October 31, 2017
Weil was again recognized as a Top 40 firm globally in the 2017 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 third consecutive year – out of 100 ranked firms overall – based on its breadth of investigations experience, global capabilities, and prestigious client list, among other factors.
Noting Weil’s “strong track record” and “elevated” reputation, GIR highlighted Weil’s role in securing three DOJ declinations over the past year alone, as well as high-profile assignments for American Realty Capital Properties and Safran. The publication also mentioned the Firm’s notable engagements over the past two decades, ranging from the Enron bankruptcy and related investigations and litigation, to work for AIG, WaMu, and Lehman Brothers in all criminal and civil investigations and litigation arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.
GIR also underlined Weil’s 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, partner Jonathan Polkes, partner Holly Loiseau, and counsel Adam Safwat, who were joined this year by partner Sarah Coyne, whom GIR noted handled a number of FCPA investigations during her tenure as Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
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.