Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Yuet Ming Tham has returned to the firm as a partner and Global Co-chair of the White-Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations practice. Shu Min Ho returns in the same practice. They are rejoining Sidley from McDermott Will & Emery and will be based in Singapore. A team of seven managing associates and associates combined (four returning and three new to Sidley) will be joining Yuet and Shu Min in their return.
“We are pleased that Yuet and Shu Min and their team are returning to Sidley to join our thriving white-collar practice in Asia,” said Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley’s Management Committee Chair and Executive Committee member. “They will play a key role in our vision of meeting our white-collar clients’ needs in Asia while also supporting our clients as they expand globally. Welcome home.”
“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring back Yuet and Shu Min and their team to Sidley,” said Constance Choy, managing partner for the Asia Pacific region and a member of Sidley’s Management and Executive Committees. “Their excellent work has been valued by our clients and partners across our global platform. We look forward to welcoming the team all back to our fast-growing Asia Pacific white-collar practice.”
Ms. Tham focuses on compliance and investigations especially in the context of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, privacy and cybersecurity, as well as regulatory counseling on anti-money laundering laws and sanctions. She also has a special focus on work in the Life Sciences industry and has acted for more than 35 pharmaceutical, medical technology, and nutraceutical companies. She has led investigations across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, and represented clients on matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. SEC, FINRA, and investigations by enforcement agencies in Asia such as the HK Security and Futures Commission. She has also led investigations in Israel, Turkey, Nigeria, Hungary, South Africa, China, Australia, Japan, and Vietnam. Previously she served as Deputy Public Prosecutor in Singapore and as Asia Pacific regional compliance director for Pfizer. Ms. Tham speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay and is admitted in New York, England and Wales, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Ms. Tham has been awarded numerous accolades over the years including recognition as one of the “Top 100 Women in Investigations” globally by Global Investigations Review and, as one of Asia Pacific’s “Top 100 Women in Law”. She has also been awarded the “Emerging Markets Compliance & Investigations Lawyer of the Year” by The Asian Lawyer, with her team recognized as “the Emerging Markets Compliance and Investigations Team of the Year.” Ms. Tham is honored as a “Leading Lawyer” in the “Financial Services Regulatory” category by IFLR1000, and by Who’s Who Legal as a “Leading Business Lawyer” in three categories – “Life Sciences,” “Business Crime Defense,” and “Investigations.”
Shu Min Ho has led complex cross-border investigations arising from bribery, corruption, fraud, embezzlement, and other corporate crime globally, including in complex jurisdictions such as the UAE, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, the UK, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. Her practice is complemented by a wide-ranging advisory portfolio, covering anti-trust, cybersecurity, data privacy, employment, and other regulatory and compliance matters.
With more than 170 white-collar defense and compliance lawyers around the world, Sidley is known for its extensive multinational, cross-border capabilities. Sidley lawyers are particularly strong in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, U.K. Anti-Bribery law, Chinese Anti-Bribery law, EU data privacy, antitrust, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions. The team collaborates seamlessly across borders and practice groups to offer a cohesive approach to white-collar crime and corporate investigations matters.
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