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Morrison & Foerster Enhances Asia Pacific Compliance, Investigation and Disputes Capabilities by Expanding Singapore Office

Litigator Daniel Levison Relocates from Tokyo
05/20/2013
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SINGAPORE (May 20, 2013) – Morrison & Foerster litigation partner Daniel P. Levison, a member of the firm's FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force, has relocated to the firm's Singapore office after more than 12 years in the Tokyo office. Mr. Levison has extensive experience representing clients in cross-border disputes, counseling clients on a wide range of compliance matters and conducting internal investigations across the Asia-Pacific region. His practice has included work in many countries in Southeast Asia and beyond including Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, as well as India, Australia and New Zealand.

"Dan's move underscores our commitment to expanding our coverage to ensure we are where our clients need us as they expand their businesses while navigating an increasingly challenging regulatory environment," said Eric Piesner, managing partner of MoFo's Singapore office and its firmwide managing partner for Asia. "Dan's deep experience with important and sensitive compliance and dispute resolution matters for clients in ASEAN countries, China and Japan, including his work on anti-corruption compliance and investigations, makes him the perfect fit for our Singapore office. As more multinational corporations turn to Singapore as a base for operations in South and Southeast Asia, Dan will provide vital assistance."

Mr. Levison has experience in matters that include fraud and corruption, cartel and other competition matters, export control, privacy and data security, and regulatory and product safety investigations. He also works with clients with pre-acquisition and third-party anti-corruption due diligence, and developing and implementing anti-corruption policies, procedures and training programs. Mr. Levison also has experience handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters throughout the region.

"I'm excited to join our Singapore office," said Mr. Levison. "We are growing our presence in the region, and enhancing our dispute resolution and investigation capabilities is a key piece part of our strategy. One of the strengths of our Asia practice is our ability to leverage our knowledge and experience for clients across borders. My move is in keeping with that strength."

Morrison & Foerster opened its Singapore office in January. Located in one of the most vibrant financial centers in the region, the office is the firm's fifth in Asia. With Mr. Levison's relocation, partners with disputes and U.S. compliance and regulatory expertise are on the ground full-time in Hong Kong/China, Japan and Singapore. Other key practices for the Singapore office include M&A, real estate, project finance, dispute resolution, TMT, private equity and tax.

Mr. Levison earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, his A.B. from Cornell University and his M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Levison served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Levison is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and speaks Japanese. Mr. Levison previously spent time in the firm's New York office supporting clients' dispute resolution needs.

Chambers Asia Pacific recently named MoFo the 2013 Japan International Firm of the Year, and recognizes the firm's Asia-wide Capital Markets, M&A, Private Equity, Energy & Natural Resources and Intellectual Property as leading practices. The firm was named Litigation Law Firm of the Year at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2012 and honored as the 2011 Asian-Counsel Firm of the Year for Capital Markets & Intellectual Property. Global Finance magazine has selected Morrison & Foerster as the Best Legal Adviser in Asia every year since 2006, and Morrison & Foerster is the only firm Legal 500 ranks Tier 1 for Technology across China, Hong Kong and the United States.