Susan Munro is based in our Hong Kong office and is a member of the International Arbitration Group. She has represented clients in connection with regulatory compliance, investigations, disputes and investment matters in mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR and the Asian region for more than 20 years. From 2001 to 2010, she was based in Shanghai, where she worked on disputes, investments and US SEC, DOJ and internal investigations in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, alternative energy, financial services and other industries. From 2010 to 2020 she was based in Beijing, where she headed up the office of a US law firm and represented Chinese state-owned enterprises, financial institutions, US listed companies and a large global investment fund in connection with international regulatory compliance, investigations, cross-border disputes and investments.
Susan has represented clients in cross-border arbitrations before the ICC, the HKIAC and the SIAC involving China and Hong Kong, and has sat as an arbitrator in bilingual disputes administered under ICC rules. She has conducted bilingual investigations regarding FCPA and UKBA violations and conducts regulatory compliance risk assessments and pre-investment regulatory compliance due diligence on behalf of multinational companies, fund managers and financial institutions. She also advises international companies with regard to compliance with China’s cybersecurity regime, including cross border data privacy and data security matters.
Susan has near-native Chinese language capabilities and has earned undergraduate degrees and diplomas in Chinese from educational institutions in the UK and Shanghai. She has been ranked in Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China from 2015 to 2020, in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Corporate investigations/Anti-Corruption: China from 2012 to 2021, and in Chambers Greater China Region, Corporate investigations/Anti-Corruption: China in 2022. One source describes her as a "phenomenal lawyer," while another considers her "easy to work with, prudent and calm," noting that she is "very informed on the ground in China."
Prior to joining the firm, Susan served as a registered partner at a law firm based in Hong Kong. Through this role, Susan has focused her work in international arbitration, investigations and risk assessment, international regulatory compliance, ethics and corporate governance, employment, along with other selected transactional representations.
- China Law & Practice, Lawyer of the Year 2015, Regulatory & Compliance
- ICC International Court of Arbitration Commission; member ICC Hong Kong National Committee; Co-Chair ICC ICA Belt & Road Commission
- Shanghai Arbitration Commission, panel of arbitrators
- Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Vice Chair International Pacific Bar Association Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee
- Co-Chair, American Chamber of Commerce China, Legal Affairs Committee
- Mentioned, "APAC Fund Manager Briefing: Current Top of Mind Issues to Ponder On," AIMA.org, 11 March 2022