October 28, 2020

The firm was named by Global Investigations Review in its annual guide recognizing the world’s leading investigations practices.

On October 26, Willkie was recognized in The GIR 30 (2020), a prominent ranking of the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices. The guide notes that Willkie has had “a standout year” citing the firm’s representation of Lebanese businessman Jean Boustani in the “first trial defeat for the DOJ's FCPA Unit in several years”, its work with a financial institution in a “blockbuster UK fraud case” and its representation of a subsidiary of a UK cigarette manufacturer through a “landmark settlement with US authorities”. The guide also recognizes and pays tribute to the Willkie team.

The recognition follows the firm being named “Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year” and honored for its role in the “Most Important Case of the Year” at the GIR Awards 2020 held earlier this month.

Martin Weinstein, Chair of the Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practice Group commented: “We have worked hard to build a team that reflects the world in which we work. This has meant bringing together diverse practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic who are among the most highly skilled in their fields. We would especially like to thank our clients for continuing to instruct us on their most sensitive of matters. We will continue to represent your interests fairly and vigorously and we appreciate the confidence and trust you place in us.”

Willkie’s international Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement practice is regularly sought to handle high-profile investigations, market leading enforcement actions and complex white collar cases across multiple jurisdictions. The majority of the partners in the group have significant prior government experience, including one who was the former White House sanctions advisor, two who held senior positions at the SEC, and six who served as federal U.S. prosecutors. In 2019, the group launched the Willkie Compliance Concourse app which offers legal and compliance teams free, on-demand access to comprehensive practical guides, real-time news and analysis, and CLEs covering a range of matters.