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

We are a collegial fellowship of academics and litigation service professionals seeking to enrich skills, lead critical thinking, share experiences, and expand our knowledge related to the world of financial crime.

Elizabeth Ortega
Founder/Communications Strategist, ECO Strategic Communications

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
Emeritus Professor, University of Basel

Gretta Fenner was the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance and Director of its International Centre for Asset Recovery. She led the organisation from 2005–2008 and from 2011 to April 2024.

Gretta Fenner

It has been a great opportunity to interact with and learn from wise and experienced attorneys around the world.

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Gary Naftalis
Partner and Firm Co-chairman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Where theory meets practice

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.

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Exchanging novel litigation strategies, research findings, relevant experiences and best practices to further enrich legal theories and the practice of litigation.


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.

Bulletin of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators


Issue 3 | Spring 2024
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The Role of Victims in Negotiated Settlements

What’s in it for the victims when white-collar criminal prosecutions end with fines or orders to disgorge profits but without convictions? Read here.

GIR Series

Series of articles provided exclusively to GIR by members of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators.

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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.