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Head of Shearman & Sterling’s Asia Litigation and Investigations practice


Brian Burke is head of the firm’s Asia Litigation and Investigations practice. He has conducted investigations in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. As a fluent Mandarin speaker, Brian has a particular focus on advising multinationals with operations in China in the areas of FCPA/anti-corruption, economic sanctions, antitrust, shareholder litigation, anti-money laundering and other compliance and investigative matters. Clients describe Brian as a “very, very skillful communicator, including at board level” and note that his “language and passion for Chinese culture are unique.”

Brian acted as lead advisor to GlaxoSmithKline on the landmark bribery case against GSK in China, the first such case against a foreign company in China. Subsequently, Crown Resorts retained Brian to help resolve the widely-publicized criminal charges against Crown employees for gambling-related crimes in China. Brian has also represented Chinese, Japanese, European and North American clients on investigations and compliance matters throughout Asia, including McDonald’s, Olympus, LVMH, Medtronic, Roche, PetroChina, Sinopec, Volvo, Sephora, Valeo and others.

Brian has appeared before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, UK Serious Fraud Office, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption, and other international regulators on cross-border investigations and compliance matters.


  • English
  • Mandarin


ADMISSIONS: New York; Hong Kong


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York



B.A. (Mandarin Chinese), cum laude

Intensive Mandarin program

Lawyer Rankings

China > Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms

Working from both the firm’s Shanghai and New York offices, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s Asia litigation and investigations practice head Brian Burke is a specialist in China-related corporate investigations, anti-corruption and FCPA enforcement. Burke is advising GlaxoSmithKline on anti-corruption compliance and investigations in mainland China.

China > Dispute resolution: foreign firms

Shearman & Sterling LLP is recommended for disputes and arbitrations involving the energy, construction, infrastructure, financial and telecoms sectors, as well as joint venture and shareholder disputes, and M&A-related claims. Shanghai’s Brian Burke heads the Asia litigation and investigations practice, Nils Eliasson divides his time between Hong Kong and Beijing, and Emmanuel Jacomy is based in Beijing and Singapore.