Baker McKenzie has named William (Widge) Devaney and Joanna Ludlam as co-chairs of the Global Compliance & Investigations Group. 

Joanna is a Dispute Resolution partner and based in London where she leads Baker McKenzie's market-leading Regulatory, Public & Media law team and for the last three years has chaired the Firm's EMEA Compliance & Investigations group. Widge Devaney is a Litigation partner and former federal prosecutor, based in New York, who chairs the Firm's North American Government Enforcement practice. 

Joanna and Widge are succeeding Mini vandePol at Baker McKenzie [in Hong Kong] who will continue to lead the Asia Compliance and Investigations practice.  

Commenting on the appointment Joanna, said:

"It is an honour to have been appointed co-chair, with Widge, of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Group, and for the opportunity to build on  Mini's success in developing this market-leading practice.

"We have exceptionally strong capabilities advising on investigations and complex compliance matters spanning multiple jurisdictions and sectors and we are ambitious to become the Global law firm of choice in this field."

 Widge Devaney added:

“I am thrilled to be leading the Group with Jo. This is an exciting time for our practice. Global enforcement continues to rise, with many matters crossing borders and involving multiple regulators.

"Nobody is better placed than Baker McKenzie to assist our clients in these complex cross-border investigations and in designing and implementing global compliance programs to prevent them.”

Baker McKenzie’s Global Compliance & Investigations Group supports clients on an array of corporate governance, risk management, corporate compliance and investigations assignments. With deep and recognised knowledge and experience in every major industry and an unrivalled presence in the highest-risk jurisdictions, this global team is best placed to conduct cross-border compliance assignments and investigations more effectively and efficiently, so that clients can best mitigate risk and conduct business ethically without sacrificing profitability and strategic growth.  

The team is ranked number four worldwide by Global Investigations Review, one of the most influential publications in the investigations field. Our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice is one of only seven ranked “Elite” by the same publication.  In 2014, the team also launched a unique programme of bespoke “Investigation Academies” for clients that serve to train and educate in-house teams on all aspects of running global investigations in a highly practical, interactive and informal format. 


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