Where theory
meets practice

Top litigators in The Academy complement the Basel Institute's work to tackle financial crime. These litigators are creative and eager to explore innovative strategies.
Political Scientist Gretta Fenner
Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance
Working alongside the academics at The Academy, we see organic growth, improved litigation and research skills, and are challenged daily to closely examine stimulating issues.
Litigator Keith Oliver
Head of International, Peters & Peters
The Basel Institute encourages prosecution agencies to engage The Academy's litigators to represent them in foreign courts against financial institutions facing money laundering and corruption.
Professor Mark Pieth
Member of the Foundation Board
of the Basel Institute on Governance
We're learning that more regulations mean more regulations to break, leading to more prosecutions and litigation for both poachers and gamekeepers.
Litigator Keith Oliver
Head of International, Peters & Peters


Offering educational resources for litigators and researchers to help them develop and fine tune their litigation skills.


Fostering new links between the Academy’s Fellows, the international community of litigation professionals and academics devoted to economic crime issues.

New working paper: Cryptocurrencies in Asia and beyond: law, regulation and enforcement

The crypto industry has exploded in recent years, and authorities in different countries have been reacting in very different ways. Some have banned cryptocurrencies, while others are embracing them to varying degrees. Some are working hard to align their anti-money laundering regulations with FATF standards, while others are turning a blind eye. A few countries have confiscated huge quantities of crypto assets linked to crime and money laundering. Others are at square one in terms of enforcement, risking becoming a hub for crypto crime and money laundering and posing a serious vulnerability in the world’s financial system.

Click here to read the full working paper co-authored by our fellow Dorothy Siron.

The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators emerged from a vision to develop worldwide collaborative solutions that are based on research, collective experiences and best practices in cases of economic crime.

The Academy has united the top public- and private-sector litigation professionals with the renowned Basel Institute on Governance and like-minded academics to form an independent, non-partisan global center of excellence that encourages collaboration and innovation to shape and advance financial-crime litigation practices for the future.
Basel Institute on Governance

Co-Founders Quotes

Stephane Bonifassi

“Considering the growth of the worldwide white-collar criminal practice, we saw a need to bring together hardcore litigators to foster skills and allow court access when the case needs to be decided there.”

— Stéphane Bonifassi

“A foundation for maintaining the rule of law is a strong and independent bar. The Academy ‎will seek to foster our strength and independence through collegiality, nonpartisanship, inclusiveness, internationalism and learning.”

— Lincoln Caylor

Lincoln Caylor
Elizabeth Ortega

“The Academy is about bringing together A-list financial crime litigators and renowned academics to whet curiosity, sharpen techniques and provide the leadership that will mold and enhance the professional landscape.”

— Elizabeth Ortega

Fellows in the news

Monday, May 16, 2022

Cryptocurrencies in Asia and beyond: law, regulation and enforcement

Dorothy Siron presents a detailed research and her unique experience in asset recovery and fraud in the Asian region. It offers a deep dive into the vastly different ways that selected countries are addressing legal and regulatory issues around cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets.

Monday, April 04, 2022

Hunt for Oligarch Assets Adds New Urgency to Canada's Plan for Beneficial Ownership Registry

Lincoln Caylor discusses the need of a beneficial ownership registry in Canada and notes, “that the widely available nature of the information can bolster tracking and enforcement efforts.”

Monday, March 28, 2022

How to Avoid Prematurely Publicizing A Case Outcome

Elizabeth Ortega in an article for Law360, explains some best practices to avoid prematurely releasing embargoed information to the public.