Meet the Speakers of the Swiss Investigation Forum 2020

The purpose of the Swiss Investigation Forum is to create a peer-to-peer platform for experienced Risk, Compliance and Investigation professionals to exchange experiences and network. The exclusivity, experience and know-how of our guest speakers bring a unique perspective to the topic and is key to this forum.

Fabienne Wüthrich Tiplady, Deputy Head Financial Crime Compliance, Julius Bär

Fabienne Wüthrich Tiplady heads up the Special Investigations Unit focusing on client and employee related investigations and the High-risk Clients Reviews team within Financial Crime Compliance at Julius Baer. She has 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry in the areas of financial crime prevention and detection, compliance monitoring and surveillance, industrialization and digitalization of processes and project management. Prior to joining Julius Baer, Fabienne was at UBS in a variety of roles including Head Monitoring, Surveillance & Controls Switzerland / EMEA and Global Functional Monitoring, Surveillance & Controls Lead for Financial Crime, Head Projects & Technology for Compliance Wealth Management and Head IT Application Audit Wealth Management EMEA. Fabienne is an experienced leader with a successful track record in combining her compliance, industrialization and digitalization expertise to deliver high quality and cost effective support for the business.

Robert Braun, Head Litigation, Novartis

Robert Braun serves as Head Litigation at Novartis leading complex disputes and cross-border investigations. He advises senior management on legal, compliance and cybersecurity risks and is a member of Novartis Emergency Management. Before joining Novartis in 2015, Robert held various positions in law enforcement, most recently as a lead prosecutor in Zurich investigating white-collar crimes and trying high-profile cases in court.

Drew Hruska, Partner - Special Matters and Government Investigations, King & Spalding LLP

Drew Hruska focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation and investigations, complex civil and bankruptcy litigation, and internal investigations. A partner in our Special Matters and Investigations practice, Drew represents major financial service and industrial companies in enforcement investigations and other matters. Drew represents a variety of financial services clients, including securities, commercial banking, insurance, insurance brokerage, hedge funds and private equity funds, along with major industrial companies, in enforcement investigations by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, and many others.

Drew has been named a “U.S. Litigation Star” by the Benchmark Litigation guide. He has also been recognized by Legal 500 U.S. for White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Grant Nichols, Partner - Special Matters and Government Investigations, King & Spalding LLP

Grant Nichols focuses on government investigations, independent investigations, and complex white-collar criminal defense matters. A partner in our Special Matters practice, Grant defends individuals and multinational companies in a variety of their most sensitive matters, including internal investigations and investigations involving federal and state government authorities. Among other things, Grant counsels clients facing cross-border government investigations – a space in which he has advised clients in the energy, automotive, life sciences, and financial services industries. He advises individuals and corporations in criminal and regulatory matters, including investigations conducted by various divisions of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as by state agencies, state attorneys general, and investigative committees of the U.S. Congress.

Grant was recently named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List for white collar crime, which recognizes the top young litigation talent throughout the United States and Canada.

Kyle Sheahen, Partner - Special Matters and Government Investigations, King & Spalding LLP

Kyle Sheahen’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense litigation, federal and state government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and advice concerning corporate compliance programs. Kyle has represented corporations and individuals in a wide array of matters, including FCPA/anti-corruption, Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering, securities, false claims, taxation, and cybersecurity. He has advised clients in sectors such as banking, insurance brokerage, foreign exchange, energy, life sciences, and professional services. Kyle has handled investigations involving a range of federal, state, and foreign authorities, including the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Senate, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. Kyle has also worked on the ground in jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia to serve his clients’ needs.

Kyle is a commentator and speaker on various white collar and compliance topics, including data privacy and security, cross-border investigations and fraud in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. He also serves on The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board.

Professor Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International

Professor Martin Gill ( is a criminologist who has published extensively on security issues and pioneered the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (the OSPAs: and the Tackling Economic Crime Awards (the TECAs: From his research work in prisons interviewing robbers, burglars, fraudsters and murderers, amongst others, he learnt that being prolific and successful at committing crime without being caught was dependent on security not being effective. This finding and the need to respond to it has driven his professional career.

In addition to understanding offenders’ perspectives he has conducted ‘mystery shoplifting tests’; interviewed and surveyed the leading security professionals worldwide (see: He has been involved in promoting, incentivising and highlighting good practices. The OSPAs and TECAs and via collaboration with the UK police service the Secured Environments certification ( for organisations (eg shopping centres, universities, retail outlets, major businesses) that have, or seek, effective security management.

He has published widely (14 books and over 100 articles) including the second edition of the 'Handbook' of Security'. Martin is a Fellow of The Security Institute, a member of the Company of Security Professionals, and a Trustee and Secretary of the ASIS Foundation. In 2010 he was recognised by the BSIA with a special award for ‘outstanding service to the security sector’. In 2015 and 2016 he was nominated and shortlisted for the Imbert Prize at the Association of Security Consultants and in the latter he won. In 2016 ASIS International awarded him a Presidential Order of Merit for distinguished service. He has regularly been placed by IFSEC as one of the most influential fire and security experts in the world. Martin is a Chartered Security Professional, a conference chair, a presenter and after dinner speaker.


Haig Simonian

Before his posting in Zürich, Haig Simonian served as the,’Financial Times’ chief German correspondent, as well as working in Milan and Paris. An Oxford alumnus, his journalistic career began at The Economist in 1984, after working briefly for an investment bank.

Haig Simonian
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