October 23, 2020
Weil again placed among the elite firms globally in the 2020 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 for the sixth consecutive year based on its breadth of investigations experience, global capabilities and extensive prosecutorial backgrounds of its practitioners, among other factors.
Noting that the Firm “has proven time and again that it can secure declinations for companies,” and calling out Weil’s “track record of netting its client impressive results,” GIR highlighted Weil’s role in securing “an impressive number” of recent DOJ declinations on behalf of Sanofi, Vantage Drilling, HMT and Innodata. The publication also mentioned the high-profile investigations on behalf of Morgan Stanley, Abraaj Investment Management and the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association that the practice has been handling, and referred to the Firm’s legacy of 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.