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Wendy Wysong

Foreign Legal Consultant (Hong Kong); Partner (Washington DC)

Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
Practice area Antitrust competition, EU & trade, Regulatory enforcement & white collar, Litigation & dispute resolution
Tel +85228263460

Wendy Wysong leads the Asia Pacific Anti-Corruption Practice, maintaining offices in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.  Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance and white collar defense of international laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, Office of Foreign Assets Control economic sanctions, and U.S. anti-boycott laws, as well as government fraud and public corruption.

As a former Assistant US Attorney in DC and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry & Security, Department of Commerce, she counsels and defends clients based on her unique combination of experience and insight as both a prosecutor and regulator before courts and agencies.

Wendy represents clients throughout Asia and the US in the logistics, defense, aerospace, healthcare, telecommunications, gaming, consumer goods, and energy sectors.  Through Clifford Chance's global network, she provides clients multi-jurisdictional representation that takes into account local, regional, and international laws.

Wendy writes a monthly column for Corporate Compliance Insights and recently published A Guide to Anti-Corruption Legislation in Asia Pacific. She co-authored a chapter in the ABA Handbook on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions "Handling Violations: Internal Investigations, Voluntary Disclosures, Global Settlements and Possible Defenses".

Relevant experience

  • Appointed Special Compliance Official for ITAR and export compliance by Departments of State and Justice for ACADEMI (former Blackwater and Xe Services).
  • Providing advice and representation as DHL America's external export controls compliance counsel. 
  • Representing Chinese technology company in US government investigation by Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State and Justice
  • Led on-site investigative team on an internal investigation of a multinational company involving possible bribes paid in connection with undervalued imports in various countries in Africa and Asia.
  • Leading teams conducting regional and global risk assessments for Hong Kong and China-based companies and developing tailored anti-corruption programs under UK, US, and local laws and practices.

Career & qualifications

  • University of Nebraska (BA, English, Political Science) 1981
  • University of Virginia School of Law (JD, Law Review) 1984
  • Law Clerk, Judge Stanley S. Harris, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 1984-85
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Virginia 1986
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in DC 1986
  • Attorney General’s Director’s Award Superior Achievement as an AUSA 1996
  • Senior Litigation Counsel 2003
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia 1989-2004
  • Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry & Security, Department of Commerce 2004
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary 2005-2007
  • Joined Clifford Chance Washington DC 2007
  • Partner since 2007

Professional bodies

  • Hong Kong Country Representative, TRACE International a nonprofit anti-corruption body, providing anti-corruption training to local intermediaries and agents.
  • Co-Chair, ABA Transnational Crimes, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Steering Committee, ABA Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee
  • Director, Board of Directors, EngenderHealth
  • Guest lecturer at the American University Washington College of Law and George Washington University Law School, FCPA seminars

Awards and citations

  • Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global list Wendy as a Leading Lawyer for Clifford Chance's Band One Ranking for "Dispute Resolution: China", writing: “Anti-corruption practitioner Wendy Wysong lends the team a keen edge on the anti-corruption scene, and is hailed by peers as a US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) specialist par excellence. She is seen as 'a leading expert with a huge depth of experience,' and sources particularly note her considerable experience as a prosecutor in the USA".
  • Benchmark Litigation named her a Disputes Star for Hong Kong Regulatory Investigations.  

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