Australia: Business Crime, Investigations & Asset Recovery 2018

This year we recognise 25 lawyers who stand out for their exceptional work handling corporate criminal litigation, investigations, enforcement proceedings and asset tracing, as well as advising clients on best practice and compliance with new regimes. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Mitchell Arnold Bloch Leibler, Sydney
2. Grant Marjoribanks Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
3. Robert Wyld Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney

International commercial outfit Allens performs well in this chapter, achieving three nominations.
Guy Foster stands out as “one of the market leaders in this space” according to sources, who commend his excellent work handling complex corporate fraud and securities litigation.
Rachel Nicolson draws high praise from peers who “rate her really well” for her impressive corporate defence work as well as her “great offshore experience”.
Peter Haig is also recognised for his excellent work across the business crime space.

Forbes Chambers sees three impressive practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Hament Dhanji SC is a well-recognised figure in the Australian market who is commended for his first-rate criminal law practice, an area in which he is considered a specialist. 
Tim Game SC is “highly regarded” in the field according to sources who highlight his deep understanding of corporate criminal law.
Simon Buchen also stands out in the Australian corporate crime space where he is known for both his defence and prosecution work.

At Arnold Bloch Leibler, John Mitchell is a standout name in the asset recovery space, where he receives widespread recognition from international sources. This year he is recognised as one of the foremost lawyers in the country.
Leon Zwier boasts “a high profile” in the asset recovery field and is well versed in handling an array of related matters including complex restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Grant Marjoribanks at Herbert Smith Freehills is “a highly commercial and pragmatic lawyer” with a focus on regulatory enforcements. According to sources, Marjoribanks “can effectively digest complex business and legal problems and provide his advice in a clear manner”.
Andrew Eastwood is a first-class litigator who comes highly recommended by sources for his strong regulatory practice and experience handling a wide array of corporate investigations.

Robert Wyld at Johnson Winter & Slattery boasts “a very high profile in this area” according to sources who highlight him as one of the leading investigations lawyers in the country.

Ian Temby AO QC at 3 St James’ Hall is “a very highly regarded lawyer” according to respondents who praise him as “very forensic and very sharp” when handling asset recovery and business crime investigations.

Clayton Utz’s Tobin Meagher enjoys a great reputation in the Australian market among peers who consider him “a good operator” when it comes to complex asset recovery matters and related investigations.

At Jones Day, Steven Fleming is a disputes specialist who is commended by peers for his excellent work handling complex investigations and regulatory and compliance matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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