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Wendy Wysong

Wendy Wysong

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

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

Wendy Wysong leads the Asia Pacific Anti-Corruption and Trade Controls 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 United States 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 and her team received unprecedented dual recognition in 2017 as the "Export Controls Law Firm of the Year, USA" and the "Export Controls/Sanctions Law Firm of the Year, Rest of the World" by World Export Controls Review (World ECR). Wendy led and coordinated the international team which represented a Chinese telecommunications company charged with violating U.S. export controls and sanctions, securing the first ever "Temporary General License" enabling their company to stay in business during the multi agency investigation.

In April 2015 Wendy was named by Global Investigations Review as one of 100 remarkable women operating in the field of investigations around the world.

Wendy recently spoke to TRACE International about the aspects of Hong Kong's anti-bribery law and enforcement regime that set it apart from most others – listen to "Bribe, Swindle or Steal" here.

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  • Appointed as a special compliance monitor by both the U.S Department of Justice and the U.S Department of State
  • Represented a Chinese telecommunications company in a five-year export controls and economic sanctions investigation by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Commerce (BIS), and Treasury (OFAC) from investigation to settlement
  • Providing advice and representation as DHL's external export controls compliance counsel
  • Providing compliance advice, conducting anticorruption risk assessment on global operations, undertaking an internal investigation on three continents, and representing global company based in France before the US Department of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Conducted internal investigation of bribery allegations by the AIC in China for a US-based global healthcare company
  • Conducted three internal FCPA investigations for a global insurance brokerage firm in China and Africa
  • Conducting a global anti-corruption risk assessment review for a multi-national beverage company, involving 13 countries throughout Asia
    • Following the risk assessments, Wendy developed global anti-corruption policies with tailored local policies that reflected particular risks faced in each country and incorporated local law
  • Led the 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
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Career and 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
  • Associate, Hogan Lovells 1985
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Virginia 1986
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Washington 1986
  • Assistant U.S Attorney, District of Columbia 1989-2004, Attorney General's Director's Award for Superior Achievement as an AUSA 1996, named Senior Litigation Counsel 2003
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary 2004-2007 and Acting Assistant Secretary 2004-05 for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry & Security, Department of Commerce
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2007

Professional bodies

  • Hong Kong Country Representative of 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
  • International Association of Independent Compliance Monitors
  • Women's White Collar Defense Association, Leadership and Executive Committee, Vice Chair for West Coast / Pacific, Hong Kong Chapter Leader
  • Guest lecturer at the American University Washington College of Law and George Washington University Law School, FCPA seminars

Awards and citations

Chambers APAC and Chambers Global ranking 2013-2019

APAC Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption (Intl Firms-China 2019)

  • Band One: Asia-Pacific department head Wendy Wysong is noted for her deep experience in matters related to economic sanctions, handling both enforcement and compliance. "She knows this area and understands the needs of her clients," a client reports. "She is very pragmatic and wants to resolve problems," interviewees also say.
  • Recognized as a Global Elite Though Leader in Who's Who Legal Investigations 2019
  • Wendy's team received dual recognition: 2017 "Export Controls Law Firm of the Year, USA" and "Export Controls/Sanctions Law Firm of the Year, Rest of the World" by World Export Controls Review (World ECR)
  • Who's Who in Business Crime Defence 2018
  • Who's Who in Legal Investigations 2018
  • Recognised by Benchmark Litigation 2018 for her work in Hong Kong Regulatory Investigations
  • Women in Business Law 2018, Expert
  • Wendy is listed in the 2015 edition of Global Investigations Review's Women in Investigations special where they highlight 100 remarkable women in the profession from around the world