White Collar specialist Samuel Williamson is joining the firm as a partner based in Shanghai, a new office for the firm. Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Williamson was head of Kirkland & Ellis’ Asia-based Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice. He will have a similar role at Quinn Emanuel as managing partner of the firm’s new Shanghai office, which will open once regulatory approvals are obtained.
Williamson, who is the only former U.S. prosecutor practicing in China, speaks both Mandarin and Japanese. He has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals in sensitive enforcement matters involving securities law, accounting and book-keeping standards and other internal financial controls, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, other corruption enforcement regimes, the Economic Espionage Act, antitrust and competition issues, health care programs, government sanctions and trade policies, and financial transactions. He has represented boards, audit committees, and special committees. Williamson received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Singapore.