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.

Rafoi Amicus Brief

The Academy together with Fellows Fred Davis, Ben Gruenstein and Lucinda Low filed an amicus brief in the Rafoi case. This initiative is a grand effort and a superb example of The Academy’s collegiality and camaraderie. Fellow Jon Sack was also instrumental in this endeavor.

Click here to download the Amicus Brief.

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

Thursday, June 16, 2022

3 Anti-Corruption Takeaways From The War in Ukraine

Nicola Bonucci discusses private sector gatekeepers’ role and effect on global security in the World Economic Forum.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

China Posits Central Bank Digital Currency as the Answer to the Global Crypto Craze

Dorothy Siron writes on the cryptocurrency market wipe-out and considers looking into China as a mechanism.

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.