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News Apr 02, 2014

Anderson Named to Global Investigations Review’s Inaugural ’40 Under 40 List’

Shearman & Sterling litigation partner Paula Anderson has been named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40. Lawyers were chosen for their superior technical skill, practical judgment and commitment to the law and practice of investigations.

Anderson has worked on a number of complex global investigations and compliance reviews, including the investigation for a global construction and engineering company in Gabon, an internal investigation for a US-based manufacturer in the Philippines, the FCPA compliance monitorships of York International and Baker Hughes, Inc. and an anti-corruption compliance risk assessment for a global automaker seeking to expand operations in Africa.

In the profile, Anderson notes, “You need to be able to think strategically about how best to identify and gather the relevant facts, how to react to the facts as they are uncovered and tailor your investigation accordingly, and how to distill the facts to develop an effective narrative for your client. You also need good people skills to establish trust and credibility with the client, your witnesses, and the authorities. For global investigations in particular, it is critical to understand the local culture, industry and business practices, so that you have the appropriate context in which to analyze the facts that are gathered. And perhaps most importantly, you cannot accept everything at face value—a healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way.”

Launched in February, Global Investigations Review is a magazine for corporate and external counsel that focuses exclusively on the law and practice of international investigations, including anti-bribery and corruption, antitrust, financial services and fraud.

View Anderson's "40 Under 40" profile