Timothy Blakely is Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office. He is also head of the firm’s Hong Kong Litigation Department and a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice group. Mr. Blakely’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations and complex commercial litigation and international arbitration matters.
Mr. Blakely represents companies and individuals in government investigations, regulatory proceedings, internal investigations, international arbitrations, securities class action lawsuits, and other complex dispute-related matters. Mr. Blakely also advises clients about regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Blakely has represented multinational and Chinese clients in various industries, including telecommunications, biotechnology, publishing, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.
Mr. Blakely also is a member of the firm’s global anti-corruption and compliance team. He conducts internal investigations throughout Asia of potential violations of anti-corruption laws, leads pre-acquisition anti-corruption related due diligence and post-closing remediation, and regularly provides advice, counseling, and training to clients about FCPA and anti-corruption related issues.
Mr. Blakely has deep experience representing companies and individuals in high-stakes contentious matters involving U.S. and Hong Kong law. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2011, he spent ten years practicing in New York and California, handling fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, securities litigation, investment disputes, commercial arbitration and enforcement-related matters, from inception through trial. His practice continues to have a strong U.S. nexus, and he regularly advises clients facing disputes and enforcement actions originating in the U.S. and involving U.S. law.
As a Hong Kong solicitor, Mr. Blakely has been instructed by clients in key contentious proceedings and arbitration-related matters before Hong Kong courts (including the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal, and the Court of Final Appeal), as well in proceedings with Hong Kong regulators and statutory tribunals. He has advised clients in investigations by, inter alia, the Securities & Futures Commission, and in proceedings before the Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board. He regularly acts for clients in Hong Kong-seated international arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Blakely was named to Global Investigation Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40, and is ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 as a leading lawyer in China for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption. Clients praise him for his pragmatic advice, "top-notch" investigation skills and "keen situational awareness", remarking that he is "extremely thorough and very effective at communicating high-risk issues". He has also been recognized among the leading investigations lawyers in the world in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Investigations. He is a regular speaker and writer on topics including international anti-corruption matters, cross-border shareholder litigation, government enforcement and investigations, international arbitration, and risk mitigation.
Mr. Blakely graduated, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 1996, with an A.B. in Government. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Senior Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his graduation from Penn, Mr. Blakely served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Blakely was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.
Mr. Blakely is admitted to the bars of California, New York, and Maine, and as a solicitor in Hong Kong.
Litigation and Arbitration
Internal and Government Investigations
FCPA and Anti-corruption Due Diligence and Risk Assessments
Mr. Blakely was recently named to Global Investigation Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40. He was also recommended for China Dispute Resolution: Foreign Firms by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 and for Dispute Resolution: Litigation in Hong Kong by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017-2018; Leading lawyer in China for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017-2019 and Chambers Global 2017-2019.
In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017, clients remarked that Mr. Blakely “knows Western practices but also appreciates and understands the peculiarity of Chinese laws and practice.”
The Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 noted that “Tim Blakely of Morrison & Foerster LLP is singled out for his dedicated commitment to clients and strong track record advising on government and internal investigations in China.” The Guide quoted one of Mr. Blakely’s clients saying: "He is incredibly intelligent and always well prepared. He is an excellent interviewer and his depth of knowledge of the subject matter is outstanding."
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