Sam Williamson is a Quinn Emanuel partner who specializes in Asia-based government enforcement and investigations practices as well as U.S.-facing litigation involving facts and parties in Asia; he has also led the firm’s expansion into Shanghai, where he oversaw the opening of the Shanghai’s office and serves as the firm’s first managing partner of the Shanghai office. He is a former federal prosecutor, having served as a white collar supervisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, and has extensive experience living and working in Asia, having lived in China on multiple occasions, as well as in Japan and Singapore. Sam speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and is the only Chinese-speaking former federal prosecutor resident at an international law firm in mainland China. He regularly counsels both corporations and individuals on sensitive enforcement matters involving securities law, accounting and book-keeping standards and other internal financial controls, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the U.K. Bribery Act, other corruption enforcement regimes, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”), antitrust and competition issues, health care programs, government sanctions and trade policies, and other financial transactions, among others. Sam also frequently speaks to businesspeople and lawyers regarding enforcement and corruption risk in Asia, and on how best to deal with government investigations of business activities in the region.
According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, Sam is “the kind of lawyer you can put in front of your business people - an engaging, credible speaker with a sense of humour” with “ability to synthesise and clarify inherently ambiguous circumstances” and “formidable US Department of Justice experience.” Chambers also reported client comments that Sam “stands out in terms of preparation, focus, comprehensive, analysis, presentation, management and strategy planning.” In 2013, Main Justice recognized Sam with a Distinguished Service Award in the FCPA category.