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 continuing education for litigators and researchers.


Promoting collegiality among the Academy's fellows and the worldwide community of litigation professionals and academics who are devoted to economic crime issues.

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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

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, March 30, 2020

Hong Kong: A Hotbed for Fraud

In Commercial Dispute Resolution's "Essential Intelligence: Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery," Dorothy Siron explains that Hong Kong is a hotbed for fraud and other financial, white-collar crimes, while it has developed a legal framework to assist victims seeking redress.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Using Insolvency Tools in Judgment Enforcement

Andrew Stafford and his co-author, in the Insolvency section of Commercial Dispute Resolution's "Essential Intelligence: Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery," delve into how insolvency tools can help experienced litigators who specialise in judgment enforcement meet the needs and expectations of clients. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Similarities Between Gold and Toilet Paper Examined

Blogger Andy Robinson, from the Spanish newspaper "La Vangardia," mentions Professor Mark Pieth's book "Gold Laundering, the Dirty Secrets of the Gold Trade" in his explanation about why the value of gold, like toilet paper, is exploding thanks to the psychology associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.