DLA Piper Appoints Asia Regulatory Expert to Spearhead Risk Management

Hong Kong (LAWFUEL) – DLA Piper today announced the appointment of Tham Yuet-Ming as Consultant in the Litigation and Regulatory Group in the Hong Kong office. Ms Tham, who brings over 13 years of legal experience across Asia-Pacific advising companies in regulatory and compliance matters and government investigations, will spearhead initiatives to raise the risk management profile of DLA Piper’s clients.

Ms Tham has a strong track record investigating, advising and defending companies in allegations of bribery and corruption, particularly in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts (FCPA), fraud, money laundering, data protection, extradition and competition law. She brings expertise to DLA Piper conducting and reporting on internal investigations, implementing and maintaining effective compliance regimes, developing training programs and carrying out compliance risk assessments. Ms Tham is well-versed in the jurisdictions of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

She has worked on a number of large-scale investigations by global authorities including the Securities and Futures Commission and the Office of Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce and the provincial and municipal tax bureaus in China, the Fair Trade Commission in Korea and the Anti-Corruption Agency in Malaysia.

Ms Tham’s wide-ranging experience prior to DLA Piper includes her role as Regional Compliance Director for a major US global pharmaceutical organisation and Deputy Public Prosecutor in Singapore, during which time she conducted criminal trials and appeals in the District and Supreme Courts. Also an experienced commercial litigator, Ms Tham has represented multinational clients in complex commercial litigations and arbitration issues, including shareholders’ disputes, employment matters and data privacy issues.

″We are increasingly providing counsel to multinationals and major Asian companies which are dealing with rising regulatory oversight by local authorities as well as more intense scrutiny from regulators in jurisdictions around the world. Companies are now renewing and upgrading their risk management process to cope with the more complex environment,″ said Christopher Clarke, Asia Head of the Regulatory and Government Affairs Group at DLA Piper.

″Yuet Ming will be a key player in reinforcing our capabilities to advise companies dealing with regulatory breaches, as well as prevent potential losses by advising on risk management processes.″

Admitted in three jurisdictions, England & Wales, Singapore and Hong Kong, Ms Tham is also a regular speaker at compliance and regulatory conferences. She speaks English, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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