1. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher It takes the top spot, a result that will surprise few given the firm’s profile in this area. For major companies caught in a government’s cross-hairs, few firms can match Gibson Dunn’s experience and breadth of capability, from its renowned white-collar defence and investigations practice to its leading antitrust team. That’s why in late 2014, Petrobras, the largest company in Latin America, hired the firm to help it untangle the mess of corruption and antitrust issues surrounding it. Practice head Joseph Warin was voted by his peers as the world’s best investigations lawyer in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Investigations.
2. WilmerHale Following Gibson Dunn closely – so closely, in fact, that we double-checked the results of our assessment, just to make sure we hadn’t missed anything. The firm excels in all areas, and boasts stellar teams in multiple jurisdictions, not least those in DC and London. The firm does everything – internal investigations, government negotiation, individual representation, litigation – and it does it fabulously well, by all accounts. Hence, the firm’s current caseload is essentially a list of the world’s most important white-collar matters.
3. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom This company was the topranking firm in Who’s Who Legal Investigations (2014) owing to the sheer volume of outstanding investigations specialists it fields across the world. Little wonder, then, that the firm features so highly in the GIR 30. Skadden does it all, from BNP Paribas’s OFAC settlement over sanctions violations and high profile representations in the continuing financial market manipulation matters, to major US FCPA and tax investigations.PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR VIETNAM