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William F. McGovern

Kobre & Kim LLP

Central Hong Kong, CHN


William F. McGovern focuses his practice on international commercial disputes, international regulatory and criminal investigations, as well as matters involving worldwide asset-tracing and international judgment enforcement.  Mr. McGovern regularly represents private and institutional clients in U.S. government investigations into allegations concerning securities law violations, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), money laundering, corporate accounting fraud, and various other laws with international applications. In addition, Mr. McGovern often conducts confidential internal investigations on behalf of executive boards and committees of international public and private companies.

Mr. McGovern has been globally ranked in leading professional directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, as “an efficient, highly intelligent, and solution-oriented practitioner.”  He is regularly called upon to lecture about and publish in the areas of cross-border government enforcement, as well as the global regulatory climate with a particular emphasis on the interaction between the U.S. and Asia.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. McGovern worked as a senior litigator and Executive Director for Morgan Stanley in Asia and the U.S.  As a member of the Regulatory Group at Morgan Stanley, managed a team of lawyers based in Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo and Mumbai.  He regularly represented Morgan Stanley in regulatory investigations and established and implemented enhanced compliance policies and procedures that were required by their regulators as part of various settlements.  Earlier in his career, Mr. McGovern served as Branch Chief in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC and New York, and as an Assistant District Attorney in New York.
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