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Shaun Wu

Partner, Litigation Department
Hong Kong
21-22/F Bank of China Tower
1 Garden Road
Central Hong Kong SAR, China

Fax: (852) 3192 9638
Shanghai
43/F, Jing An Kerry Center Tower II 1539 Nanjing West Road Shanghai 200040, PRC

Fax: 86-21-6170-6288

Overview

Shaun Wu is Asia Head of Investigations and White Collar Defense and leads the Litigation Department in Greater China. He acts as lead counsel in matters across the Asia-Pacific region with a team of investigations and litigation lawyers in the firm's Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices.

Mr. Wu is one of Asia's leading investigations and litigation lawyers-clients attest that he "really is top notch" and an "excellent legal strategist" whose "approach is always practical and his advice laser-focused on solving the clients' problems" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 ). He is the "'go to' attorney in matters involving China" and his "understanding of Chinese culture and language is only surpassed by his legal mind and logic" (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021 ). Clients appreciate that he "understands the dynamics of the market in China" and "is able to leverage that knowledge as part of his legal strategy for his clients" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 ). Mr. Wu is "very smart and communicative," "one of the true multilingual litigators who is authoritative," with a"focus on clients' concerns," and he has"won the total trust" of clients (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020 ). Regarded as a "real strategist and problem solver," Mr. Wu is an"excellent attorney with great attention to detail" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 ). He is"uniquely positioned in the market" and lauded as"the lawyer many people think of when they think of investigations and disputes in China" (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019 ). Clients rely on his "clear and comprehensive responses" and "impressive language capabilities, citing his proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 ). Mr. Wu is "praised for his handling of China-related matters and 'does an excellent job conveying the case across cultural and linguistic barriers'" (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017 ).

Mr. Wu has represented the world's largest multinational corporations in high-stakes investigations and compliance reviews in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, and Southeast Asia. As a U.S./U.K. dual-practicing attorney, he focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act, fraud, misconduct, corruption, bribery, sanctions, export controls, national security, data privacy, securities enforcement and other regulatory matters in which clients rely upon his business knowledge and experience in the region. Mr. Wu often advises boards of directors of public-listed companies and audit committees in allegations of fraud and accounting irregularities, including revenue recognition and falsified transactions. As an individual, he has been appointed the Independent Monitor by the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks to state-owned enterprises and public-listed companies to assess their compliance following debarment for fraud and integrity violations. Chambers Asia-Pacific recognized Mr. Wu as a Leading Individual for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption in 2021, 2020 and 2019, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific ranked him as one of only a few "Tier 1" Leading Individuals for Regulatory/Compliance in 2020 and 2019, and a "key partner" for Regulatory: Anti-Corruption & Compliance in 2018.

Mr. Wu has acted in a wide range of international arbitration and cross-border litigation involving governments, state-owned enterprises, multinational corporations and financial institutions involving U.S., U.K., Asia and offshore court litigation and arbitration under the UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, KCAB, JCAA, LCIA, ASA, and AAA/ICDR rules. These matters include corporate, M&A, joint venture, real estate, outbound investment, private equity, financial services, debtor-creditor, and other commercial disputes. Mr. Wu has been admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), and the HKIAC Users Council. Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Mr. Wu as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific recognized him for Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Wu is a thought leader on global investigations and dispute resolution. He has been invited by governments and industry groups to speak at international conferences in Washington DC, New York City, Switzerland, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul, and is an author for many leading publications. Mr. Wu has been featured by Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, 21st Century Business Herald, Caijing,Caixin and other media. In association with The American Lawyer, The Asian Lawyer and Legal Week, China Law & Practice honored Mr. Wu as "Lawyer of the Year" for Regulatory & Compliance at China Law & Practice Awards 2020. Mr. Wu was also shortlisted for "Disputes Star of the Year" at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016, and won "Rising Star of the Year" for Dispute Resolution at China Law & Practice Awards 2015.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption - China

  • Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution - China

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption - China

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: Litigation - China

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Regulatory/Compliance - China

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Regulatory: Anti-Corruption and Compliance - Hong Kong

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Hong Kong

  • Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards, Finalist for "Disputes Star of the Year"

  • China Law & Practice Awards, Winner of "Lawyer of the Year" for Regulatory & Compliance

  • China Law & Practice Awards, Winner of "Rising Star of the Year" for Dispute Resolution

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "What to Expect in 2021: The U.S.-China National Security and Trade Relationship Under the Biden Administration" (Paul Hastings, Webinar, February 2021)

  • Speaker, "U.S.-Asia Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Trends" (Paul Hastings, Webinar, January 2021)

  • Co-author, "Don't Expect U.S. Enforcement Against Chinese Companies to Ease Under Biden" (Bloomberg Law, December 2020)

  • Co-author, "Recent Trends and Challenges on Anti-Corruption Compliance and Responsible Business Conduct in Southeast Asia" (Lexology, December 2020)

  • Speaker, "Anti-Money Laundering Summit: A Year in Review" (Paul Hastings, Webinar, September 2020)

  • Co-author, "China Enacts Regulations on Unreliable Entity List" (Lexology, September 2020)

  • Speaker, "Potential Impact of Recent Executive Orders on Chinese Investments and Business in the United States" (New York City Bar Association, Webinar, September 2020)

  • Co-author, "Mitigating Increased Enforcement Risks by U.S. Regulators on Chinese, Non-U.S. Companies" (Bloomberg Law, August 2020)

  • Co-author, "State and Commerce Departments Take New Action on 24 Chinese Companies" (Lexology, August 2020)

  • Co-author, "Commerce Simplifies but Expands the Foreign Direct Product Rule for Huawei" (Lexology, August 2020)

  • Speaker, "The Challenge of Regulating U.S.-Listed Chinese Companies" (China Law & Practice, Podcast, August 2020)

  • Co-author, "U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Final Rule Suspending Certain Preferential License Exceptions for Hong Kong" (Lexology, August 2020)

  • Co-author, "U.S. Corporate Regulation Increases Amidst U.S-China Tensions" (Lexology, July 2020)

  • Speaker, "Compliance and Enforcement Risks Between East and West in 2020" (Paul Hastings, Webinar, July 2020)

  • Co-author, "CFIUS Extends its Reach to Order the Termination of Ekso Bionics' Role in Joint Venture in China" (Lexology, June 2020)

  • Co-author, "Why Anti-Bribery Enforcement Scrutiny in China is Here to Stay" (Global Investigations Review, May 2020)

  • Co-author, "U.S. Department of Commerce Imposes Further Restrictions Directed at Huawei" (Lexology, May 2020)

  • Co-author, "COVID-19 Client Alert Series: COVID-19 Guidance on Civil Cases in China from the Supreme People's Court" (LexisNexis Practical Guidance, May 2020)

  • Speaker, "Asia-Pacific Investigations and Monitorships - Multilateral Development Bank Administrative Sanctions" (Paul Hastings & Guidepost Solutions, Webinar, April 2020)

  • Author, "Managing Multijurisdictional Investigations Involving China" (China Business Law Journal, March 2020)

  • Speaker, "Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on Anti-Corruption Compliance" (China International Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, November 2019)

  • Speaker, "Whistleblower Claims in Financial Services Companies: A Global Challenge" (International Bar Association Annual Conference, Seoul, September 2019)

  • Speaker, "Corporate Integrity and Compliance" (World Bank-PRC National Commission of Supervision-CCDI Seminar on Business Integrity and Compliance for the Belt and Road, Beijing, July 2019)

  • Speaker, "Managing Investigations for Anti-Bribery and Corruption Risks" (Asian Legal Business 15th Shanghai In-House Legal Summit, Shanghai, June 2019)

  • Speaker, "China's Belt and Road Initiative - How to Navigate New Business Opportunities" (New York City Bar Association, New York City, June 2019)

  • Speaker, "Cross-Border Ethical Issues in Government Audits and Investigations" (Practicing Law Institute Cross-Border Employment Law Program, New York City, June 2019)

  • Speaker, "China - What Every Multinational Should Know About the Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law, New National Supervision and Cyber Laws" (C5 Anti-Corruption, Switzerland, April 2019)

  • Speaker, "Internal Investigations in China: Managing Risks for Multinational Corporations" (Kluwer China 4th International Arbitration, Regulatory and Competition Law Summit, Shanghai, March 2019)

  • Speaker, "China - Global Regulatory & Enforcement Update Seminar" (ACI 35th International Conference on the FCPA, Washington DC, November 2018)

  • Co-author, "Corruption & Bribery: How MNCs Should Navigate the Risks" (Asian Legal Business: Guide to the Belt and Road Initiative, November 2018)

  • Speaker, "Updates to Dispute Resolution in China" (Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation 5th Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit , Hong Kong, September 2018)

  • Co-author, "Cleaning House: As China Takes a Firm Stand on Commercial Bribery, Here's What MNCs Need to Know" (AmCham Shanghai Insight Magazine, July 2018)

  • Speaker, "How to Respond to the Most Stringent Investigation - Case Study on Chinese Government Joint Enforcement" (ACI 11th China Forum on Anti-Corruption, Shanghai, June 2018)

  • Speaker, "Understanding and Managing Internal Investigations in China" (China: Annual International Arbitration, Compliance & Competition Law Summit, Shanghai, April 2018)

  • Speaker, "eDiscovery Challenges in China" (Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, March 2018)

  • Speaker, "Conducting Investigations and Cooperation" (World Bank-SASAC-CCDI Integrity Compliance Management Workshop for Chinese Enterprises in Belt & Road Countries, Beijing, January 2018)

  • Speaker, "Internal Investigation and Regulatory Issues for Multinational Corporations in China and the Asia-Pacific" (Duxes 10th China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2017)

  • Speaker, "Key Trends and Updates: Dispute Resolution in China" (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit, Hong Kong, September 2017)

  • Speaker, "International Cooperation to Fight Corruption" (World Bank-PRC MOS-CCDI Forum on Strengthening International Cooperation for a Clean Belt and Road, Beijing, September 2017)

  • Speaker, "Compliance Officers Think Tank: How to Implement Effective Metrics for your Industry and Sector" (10th China Forum On Anti-Corruption, Shanghai, June 2017)

  • Speaker, "How to Build a Compliance System and to Prevent Corruption in a Medium Company With Global Challenges" and "How to Empower Compliance Officers and Work Effectively with Foreign HQ" (Duxes Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Beijing, June 2017)

  • Speaker, "Anti-corruption in China" (Asialaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit 2017, Hong Kong, May 2017)

  • Speaker, "Best practices in resolving Asian M&A disputes" (IFLR Asia M&A Forum, Hong Kong, March 2017)

  • Speaker, "Managing the Arbitration Process - In-House Counsels and Experts Give Their Views," (China: Annual International Arbitration Summit, Beijing, November 2016)

  • Co-author, "Clampdown on Multinationals in China Continues" (Corporate Counsel, November 2016)

  • Author, "Trouble ahead for China's joint ventures" (FinanceAsia, November 2016)

  • Speaker, "Internal Investigations for MNCs in China" (InnoXcell Annual Symposium, Shanghai, October 2016)

  • Speaker, "The Cost of Doing Business: Understanding and Avoiding the Hazards of Internal Investigations in Asia," (Association of Corporate Counsel, Webinar, October 2016)

  • Speaker, "Key Trends and Updates in Managing Cross-Border Disputes" (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit, Hong Kong, September 2016)

  • Speaker, "Advising In-House Counsel in Outbound Disputes" (China: 2nd Annual International Arbitration Summit, Shanghai, July 2016)

  • Co-author, "Get Ready for Disputes As US-China Deals Multiply" (Law 360, June 2016)

  • Speaker, "How to Keep a Functional Relationship between Compliance and Business" (8th Anti-Corruption Compliance in China Summit, Beijing, May 2016)

  • Author, "Domestic Parties Need to Prepare for Outbound Joint Venture Disputes" (China Business Law Journal, April 2016)

  • Speaker "Tech M&A: Key Issues in Today's Convergence-Driven TMT Market" (11th Annual IFLR Asia M&A Forum, Hong Kong, March 2016)

  • Speaker, "China-U.S. Outbound Joint Ventures - Strategies for Dispute Resolution" (U.S.-China Legal Summit, Hong Kong, February 2016)

  • Speaker, "Outbound Joint Venture and China-Related Disputes" (Korea: 4th Annual International Arbitration Summit, Seoul, November 2015)

  • Speaker, "Managing the Arbitration Process - From In-House Counsel Perspective" (Korea: Annual International Arbitration Summit, Seoul, November 2015)

  • Speaker, "China - Individual and Corporate Liability Risks: Status Report on Enforcement of Chinese Pricing, Competition and Anti-Corruption Laws" (32nd International Conference on the FCPA - Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update, Washington DC, November 2015)

  • Speaker, "Strategies for Success: Managing Cross-Border Disputes" (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit, Hong Kong, September 2015)

  • Co-author, "Offshore Chinese Structures in Dispute" (International Financial Law Review, May 2015)

  • Speaker, "Outbound Arbitration and Offshore Asset Recovery" (Hong Kong: Annual International Arbitration Summit, Hong Kong, April 2015)

  • Speaker, "Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes" (InnoXcell Asia Symposium, Hong Kong, April 2015)

  • Speaker, "Guarding Against Financial Crimes: Lessons Learned from the Qingdao Metal Scam" (The International Transaction Banking Convention, The Asian Banker Summit, Hong Kong, April 2015)

  • Co-author, "China Outbound Investment Guide: Offshore" (China Law and Practice, April 2015)

  • Speaker, "Outbound Arbitration and Offshore Asset Recovery" (Korea: Annual International Arbitration Summit, Seoul, November 2014)

  • Speaker, "Changes and Challenges: Main Issues of Recent Arbitration Regimes in Korea and Asia-Pacific" (Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea, Seoul, November 2014)

  • Speaker, "Enforcement: Ensuring that You Get the Money You're Owed" (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit, Hong Kong, September 2014)

  • Speaker, "Monetizing Large Judgments and Arbitration Awards" (The Association of Corporate Counsel, Webinar, April 2014)

  • Co-author, "Dispute Resolution Expert," Lexis Practical Guidance Asia Dispute Resolution (LexisNexis, 2014)

  • Co-author, "Arbitration Expert," Lexis PSL UK Arbitration (LexisNexis, 2014)

  • Author, "Arbitration in Hong Kong and China: Recent Developments and Considerations for Asian Parties," Korean Arbitration Review, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), 3rd Edition, 2013

  • Author, "HKIAC Rules: What the New HKIAC Rules Mean for China-Related Arbitration," China Law and Practice, Vol. 27, No. 4, July/August 2013

  • Author, "CIETAC Rules 2012: CIETAC Goes Global," China Law and Practice, Vol. 26, No. 3, April 2012

  • Author, "International Arbitration for Chinese-Foreign Disputes: Emerging Choices in 2012," American Bar Association International Law News, Vol. 41, No. 2, Spring 2012 (lead article)

  • Author, "Enforcement of an Award Rendered Following Arb-Med Proceedings," Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2012

Involvement

  • International Bar Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Member

  • New York State Bar Association, Member

  • Law Society of England and Wales, Member

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Member

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Member

Recent Representations

Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational pharmaceutical and medical device corporation in internal investigations of its operations in China, Korea, Japan and India in connection with internal audit, allegedly falsified records and payments

  • Representation of a multinational business software corporation in internal investigations of its operations in Greater China in connection with whistleblower allegations, revenue recognition and suspected fraudulent practices

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational technology and manufacturing corporation in internal investigations of its operations in China in connection with whistleblower allegations, suspected sanctions violations and fraudulent practices 

  • Representation of a multinational industrial production corporation in internal investigations of its operations in China in connection with whistleblower allegations, corporate compliance, sales transaction controls issues and fraudulent practices

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational industrial technology corporation in internal investigations of its operations in China in connection with whistleblower allegations, revenue recognition and other sales transaction controls issues

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational industrial manufacturing corporation in internal investigations of its operations in Asia in connection with allegations of improper gifts and payments, and potential consequences under the FCPA

  • Representation of a multinational luxury automotive corporation in internal investigations of its operations in China in connection with allegations of improper payments by distributors and potential consequences under the FCPA

Financial Irregularities and Accounting Fraud

  • Representation of the audit committee of the board of directors of a U.S. public-listed Chinese technology corporation in an internal investigation into allegations of financial irregularities, revenue inflation and accounting fraud

  • Representation of the CEO, Chairman and Founder of a U.S. public-listed Chinese technology corporation in an internal investigation by the audit committee of the board of directors into allegations of financial irregularities

  • Representation of the audit committee of the board of directors of a U.S. multinational pharmaceutical corporation in an internal investigation in connection with whistleblower allegations of financial irregularities

  • Representation of an international commodities trading corporation and its Hong Kong office in internal investigations of its transactions in connection with anti-money laundering and sanctions inquiries raised by the relevant authorities

Monitoring and Assessing Corporate Compliance

  • Representation of a Chinese internet software corporation in assessing compliance relating to U.S. economic sanctions, trade controls, data privacy and cross-border regulatory issues leading to potential enforcement risks

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational technology corporation for compliance relating to China entities on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration Regulations Entity List

  • Representation of a Chinese integrated technology manufacturing corporation for compliance relating to U.S. economic sanctions and trade controls, and potential litigation arising out of technology transfer and related issues

  • Representation of a U.S. multinational fund for advice and compliance relating to data privacy and cybersecurity laws, and related cross-border regulatory issues across the U.S., E.U. and Asia-Pacific region

  • As an individual, appointed by the Asian Development Bank as the Compliance Monitor for an Asia-based company in connection with its sanction for integrity violations in Asian Development Bank-financed projects

  • As an individual, appointed by the World Bank as the Compliance Monitor for a public-listed technology communications corporation in China in connection with its debarment for fraudulent practices in World Bank-financed projects

  • As an individual, appointed by the World Bank as the Compliance Monitor for a large infrastructure construction corporation in China in connection with its debarment for fraudulent practices in World Bank-financed projects

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

  • Representation in a wide range of cross-border litigation and international arbitration under the UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, KCAB, JCAA, LCIA, ASA and AAA/ICDR arbitral rules, seated in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, London, Paris, Geneva, New York and Washington DC, governed by a wide variety of applicable laws

  • Representation of a Chinese asset management corporation in an HKIAC arbitration against a U.S. multinational financial services technology corporation arising out of the acquisition of a financial markets software processing solution provider

  • Representation of a U.S. international flooring manufacturer in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Chinese counterparties arising out of a breach of the sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of Chinese manufacturing operations

  • Representation of a Chinese digital network operator in an ICC arbitration against the Ministry of Communications of an African government arising out of the wrongful termination of a supply and installation agreement for over US $200 million

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