Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Corporate Crime & Investigations Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Top-flight criminal and civil enforcement group with a deep bench of former SEC and DOJ officials and prosecutors. Provides robust defense of clients before government and regulatory agencies in the US and abroad, as well as expertly handling sensitive internal investigations. Proven track record in navigating complex white-collar and securities matters on behalf of large financial institutions and major corporations. Key clients include blue-chip media groups, energy conglomerates and investment banks. Frequently advises on internal investigations following on from allegations of misconduct by chief executives and other high-level employees.

Strengths"It is a go-to firm for large and complex litigation with outstanding individual practitioners and a very strong team," one pleased client comments, adding: "They are very sophisticated and very client-focused."

A source describes them as "a top-notch firm that provides excellent work," noting: "They are very sophisticated and provide really excellent practical thinking and problem solving.

"They are very responsive, provide thoughtful advice and really understand the strategic implications of a matter - they're top-tier," another interviewee reports.

Work highlights Represented Carlos Ghosn, former chairman and CEO of Nissan, in high-profile criminal charges and government investigations in Japan and the US.

Notable practitioners

Ted Wells is widely acknowledged as a preeminent criminal defense lawyer, and Brad Karp chairs the firm and is considered a go-to adviser to countless blue-chip companies. Both are based in New York.