Morrison Foerster (Singapore) garners praise by clients for its ‘strong capabilities to support complex cross-border regulatory matters or white-collar compliance investigations’. The practice acts in conjunction with colleagues in the US, Japan and worldwide; as a result, it is well equipped to handle multi-agency cross-border investigations, often in the financial services, energy and technology sectors. The team’s work is varied and includes acting as general compliance counsel, as well as advising global companies and their subsidiaries on allegations of fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, and anti-competitive conduct, among others. Singled out for his ‘excellent calibrated judgment’, Daniel Levison sits at the helm of the practice. Associate Sheryl Janet George is also recommended.
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‘Commitment to getting to the right result; excellent business acumen; very diverse team in terms of cultural backgrounds and experience across the board.’
‘Strong global capability and deep knowledge of best practices.’
‘Mofo’s team has deep experience across the region and strong capabilities to support complex cross-border regulatory matters or white-collar compliance investigations. Their approach is client-focused and flexible and I have been particularly pleased with their approach to staffing which focuses on expertise while being mindful of cost. The team has done an excellent job with e-discovery, document review and forensic support generally including managing complex logistics during a pandemic.’
‘Daniel Levison provides a very good helicopter view and long experience in our emerging market, which means that he has the right intuition and can exercise excellent calibrated judgement.’
‘Sheryl Janet George is our go-to person for compliance and investigative work across our platforms in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Highly committed and energetic person, with in-depth understanding of how compliance and integrity issues may affect our investment fund/alternative asset management business. Insightful and original analysis.’
‘Daniel Levison is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.’
‘Daniel Levison’s deep knowledge of the region and his collaborative approach with clients and local counsel stand out as exemplary. When it comes to regulatory investigations, or managing local counsel, Dan always ensures that quality is taken care of and that the right eyes are looking at the advice regardless of where they are located.’
Norton Rose Fulbright utilises its ‘extensive and in-depth understanding’ of enforcement agencies and regulators in Singapore to advise clients in relation to regulatory and criminal investigations into bribery and corruption, fraud and sanctions-related issues, to name a few. Cybersecurity breaches is another area of uptick for the department, which also sets itself apart through its risk management offering. Practice head Wilson Ang has a wealth of experience of assisting Asian and multinational clients with conducting internal investigations into business human rights law violations and bribery and corruption allegations, among other breaches. Dual-qualified associate Jeremy Lua is also a key team member.
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‘Experienced and strong in technical knowledge.’
‘It’s a team with diverse backgrounds and skill sets coming together, with solid experience in advising and investigating matters especially related to bribery and corruption.’
‘I am truly impressed by NRF’s team, their understanding of Singapore as a jurisdiction and more particularly Singapore’s law enforcement agencies and their thought process. There are very few international law firms with such extensive and in-depth understanding.’
‘Fast to respond and understand clients’ requirements.’
‘Committed and always willing to assist clients in every possible way. Efficient and fast turnaround time.’
‘Wilson Ang has great breadth of experience in dealing with topics of anti-corruption in APAC, especially experience dealing with a variety of regulators in this area.’
‘Wilson Ang is brilliant!’
‘Wilson Ang – detailed and prompt in response.’
In the spring of 2021, DLA Piper significantly expanded its investigations offering with the hire of Maurice Burke, a former practice head at Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee. Burke brings over two decades of experience of handling investigations and contentious regulatory issues across the APAC region; he currently jointly leads the department alongside Nathan Bush. The team acts for numerous Asian and multinational companies on strategy, compliance and risk management matters relating to bribery and corruption. It also offers deep expertise in the life sciences, technology and consumer goods sectors.
‘Strong cross-jurisdictional capability and great experience.’
‘I have worked with DLA Piper for many years and highly recommend the New York and Singapore partners for dealing with issues on antitrust, compliance investigations and regulatory issues. They have a team across various countries and can support the issue 24/7, if necessary. They also have super connections with forensic accountants and other consultants.’
‘Maurice Burke is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Nate Bush is a wonderful lawyer with a deep knowledge of the Chinese market.’
Drawing on the firm’s global resources, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee places an emphasis on handling cross-border investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption allegations; of recent note, the team collaborates more often with colleagues in Indonesia and Vietnam. The department has been undergoing significant changes: in October 2020, Nick Williams arrived from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC, while in April 2021, former practice head Maurice Burke departed to chair the investigations group at DLA Piper. Williams is now the key contact for white-collar crime mandates and has additional expertise in insolvency matters.
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K&L Gates Straits Law LLC handles issues relating to bribery, fraud and market misconduct. The team’s recent workload demonstrates an ability to handle work in the shipping and commodities, financial services and technology industries. Following the departure of former practice head Nick Williams to Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, Sreenivasan Narayanan took over leadership of the department.
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Reed Smith LLP
The ‘extremely hardworking and diligent’ practice at Reed Smith LLP is a destination preferred by clients facing fraud, sales manipulation, bribery and corruption-related issues or seeking assistance with internal investigations. Multiple team members are fluent in Mandarin, which enhances the team’s ability to handle both domestically focused as well as cross-border investigations across Asia. The group’s recent workload also testifies to its excellent ability to assist pharmaceutical sector clients. Practice head Calvin Chan is ‘sharp with legal issues and understands clients’ concerns very well’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. Advice given is always carefully considered and holistic, taking into account clients’ concerns.’
‘This team is extremely innovative and is always able to come up with a solution.’
‘Calvin Chan offers sound and practical legal advice. He is sharp with legal issues and understands clients’ concerns very well.’
‘Calvin Chan is the primary partner that I work with, as well as his associate Steven Li. The team is extremely hardworking and diligent.’