
Saverio Lembo of Bär & Karrer is a “dynamic and knowledgeable lawyer”, singled out as “a star individual who is renowned and respected worldwide".
Schellenberg Wittmer’s Benjamin Borsodi is “cool headed, calm and clear in his approach to complex issues”. One source notes: "He is who you want on your side in times of crisis."
Clara Poglia “is an exceptional lawyer" who “combines the highest legal skills with true leadership". Impressed commentators add: “Her ability to manage client relationships is impressive."
The “excellent” Elvan Sevi Bozoglu of Bozoglu Izgi is applauded by sources for her deep knowledge of regulatory and compliance matters pertaining to corporate investigations.
Gönenç Gürkaynak at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law “delivers top-quality legal advice particularly on regulatory and compliance matters that are truly delicate and complex in nature". Sources add: "He displays excellent advocacy skills and has rightfully earned the trust of his clients and peers with his highly respected legal practice over the years."
United Arab Emirates
Ibtissem Lassoued from Al Tamimi & Company is a “superb” practitioner who is “very well regarded” among market commentators thanks to his “strong white-collar practice”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Mary Jo White is a leading light in the US market and an “obvious recommendation” for complex white-collar crime and government investigations.
Bruce Yannett is an “outstanding” investigations lawyer who “has been at the top of the FCPA list for years” according to market commentators.
Andrew Levine is an “extremely high-quality attorney” who “is very active in discussions related to cross-border investigations”.
Robert Luskin is widely regarded as “an authority” in domestic and international investigations. He is distinguished by peers as “a very experienced figure with a great practice”.
Timothy Dickinson is an “excellent” investigations lawyer with over 35 years of experience in anti-corruption proceedings.
Nathaniel Edmonds comes highly recommended by market sources thanks to his in-depth knowledge of internal corporate investigations.
Corinne Lammers is a “very experienced” practitioner who specialises in conducting complex internal investigations for multinational corporations.
F Joseph Warin is recognised as the “dean of the FCPA” by peers, who applaud his impressive expertise in congressional and corporate investigations.
Michael Diamant is an established name in the US market, singled out as “highly experienced, especially in FCPA matters”.
Patrick Stokes is a “very smart” lawyer who is “calm under pressure and leverages his extensive DOJ experience into private sector issues”.
Debra Wong Yang is a top-tier lawyer, who has established an excellent reputation in internal investigations and compliance issues.
Litigation specialist Theodore Wells Jr “is one of the pre-eminent attorneys in the US", singled out by sources who note, "He’s been a reliable name for many years."
Roberto Finzi is commended for his “very practical and commercial attitude" and is hailed as "very quick at grasping complex cross-border issues". one source adds, "He applies a great deal of experience he acquired from his time working as a prosecutor."
Mark Mendelsohn “is at the top of everyone’s list" applaud commentators who remark, "He’s a great resource for high-stakes FCPA issues," and "a big name for investigations".
Nancy Kestenbaum is a “terrific” practitioner who is well known and respected for her experience representing large multinationals in investigations.
Eric Holder Jr comes highly recommended by sources due to his international experience and expertise representing life science companies in investigations.
Lanny Breuer is a leading name in the North American market who stands out for his wealth of experience in helping clients navigate criminal and civil investigations.
Mark Rochon stands out for his significant experience conducting fraud and insider trading- related investigations.
Kirby Behre is a highly respected figure in the US market, who “really knows his FCPA” and is an expert in internal investigations.
James Tillen is a “very experienced” investigations lawyer, singled out by peers as “unflappable and a model professional”.
Andrew Wise is an “excellent litigator” who is “very experienced” in government and internal investigations.
Other Leading Individuals
At Borden Ladner Gervais, Milos Barutciski is “a very knowledgeable lawyer” who stands out for his leading expertise in conducting internal investigations concerning employee fraud.
Mark Morrison at Blake Cassels & Graydon is a “very experienced” investigations lawyer, who “does lots of anti-corruption work” according to impressed sources.
Barry Berke from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is widely regarded as “leader right now”, notably when it comes to complex criminal trials and internal investigations.
WilmerHale’s Kimberley Parker is looked upon with enormous favour by market sources who consider her “top-tier for FCPA investigations”.
Mark Filip at Kirkland & Ellis is “a fantastic lawyer”, hailed as a leading light in the US market for government enforcement proceedings and corporate investigations.
Neil MacBride of Davis Polk & Wardwell is an “excellent practitioner especially for SEC matters” and is well known for his FCPA expertise.
Kaplan Hecker & Fink’s Sean Hecker “is a well-respected and highly regarded criminal defence lawyer", recognised as "a smart, effective and zealous advocate with excellent client skills". One source adds: "Sean has been successful in handling a number of high-profile cases over the years."
At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, James Benjamin Jr is singled out as a “very experienced” practitioner who excels at guiding global clients through corporate investigations.
Susan Brune at Brune Law is singled out as an “excellent and experienced white-collar practitioner” with strong international expertise.
At Richards Kibbe & Orbe, Lee Richards III is held in high regard due to his significant experience representing banks and individuals in investigations.
David Zinn of Williams & Connolly is identified as “a great securities lawyer and a go-to for high-stakes matters”.
Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Martine Beamon draws plaudits for her in-depth expertise in representing companies and high-level individuals on allegations of securities and tax fraud.
George Canellos of Milbank is an “excellent and experienced white-collar defence counsel” who is “supremely effective with the SEC”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
From Johnson Winter & Slattery, Robert Wyld draws significant praise for his extensive expertise advising national and international clients in corruption-related investigations.
With over 25 years of experience, John Mitchell of Arnold Bloch Leibler is held in high esteem by sources who praise him as a “very able and very experienced” white-collar crime and investigations practitioner.
Kate Yin from Fangda Partners “does excellent work” and is described as “the best outside counsel” in the international market.
Benjamin Miao is applauded by peers and clients alike for being “very helpful on criminal investigations”.
Eric Carlson from Covington & Burling is a renowned specialist who is an expert at leading investigations throughout Asia.
Martin Rogers of Davis Polk & Wardwell is a “big name” in corporate investigations, who is singled out by sources for his over 30 years of experience in the field.
Morrison & Foerster’s Timothy Blakely “provides practical advice and consistent quality of service" according to imporessed sources, one of whom adds: "His methodical questioning during interviews and in-depth thought process is most impressive."
Donna Wacker from Clifford Chance “understands clearly the role different parties play in the investigative process” remark sources adding that she always “gets to the heart of the issues and has the ability to see different perspectives”.
Yoshihiro Kai at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a well-known name who comes highly recommended for his depth of experience conducting internal investigations for companies.
Joel Benjamin of Kinstellar is an experienced lawyer who has a broad range of expertise, from internal investigations to white-collar crime and enforcement proceedings.
Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Hamidul Haq is an “extremely practical and reasoned” practitioner who has “huge experience to advise on Singapore laws and cross-border impacts”.
Davinder Singh SC from DAVINDER SINGH CHAMBERS is a “brilliant lawyer” who is “very active in the investigations space” and is “one of, if not the top, advocates in Singapore”.
Wendell Wong of Drew & Napier is a “bona fide criminal investigations lawyer” who is “experienced in his work, knowledgeable in the law, and practical in his advice”.
From Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia), Wilson Ang stands out as a “particularly active practitioner in Indonesia” and is lauded as a “great guy and practitioner”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Carlos Ayres is a “leading lawyer” for corporate investigations who stands out for his “excellent technical background” and “really excellent” reputation.
Bruno Carneiro Maeda is a “top lawyer” in the South American market thanks to his wealth of experience handling anti-corruption investigations.
Erica Sarubbi is “one of the leaders of Brazil” who is “solely focused on investigations” and “very complex multi-jurisdictional cases”.
Shin Jae Kim is a well-regarded practitioner who draws significant praise for her compliance, investigations and anti-corruption expertise.
Giovanni Falcetta is “very active in negotiations before CGU” and is lauded as very “knowledgeable and easy to work with”.
Renata Muzzi is “well known in the market” as a result of her adept handling of complex internal investigations.
Other Leading Individuals
Maximiliano D’Auro of Beccar Varela is a top-tier investigations lawyer who is “excellent in this space” and is considered an “expert in compliance”.
At FeldensMadruga, Antenor Madruga ranks highly among peers who applaud his deep expertise in white-collar investigations and criminal litigation.
Demarest Advogados’ Eloy Rizzo Neto is hailed by peers for being “one of the best in his generation” and someone who provides “brilliant investigative insights” to cases.
Thiago Jabor Pinheiro from Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados stands out as a “leading lawyer” in the Brazilian market and is described by peers as “truly excellent” across a range of investigations.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados have a “top lawyer” in Juliana Sá de Miranda, who is applauded for her “great criminal law practice” and experience representing corporations.
The “excellent” Marcos Ríos of Carey regularly handles complex investigations for large multi-nationals.
Diego Sierra at Von Wobeser y Sierra is “the go-to guy in Mexico” for corporate investigations and is renowned for being “very talented, business savvy” and “very creative” in his approach.