Susan Munro is a Partner in the International Department of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, based in Beijing. She has lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for 30 years and has acquired extensive knowledge and experience of Asian business and legal environments. Ms. Munro earned a degree in Chinese from the University of London and pursued postgraduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai before undertaking legal studies in the U.K. and Hong Kong. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinesee and works in Chinese on a daily basis.
Ms. Munro is part of Steptoe’s multi-office and cross-disciplinary team that works together to provide clients with comprehensive advice on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Anti-Bribery Act and related anti-corruption laws around the world. She has advised investment banks, insurance companies, IT companies, cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment companies on compliance with anti-bribery laws. She regularly assists clients with the development and implementation of compliance policies tailored for China and conducts training for clients in Chinese. Over the past 15 years, she has conducted more than 25 internal investigations involving anti-bribery and books and records issues and related accounting and disclosure requirements for companies operating throughout Asia. She also regularly works on earnings management investigations for U.S. listed companies operating in Asia.
In related practices, Ms. Munro advises clients on China and Hong Kong employment, cyber security and data privacy issues. She has been active in Hong Kong and China based arbitrations for more than 15 years and has advised clients in relation to disputes before the China International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the ICC, the HKIAC, and the LCIA. She also regularly advises clients on cross-border litigation involving the U.S., the U.K., Hong Kong and China.
Ms. Munro qualified as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London before being called to the Bar of England & Wales and to the Bar of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Subsequently, she qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. She is recommended in the Dispute Resolution and Anti-Corruption categories Chambers Asia 2012 and 2013.