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Susan  Munro

Susan Munro

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Beijing , CHN

Susan Munro is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and head of the firm’s Beijing office. She has advised financial institutions, multinational companies and investment funds on China-related business and investment matters for more than 18 years. She regularly assists clients with China market entry and exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments and has extensive experience of the Chinese chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, energy, semiconductor, food, apparel and software industries, as well as the financial services sector.

For the past 15 years Ms. Munro has conducted numerous China-related Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and SEC investigations in China and throughout South East Asia. She is one of the few experienced fully bilingual investigators based in China and regularly assists clients with development and implementation of anti-corruption compliance policies and programs.

Ms. Munro has been active in Hong Kong and China-related arbitrations for several years and has represented clients in disputes before various international arbitration commissions. She regularly advises clients involved in cross-border litigation involving Hong Kong, China, the UK, the US and other jurisdictions.

Ms. Munro also has deep experience of the Chinese labor and employment environment and regularly advises clients on structuring labor relationships, terminations, mass layoffs and ethics matters. She also has extensive experience of advising on protection of intellectual property in China and enforcement of IPR.

Ms. Munro was educated in England and Hong Kong. After graduating in Chinese, she pursued post-graduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai as a British Council Scholar and is fluent in Putonghua (Mandarin). She trained at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the Bar of England & Wales and to the Bar of the Hong Kong SAR, where she practiced as a barrister in the Hong Kong courts. Before joining Steptoe, Ms. Munro worked for a large US law firm in Shanghai for ten years. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and is licensed by the PRC Ministry of Justice as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and Chief Representative of the firm’s Beijing office.


  • China Law & Practice, Lawyer of the Year: Regulatory & Compliance, 2015
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China, 2012-2017
  • Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China, 2015- 2017
  • Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: China, 2012-2014

Select Seminars & Events

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2017, Practising Law Institute, April 25, 2017

Compliance: Adapting to Uncertainty, AmCham China 2017 White Paper Launch & Government Affairs Annual Conference, April 18, 2017

What Banks and Financial Institutions Should Know About International Arbitration, Launch of ICC Commission Report: Financial Institutions and International Arbitration, April 10, 2017

“Clean” Trade – Anti-Bribery and Corruption Risk and the International Supply Chain, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, April 8, 2017

Anti-Bribery Enforcement: Handling Whistleblower Claims Effectively, 2017 AmCham Compliance Committee Kick-Off Event, March 31, 2017

How to Deal with Employees and Their Rights During Investigations, GIR Live

Hong Kong, October 19, 2016

Selected Publications

2016 FCPA Year in Review
February 16, 2017

Generation Shift: Recent Developments in US-China Business Relations and the Path Ahead Under President-elect Trump
January 19, 2017

Reinsurance Update
October 2016

PRC Promulgates New Legal Interpretations for Criminal Cases Involving Bribery and Corruption
May 12, 2016 

Reinsurance Update
March 2016

2015 FCPA Year in Review
March 8, 2016

Finally, A DPA from the UK: Assessing and Comparing the Standard Bank Judgment
January 15, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Arbitrator, Shanghai Arbitration Commission

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate, Securities & Finance
  • FCPA / Anti- Corruption
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • China Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Reinsurance Litigation, Arbitration & Counseling
  • International Arbitration
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Anti-Money Laundering


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Spanish


  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London BA Chinese (Hons)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, L.L.B (Hons)

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