GIR 100 2022

Nardello & Co

Nardello & Co

Professional notice

Nardello is a dedicated global investigations firm with an experienced team that includes former federal prosecutors, international lawyers and ex-general counsel.

The firm

Nardello was established in London in 2003 and has since established a strong international presence with offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and Dubai.

At the forefront of the practice is its eponymous chairman and CEO, Daniel Nardello. He’s a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where, as a member of the office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he tried over 20 jury trials.

Other names to know stateside include DC-based chief operating officer Sabina Menschel and Tara MacMillan in New York. Menschel has over 20 years of experience in government and private sector roles. She’s a former special adviser in the FBI’s directorate of intelligence, where she helped implement changes in response to recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission. MacMillan leads the regional Americas practice and manages international anti-corruption compliance for several multinationals. Warren Feldman, the firm’s chief legal officer, is currently spending time in London as interim EMEA regional head.

Eastern Europe specialist Alan Kennedy in London returned to the consultancy as a managing director in April after a stint at law firm Schillings where he was a senior associate. Kennedy’s experience on global investigations has included anti-Mafia investigations in Italy, assisting high-net-worth individuals from the former Soviet Union in litigation in New York, London and Moscow, as well as foreign bribery probes in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

Ben Rowse, the firm’s Tokyo-based Asia-Pacific head, is a veteran investigations practitioner in the region. As is Amie Chang, who manages the Los Angeles office, which opened its doors in September, giving Nardello a valuable presence on the US west coast. Former US diplomat Chang originally joined the firm in 2016 as head of its Hong Kong office to oversee Nardello’s investigations in China as well as in the wider region.

In February, Nardello announced it had hired trial and investigations lawyer Howard Master and former US Drug Enforcement Administration investigator Chris Urben as managing directors in its New York and Washington, DC offices, respectively.

Recent Events

Most of the consultancy’s recent work for clients is strictly confidential but Nardello says it has included assisting corporations in defending against activist funds, conducting asset tracing investigations, responding to cyber threats and providing risk advisory services. 

Some cases the firm has worked on have reached the public domain. In November, the new CEO of collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX said he had hired Nardello, alongside investigations lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell, to conduct a probe into the company’s dramatic recent bankruptcy. The Bahamas-based business filed for bankruptcy shortly after rumours of financial improprieties resulted in FTX customers withdrawing their funds en-masse.


Nardello has offices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan and Dubai.


Nardello is a go-to for top law firms globally when it comes to government enforcement, white-collar criminal defence and internal investigations. On-the-record clients have included the government of Abu Dhabi and Brazilian mining company Vale.  

Track Record

Significant matters on Dan Nardello’s résumé include serving as the independent investigator, appointed by the government of Abu Dhabi, of allegations of abusive labour practices in the construction of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. He was also named as the independent investigator resolving issues arising from a settlement agreement between the State of New York and leading tobacco companies.

In 2010, the firm was retained by a US law firm to assist in the criminal defence of an AIG employee, David Pinkerton, who was charged with alleged FCPA violations in Azerbaijan. Nardello investigators unearthed information about the key witnesses against Pinkerton that undermined the case against him and led to the dismissal of the charges.

The same year, Clifford Chance instructed Nardello on behalf of Brazilian miner Vale to conduct on the ground due diligence ahead of a $500 million joint venture in Guinea with Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR). GIR reported in February that the lawyer overseeing the project described Nardello’s work as “substantial” when quizzed about it during a civil trial in London in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit that Vale brought against BSGR’s founder after the joint venture collapsed amid bribery allegations. 

Finding the correct information requires highly specialized professionals. Nardello & Co., a recognized leader in the global investigative sector, is your best kept secret in mitigating risk.

With offices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, Dubai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, Nardello & Co. is a global investigations firm whose experienced professionals handle a broad range of issues including due diligence, anti-corruption and fraud investigations, civil and white collar criminal litigation and arbitration support, asset tracing, activist defense, political risk and strategic intelligence, digital investigations and cyber defense, monitorships and independent investigations, and compliance.

Noted as the pre-eminent firm in the US market by Chambers and Partners, our competitive advantage is our legal DNA and a multi-disciplinary team comprised of former US federal prosecutors, US and international lawyers, former general counsels of multinational corporations, former law enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives, licensed investigators, research analysts, former journalists, financial crime specialists, forensic accountants and computer forensic specialists. Nardello & Co.’s experienced staff provides timely, well researched, ethically obtained information that decision-makers rely upon to maximize opportunities, secure competitive advantages, resolve problems, or avoid potentially reputation-damaging associations.

What sets us apart:

  • Integrity. Acting ethically and legally is of paramount importance to us. We respect the laws of the countries in which we have offices and the jurisdictions in which we work. We regard our clients’ confidences as sacrosanct and we rigorously screen for conflicts.
  • Analysis. Creativity. Thoroughness. We don’t believe in menu-driven investigations or a democracy of facts. We are exhaustive but focused – adept at teasing out inferences, providing corroboration, and separating “information” from evidence.
  • Responsiveness. Hands-on management. We focus on our clients’ objectives and tailor our investigative strategies accordingly. There are no layers between the professionals who do the work and the clients whom we serve.
  • Client focus. We communicate with our clients clearly, succinctly, and in real time. We respect budgets and deadlines.
  • Independence. Collaboration. We are independently owned and answer only to our clients—not to investors, not to shareholders. Instead of competing, our offices collaborate to provide our clients with seamless service.

Why risk it?

When it comes to effectively managing risk in an increasingly complex world, multinational corporations, financial institutions, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, governments, NGOs, sports organizations, academic institutions and the law firms that advise them won’t risk retaining any investigative partner other than Nardello & Co.

What can we find out for you?

Please contact us to discuss how our team can help find the answers you need.


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