Daniel P. Levison

Partner | Singapore

dlevison@mofo.com | 65 69222041

65 69222041

Conducting sensitive corporate investigations and designing effective compliance programs requires agile and adaptive legal counsel with both deep subject matter and regional expertise. This is why clients turn to MoFo.

Daniel Levison is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Singapore office, where he heads its Litigation Department and is also the head of the firm’s Ethics + Compliance regional practice in Asia. Dan counsels clients regarding compliance matters and conducts internal investigations and compliance reviews across the Asia-Pacific region, where he has over 20 years of experience. His practice has included work in many countries in Southeast Asia and beyond, including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Singapore, as well as India, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and China.

Clients say that Dan is “very thoughtful and thorough, and extremely focused on giving high-quality advice across a broad range of issues.” Clients rely on his experience with highly sensitive matters, which have included fraud and corruption, cartel and other competition matters, anti-money laundering, export control, privacy and data security, and regulatory and product safety investigations. In addition, he assists clients with pre‑acquisition and third-party compliance due diligence and developing, reviewing, and implementing compliance policies, procedures, and training programs.

Dan also focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, with particular emphasis on the resolution of multi-jurisdictional disputes and has developed particular expertise regarding cross-border electronic discovery matters. He has counseled clients in a range of matters involving contract disputes, business torts, antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, and other issues. Dan has represented clients in a variety of industries, including electronics and manufacturing, software, consulting and professional services, consumer goods, electronic commerce, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, sports and entertainment, transportation, construction and real estate, hospitality, insurance, and banking and financial services, among others. Dan is also a member of MoFo’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Before moving to Singapore, Dan spent more than 12 years in MoFo’s Tokyo office, and clients continue to rely on him for his Japan-related expertise, for which he has been recognized by Chambers Global.

Dan has been listed by Chambers Asia-Pacific every year for the last three years as a top practitioner (Band 1) in his field for Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption. He was also recommended as a global leader in Investigations in Singapore by Who’s Who Legal/Global Investigations Review 2020.

Dan is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader on anti‑corruption, investigations, and compliance‑related topics. Some recent engagements include:

  • Asia Pacific Summit on Anti-Corruption
  • Centre for a New American Security — Future Trends in Tariffs, Sanctions, and Investment Restrictions
  • GIR Live Singapore
  • Thailand and Southeast Asia: Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Global Summit
  • Ethics and Compliance Leadership Programme — INSEAD | ethiXbase
  • Business Ethics Leadership Alliance — Ethisphere
  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals — Asia Privacy Forum 2019
  • Centre for a New American Security — North Korea Sanctions workshop

In addition to his practice, Dan serves on MoFo’s Board of Directors and on MoFo’s Diversity Strategy Committee and plays a leadership role in some of MoFo’s diversity initiatives, notably, as a member of the Board of Directors of MoFo’s pro bono client, Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network, and he has been highly commended by Chambers for an Asia-Pacific Diversity & Inclusion Award 2020.

Representative Experience

  • A multinational company in connection with an internal investigation into allegations of bribery in Indonesia.
  • A real estate investment trust in relation to a compliance risk assessment concerning a joint venture in India. 
  • A U.S.-based company in an investigation into corruption and procurement–related irregularities in India. 
  • A global technology company in relation to an investigation into allegations of conflicts of interest and accounting irregularities by local management in Southeast Asia.
  • Several Asia-based employees of financial institutions in internal and government corruption and money laundering investigations. 
  • U.S.-based medical device manufacturer in investigation into allegations of bribery and fraud in Japan.
  • A multinational pharmaceutical company in investigations into allegations of irregularities in the conduct of clinical trials in Japan.
  • A U.S.-based company with respect to several Japan Fair Trade Commission investigations.
  • Providing a global financial institution with anti-corruption counselling with respect to its global private equity and venture capital investments.
  • Conducted pre-investment and pre-acquisition anti-corruption and compliance due diligence for U.S., Europe, and Asia-based multinational companies in numerous transactions across the Asia‑Pacific region and beyond. 
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