October 30, 2019
Weil again placed among the elite firms globally in the 2019 edition of Global Investigations Review’s GIR 100, an annual guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices. The Firm earned this distinction based on its breadth of investigations experience, global capabilities and extensive prosecutorial backgrounds of its practitioners, among other factors.
Noting that the Firm “has gathered steam in recent years by securing a string of declinations for its clients,” and calling out Weil’s “strong track record in the white-collar space,” GIR highlighted Weil’s role in securing recent DOJ declinations on behalf of Sanofi, Vantage Drilling, HMT and Innodata, and previously noted that the four DOJ declinations secured by Weil since 2016 are more than any other firm in that timeframe. The publication also mentioned the high-profile assignments for General Electric and the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association that the practice has been handling, and referred to the Firm’s notable engagements over the past two decades, including the Enron bankruptcy and related investigations and litigation, financial crisis-era representations on behalf of AIG, Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, and more recent investigations on behalf of American Realty Capital Properties and French aerospace company Safran.
GIR called attention to Weil’s deep bench of former government prosecutors, including practice Co-Head and Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office Steven Tyrrell, practice Co-Head Christopher Garcia, Litigation Department Co-Chair Jonathan Polkes, partners Holly Loiseau and Sarah Coyne, and counsel Adam Safwat.
GIR’s process for selecting the top investigations practices around the world involved a number of criteria, including volume and quality of internal and governmental investigations carried out by each firm, the number of partners featured in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations and Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense (two guides published by GIR’s parent company), total number of partners, global locations and capabilities, former government experience, investigations-related travel, and client base, among others.