Shaun Wu is a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, and leads the Investigations and White Collar Defense and International Litigation practices in Greater China. He has extensive experience advising corporate clients across the Asia-Pacific over the past decade, focused on investigations and dispute resolution.
Mr. Wu is an accomplished investigations attorney and litigator who “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). He is described as “very smart and communicative”, “authoritative”, with a “focus on clients’ concerns”, and has “won the total trust” of clients (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020). Recognized as a “real strategist and problem solver”, Mr. Wu is regarded by his clients as 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 also “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 is one of Asia’s leading white collar investigations lawyers, representing multinational corporations in high-stakes investigations and regulatory enforcement across the Asia-Pacific. In particular, he focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), bribery, corruption, fraud, misconduct, economic sanctions, trade controls, compliance and other enforcement matters in which clients rely upon his business knowledge and deep experience in Asia. Mr. Wu also advises boards of directors and audit committees of public-listed companies in allegations of financial irregularities and accounting fraud, including revenue recognition and falsified transactions. As an individual, he has been appointed as Monitor by the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks to state-owned enterprises and public-listed companies across Asia to assess compliance following debarment for fraudulent practices. Chambers Asia-Pacific recognized Mr. Wu for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption in 2020 and 2019, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific ranked him as a “Tier 1” Leading Individual for Regulatory/Compliance in 2020 and 2019, and a “key partner” for Regulatory: Anti-Corruption & Compliance in 2018.
In addition, 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 international arbitration under the UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, KCAB, JCAA, LCIA, and AAA/ICDR rules. These matters include corporate, M&A, joint venture, real estate, outbound investment, financial services, insolvency, debtor-creditor, and other commercial disputes. Mr. Wu has been admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), and was a HKIAC Users Council Member. Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Mr. Wu for Dispute Resolution in 2020, 2019 and 2018, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific recognized him for Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Wu is a thought leader on investigations and dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific. 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 leading publications. Mr. Wu has also been featured and quoted by New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, 21st Century Business Herald, Caijing, Caixin and other top-tier media. In recognition of his work, Mr. Wu was nominated as Lawyer of the Year for Regulatory & Compliance at China Law & Practice Awards 2019, Disputes Star of the Year at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016, and won the Rising Star of the Year Award for Dispute Resolution at China Law & Practice Awards 2015.
Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement
Financial Irregularities and Accounting Fraud
Monitoring and Assessing Corporate Compliance
International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Shaun Wu Appointed Independent Monitor in Connection with Sanction by the Asian Development Bank
July 30, 2020
Paul Hastings Accelerates Lateral Growth with Addition of Leading Entertainment and Media Litigation Partner
June 22, 2020
Paul Hastings Continues Lateral Growth Hot Streak, Adding Restructuring Partner James Grogan in Houston
April 16, 2020
Paul Hastings’ Global Investigations Practice Adds Top Investigations and Litigation Partner in Asia
January 13, 2020
State and Commerce Departments Take New Action on 24 Chinese Companies
August 28, 2020
Commerce Simplifies—but Expands—the Foreign Direct Product Rule for Huawei
August 19, 2020
U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Final Rule Suspending Certain Preferential License Exceptions for Hong Kong
August 03, 2020
U.S. Corporate Regulation Increases Amidst U.S.-China Tensions
July 24, 2020
CFIUS Extends its Reach to Order the Termination of Ekso Bionics' Role in Joint Venture in China
June 10, 2020
U.S. Department of Commerce Imposes Further Restrictions Directed at Huawei
May 19, 2020
Paul Hastings Virtual Anti-Money Laundering Summit – Day 1
September 24, 2020