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GIR Awards: nominations wanted

24 June 2020

GIR Awards: nominations wanted

GIR is seeking nominations for its sixth annual awards ceremony, which will highlight the most outstanding firms, lawyers and cases from the past year. 

Practitioners and experts have until 15 July to submit nominations, which can be sent to GIR’s editorial team on a strictly confidential basis, for the following categories:

Most impressive investigations practice of the year: a law firm that has handled the largest and/or most complex investigations of the past 12 months and secured consistently good results for its clients.

Boutique or regional investigations practice of the year:  a smaller firm that has acted in globally significant investigations and delivered outstanding outcomes over the past 12 months.

Investigations consultancy of the year: an audit firm or technology consultancy that has carried out consistent, invaluable and case-winning work during major investigations over the past 12 months.

Enforcement agency or prosecutor of the year:  a government agency that has brought cases of global significance against sophisticated suspects in the past year.

Emerging enforcer of the year:  a government agency that has made its mark on the global stage by bringing complex enforcement cases of global significance in the past 12 months.

Most important development in the practice or law of international investigations of the past year:  a recent event, whether it is a law change, technological innovation or something altogether different, that has had a seismic impact on how investigations are carried out. 

Most important court case of the past year: recent litigation that will have consequences for future investigations for years to come.  

Outstanding in-house counsel: an in-house legal or compliance professional who has helped his or her organisation overcome significant challenges in the past few years.

Each firm should make only one submission containing a maximum of three nominations per category.

This is not a public vote, but rather an opportunity to submit suggestions. A large volume of emails supporting a particular nomination will not influence GIR’s decision.

Each nomination should include a brief description of under 200 words outlining why the nominee deserves an award. Links to relevant news coverage and articles would also be helpful.

The Awards Ceremony

GIR intends to host a black-tie event in Washington, DC, towards the end of 2020. However, in light of the covid-19 pandemic, the event may need to be held virtually. GIR is monitoring the situation and will provide an update in due course.

GIR will reveal its top 30 investigations practices at the ceremony as well as the winner of the career achievement award for one exceptionally respected and admired individual.

Last year’s ceremony saw lawyers, prosecutors and in-house counsel from all over the world attend a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC, where Latham & Watkins won the Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year award for helping companies, such as Cognizant and Microsoft, secure favourable resolutions in foreign bribery cases.

The Investigations Consultancy of the Year award went to PwC. The firm was recognised for assisting the Malaysian government in the sprawling 1MDB embezzlement scandal, as well as for its work for US IT company HP in a high-profile dispute with the owners of a UK company it acquired in 2011. 

Please note, we will not be accepting nominations for the GIR 30, as winners for this category will be selected based on confidential information already submitted for the GIR 100.

Registration for the awards ceremony is now open