Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee has a well established investigations, white-collar and fraud practice headed by market leader Maurice Burke, one of the most experienced names in the investigations segment in Southeast Asia, most notably in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, oil and gas, mining and telecoms. He and the team have an extensive record in representing multinationals in cross-border investigations in Southeast Asia, notably in Indonesia and Vietnam. Bribery and corruption and fraud investigations are a particular forte for the group, which also frequently works alongside colleagues in the Indonesia and Vietnam offices; it has a particularly fruitful connection to Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners in Jakarta. The wider practice is noted for regional bribery, corruption and fraud investigations and in multinational investigations, working alongside offices in the UK, US and elsewhere.
White-collar crime - Foreign firms in Singapore
Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has one of the most established compliance and investigations practices amongst the international firms in Singapore. The core group works alongside its market leading colleagues in Tokyo and strong office in Hong Kong to cover the entire Asia Pacific region. Japan related investigations are a particular forte for the Singapore team. The group has experienced a notable increase in pre-acquisition anti-corruption and other compliance-related due diligence engagements. FCPA/anti-corruption advice, counselling and training is another forte for the team. Compliance and investigations specialist Daniel Levison has spent over 20 years focused on Asia, with stints in Tokyo and now in Singapore; he continues to represent a number of Japanese businesses.
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‘This team is personable, smart, diverse, and eminently capable. It stands out amongst the handful of international practitioners as being able to offer real local insight and connection.’
‘They are willing to seek out information that other lawyers may dismiss as less relevant, in an efficient and cost-effective manner, to try and help their clients navigate situations to the best extent possible.’
‘Dan Levison is an intelligent, knowledgeable individual with deep experience and focus in this area and in the region. He has particular expertise in Japan.’
‘Individuals such as Dan Levison and Sheryl Janet George stand out to us due to their experience, knowledge, and empathy with their clients’ needs. We value their broad-mindedness when it comes to delivering solutions to their clients.’
The International Legal Foundation
- Provided anti-corruption defence training to Afghan public defenders.
Norton Rose Fulbright represents a wide variety of multinational corporates and financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations and compliance, including investigations linked to bribery and corruption, money-laundering, fraud, trade sanctions violation, data privacy, cybersecurity, and other regulatory issues in Asia. The firm has advised on a series of bribery and corruption investigations, cybersecurity investigations, and data security breach matters. It is also notably active in anti-money laundering and fraud engagements. Wilson Ang leads the Asia regulatory investigations and compliance practice.
DLA Piper has a regional practice that has a deep focus on Greater China and Southeast Asia. Much of the work centres on anti-bribery and corruption matters, fraud, employee misconduct, along with some cartel investigations and export control matters. The Singapore team advises a large number of US-based multinationals, particularly in the life sciences sector; this is a forte of the firm in the US. It also represents a range of Asia-based businesses that face the extraterritorial reach of US, UK and other international regulations. Department head Nathan Bush has extensive experience in Southeast Asia, following eight years based in Beijing. Senior associate Wincen Santoso is an Indonesia native and is key to the firm's activities in the jurisdiction.
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K&L Gates Straits Law LLC
K&L Gates Straits Law LLC has a well developed cross-border investigations practice, backed by an integrated Singapore law team that handles Singapore matters and court proceedings. The firm has attracted a number of key engagements in the region, most notably for US-based and Japanese multinationals. Moreover, it is getting closer to Singapore-listed businesses, including Sembcorp Marine, which it is advising on a multi-jurisdictional, internal investigation into corruption allegations arising out of Brazil’s Operation Lava Jato investigation. Department head Nick Williams is a growing force in investigations, while Muralli Rajaram is a Singapore disputes lawyer with considerable experience in investigations, compliance, and employee fraud issues. Sreenivasan Narayanan SC and Valerie Ang provide further contentious expertise in this field.
‘Nick Williams is young and tenacious, unafraid of delicate or even perilous situations. He is a strong interviewer who elicits solid information from client employees and others. He writes well, is quick on his feet, and has very sound judgement for a young partner.’
Sembcorp Marine Ltd
- Assisting Sembcorp Marine in conducting a multi-jurisdictional, internal investigation into corruption allegations arising out of Brazil’s high-profile Operation Lava Jato investigation.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP has a dedicated anti-corruption and fraud investigations team in Singapore, further supported by additional expertise in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The core team in Singapore has attracted internal investigation engagements from around Asia Pacific, frequently handling investigations in Singapore itself, Hong Kong, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. The group has a particularly strong record in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, along with technology and telecoms, and commodities. Singapore partner Calvin Chan heads the global regulatory enforcement team in Asia.
‘Calvin Chan dispenses practical legal advice thoughtfully, sensitive to the commercial needs of the clients. His legal advice, while thorough, is always given in clear and simple terms so that the clients can understand.’