Asset Recovery, Business Crime Defence & Investigations

The following law firms are leaders in the fields of asset recovery, business crime defence and investigations. Practitioners are capable of handling a range of high-profile, high-value and complex matters in the civil and criminal fraud and regulatory investigations arena and are regularly called upon for their expertise in these and related spheres. 

1 Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

2 Peters & Peters

3 Kingsley Napley

4 Hogan Lovells

5 BCL Burton Copeland

6 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

7 Clifford Chance

8 Miller & Chevalier Chartered

9 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

10 Kobre & Kim

11 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

12 Covington & Burling

13 Debevoise & Plimpton

14 Jones Day

15 Sullivan & Cromwell

16 Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello

17 Davis Polk & Wardwell

18 Zuckerman Spaeder

19 Corker Binning

20 Steptoe & Johnson

21 Williams & Connolly

22 Baker & McKenzie

23 Brown Rudnick

24 Astigarraga Davis

25 DLA Piper

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison impresses this year, moving up five positions into first place and earning our 2016 Investigations Firm of the Year Award. Respondents widely see it as of the go-to firms for high-status corporations involved in government enforcement actions or investigations in the US and internationally. The firm places special emphasis on white-collar crime and regulatory defence; anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and internal investigations, ensuring that clients have the benefit of the leading legal minds in the field – including former personnel of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Investigations Lawyer of the Year 2016 Mark Mendelsohn is the co-chair of the FCPA group, as well as a member of the white-collar crime and regulatory defence, internal investigations, and securities litigation practice groups. He is referred to as “a corporate compliance superstar”; in terms of FCPA investigations and prosecutions, “there is nobody better”, according to respondents.

Co-chair of the litigation department Theodore Wells Jr is a seasoned specialist in business crime defence, covering a wide range of government investigations and corrupt-practice disputes involving corporations and corporate executives. He is universally recognised as a leading figure in our research and also earns significant praise for his “outstanding advocacy skills”.

Of counsel Mark Pomerantz is regarded by his peers in the US as “one of the most prestigious statesmen of the white-collar bar”. He is particularly recognised for representing institutional clients in the financial services sector in high-profile and sensitive proceedings before the DOJ and SEC. Since returning from government service in 2006, the “outstanding” Roberto Finzi has been very active in prosecutions and investigations involving stock manipulation, FCPA violations, insider trading, accounting fraud and criminal antitrust issues.

PETERS & PETERS is the oldest UK outfit dedicated to business crime, civil fraud, corporate compliance and asset recovery. Over the past 40 years, the firm has established its “world-class status” in the market, offering highly specialised teams with the benefits of a hands-on and cost-effective service typical of a leading boutique. The extensive network of formal and informal partnerships it has established overseas allows it to be a player on the world stage, and peers from the US to Singapore regularly recommend the firm’s partners.

Senior partner Keith Oliver heads the litigation, civil fraud and asset recovery department. “He is a statesman-like figure in international asset tracing,” according to one source, while another is equally effusive: “He has unmatched expertise, a great analytical mind and the deepest client care.”

Over a 50-year career Monty Raphael QC has carved out an “unparalleled status” among peers as “the dean” of high-level white-collar criminal cases, regulatory investigations and civil fraud. One peer described him as “so respected and experienced – there is nothing that Monty doesn’t know and his reputation is entirely justified”. Head of the business crime team Michael O'Kane focuses on criminal cartels, FCA and regulatory investigations, corruption and fraud. He is internationally recognised for his “intelligent, effective and judicious handling of sensitive investigations”.

London-based Kingsley Napley has an internationally renowned criminal law practice. The firm is particularly well known for providing representation to high-profile individuals in regulatory, corporate and financial services investigations, and criminal litigation into such offences as corruption, cartels, fraud and money laundering. Clients and peers are unanimous in defining the firm as being among the world’s elite in business crime. The fact that the firm boasts eight internationally acclaimed lawyers in our research is a testament to the seniority and sophistication of its business crime practice.

Louise Hodges is the firm’s lead partner in its internal investigations team. She is particularly famed for representing individuals in criminal and fraud investigations, including those involving the DOJ, the FBI and the SEC. Sources highlight her “absolutely top-tier expertise”, as well as her “hardworking and user-friendly approach”. Stephen Parkinson heads the firm’s criminal and regulatory litigation group. His status in our research is summed up by one respondent: “He has vast experience and an unrivalled reputation in the market as the first port of call for individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations”.

Jo Rickards joined the team in 2014 with a substantial reputation in corruption cases and FCA investigations. As one peer states: “She is as good as they come, and never fails to impress us with her profound knowledge and advocacy skills.” Angus McBride is also among the firm’s highest-profile lawyers; respondents take note that he is “highly adept at out-manoeuvring the prosecution”.

Hogan Lovells’ investigations, white-collar crime and fraud practice group is unsurpassed in its strength and depth with over 50 partners experienced in conducting investigations. Our research recognises its “top tier” investigations team in Washington, DC, as well as its “standout” asset recovery team based in London. As a whole, the firm regularly represents some of the world’s largest and most recognisable companies and financial institutions in fraud and corruption cases before the SEC, DOJ, Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

From the firm’s DC office, Ty Cobb is a longstanding figure in SEC enforcement and other types of white collar crime litigation. Sources are effusive: “He fully deserves his prestigious reputation; he is a titan of securities litigation.” Robert Bennett, a former federal prosecutor, is widely known for his “pre-eminent status” in criminal investigations, SEC enforcement and FCPA matters. Peter Spivack is also a high-status figure in the DC office and is highly recommended by peers, particularly for his “outstanding FCPA practice”.

In London, Cary Kochberg is “a notable leader in the field of asset recovery”. Alongside him, Chris Hardman impresses with his “masterful handling” of complex multi-jurisdictional fraud claims. Recent matters for the team include acting for BTA Bank, the largest Kazakh bank, in asset recovery litigation concerning fraudulent transactions of around $5 billion.

BCL Burton Copeland is seen by many respondents to be “the go-to business crime boutique in the UK”. The team is internationally established with a reputation for skilfully handling high-profile criminal, commercial and tax fraud investigations, including for the SFO’s highest-profile targets. Although a relatively small firm, half of its 12-partner team is listed across our publications, attesting to its leading reputation.

Richard Sallybanks is extensively experienced in SFO and FCA investigations. He is sought out by leading corporate officers and executives for his “highly lucid and shrewd counsel” in major investigations. Brian Spiro is recognised as one of the leading SFO defence lawyers in the country, while respondents also refer to him as “a class act” and “exceptionally good with clients”. Harry Travers has been involved in some of the firm’s most notable matters, including the Innospec, LIBOR, BAE and GP Noble cases. One peer observed, “He is very active in SFO investigations and that is because he is undoubtedly brilliant at handling them.” The firm’s founder Ian Burton is “a man who needs no introduction – he is one of the finest criminal fraud solicitors in the country”.

Climbing three places into sixth, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a major global firm with a correspondingly large white-collar defence and investigations practice group and reputation. Composed of over 100 lawyers across its US and international offices, the group is active in high-profile criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement actions and investigations across the globe. The firm’s most eye-catching matter is its leading role in Petrobras’ internal investigation, which is in connection to the energy giant’s potential record fine by the DOJ. The firm is also particularly renowned for its FCPA practice and in this regard it has served as counsel to Hilton, Hewlett-Packard, Weatherford International and investment management group Och-Ziff Capital.

The firm boasts our 2015 Investigations Lawyer of the Year, Joseph Warin. Chair of the firm’s litigation department and co-chair of the white collar defence and investigations practice group, Warin stands out in our research as “a superstar” of FCPA-related matters, which he has conducted in over 35 different countries. Fellow co-chair Debra Wong Yang is a previous US attorney and a former member of President Bush’s corporate fraud task force. She is “an outstanding individual”, admired for her “thoroughbred expertise” by respondents.

Lawrence Zweifach is a “highly esteemed and well-respected” litigator, who is extensively experienced in securities litigation, SEC enforcement and internal investigations. He has represented UBS in such matters including mortgage-backed securities litigation and alleged LIBOR manipulation.

Clifford Chance has been at the cutting edge of investigation matters over the development of the practice area. It leverages its large global network and considerable depth of expertise to great effect, earning listings in the three most active countries for regulatory and criminal enforcement: the US, the UK and Germany. In total, the firm has 45 partners focusing on the area worldwide, with the largest and most focused contingent located in London. By its very nature, the firm focuses on large and complex investigations, and its clients include some of the UK’s biggest banks: Clifford Chance represented Barclays in the European Commission and FCA investigations into LIBOR manipulation.

Outstanding nominees from the firm include Judith Seddon and Roger Best in London. Seddon specialises in all white-collar crime and regulatory enforcement investigations, particularly in relation to SFO and FCA matters. According to respondents, she is “first class” and “among the top practitioners in the country”. Best, who heads the global practice, is described as a “sophisticated” and “strategically brilliant” legal counsel in both investigations and asset recovery proceedings.

Former federal prosecutors Edward O'Callaghan and Christopher Morvillo, who joined the firm together in 2011, both rank among the leading white-collar crime practitioners in New York.

Founded in Washington, DC, almost a century ago, Miller & Chevalier Chartered is extremely well connected to government and regulatory enforcement. From its single office, the firm’s international reach is expansive; boasting one of the world’s leading FCPA practices. Many of its lawyers have held senior positions in the US government and have helped to shape the current regulatory landscape. The firm clients include an array of Fortune 500 companies, foreign multinationals and high profile individuals. Of the firm’s 35-strong white-collar and internal investigations practice group, seven are listed as leaders in our research.

Homer Moyer is internationally recognised for his FCPA practice, with peers referring to him as “a doyen of international anti-corruption law”. Sources regularly cite his vast experience and “extraordinary knowledge base”. Kirby Behre is a recent high-profile addition to the team. A former US attorney, Behre is nominated for his performances in internal investigations and in criminal litigation in relation to cartel activity, bribery, fraud and corruption.

Chair of the litigation department Mark Rochon advises some of the firm’s most prominent clients in SEC and DOJ investigations, particular in regard to FCPA matters. One peer commented that he is “a terrific and deeply skilled practitioner”.

Our 2015 Investigations Firm of the Year Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is strongly established in our research, achieving listings across its US offices, as well as in England, Germany and Russia. Its reach is truly global, having established a network of 43 partners in its cross-border investigations team, which is a part of its larger government enforcement and white-collar crime practice group. The scope of the firm is complemented by the experience of its partners, 80 per cent of whom have held prior governmental positions, including state and federal prosecutors. The firm’s clients are typically high profile and its representative matters commensurately complex and multifaceted: Skadden was co-lead counsel on BNP Paribas’ $8.9 billon sanctions settlement. It also recently represented nine financial institutions caught up in the US-Swiss tax disclosure programme and JP Morgan in the recent forex scandal.

Global head of the firm’s litigation and controversy practices David Zornow founded the firm’s white-collar practice in 1989. He is one of the most celebrated white-collar defence lawyers in New York by reputation and among the top 10 investigations lawyers in our research worldwide. He is joined by the outstanding John Carroll, whose noteworthy work includes advising Bank of America in a number of MBS litigations. Richard Marmaro, the head of Skadden’s west coast white-collar defence practice, is repeatedly recognised by respondents as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable SEC enforcement lawyers in the US.

The global litigation boutique Kobre & Kim has one of the most extensive networks of asset recovery lawyers in our research. It is also highly rated in business crime defence and investigations, counting a number of market-leading lawyers among its ranks. The firm offers its clients extensive litigation experience in the US, England, Hong Kong and offshore jurisdictions, including three QCs and a dozen former federal and state prosecutors. The firm’s international judgment enforcement and offshore asset recovery team is particularly outstanding, and the team’s representative matters often include asset tracings worth over $100 million.   

Co-founding partner Michael Kim is described as “outstanding in all respects and terrific with clients”. His “formidable work rate” has been applied to high stakes asset recovery, regulatory enforcement and securities-related investigations across the world. Fellow co-founder Steven Kobre ranks among the top practitioners in our investigations research. According to sources he has “a phenomenal securities fraud and FCPA investigations practice”.

Roger Burlingame focuses on high-profile FCPA investigations throughout Europe and Africa as well as civil fraud matters. He has recently represented numerous forex traders in investigations led by the DOJ and the FCA. Respondents find him to be “extremely diligent and highly effective”.

WilmerHale is one of the foremost forces in global business crime defence and investigations with a heritage in Wall Street criminal and civil law matters stemming back over 30 years. The firm boasts over 60 members in its criminal litigation and investigations team and over 40 partners experienced in anti-corruption and FCPA matters. In total, WilmerHale boasts more than 100 former government attorneys, and SEC and DOJ officials among its ranks. The firm’s global investigations practice has an impressive portfolio of clients including HSBC, JP Morgan, Time Warner, Rolls-Royce, PwC, Cisco and BP.

Chair of the litigation and controversy department Howard Shapiro focuses on state and federal white-collar disputes and securities enforcement matters, as well as internal investigations for major financial institutions and corporations. He is widely held to be “a star” of his field and “a fantastic trial lawyer”. The chair of its securities department William McLucas was previously director of enforcement at the SEC and has extensive experience in representing clients in SEC investigations. Respondents cite his “immense experience” and “fantastic strategic sense”.

In London, Stephen Pollard is extensively experienced in cross-border SFO and FCA matters. He is known as “one of the top individuals for pure business crime” and someone who “people consistently turn to and rely on for his views”.

As a firm with close connections to Washington, DC, Covington & Burling has good cause to excel in white-collar enforcement. As with most leading practices, the firm’s white-collar defence and investigations group can lay claim to numerous former government offices and US attorneys.

Its strong team in London is also a lure for clients tied up in transatlantic SFO and FCA investigations. The firm has been involved with a number of notable matters, including representing GlaxoSmithKline in its multifaceted DOJ investigation and Covington is also representing tech giant HP in its settlement with the DOJ.

Co-chair of the firm’s practice group Nancy Kestenbaum has over 25 years of experience in high-stakes government and internal investigations and litigation. She was recently successful in dissuading the DOJ from charging oil company Hyperdynamics in an FCPA investigation. Lanny Breuer is a specialist in financial fraud, money laundering and securities investigations, and anticorruption matters. He is “a very well-known investigator, who is outstandingly good at what he does”. Alongside them, senior counsel John Nields Jr is a “famed trial lawyer” in civil and criminal litigation, and widely praised by his fellow peers in the US for his white-collar defence practice.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s white-collar and regulatory defence group has extensive strength and depth. With experienced practitioners in key financial and regulatory centres: New York, Washington, DC, Hong Kong, London and Frankfurt; the firm is well acquainted with SEC, DOJ, FCA and SFO investigations and FCPA matters. As a result, the firm’s white-collar practice has an abundance of noteworthy clients, including Bank of New York, Deloitte, American Express, Merck, Bristol-Myers, News Corp and Toyota.

Chair of the white-collar and regulatory defence practice Bruce Yannett has extensive experience representing clients in a range of matters, including fraud, bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading and money laundering, both domestically and internationally. Peers regard him as “a superstar of the FCPA bar”. The “excellent” Matthew Fishbein is highly regarded for both his experience in complex criminal and civil litigation, and his work in cross-border government and internal investigations.

In Hong Kong, Mark Johnson is a highly recommended specialist in internal and regulatory investigations in the region, including before the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Jones Day continues to bolster its global investigations and white-collar defence practice. Towards the end of 2015, the firm announced a further high-profile hire to its Houston office; this follows a spate of white-collar-related lateral hires and partner promotions in its US and international offices. The strength of its investigations and white-collar defence practice ensures that it is retained by several Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 clients for internal investigations and government enforcement matters. Last year, Jones Day advised on the SFO’s landmark first deferred prosecution agreement in relation to Standard Bank’s bribery indictment.

Brian Sun represents high profile corporations and individuals in white-collar litigation, as well as internal and external investigations. One peer stated, “He has a reputation as a superior lawyer, both and out of the courtroom.” Peter Romatowski oversees the firm’s securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice and acts for clients internationally on FCPA charges. According to one respondent, “He is a very impressive lawyer, highly perceptive and technically precise.”

In London, Sion Richards is highlighted as “one of the best investigations lawyer in the City”. One client summarised his practice as one “with unimpeachable integrity” he is also described as “an excellent decision-maker and adviser”.

Sullivan & Cromwell can lay claim to a wealth of experience in its New York and London offices in relation to criminal defence, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. The criminal defence and investigations group focuses on complex high stakes matters, especially those involving financial institutions, including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and TD Bank.

Karen Patton Seymour is one of the highest-ranked individuals in both our investigations and business crime publications. She is a specialist in securities fraud, insider trading, money laundering and FCPA violations. One peer was particularly effusive: “She is unbelievably good and clients adore her.” Samuel Seymour likewise excels in criminal litigation and investigations, ranking highly for his “strategic advice” and “excellent network of contacts”.

Longstanding litigation and white-collar defence boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello excels. Almost half of the firm’s partners are listed in our business crime defence publication, many of whom are also former prosecutors and government advisers. The firm is known for its “attentive and sophisticated” approach to complex civil and criminal litigation. Due to Morvillo’s reputation – and that of its lawyers – it is regularly sought out to represent financial institutions, fortune 500 companies and high-profile individuals in civil and criminal litigation, and SEC and DOJ enforcement.

Elkan Abramowitz is regarded as “a trailblazer” in white-collar litigation. He is vastly experienced in civil and criminal matters before state and federal courts, and can lay claim to “a truly perfected skillset”. Lawrence Lason is known as “a superstar of SEC enforcement” and was formerly the head of the SEC’s New York office. Fellow co-founder Robert Anello is also seen to be “among the elite white-collar defence lawyers in New York”.

Davis Polk & Wardwell has an extensive and internationally recognised white-collar criminal defence practice group. The New York office of the firm is extraordinarily strong with trial ready lawyers that have previously served as federal and state prosecutors. Meanwhile, Davis Polk’s close proximity to Wall Street means that it has had a significant hand in white-collar matters in the financial sector. The firm’s anti-corruption and FCPA section is highly thought of, with its practitioners regularly engaging in global investigations. Recent headline representations include the negotiation of BHP Billiton’s recent FCPA settlement and a landmark victory for Morgan Stanley in relation to a DOJ and SEC investigation into FCPA violations.

Former prosecutor Martine Beamon is reportedly “a huge favourite among clients”. She is highly recommended for her expertise in insider trading, commodities fraud, market manipulation and FCPA violations. Scott Muller is very well-known and highly respected for his “vast experience” and “strong handling” of SEC and DOJ investigations. Landmark matters include Siemens’ FCPA settlement.

Based in Hong Kong, Martin Rogers is considered one of the leading experts in regulatory enforcement in the financial sector. He has led teams in hundreds of investigations by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and other regulators in the region.

US litigation boutique Zuckerman Spaeder is a premier firm for white-collar defence. Over the last 40 years, the firm has represented individuals and companies in landmark prosecutions in the US. Its close links to Capitol Hill ensures that an intuitive expertise in relation to regulatory enforcement permeates the firm, further enhanced by the firm regularly hiring partners at source from government agencies.

Founding partner William Taylor III has been “one of Washington’s foremost litigators” over his 40-year practice. Respondents note that he is “extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to his clients”. Fellow founder Roger Zuckerman has a broad white-collar and investigations practice, covering major criminal and civil matters for his clients. One peer summed up his reputation: “He should be considered one of the leading lights of white-collar crime defence over the last few decades”.

Corker Binning is a leading London-based specialist business crime defence firm. What the firm lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the experience and expertise of its practitioners, who cover all the key areas of financial and regulatory enforcement. Four of the firm’s partners are listed in our business crime and investigations publications. Corker Binning regularly represents large corporations and high-profile individuals in FCA and SFO investigations and prosecutions and clients are impressed by the “sensational level of support on offer”.

Founding partner Peter Binning, our reigning Business Crime Lawyer of the Year, is celebrated among peers and clients alike, who take note of his “immense experience” and “impeccable judgement”. He has recently been involved in SFO investigations into Tesco and GSK, as well as the EURIBOR investigations. Fellow founder David Corker is held in equally high regard. “He is as top-tier as they come”, affirms one respondent. Recent representative matters include investigations related to the LIBOR and FX scandals.

Steptoe & Johnson has an established network of offices in the US, Europe and Asia, as well as 24 partners in its white-collar criminal defence and 33 partners in its investigations practice groups. The firm offers worldwide representation in FCPA and other anti-corruption matters, as well as government enforcement and internal investigations. The firm’s notable clients in relation to these practices include ExxonMobil, Amazon, Monsanto and Huawei Technologies.

The “peerless” Reid Weingarten has previously won our Business Crime Defence Lawyer of the Year no less than six times; he is also highly ranked in our investigations research with one source commenting that he is “worth his weight in gold”. Head of the firm’s regulatory, enforcement and public policy department Lucinda Low is a recognised leader in FCPA and anti-corruption matters, and she regularly represents clients before the SEC and DOJ. One source comments, “She is exceptionally sharp and her decision-making is faultless.”

Williams & Connolly is a nationally renowned litigation focused firm based in Washington, DC. Its 65 criminal defence and government investigations partners and counsel are well versed in representing individuals and corporations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, in government investigations and FCPA matters.

Senior partner Brendan Sullivan Jr is a veteran of state and federal litigation and one of the best-known business crime defence lawyers in the US. He has an “unimpeached reputation” among our respondents, one of whom states that “He has been an immense figure in the white-collar crime landscape for decades.” The “excellent” David Zinn covers a wide range of white-collar defence and investigations matters for individuals and corporations, often before the DOJ and SEC. Peers remark that he is “a compelling advocate in court and in negotiations”.

Baker & McKenzie’s unrivalled network is its distinguishing feature in the market according to peers, notwithstanding its depth of expertise. In fact, the firm boasts multiple listings across offices in the US and Europe, and has one of the largest contingents of former government officials and prosecutors among its ranks. As a result, the firm covers the full range of business crime, investigations and asset recovery matters. In particular, its team of over 50 anti-corruption lawyers and its location in key emerging markets is also a major draw for FCPA matters.

In California, Robert Tarun is a long-standing specialist in trials and investigations involving the FCPA and securities fraud. He is known as “one of the great white-collar defence lawyers in the US”.

Head of the firm’s London business crime team Andrew Keltie specialises in international fraud investigations and asset recovery. He is commonly seen as a leader and “a very strong technical lawyer”.

Brown Rudnick’s white-collar defence and government investigations practice group is only six years old, which makes its rise to international prominence even more impressive as it enters our rankings for the first time. Last year the firm continued to bolster its practice with the high-profile lateral hire of a former SEC branch chief, who follows a further three partners recruited the year before. The firm’s huge investment in white-collar crime defence is clear, and is reinforced by its already noted expertise in securities law.

In London, the 2012 arrival of Mark Beardsworth, co-head of the firm’s international practice, was a major coup for the firm. He ranks among the very best in our research for fraud and criminal matters. “His judgement, delivery and attention to detail are marvellous, as is his relationship with his clients,” say sources. Tom Epps is a leading specialist in business crime and regulatory investigations, especially in relation to financial crime matters. He has recently represented a banking executive in the LIBOR investigations.

In Washington, DC, the “outstanding” Steven Best is chair of the white-collar defence and investigations practice. He is particularly experienced in SEC and DOJ enforcement and FCPA investigations. 

Our reigning Asset Recovery Firm of the Year Astigarraga Davis is regarded as “an outstanding boutique outfit”. From its base in Miami, the firm conducts fraud and asset recovery investigations across the globe, with a particular focus on Latin America.

Head of the firm’s asset recovery and financial fraud group and our Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year Edward Davis Jr is extensively experienced in prosecuting civil fraud and pursuing assets in jurisdictions across the globe. He is described as “a powerful and determined lawyer”, who is also “knowledgeable, practical and commercial”. Annette Escobar is another key figure at the firm who peers “hold in immensely high regard”.

DLA Piper’s white-collar crime practice is one of the largest in our research with around 100 partners located across the firm’s offices in the US, the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. One of the highest-profile matters that the firm released publicly was its representation of the Republic of Guinea for an investigation into corrupt iron-ore concessions.   

In Washington, DC, Earl Silbert is described as “the dean of white-collar crime defence” by a number of respondents. He is one of the most experienced and most widely celebrated lawyers in practice and previously served as US Attorney for the District of Columbia, serving as the first Watergate prosecutor.

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