Skip to main content

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

News and awards

Clifford Chance hires US litigation and regulatory partner Vasu Muthyala, further strengthening Asia Pacific Litigation team

8 August 2022

Clifford Chance hires US litigation and regulatory partner Vasu Muthyala, further strengthening Asia Pacific Litigation team

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance announced that today partner Vasu B. Muthyala joins its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, based in Singapore.

As one of the few former US Department of Justice prosecutors and US Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement lawyers in Asia, Vasu brings extensive experience advising on a broad range of cross border government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. His practice focuses on US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, anti-money laundering, sanctions and securities fraud.

Nish Shetty, Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice for Asia Pacific said, "We are delighted to welcome Vasu to the team. His impressive track record representing individuals and multinational corporations on the full range of government investigations and regulatory matters builds on and deepens our comprehensive offering to clients in the region."

Matthew Newick, Global Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution added, "We continue to see strong demand from our clients across the entire spectrum of international regulatory issues. Vasu's experience and credentials mean he is ideally placed to help our clients navigate these challenges. Our teams in Asia Pacific and in the US are looking forward to working with him closely."

Rob Houck, Americas Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution said, "Vasu is an exciting addition to our US L&DR offering in Asia Pacific, covering FCPA violations, AML, sanctions and securities fraud. He will be able to bring significant value to our clients navigating issues in real time as part of our global team."

Vasu served as a prosecutor with the US Department of Justice and as an enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was also a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of US President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, focusing on financial crimes relating to the financial crisis and economic recovery efforts.

Vasu joins from Kobre & Kim. He is qualified in Washington DC and California.

The addition of Vasu is the latest in a series of targeted senior level hires designed to further strengthen the firm's leading global white-collar crime practice. These include the appointment of CFIUS and Trade Control partner Renée Latour and anti-money laundering and data governance counsel Jamal El-Hindi in Washington DC, regulatory and white-collar defence counsel Tom Joksimovic in New York, and Christopher David as director of white-collar crime in London.