Investigations 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review have once again combined to identify the leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensics experts active in this sector. The lawyers listed this guide regularly assist both companies and individuals during internal and external investigations. These lawyers not only lead internal investigations, acting for corporates who suspect wrongdoing on the part of one of their employees, but also those individuals under investigation themselves. Additionally, they regularly assist clients facing external enforcement proceedings, supervising dawn raids, and ensuring that regulatory authorities are kept in check during investigative proceedings. In this fourth edition, 562 practitioners from 271 law firms are identified as the leading lawyers active in investigations work worldwide. 


Thought Leaders
Peter Binning Corker Binning, London
Judith Seddon Clifford Chance, London
Michael O'Kane Peters & Peters Solicitors, London
Paul Gully-Hart Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva
Stephen Gentle Simmons & Simmons, London

UK business crime and regulatory investigations boutique PETERS & PETERS SOLICITORS is home to seven nominees.
Former Crown Prosecutor Michael O'Kane heads the firm’s business crime practice. He is a prominent player in the London market with a stellar international reputation for investigations work. O’Kane often leads the firm’s most significant mandates, recently acting for a high-profile individual in the Middle East regarding an internal investigation into the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund’s alleged misappropriation of assets.
International practice head Keith Oliver is considered a top name in the market for internal investigations work relating to civil fraud and white-collar crime. Sources consider him “an excellent tactician”.
Monty Raphael QC is a distinguished practitioner with over 50 years of experience. He is particularly well known for his considerable expertise on FCA regulatory issues and related investigations.
Jonathan Tickner regularly advises clients on the conduct of internal investigations and is particularly well versed in complex, multi-jurisdictional issues. According to one respondent, “He fights hard for his clients but understands the importance of commercial settlements."
Sarah Gabriel, Hannah Laming and the “practical” Neil Swift are also mentioned in our research.

Magic circle heavyweight FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER impresses in this year’s research, with six of the firm’s eight candidates hailing from its offices in Europe.
In London, the “highly rated” Ali Sallaway co-heads the firm’s global investigations practice and is commended for her experience leading complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations in the financial services, consumer and construction industry sectors.
Paul Lomas is a superb lawyer known for his leading role in investigations focusing on corporate crime.
Ian Taylor is a well-established practitioner with a strong track record advising financial institutional clients in regulatory investigations and contentious regulatory proceedings.
In Düsseldorf, Norbert Nolte enjoys a privileged position in the market thanks to his considerable expertise conducting compliance audits and internal investigations.

BCL SOLICITORS boasts a strong team in the London market, and sees six of its cohort recognised in this edition.
Founding partner Ian Burton is an esteemed white-collar crime practitioner known for his tremendous expertise in business crime, fraud and tax investigations.
The “brilliant” Richard Sallybanks is a prominent fixture in the market with a well-established business crime and investigations practice.
Brian Spiro is a top-drawer practitioner with a strong reputation in the UK market. He offers clients significant experience in cross-border matters, as well as SFO, CPS and HMRC investigations.
Harry Travers is a “sharp lawyer” recognised for his role in a number of high-profile SFO cases.

Six leading practitioners are also singled out at KINGSLEY NAPLEY.
Louise Hodges
is a highly rated white-collar crime specialist with an “absolutely terrific practice” focusing on SFO, FCA, COLP and HMRC investigations and proceedings.
Former CPS prosecutor Stephen Parkinson heads the firm’s criminal litigation practice and is recognised as a “fantastically able practitioner who is well connected”.
Fiona Simpson is recommended for her “enviable list of clients” and “superb skills obtaining search and seize orders". She regularly advises clients on internal investigations.
Jo Rickards has 20 years of experience representing clients involved in both criminal and regulatory investigations.

CLIFFORD CHANCE sees five of its 10 listings hailing from its offices in London and Frankfurt.
In London, Judith Seddon is “top of the tree in terms of Clifford Chance lawyers” and continues to stand out as a “fantastic lawyer”. A former partner at a criminal law practice, Seddon offers clients a wealth of experience representing clients in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations.
The “tremendous” Carlos Conceicao is a financial services regulatory expert with a proven track record advising both financial institutions and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions relating to market abuse and misconduct.
Sources consider Roger Best “an accomplished investigations lawyer” thanks to his extensive experience handling regulatory enforcement proceedings and issues relating to corporate financial crime.
Luke Tolaini specialises in financial crime, antitrust and regulatory infringement investigations, and enforcement proceedings. He was involved in the highly publicised Serco SFO investigation following alleged fraud regarding tagging contracts.
Frankfurt-based Heiner Hugger is a respected practitioner known for his considerable experience advising banks, financial institutions and technology corporates on cross-border investigations.

Thirteen nominees are identified at SKADDEN ARPS MEAGHER & FLOM, four of whom are based in Europe.
European practice head Keith Krakaur is a seasoned investigations practitioner with over 25 years of experience representing corporates and their executives in government and regulatory investigations.
Ryan Junck is “a go-to practitioner” for clients in US or cross-border regulatory investigations. He regularly conducts internal investigations and those involving insider trading, financial fraud, and FCPA and OPAC sanctions.
Joining him in the firm’s London office is the “skilled” Elizabeth Robertson who offers clients more than 20 years of insight and experience advising on cross-border white-collar crime investigations.
Elsewhere, Munich-based Bernd Mayer heads the firm’s corporate governance practice in Germany, earning recognition for his substantial expertise advising management boards in internal investigations.

CLOTH FAIR CHAMBERS impresses in this year’s research, with five of the set’s Queen’s Counsel selected for inclusion thanks to their expertise in fraud, criminal and regulatory investigations.
Alison Pople QC is regularly called upon to advise on investigative issues relating to financial and corporate crime. She recently advised a banking client in an investigation involving alleged insider trading. Sources consider her advice “indispensable”.
John Kelsey-Fry QC is a highly regarded silk at the criminal bar who is regularly called upon to advise on high-profile SFO and FCA investigations.

MATRIX CHAMBERS also achieves five listings in this year’s edition.
Clare Montgomery QC comes highly recommended for her “stellar work" advising individuals and companies under regulatory and criminal investigation. She counts a number of FTSE 100 companies dealing with SFO investigations among her clients, with the majority covering complex cross-border issues.
Former Freshfields solicitor Raj Parker is praised for his impressive practice focusing on white-collar crime and related international regulatory investigations. He is particularly well known for his expertise and experience coordinating cross-border matters.

Four nominees are recommended across HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ European offices.
In London, corporate crime and investigations practice head Rod Fletcher is a well-respected practitioner with a market-leading practice focusing on international investigations. He is regularly instructed for his considerable experience in high-profile matters, playing a leading role in the global FX and LIBOR investigations.
Susannah Cogman continues to impress interviewees with her work on both domestic and international investigations. One interviewee considers her “one of the best lawyers in this field”.
Daniel Hudson is a highly reputed practitioner known for regularly assisting clients involved in regulatory investigations, particularly those relating to corruption, sanctions, insider dealing and money laundering.
In Paris, Jonathan Mattout is also recognised.

CORKER BINNING emerges as one of the most highly regarded criminal defence, fraud and regulatory boutiques in the UK market, seeing three partners listed in the following pages.
Peter Binning is one of the leading criminal defence lawyers in Europe, according to our research. He has over 20 years of experience representing clients on investigations relating to a wide range of alleged misconduct including international fraud, corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. Binning currently acts for a major high street bank, Tesco and GSK in SFO investigations.
Fellow name partner David Corker is a market-leading practitioner with vast experience representing clients facing SFO and FCA investigations. He is also well known for conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients, particularly relating to corruption.
Jessica Parker comes highly recommended by a number of respondents. One considers her “the complete package: bright, decisive and responsive,” while another noted, “She is sharp, diligent and much loved by her clients.” She is particularly well known for her expertise advising on HMRC investigations.

UK-based international firm SIMMONS & SIMMONS is home to two excellent practitioners.
In London, Nick Benwell heads the crime, fraud and investigations group at the firm and is recommended for his longstanding experience advising clients on large-scale, sensitive investigations.
According to market sources, Stephen Gentle is considered one of the foremost experts in Europe thanks to his “outstanding pedigree” advising both individuals and corporates in cross-border anti-bribery investigations and FCA issues.

Three outstanding practitioners are singled out at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER.
Managing partner Benjamin Borsodi heads the firm’s corporate investigations group in Geneva. Sources consider Borsodi a “fantastic, sophisticated and knowledgeable” practitioner with significant experience in domestic and international corporate investigations.
Paul Gully-Hart, one of the foremost practitioners in our European research, is a "proactive and responsive practitioner" known for his expertise in Swiss compliance and crisis law.
In Zurich, Peter Burckhardt is a prominent force in the market, with a distinguished white-collar crime and investigations practice.

Two practitioners at US white-shoe firm JONES DAY are mentioned.
In London, Sion Richards draws praise from market commentators for his excellent practice focusing on high-profile, cross-border investigations involving major corporate fraud and corruption.
Aldo Verbruggen also draws praise for his extensive experience advising clients on internal investigations and regulatory enforcement issues.

At WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR, Stephen Pollard enjoys widespread recognition as “one of the best lawyers around” for regulatory investigations. He is known for representing a number of individuals and corporates engaged in high-profile SFO and DOJ investigations, including Barclays in the Qatar probe, Tesco in the SFO probe relating to alleged accounting fraud and ENRC in the probe into alleged corruption surrounding its mining deals.

Two lawyers are recognised at BROWN RUDNICK.
Practice co-head Mark Beardsworth is a celebrated criminal defence lawyer with considerable experience conducting internal investigations for both corporates and regulators.
The “superb” Tom Epps specialises in business crime defence and regulatory investigations work, often involving an international dimension.

At BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER, Aaron Stephens is an “excellent lawyer” who is credited by sources for his work developing the practice into a formidable offering.

At DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON in London, former UK attorney-general Lord Goldsmith QC is an eminent practitioner who comes highly rated for his longstanding practice defending companies facing regulatory and government investigations.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s Shelby du Pasquier is a "key player" with a wonderful reputation representing banking clients.

At HOMBURGER, Flavio Romerio is commended by commentators for his “careful, well-thought-out approach”, as well as his ability to “understand how the authorities are contemplating a case”.

STUDIO LEGALE PISANO’s founder Roberto Pisano is one of the foremost white-collar crime and investigations lawyers in Italy. He is renowned for his ability in handling complex, high-profile cases.

MORRISON & FOERSTER’s Kevin Roberts focuses his practice on regulatory compliance and investigations and regularly advises clients facing FCA and SFO investigations involving issues such as alleged money laundering, corporate fraud and tax.

ELIG ATTORNEYS AT LAW’s managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak is a dominant player in the Turkish market. His impressive practice covers both internal and external investigations concerning white-collar crime.

STUDIO LEGALE PULITANO-ZANCHETTI’s name partner Mario Zanchetti is a respected figure in the Italian market, known for his wealth of experience conducting internal investigations for a range of corporate clients.

North America

Thought Leaders
North America
Lanny Breuer Covington & Burling, Washington DC
Joseph Warin Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Washington DC
Mark Mendelsohn Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Washington DC
Theodore Wells Jr Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, New York
Karen Patton Seymour Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM emerges as the chief firm in North America, with eight superb investigative lawyers listed from across the firm’s US offices.
In Los Angeles, Richard Marmaro heads the firm’s West Coast SEC enforcement and white-collar defence practice and is a “highly regarded” and visible force in the market. He regularly represents corporations and individuals under civil and criminal investigation by government authorities and regulators and regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
The “eminent” David Zornow founded the firm’s white-collar crime practice in 1989 and is known for his expertise in securities-related work and high-profile government investigations.
In Chicago, former US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is recognised for his significant experience conducting internal investigations and representing corporates in government enforcement matters.
Lawrence Spiegel out of the firm’s New York office is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field. He advises individuals and corporates engaged in the full gamut of regulatory investigations, notably those involving fraud, insider trading and money laundering.

PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON’s white-collar and regulatory defence practice is a market-leading offering in the US with seven lawyers listed.
In New York, litigation department co-chair Theodore Wells Jr draws admiration for his prodigious practice that sees him advise clients on SEC, FCPA, AML and OFAC regulatory investigations. He also possesses significant experience representing individuals and corporates in grand jury investigations.
The “superb” Roberto Finzi focuses his practice on white-collar crime, internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Mark Pomerantz is a well-respected white-collar crime and regulatory specialist known for representing large corporates and individuals in high-profile investigations undertaken by the DOJ and US state and local prosecutors.
Firm chair Brad Karp is praised for his enviable list of banking and financial institution clients which includes the likes of Apollo, the Bank of America and Citigroup.
Also in New York, Michele Hirshman is known for her impressive regulatory investigations practice which sees her advise pharmaceutical manufacturers, financial institutions, political organisations and corporate executives among others, while Daniel Kramer is a top choice for leading special committees in internal investigations.
Mark Mendelsohn out of the firm’s Washington DC office once again features highly in our global research, drawing praise from respondents across North America, Europe and Asia. He is “a go-to lawyer” for advice on FCPA investigations thanks in part to his experience as deputy chief of the Fraud section at the DOJ.

WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR boasts a strong US presence, with seven of the firm’s eight nominees.
In New York, practice co-chair Boyd Johnson III is a seasoned lawyer with a wealth of experience acting for corporates and their executives in criminal and civil investigations, particularly those relating to insider trading and financial fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering. He also regularly conducts internal investigations for companies.
Kimberly Parker in Washington DC is an FCPA specialist with experience conducting internal investigations in a whole host of diverse regional contexts, including the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
William McLucas is well known for his expertise and knowledge in securities-related work, regularly acting for individuals in SEC investigations.

Six lawyers are singled out at JONES DAY.
The “terrific” Brian Sun out of the firm’s Los Angeles office is a skilled litigator known for handling a wide variety of fraud cases. He regularly prominent corporations and individuals.
Charles Carberry’s practice sees him defend clients facing regulatory investigations from authorities such as the SEC, as well conducting internal investigations into mismanagement and corruption.

GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER impresses with five of its US team recommended for inclusion.
Litigation practice chair Joseph Warin is an eminent practitioner who is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in North America. Sources describe him as “balanced, thoughtful and unflappable”.
In the firm’s Washington, DC office, Richard Grime is considered “very oriented towards problem-solving; navigating complicated and sometimes conflicted groups of clients with ease.”
Debra Wong Yang out of the firm’s Los Angeles office is also recommended in our research.

COVINGTON & BURLING prides itself on the strength of its investigations practice, a core area of expertise at the firm, and garners six entries in this year’s edition.
In Washington DC, Lanny Breuer, firm vice chair and former assistant attorney general for the DOJ criminal division, is a prominent figure in the market. He has an outstanding track record representing both companies and individuals in sensitive FCPA, SEC and DOJ investigations.
Eric Holder Jr is known for his proficiency representing clients in complex international investigations encompassing a whole host of issues and regulatory concerns.
In New York, Nancy Kestenbaum is a well-established name in the market thanks to her visibility representing companies and individuals in high-stakes investigations and enforcement proceedings. 

At DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL, five lawyers are recognised.
In New York, Denis McInerney is a highly regarded practitioner who specialises in grand jury, regulatory, cross-border and internal investigations on behalf of corporations and individuals.
Greg Andres regularly represents financial institutions and individuals in a wide range of regulatory and criminal investigations, often involving issues such as insider trading, market manipulation, securities, procurement and tax fraud.
Also in New York, Scott Muller is a longstanding fixture in the market known for his impressive track record that has seen him advise and represent an impressive roster of clients. He offers clients significant experience conducting internal investigations and appears regularly before major US and international financial regulators.

HOGAN LOVELLS also features five nominees in North America.
Peter Spivack is a longstanding fixture of the market and boasts over 30 years of experience working on cross-border investigations, particularly those relating to the FCPA and UK Anti-Bribery act.
Joining him in Washington DC, the “exceptional” Ty Cobb is considered a “top choice” in insider trading and FCPA issues.

At Canadian full-service firm BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS, five individuals stand out.
In Calgary, national litigation practice head John Blair QC is regarded as one of Alberta’s foremost practitioners thanks to his extensive experience representing clients in court and before the Alberta Securities Commission.
In Toronto, James Douglas leads the firm’s securities litigation group and is a “standout name” for his work representing clients in investigations before the Ontario Securities Commission.
Tyler Hodgson represents clients involved in regulatory and criminal investigations, both domestically and abroad. He has recently been on secondment to the World Bank as a senior prosecutor.
Ira Nishisato comes highly recommended for his corporate fraud and investigations practice. According to sources, he offers clients “thoughtful and incisive counsel”.
Ronald Foerster is “well regarded and highly sought after for his expertise and experience leading investigations mandates”.

SULLIVAN & CROMWELL’s New York office is home to four outstanding nominees.
Managing partner of the firm’s criminal defence and investigations group Steven Peikin focuses his practice on regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. Sources consider him “a joy to work with”.
Karen Patton Seymour is a “first-rate lawyer” with a well-known practice covering white-collar crime and associated investigations and litigation.
The “fantastic” Samuel Seymour represents clients in investigations involving accounting fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and price fixing, among others.
Nicolas Bourtin is also recognised for his expertise in FCPA and anti-corruption investigations.

At STEPTOE & JOHNSON, four individuals are singled out.
Reid Weingarten is a stand-out white-collar crime and investigations practitioner, regularly involved in high-stakes regulatory investigations on behalf of corporates and executives.
Peers strongly recommend Lucinda Low for her considerable experience representing clients in internal investigations and enforcement matters. She is also a recognised authority in FCPA issues.

Three lawyers appear from DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON’s US offices, including the “fantastic” Bruce Yannett who is considered a “superstar of the FCPA bar”. He chairs the firm’s white-collar and regulatory defence practice and regularly represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and individuals in civil and criminal regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings domestically and internationally.
Jonathan Tuttle impresses respondents with his securities-focused practice, while New York-based Matthew Fishbein draws praise for his expert handling of sensitive investigations on behalf of both individuals and corporates.

DLA PIPER’s North American contingent includes the “eminent” Earl Silbert who continues to impress peers with his significant expertise in white-collar crime and regulatory enforcement issues.

David Anders is one of two lawyers recommended from WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ. According to sources, “He is a sharp lawyer who understands the need for a careful and sensitive handling of an investigation.”
Similarly, John Savarese is commended for his “thoughtful approach” and “diverse range of skills”. 

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s New York Office is home to two nominees.
Edward O'Callaghan is known for his longstanding experience defending financial institutions, asset management firms, public corporations and individuals in international and domestic investigations. O’Callaghan’s impressive list of clients includes five of the world’s largest financial institutions.
The “excellent” Christopher Morvillo specialises in representing both corporates and individuals in white-collar crime investigations. 

Two lawyers at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER’s New York office are recommended, including Aaron Marcu, who is praised for his significant expertise representing financial institutions in SEC enforcement investigations relating to securities fraud, insider trading and stock options backdating, as well as FCPA violations.
Global investigations practice co-head Adam Siegel is also recommended for his significant experience representing companies under investigation by the US government and regulatory authorities. Recently, for example, he conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a multinational manufacturing company involving its sale agents in the Middle East.

GOWLING WLG’s Kristine Robidoux QC is considered one of Canada’s premier corruption lawyers. She handles a wide array of internal investigations domestically and abroad.
In Toronto, practice head Glen Jennings is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience conducting internal investigations and representing clients in both regulatory and criminal proceedings.

KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL’s name partner Gary Naftalis enjoys widespread admiration from market sources thanks to his distinguished practice focusing on defending individuals in significant government and regulatory investigations.

BALLARD SPAHR’s Charles Stillman is an eminent practitioner who offers clients over 50 years of experience representing individuals and corporates in regulatory and criminal investigations. He also provides significant experience conducting internal investigations and has acted as court-appointed special master.

At KING & SPALDING, special matters and government investigations practice chair Christopher Wray is a well-known name in the white-collar crime and investigations space, with an impressive practice covering regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. 

BIRD MARELLA BOXER WOLPERT NESSIM DROOKS LINCENBERG & RHOW’s Gary Lincenberg comes highly recommended for his longstanding practice focusing on white-collar criminal prosecutions, investigations and enforcement.

Latin America

HOGAN LOVELLSLuis Enrique Graham draws high praise from respondents, with one source maintaining, “He is a client-oriented lawyer who provides an adequate strategy for each situation. I believe he stands out not only for knowing his field inside out but for knowing how to explain things in a clear and simple way."


At HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS in Hong Kong, Kyle Wombolt is singled out for praise by peers and clients. According to one source, “He responds often on extremely tight time frames, explains issues clearly to the particular audience – be that the regulator or internal management – and is able to get to the facts very quickly.”

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL’s Martin Rogers is considered a go-to lawyer for complex regulatory investigations in Asia, particularly those involving the financial services and investment banking sectors. He is known for his proficiency leading teams in cross-border investigations.
James Wadham is also commended for his “deep regulatory knowledge, responsive manner and effective approach”.

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s Yuet Ming Tham is a cross-border compliance and investigations expert with a well-established practice covering FCPA, sanctions and anti-money laundering matters. She is particularly knowledgeable within the life sciences space.

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