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Susan Munro

Susan Munro has represented clients in connection with investments, commercial contracts, regulatory compliance, investigations, and disputes matters in mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR, and the Asian region for more than 25 years. From 2001 to 2010, she was based in Shanghai, where she worked on disputes, investments and U.S. SEC, DOJ, and internal investigations in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, alternative energy, financial services, and other industries. From 2010 to 2020 she was based full-time in Beijing, where she headed up the office of a U.S. law firm and represented Chinese state-owned enterprises, financial institutions, U.S. listed companies, and a large global investment fund in connection with investments, international regulatory compliance, cybersecurity and data privacy, various investigations, and cross-border disputes. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Susan served as the Registered Partner of a firm established in Hong Kong. In this role, she focused on transaction, international regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, ESG, employment, and international arbitration.

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 formerly practices as a barrister at the Hong Kong Bar. 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."

  • China Law & Practice, Lawyer of the Year 2015, Regulatory & Compliance
  • ICC International Court of Arbitration Commission; member ICC Hong Kong National Committee
  • Shanghai Arbitration Commission, panel of arbitrators
  • Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Co-Chair International Pacific Bar Association Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee
  • Co-Chair, American Chamber of Commerce China, Legal Affairs Committee
  • “Five Legal Issues for SMEs”, online panel, 14 October 2022, American Chamber of Commerce China Beijing
  • “International Arbitration Summit 2022”, online panelist discussing developments in Hong Kong and China arbitration, 28 June 2022, Legal Business Review
  • “Navigating the New Economic Sanctions Era: Impact on Global Business/Sanctions Risk Management”, online panelist discussing impact of Russia-related economic sanctions, 2 June 2022, Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee Inter-Pacific Bar Association 
  • “China’s Network Data Security Regulations: Clarity at Last or Another Compliance Nightmare?”, online panelist discussing implementation of new China data privacy regime, 15 March 2022, PrivSec China Virtual Forum organized by GRC World Forums
  • “APAC Fund Manager Briefing: Current Top of Mind Issues to Ponder On”, online presentation on U.S. economic sanctions, 17 March 2022, AIMA
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Additional News & Event Pages
  • Mentioned, "A comparison of data protection laws," Asia Business Law Journal (online), 13 July 2022
  • Mentioned, "APAC Fund Manager Briefing: Current Top of Mind Issues to Ponder On,", 11 March 2022
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