GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Amanda Aikman at Morrison & Foerster. Just a year out of law school in 2009, Aikman won a crucial ruling for the DOJ. Morrison & Foerster partner Chuck Duross, who was then the assistant chief of the FCPA unit, said: “From that moment on, I knew that no matter the issue, I wanted Amanda on my team.”
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Ann Sultan at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC. “She quickly establishes a rapport with employees at all levels of our organisation and is able to navigate difficult cultural and regulatory nuances,” said Matthew Matule, Veon deputy general counsel.
GIR presents 40 under 40 nominee Anne Gaustad, a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in Paris. “She quickly immerses herself in the operational features of the company, whatever the region or business environment, and grasps the specific situations, risk factors and prevailing main challenges,” said Eric Michel, group CCO at Total.
GIR presents 40 under 40 nominee Anuj Berry, a partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co in New Delhi, who worked on three out of four cases prosecuted as a part of the 2G telecom licence scam, one of the largest corruption prosecutions in India’s history. “Anuj is a consummate professional, with encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian law and local practice,” said Jonathan Su at Latham & Watkins.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Carina Nilles at AlixPartners in Zurich. "Carina has consistently impressed me with her determination and the quality of her analysis, as well as her ability to synthesise and present that information in a cogent manner," said Neil Barofsky at Jenner & Block.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Carlos Ayres at Maeda Ayres & Sarubbi. "Mr Ayres has sound judgement and a level-headed approach to complex compliance and investigation matters," Ellen Gracie Northfleet, former president of Brazil’s Supreme Court.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Clara Poglia at Schellenberg Wittmer. She counts representing a commodity trading company accused of paying bribes to African public officials as the most exciting case she's worked on in recent years.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Clémentine Duverne. “She is client-driven and focuses on details when it counts while never losing the bigger picture. Her candid approach to complex situations repeatedly brings new perspectives to strategic discussions,” said Bruno Fontaine, GC at CACIB.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Erin Brown Jones, a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC. “Her strategic, efficient and experienced approach, infectious positive attitude and practical business acumen make it clear she’s one to watch in the years to come,” said Vic Miller, CCO at Honeywell International.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Geoffrey Atkins at Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong. "He is a critical thinker with a deep understanding of investigations and global regulatory environments. We are fortunate to call him a partner to our teams in Asia and the firm," said David Reintjes, general counsel at TPG Capital Asia.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Henry Xu Chen at Baker McKenzie in Shanghai. "Mr Chen has confirmed his reputation for excellence and will work tirelessly to ensure your goals and objectives are met. His characteristics of integrity and honesty are as important as his exceptional legal skills," said Don Freeman, chief legal counsel at WC Bradley.
“Jane is Debevoise’s answer to Homeland’s Carrie Mathison. Somehow, in the middle of flying to far-flung locations to help her clients, Jane finds time to dive so deeply into the facts and nuances of a case that she sees connections that would never occur to me,” said Debevoise partner David O’Neil.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Jason Fiebig at Paul Hastings in Washington, DC. "He is an impressive young attorney that has never failed to meet expectations. He is detail-oriented, hard-working and thorough," said Vivianne Gordon-Pullar, group chief compliance officer at SAP.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Jodi Wu at Kirkland & Ellis in Shanghai."Clients trust Jodi to work on their sensitive matters and she has proven her ability to play a leading role in international investigations," said Kirkland & Ellis partner Asheesh Goel.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Jordan Rae Kelly at FTI Consulting in Washington, DC. "She is on the cutting edge in terms of cybersecurity knowledge and practical application, and as a result, she is incredibly well suited to help clients face some of the most challenging circumstances," said Paul Ferrillo at McDermott Will & Emery.
Presenting 40 under 40 nominee Juerg Bloch. “Be it during long and stressful working days, or when winding down socially once the business day has ended and the pressure is off, Juerg's engaging personality is always present,” said Philippe Weber, managing partner at NKF.
GIR presents 40 under 40 nominee Julia Baedorff at Clifford Chance in Frankfurt. “She is very bright, responsive and reliable. Her positive attitude and emotional intelligence make working with her a great pleasure, not only professionally, but also personally,” said Helmut Höfer, head of legal Germany and Austria at Société Générale.
Introducing 40 Under 40 nominee Karen Coppens at Dechert. "Karen is effective, hard-working and very dedicated to meeting clients’ needs. The past few years have been a busy and very successful time for Karen – she has been externally recognised and won a number of awards," said Sylvie Kandé de Beaupuy, chief ethics and compliance officer at Airbus.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Katherine Kirkpatrick at King & Spalding. "Katherine is an unstoppable advocate, undeterred by obstacles that would confound many lawyers. She has proved this repeatedly from US courtrooms to far-flung client locations on many continents," said Drew Hruska at King & Spalding.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Laura Ford at DLA Piper in London. "Laura is a highly effective investigations lawyer. Not only does she demonstrate a deep understanding of the legal and practical issues involved but she also provides commercially actionable advice," said Pam Kain, deputy general counsel at Cushman & Wakefield.
Presenting 40 under 40 nominee Lillian Hardy, partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. “She is impressively direct and tactful, and knew what it would take to resolve the matter,” said Millicom International GC Salvador Escalon.
Presenting 40 Under 40 nominee Mahmoud Baki Fadlallah at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. "Mac not only became a trusted adviser to me immediately, he became a friend. He cares about his clients and the people who work for those clients, and understands the human element of legal practice," said Lynsey Barron, former investigations and compliance counsel at UPS.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Marc Hennes at Novartis. "I am constantly impressed by Marc’s strategic thinking and ability to anticipate and propose creative solutions to complex problems," said James Koukios at Morrison & Foerster.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Marcus Reischl. “In the many internal investigations we conducted together, I was regularly impressed by his ability to identify and isolate the relevant issues very quickly – may they derive from Indian procurement law or Peruvian business customs,” said Enrico Reuter, deputy head of compliance at Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.
Presenting 40 under 40 nominee Mark Finucane, partner at Covington & Burling. “Mark has an unflappable demeanour and a deft touch that helps him to navigate many moments that would rattle even some of the steeliest white-collar lawyers I know,” said Lanny Breuer, the firm’s vice chair.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Matthew Cipolla at Jenner & Block in New York. "He is tirelessly devoted to his clients and achieving the best results in what are typically very trying circumstances," said Joshua Glick at JPMorgan Chase.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Meaghan Kelly at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Washington, DC. "I have been incredibly impressed with Meaghan on every matter I have worked on with her at the firm. She is very skilled at coordinating complex multi-jurisdictional matters and is always one step ahead," said Steve Cutler, global head of Simpson Thacher’s government and internal investigations practice.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Meghan McCaffrey at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Melissa Taylormoore, vice president, legal and compliance, at Constellis said: "There is nowhere I would not send Meghan to get to the bottom of a complaint for me, and our matters occur in the most arduous places in the world, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Meghan is the real deal."
Presenting 40 under 40 nominee Muireann Dennehy. “Muireann’s capability, insight, proactivity and professionalism was evident from the start of the international fraud investigation on which she was instructed,” the CEO of a charity said.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Nabeel Yousef. “Nabeel has been MTN’s trusted adviser because he brings a global perspective to sanctions and export controls advice and investigations. His level-headed, reasonable and actionable advice is unmatched in my experience,” said MTN Group’s former chief legal counsel Michael Fleischer.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Nicholas Surmacz at Kobre & Kim in London. "Nick Surmacz stands out among his peers, not only for his intelligence and experience, but also for his level of preparation and effective client management," said a confidential client.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Nicholas Turner at Steptoe & Johnson in Hong Kong. "Nick is a subject-matter expert, thought leader and attentive lawyer. His knowledge of the financial crime laws and how they impact multinational financial institutions operating in Hong Kong is unparalleled," Jessica Bartlett, director at Barclays.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Rodrigo Cunha at Anheuser-Busch InBev. "Rodrigo has also demonstrated a rather diversified skill set, ranging from leading teams of investigators and compliance professionals to developing an award-winning compliance data analytics tool called BrewRIGHT," said Steven Fagell, co-chair of the white-collar defence and investigations practice group at Covington & Burling.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Rodrigo Maia. “Rodrigo has always been a very straightforward and available person with strong communication skills and a problem-solving attitude. He and his team were able to execute highly complex tasks with creativity and focus,” a former lawyer for JBS said.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Samir Kaushik. “He has an uncanny ability to consume facts, to place them in context and to connect the dots. His zealous and effective advocacy for his clients demonstrates abilities and wisdom well beyond his years,” said David Kelley, a partner at Dechert who worked with Kaushik on a cross-border investigation.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Sheila Ng at Rajah & Tann in Singapore. "Besides being a 'young rising star', Sheila is a reliable, experienced, knowledgeable lawyer with strong business acumen. She is always responsive and offers practical and efficient solutions," said Kelly Cha, corporate counsel at Edwards Lifesciences.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Simon Osborn-King at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in London. "Simon has a fantastic temperament, work ethic and attention to detail that are all critical qualities for white-collar crime lawyers," said Elizabeth Robertson at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
GIR presents 40 Under 40 nominee Thiago Luis Sombra at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga. "Thanks to his sharp legal and communication skills, business savvy and strong network in Brazil's public sector, Thiago is at once an effective negotiator and a chess master in litigation strategy," said Daniel Arbix, head of legal at Google Brazil.
Introducing 40 under 40 nominee Umang Paw. “He presents extremely well to clients, avoiding technical jargon and inspiring confidence and adopts a collaborative approach, successfully bringing together teams of forensic investigators across continents. He would be my first call for a top-class forensic investigator,” a counsel at WilmerHale.
Presenting 40 under 40 nominee William Ridgway, a partner at Skadden. “Bill and I worked together at the US Attorney’s Office for eight years . . . Bill is not only a terrific trial attorney, who possesses an uncanny ease and sensibility in the courtroom, he is a remarkable written advocate and a dogged investigator,” said Matthew Madden, chief of the general crimes division for the US Attorney's Office in Chicago.
Introducing the third edition of GIR's 40 Under 40, which profiles 40 leading young investigations specialists from around the world.