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

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Offering continuing education for litigators and researchers.

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Maintaining financial crimes database generated by the courts, law enforcement and legal professionals worldwide.

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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

Founder's 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

Members in the news

Monday, October 28, 2019

FATF Highlights Ways to Tackle Beneficial Ownership Opacity

Bruce Zagaris was interviewed by Taxnotes about the FATF report on beneficial ownership.

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Monday, October 07, 2019

The Weakness of Gold Trade Compliance Standards

Professor Mark Pieth explains, in his commentary published by "Global Investigations Review," how inadequate compliance standards within gold trading is impacting the industry and miners overall. 

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Limiting the Reach of the Supreme Court’s ‘McDonnell’ Decision

Jonathan Sack recently co-authored an article about the “official act” requirement set forth in the Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision and how recent 2nd Circuit decisions highlight how fluid key aspects of anti-bribery law remain.

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