The GIR 100 is a guide to the world’s leading firms to turn to during the lifecycle of an investigation and its aftermath. Based on extensive research, the GIR selects 100 law firms and 12 investigations consultancies from around the world able to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations and related settlement negotiations or prosecutions of corporates and individuals.
For corporate counsel, knowing which firm, or firms, to turn to during a crisis – sometimes at a moment’s notice – is of the utmost importance. In the most extreme cases, getting the right external counsel – with experienced people in the necessary locations – can mean the difference between sinking and swimming for a company under government scrutiny. Further top-notch criminal defence lawyers are needed to represent the individuals caught up in such investigations as witnesses or suspects.
GIR100 commented that “Diaz Reus & Targ has worked on some high-profile money laundering and public corruption cases in Latin America including the representation of a bank in an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration operation”. The firm has also been representing clients in Russia, China and Latin America who have been targeted by the US government for money laundering, human rights abuses and sanctions violations. As well as a thriving white-collar defence practice, the firm has strong asset recovery, due diligence and compliance offerings.
Diaz is the firm’s global managing partner and has over 30 years of experience advising clients on compliance, fraud, money laundering and asset recovery matters. Prior to becoming a prominent private practice lawyer, Diaz worked as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County between 1986 and 1990, serving under Janet Reno, who later became the first female US attorney general.
Like Diaz, Targ is a skilled hand at advising clients on anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar matters, and also has prior government experience to boot. He is a former assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida, where he was in charge of handling civil fraud and civil forfeiture cases.
In Miami, partner Marta Colomar Garcia focuses on government and internal investigations related to the FCPA and money laundering. She also handles matters concerning US sanctions.
Washington, DC partner Richard Wiedis spent over a decade as a trial attorney for the Fraud Section, including in the FCPA Unit. Prior to joining the firm, he was an executive vice president for software company MicroStrategy where he oversaw its risk management and compliance teams.”