Investigations - Future Leaders 2019

Following on from the success of our first edition of Investigations – Future Leaders in 2018, we have again identified the leading lawyers under 45: those widely considered to be up-and-coming stars in the field. This year, we recognise 109 partners and 33 non-partners who impress peers with their standout work in regulatory enforcement, internal investigations and corporate compliance.

EMEA - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sandrine Giroud  Lalive, Geneva
2. Shaul Brazil BCL Solicitors LLP, London
3. Sarah Parkes Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
4. Joanna Dimmock White & Case LLP, London

Leading Firms

Schellenberg Wittmer

This top-quality Swiss-based firm has three experts recognised.
Clara Poglia is “very thorough, detailed and has great ability on difficult cases”, say interviewees. Clients are “impressed by her creative ideas”.
“Excellent litigator” Louis Burrus impresses sources with his “capacity to deliver efficiently and in a very pragmatic way, really understanding the client’s needs and requirements”.
George Ayoub impresses peers and clients, who affirm that he is “thorough, has a good knowledge of the relevant areas of law, and gives clear and pragmatic advice".

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Two experts from this well-known firm are highlighted.
Sarah Parkes is a go-to name in the field who sources “rate very highly”. She stands out for her adeptness on regulatory enforcement proceedings and financial services litigation.
Nicholas Williams commands a superb reputation in the field and garners widespread praise this year for his work on internal and regulatory investigations across a broad range of sectors.

Hogan Lovells International

Two lawyers in the London office of this global firm are listed.
Louise Lamb has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services sector on corporate investigations, both internal and regulatory. Her specialist knowledge of financial investigations makes her an increasingly go-to source in the area. 
Désirée Maier focuses her practice on issues relating to internal investigations and corporate compliance matters, with impressive experience in cross-border proceedings.

Other Leading Individuals


Shaul Brazil of BCL is a “great practitioner” who is “dynamic and committed” according to market observers. His “excellent practice” features a wealth of knowledge of issues such as sanctions and insider dealing investigations.

Joanna Dimmock at White & Case is “very well thought of” by peers for her outstanding work in cross-border investigations, often in the context of regulatory proceedings led by state authorities.

Johanna Walsh of Mishcon de Reya is a dedicated white-collar crime and investigations lawyer who has built excellent experience handling experience in fraud and corruption matters. Her expertise in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving state authorities makes her a go-to practitioner.


Etienne Kowalski at Simmons & Simmons advises corporate clients across a wide range of sectors in investigations and compliance matters, leveraging his strong experience in dispute resolution to provide expert white-collar crime advice.

Clifford Chance’s Charles-Henri Boeringer is described by sources as “an excellent lawyer” for his work in white-collar crime issues and corporate investigations, focusing on fraud and anti-corruption.


Matthias Dann of Wessing & Partner is a “well-known German defence counsel” who is “highly regarded by colleagues”. He excels in advising individuals in corporate corruption matters and related investigations.

Emanuel Ballo from Gleiss Lutz is recognised internationally for his extensive experience in white-collar crime matters and investigations. He regularly advises corporates and individuals on complex external and internal proceedings.


Enide Perez at Sjöcrona Van Stigt is highlighted by peers as “an amazing lawyer” who stands out for her impressive knowledge of business crime and investigations brought by regulators.


Lalive’s Sandrine Giroud is a top practitioner from the region with“a great reputation in the market”. She is particularly adept on matters including fraud litigation and regulatory compliance.
Andrew Michael Garbarski of Bär & Karrer is a widely recognised figure who stands out for his "meticulous style, impressive memory and strong organisational skills".


EMEA - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Elly Proudlock  Linklaters LLP, London
2. Juerg Bloch Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd, Zurich
3. Laura Ford DLA Piper, London

Leading Individuals


Elly Proudlock at Linklaters is described as “a quality person” who “has forged an excellent career” in the investigations space. She frequently advises clients in regulatory investigations and has impressive experience in proceedings brought by the SFO.

Laura Ford of DLA Piper is highlighted by sources who praise her “high-quality advice which is very strong when it comes to international cross-border investigations”. They also note that she is “straightforward and adept at explaining UK legal issues to international clients”.

Rachna Gokani of QEB Hollis Whiteman possesses deep technical experience in high-stakes international investigations, and impresses sources who affirm that “she is absolutely fantastic”. 

Cherie Spinks from Simmons & Simmons focuses her well-regarded practice on providing clients with quality advice in white-collar crime investigations. Her experience in proceedings cover a wide range of activities including corruption, fraud and sanctions.

Dechert’s Timothy Bowden impresses clients with his “legal acumen and his ability to see problems from the standpoint of the regulator”. They also highlight his “commitment to the client” and note that he is “calm and collected under pressure and always keeps the main goals in mind”.

Liam Naidoo at Hogan Lovells is an esteemed lawyer who garners praise for his “excellent client management, communications and tactical sense”. His experience in complex investigations matters makes him “a very trusted adviser who is there when needed”.

Ella Williams of Slaughter and May earns praise for “grasping issues, whether legal or commercial, very quickly”, with interviewees noting her “solid experience” in the field. Her ability in SFO investigations and white-collar crime work prompts sources to describe her as a “really excellent adviser”.

At WilmerHale, Christopher David is a standout individual who expertly advises companies and individuals in matters ranging from high-value SFO investigations to internal proceedings for corporate clients.

Alison Geary proficiently represents clients on a wide variety of investigations that feature corruption, fraud, sexual harassment and other white-collar crime issues.


Thomas Helck at White & Case has "great experience due to his past as a prosecutor", giving him "sound knowledge of how authorities think and work", comment impressed clients. He expertly advises clients in international proceedings and external enforcement actions.


Jerina Zapanti of Anagnostopoulos is respected as an experienced and knowledgeable investigations lawyer. Peers comment that she is “well regarded for her work on FCPA and anti-corruption counselling”.


Ciara Dunny at Matheson garners respect as an “outstanding lawyer who is really competent” in issues relating to high-stakes corporate investigations, with sources also highlighting her skill in case management.


Allen & Overy’s Neyah van der Aa is commended by interviewees who note,“He is truly passionate about his field of expertise and it shows in his work.” He offers clients “clear and applicable advice that provides a solid basis for executive decision-making”. 


Juerg Bloch at Niederer Kraft Frey is “a technically excellent” lawyer with notable experience in external and internal investigations. Sources describe him as an “exceptionally bright, extremely hard-working attorney, who is always available and 100 per cent dedicated”.


Filiz Esin Toprak at Gun + Partners draws praise as a “solid lawyer whose professional skills are self-evident” with “a standout attitude towards work and her clients”. Sources also report that “her work is always detailed, to the point, on time and well researched”.


North America - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Palmina Fava  Paul Hastings LLP, New York
2. Matteson Ellis  Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DC
3. Andrew M Levine  Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
4. Michael Diamant  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC
5. Laura Hoey  Ropes & Gray LLP, Chicago

Leading Firms

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

This firm sees three highly talented lawyers in white-collar crime proceedings listed.
Michael Diamant is a superb individual who sources highlight for his in-depth understanding of matters relating to securities fraud, anti-bribery violations and compliance programmes.
Daniel Chung has a growing reputation in the North American region, with peers giving effusive praise to his adeptness on issues such as racketeering investigations and securities fraud.
John Chesley is an expert in sophisticated international investigations brought by authorities into white-collar criminal and sanctions-related issues. His regularly offers advice to clients in FCPA issues, making him a sought-after practitioner in the market.

Jenner & Block

Three practitioners from this high-quality US outfit are identified for their work in international investigations.
Reid Schar is an increasingly prominent figure in the US market for investigations and corporate litigation matters. He possesses extensive experience in the field, offering clients expert advice in regulatory investigations and corporate compliance proceedings across a range of sectors.
David Bitkower works on a wide array of complex criminal investigations matters, often in the context of regulatory enforcement actions brought by the DOJ. 

Ropes & Gray

Two outstanding lawyers from this well-known firm are highlighted for their expertise in investigations work.
Laura Hoey impresses sources and is recognised as an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in regulatory enforcement and white-collar crime proceedings. She is well regarded as an expert in FCPA actions and business crime investigations and has a speciality in advising healthcare corporations.
Ryan Rohlfsen leverages his experience as a prosecutor and his knowledge of litigation to offer clients expert advice in white-collar crime matters and government investigations, representing both corporates and individuals.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Two experts from the firm are listed here.
Matteson Ellis draws praise from sources who highlight his ability in managing international agency-brought proceedings, stating that “in FCPA matters, Matt is the most notable professional because of his command of language and local and US law”.
Lauren Briggerman has impressive experience in sophisticated anti-corruption, money laundering and other white-collar crime proceedings. She has notable expertise in cartel-related antitrust investigations.

Other Leading Individuals


Palmina Fava at Paul Hastings advises significant clients in high-stakes internal and external investigations, distinguishing herself with her particular experience and expertise in DOJ and SEC proceedings.

Debevoise & Plimpton is home to a leading investigations practitioner in Andrew Levine who is “very active in the space”. He excels on issues relating to regulatory enforcement and risk management.

Linklaters’ Adam Lurie is an impressive practitioner who draws praise from peers as they describe him as “an established name” and “one of the top white-collar lawyers of his generation in DC”.

Jessica Nall leads Farella Braun + Martel’s corporate investigations and white-collar crime team, demonstrating wide-ranging skill in internal investigations across a variety of sectors. She also possesses deep experience in the management of proceedings brought by state authorities.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Aisling O’Shea is an expert in corporate investigations with a specialisation in actions brought by US authorities as sources confirm that she is “very experienced in FCPA investigations”.


North America - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Farrah Berse Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York

Leading Individuals


Farrah Berse of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison possesses enviable experience in investigations and business crime defence work, and is praised by peers as "an excellent practitioner" who is "very responsive and a quick thinker".  

Marc Alain Bohn from Miller & Chevalier impresses peers who describe him as “an elite lawyer who is super clever and a walking encyclopaedia”. They add that his “skills, professionalism and attention to detail are exceptional”. 

Jeanhee Hong at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan garners recommendations from sources for her skill in the area. She assists clients across a wide range of industries, focusing particularly on internal corporate investigations.

Leigh Krahenbuhl of Jones Day advises individuals and corporate clients in sophisticated investigations that regularly involve a cross-border or regulatory context. She has deep and varied experience in the field.


Asia-Pacific - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Nick Williams K&L Gates LLP, Singapore
2. Chia Voon Jiet Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
3. Mahesh Rai  Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore

Leading Firms

Drew & Napier

This prominent litigation firm has three excellent lawyers identified in Singapore this year.
Chia Voon Jiet is an "intelligent and shrewd practitioner" according to observers who praise his ability to handle issues ranging from corporate fraud to regulatory investigations.
Mahesh Rai is "truly a leader in this area", comment interviewees. He provides specialist insight into disputes in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
Wei Meng Chan is a standout lawyer whose impressive practice sees him involved in a range of issues including fraud, securities trading and accounting investigations.

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Two experts are listed from the firm.
Nigel Desmond Pereira focuses his excellent practice on corporate investigations, asset recovery and white-collar crime matters. He possesses particular expertise in cross-border investigations, adeptly advising both corporates and individuals.
Sheila Ng is recommended by market sources thanks to her abilities in managing internal investigations relating to business crime and cross-border anti-corruption, as well as money laundering issues.

Other Leading Individuals

Nick Williams at K&L Gates receives praise from peers and clients alike, who describe him as “a sharp and shrewd investigations practitioner who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get into the meat of things”. Interviewees also highlight his “rare combination of legal intellect and commercial acumen”.


Latin America - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thiago Jabor Pinheiro   Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
2. Eloy Rizzo Neto  KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados, São Paulo
3. Erica Sarubbi  Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados, São Paulo
4. Giovanni Falcetta  TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Individuals

Thiago Jabor Pinheiro of Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is a well-known lawyer who advises clients on a wide array of issues pertaining to corporate investigations. Sources are quick to highlight him as a “fantastic professional” who “really knows how to navigate on cross-border investigations”.

Eloy Rizzo Neto at KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados is a highly respected practitioner who impressed clients and peers describe as a “bright, dedicated and trusted adviser”. He is said to be “very business-oriented” and to provide “exceptional guidance”.

Erica Sarubbi from Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados is a “fantastic lawyer” and a “superb professional” who is highly experienced in sophisticated corporate investigations.

Giovanni Falcetta at TozziniFreire Advogados is described by sources as “one of the leaders in the field”. They note his impressive experience of high-profile internal corporate investigations.

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