Global Investigations Review (GIR) has named Morrison & Foerster to its list of top 30 investigations practices. The assessment identifies leading firms from around the world best situated to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.
Highlighting the significance of this recognition, Brad Wine, global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department, noted:
“Morrison & Foerster is very proud to enter the GIR 30 and be ranked among our peers in the investigations space. We’ve seen incredible growth and success in our Global Investigations + White Collar Defense practice over the past five years, and we’re thrilled that the team has received the recognition we believe it deserves.”
Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations + White-Collar team is frequently retained in matters involving highly complex and sensitive issues, including a very high-profile monitorship for Odebrecht. Examples of recent work include defending a top executive at one of the world’s largest hedge funds in connection with the investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Libya; representing an individual in the “Car Wash” investigation; and several other matters, such as representing multinational companies and individuals in other high-profile cross-border anti-corruption, antitrust, money laundering and other compliance-related investigations, assisting multinational companies with post-acquisition due diligence and integration, and assisting numerous defense contractors in a wide variety of internal investigations.
The strength of the firm’s Investigations + White-Collar Defense practice is its depth and diversity of experience. The team’s collective experience—as former U.S. (federal and state) and foreign prosecutors, senior government regulators, White House and FBI counsel, national security and privacy specialists, and veteran defense lawyers, enables the team to anticipate prosecutors’ and regulators’ next steps, plan and execute efficient and thorough investigations, and quickly pinpoint key issues identifying the best path forward from the outset. Morrison & Foerster is the only law firm in the world with two former managers from the DOJ, Criminal Division, Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit, both of whom were instrumental in the development of the modern architecture of FCPA enforcement, overseeing hundreds of cases and billions of dollars in penalties and landmark FCPA trials.
Morrison & Foerster is also the go-to outside counsel for leading public and private companies in high-risk and challenging markets worldwide. The Investigations + White-Collar Defense practice has a deep bench of experienced investigations attorneys on the ground in the firm’s offices around the globe providing real-time and seamless advice to clients across continents and time zones, in key financial centers in Asia (including in China, Japan and Singapore) and Europe, and with attorneys with deep experience in EMEA and Latin America.