Global Investigations Review (GIR), a leading publication on the law and practice of international investigations, has ranked Baker & McKenzie No. 4 in the GIR 30, its annual guide ranking the world's leading investigations practices.
The GIR 30 is considered the definitive list of the world's best investigations firms, ranking the 30 firms that "provide sophisticated, cross-border government-led and internal investigations with an international dimension." Firms are selected based on a range of factors, with a particular focus on the depth and breadth of investigations each has handled. In this year's list, GIR noted "the sheer number of top-tier white-collar cases" that Baker & McKenzie handles, as well as the Firm's work advising a number of Swiss banks in settlements with the US Department of Justice.
"Domestic and international compliance enforcement is becoming increasingly complex and interwoven. Understanding anti-corruption law enforcement drivers and managing the expectations of regulators in China, Brazil, Russia and India is as important today as those requirements of the US Department of Justice and the SEC or the UK's Serious Fraud Office," said Mini vandePol, Global Head of Baker & McKenzie's Compliance & Investigations practice. "Baker & McKenzie is the only firm which has more than 50 years of experience in both the high risk regions of the globe and in the developed economies where many of the world's largest multinationals are based. We bring in our deep understanding of local laws, cultures and business practices and work with the senior management team at the clients' headquarters to deliver a cohesive and fluent approach to risk mitigation. We have recognized experience in every major industry and are able to conduct cross-border investigations more effectively and efficiently, so that our clients can conduct business ethically without sacrificing profitability."
"We would like to thank our clients for entrusting us with their most complex cross-border compliance investigations and GIR for this recognition," she adds, commenting on the accolade.
Baker & McKenzie's Compliance & Investigations practice provides guidance on an array of corporate governance issues, enterprise risk management, and effective corporate compliance. With more than 900 lawyers across 77 offices, the Firm's multi-disciplinary team counsels clients on mitigating and managing risks of bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, data security and privacy, and anti-competitive behavior. The team also conducts investigations on behalf of client companies in response to alleged breaches of laws, compliance policies, complaints and regulator-driven enforcement and provides practical training to help clients strengthen their compliance measures.
In North America, where government enforcement and regulatory scrutiny is of particular concern to multinationals, the Firm's Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice continues to expand and includes numerous practitioners with government experience who advise on a range of anti-corruption and FCPA matters and complex investigations. Recent prominent additions to the practice in North America include former Assistant US Attorney David Callaway in San Francisco, former Canadian Attorney General Peter MacKay in Toronto, as well as former DOJ attorneys Mark Hamer, Ryan Fayhee and Maurice Bellan, all in Washington, DC.
The GIR 30 recognition comes after the Firm's FCPA practice in Washington, DC recently earned an "elite" ranking from GIR.
"We are honored to receive these recognitions from Global Investigations Review noting our market-leading global practice, as well as our standout FCPA work in Washington, DC," said Mark Taylor, Chair of the Firm's North American Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice. "These rankings reflect our strong capabilities advising on investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions, as we collaborate with our colleagues around the world to provide top service for our clients, wherever they need us."