We are delighted to once again be shortlisted by Global Investigations Review in this year's GIR 100 - the publication's annual guide to "the best firms to turn to in the lifecycle of an international investigation".
FRA has been included in GIR’s shortlist of 12 investigations consultancies every year since 2016. The coveted GIR 100 ranking is based on GIR’s diligent research process, taking into consideration the firm’s major mandates and references from clients, practitioners and other experts in the field. GIR writes, “With two decades of major investigative work under its belt, FRA continues to impress, landing roles in multinational investigations, high-profile monitorships and many of the largest bribery settlements to date”.
Among the firm’s highlights for the past year, founding partner Frances McLeod was acknowledged for her role as the DOJ-appointed monitor overseeing automotive engineering company IAV. Charlie Steele – partner in Washington DC and formerly chief counsel for the Office of Foreign Assets Control – was also noted for supporting Dorsey & Whitney lawyers to assist Beijing-based big data services company Luokung Technology Corp in winning a reprieve from US sanctions targeting businesses with alleged ties to China’s military apparatus.
From our European offices, GIR noted founding partner Toby Duthie’s role in supporting the landmark Airbus settlement of EUR 3.6 billion with four national authorities in 2020, as well as Airbus’ GPT subsidiary in connection with a UK investigation that led to a guilty plea and a £30 million fine in April 2021.
These major FRA achievements also earned the firm another nomination for Investigations Consultancy of the Year at the GIR Awards 2021 – a title we have previously been awarded in 2016, 2017 and 2020.
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GIR highlighted FRA’s work on “many of the biggest FCPA cases”, noting that we had been involved in “more than a dozen corporate monitorships”. They affirmed that FRA had “cemented its position as a top-choice for major law firms and companies to advise on high-profile corruption, sanctions, and bribery matters, providing forensic accounting and e-discovery expertise”.
Read GIR’s full write-up on FRA’s market-leading investigations practice here.