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Global Investigations Review Names Rhee to ‘Women In Investigations 2021’ Report

May 19, 2021

White Collar Defense & Investigations partner Soo-Mi Rhee was named to Global Investigation Review’s “Women In Investigations 2021,” a special report published every three years that “shines a spotlight on the wide variety of outstanding female practitioners” in the white collar arena. The 2021 edition features 100 practitioners from 21 different countries, making it the most geographically diverse edition yet.

Rhee is a trusted adviser to major corporations facing high-stakes criminal and regulatory investigations and regularly represents clients in economic sanctions, export controls, and anti-corruption enforcement proceedings before various government agencies. In her Global Investigations Review profile, Rhee notes that her long-term experience assisting businesses in complying with laws and developing compliance programs uniquely equips her to identify potential violations. She explains that “the investigation space will benefit from having attorneys from an enforcement background and a compliance background all working together” given their synergistic contributions to the practice.

While discussing the future of the investigations practice, Rhee reflects on the evolving investigations landscape. She projects that conversations will continue about the “heightened level of collaboration between law enforcement agencies in countries that may have viewed each other as competitors, rather than partners,” over the next five years. She also notes that investigations have “become less sprawling in nature and more targeted, which results in greater efficiency.” In terms of her own work, Rhee explains that pandemic-related travel restrictions have led to a “recognition and acceptance” that frequent travel and in-person meetings are not always necessary for maintaining an effective investigations practice. In its report, Global Investigations Review concludes that Rhee and other recognized practitioners have developed flexible and cost-effective ways to conduct business during a pandemic and “changed the practice of investigations for good.”

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