Susan Munro is a partner based in the Hong Kong office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration, Investigations and White-Collar Crime and International Trade and Regulatory Compliance Groups.
Ms. Munro has more than 25 years’ experience of advising financial institutions, multinational companies and investment funds on China-related investments, regulatory compliance, investigations and commercial disputes. She regularly advises and represents clients in China, including the Hong Kong SAR, the U.K., the U.S. and other jurisdictions.
Ms. Munro has led various internal investigations in connection with anti-corruption, fraud and sexual harassment allegations and has participated in numerous U.S. SEC investigations conducted in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia. She has assisted multinational companies with regulatory compliance assessments and has structured compliance programs for clients in the financial services, engineering and architectural services, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors. Ms. Munro has advised global investment funds on compliance due diligence, investment risks and remediation. She represents clients in litigation and arbitration in connection with complex cross-border shareholder disputes in various jurisdictions.
Ms. Munro was educated in England, Hong Kong and Shanghai and is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales. She speaks, reads and writes Chinese to near-native level and is fluent in French and Spanish. After graduating in Chinese from the University of London, she pursued post-graduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai as a British Council Scholar. Ms. Munro also obtained a LLB degree, trained at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, and was called to the Bar of England & Wales and to the Bar of the Hong Kong SAR. She has been ranked by Chambers Global and Asia Pacific in Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption every year since 2015. In 2015 Ms. Munro was named Regulatory and Compliance Lawyer of the Year by China Law & Practice.