One of the first ports of call for bet-the-company investigations in Asia Pacific, DLA Piper garners praise from clients for its ‘knowledge of compliance, sanctions, and antitrust laws in the region‘. The team fields first-class expertise in the full array of contentious regulatory and investigative processes, be it fraud, corruption, money laundering or trade issues, and particularly excels in crisis and media management, including internal compliance and employment law matters. The arrival of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee‘s former practice head Maurice Burke, a leading dispute practitioner in this field, further reinforced the team’s capabilities in the investigations and white-collar crime space. Regulatory litigator Nathan Bush is the other key point of contact in the team; despite primarily focusing on antitrust law and competition, he has a wealth of experience in anti-corruption mandates, most notably matters involving China and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
White-collar crime - Foreign firms in Singapore
Other key lawyers:
Nathan Bush; Rishikeesh Wijaya
‘The team has knowledge of compliance, sanctions, and antitrust laws in the region. They understand when to dive deep into an issue and when to provide practical answers that will solve the problem at hand.’
‘They are able to take very complex matters and distil them down into the key points that are easy to understand and communicate internally with stakeholders.’
A major Japanese trading house
Multiple clients in various industries
- Advising an Italian business group in connection with the loss of approximately US$20m through alleged fraud executed by a US-based individual with a history of similar conduct, leading the overall recovery and enforcement strategy as well as representing the client in related arbitration proceedings in Singapore.
- Advising a global automation and logistics company on a multi-jurisdictional corruption investigation into alleged bribes in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.
- Conducting an internal investigation for a US-based issuer of an alleged scheme to secure certain property development and management rights from a state-owned enterprise (SOE) in China through the bribery of government officials and SOE management together with the manipulation of public tenders.
Morrison Foerster (Singapore)
Morrison Foerster (Singapore) remains a go-to advisor for a breadth of clients, and possesses an impressive depth of knowledge across the spectrum of anti-corruption matters, as well as investigations, contentious enforcement and compliance. Benefitting from significant resources in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Tokyo, the Singapore-based team is well positioned to assist in a diverse range of multi-jurisdictional matters, including issues arising under anti-corruption laws in Asia, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. In addition, the team works in conjunction with the firm’s global privacy and data security department on privacy issues that typically arise in investigations, and collaborates with its market-leading national security practice on matters involving economic sanctions and export control matters. Rated for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of the APAC region’, Daniel Levison is a leading figure in the compliance and investigations space in Singapore. With over two decades’ experience in internal investigations, government investigations and regulatory proceedings across APAC, Levison, who spearheads the practice, ‘is able to seamlessly coordinate with US-based partners and local counsel to provide excellent service and advice’ on FCPA and other US legal and compliance issues. He receives key support from Sheryl Janet George, a former Deputy Public Prosecutor/State Counsel in the Criminal Justice Division, Financial and Technology Crime Division, who focuses on anti-corruption, corporate compliance and sanctions.
Other key lawyers:
Sheryl Janet George
‘Seamless cross-border/cross-office collaboration which makes managing cross-border matters far easier.’
‘Dan Levison has unparalleled knowledge of the APAC region and is able to seamlessly coordinate with US-based partners and local counsel to provide excellent service and advice.’
‘Asia-wide practice and capabilities, with knowledge across industries and countries.’
‘Dan Levison and Sheryl George are excellent.’
Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright fields a team in Singapore that is entirely devoted to regulatory compliance and investigations matters across the APAC region, and has a strong following of global corporations, regional companies, financial institutions and senior executives. Financial services, energy, infrastructure, tech and life sciences are core sector focuses for the department, which has notable strength in sensitive government-led and internal investigations, and disputes arising out of issues across the spectrum of financial crime and ethical misconduct. Additional expertise in cybersecurity and data privacy issues, sanctions and whistleblowing claims management is offered by the Asia regulatory compliance and investigations group, which is under the leadership of ‘outstanding practitioner‘ Wilson Ang. Besides his extensive experience in the design and implementation of compliance programmes, Ang is singled out for his track record in internal investigations, and matters involving modern slavery, human rights and anti-corruption matters throughout the region. Dual-qualified dispute resolution lawyer Jeremy Lua, who has a background in technology crime, is another name to note for complex regulatory investigations and compliance issues
Other key lawyers:
‘If not the best, one of the best white collar crime teams in Singapore.’
‘Wilson Ang is just fantastic! He is resourceful and a great counsel. He provides clear guidance and suggestions on very tricky matters.’
‘Norton Rose’s team has been, through my years of engagement with them, a well-organised set-up. Particularly, in terms of matters that are cross-border, there is limitless potential in connecting with counterparts across the world.’
‘Wilson Ang has been an outstanding practitioner we have had pleasure working with. Wilson has had multiple engagements with us in various disciplines, globally. Every engagement has been thorough. Most importantly his thought processes are well-rounded, which gives the exact clarity a client calls for.’
‘Wilson Ang is quite accessible and organised, and provides practical advice and solutions. His billing is transparent as well. Overall, it is very pleasant to work with Wilson.’
Clients highlight Clifford Chance‘s ‘ability to draw on experts and resources in all the key APAC jurisdictions‘ as one of its key strengths. With extensive experience in investigations, fraud and corruption matters across the region, the group provides on-the-ground experience and cross-border advice to multinational clients engaged in investigations and disciplinary proceedings brought by the regulatory or criminal authorities across the region, including in countries like India, PRC, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the Philippines, among others. Kabir Singh, who is singled out for his experience in cross-border disputes originating out of South East Asia and India, helms the department which is often retained by international companies, banks and financial institutions on regulatory and compliance investigations.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clifford Chance’s global network and knowledge is a huge plus in a crowded market. They are also a joy to deal with. Each of them are smart, knowledgeable individuals.’
‘The team’s ability to draw on experts and resources in all the key APAC jurisdictions to work on a matter is its key strength. I have come to expect a consistent quality of advice from this team in all major jurisdictions I work with them in. I frequently instruct this team in Singapore and Hong Kong.’
- Acting for a leading European bank in relation to ongoing investigations and proceedings relating to the 1MDB scandal.
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
The Singapore-based investigations, white-collar and fraud practice at Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee works seamlessly with its global network of offices on behalf of multinationals and high-net-worth individuals in cross-border regulatory investigations and litigation. ‘Able to advise on difficult and complex issues‘, practitioners bring together expertise in bribery, corruption, modern slavery and due diligence in the context of transactions. Trade relations, particularly those with a Sino-American connection, are a key area of focus for the department. Nick Williams, whose work spans the Asia Pacific region, often acts for clients in dealing with regulators, and large bribery and corruption-related investigations. Khushaal Ved is another name to note for cross-border investigations, crisis leadership and litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘Responsive and timely, proactive, commercial and practical, able to advise on difficult and complex issues.’
‘Personable but still willing to have hard conversations.’
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
- Counsel to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on a number of initiatives.
Reed Smith LLP
The ‘top-class white-collar crime practice‘ at Reed Smith LLP handles a diverse caseload on behalf of high-profile individuals, covering fraud, bribery and corruption. With a particular focus on internal investigations, the team is ‘well placed to advise on cross-jurisdictional issues‘, managing matters across the entire Asia Pacific region. Calvin Chan, a US and UK qualified partner, and senior associate Steven Li are the main points of contact within the team. Both practitioners are rated for their understanding of ‘the corporate investigation market across South East Asia‘ and wide-ranging experience in acting for ‘clients from various industries, including manufacturing and pharmaceuticals’.
Other key lawyers:
‘Calvin Chan and Steven Li understand the corporate investigation market across the South East Asia region very well. They’ve worked a number of cases in the region with the clients from various industries, including manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.’
‘Calvin Chan and Steven Li are seasoned professionals who know the client’s need very well.’
‘Reed Smith has a top-class white-collar crime practice. I consistently get practical and actionable advice on difficult issues arising from the company operating in challenging jurisdictions.’
‘Calvin Chan is a standout in the white-collar crime legal community. Calvin listens very closely to the problem and what we need as the client and then consistently delivers the outcomes we expect. Calvin is always able to clearly articulate the risks that matter and proposes alternative structures where appropriate, which help us make informed decisions on how best to proceed.’
‘The team has excellent experience in multiple jurisdictions which makes it well placed to advise on cross-jurisdictional issues.’
‘Calvin Chan provides excellent and practical advice. He has the ability to distil and explain complex legal concepts in simple terms.’
‘Very responsive; able to get deliverables out quickly; good advice. Steven Li is hardworking and diligent.’