Former Prosecutor and Industry-Leading Compliance Executive Christine Wong Joins Morrison & Foerster as a Partner in San Francisco

Ms. Wong further builds out MoFo’s global investigations practice; brings substantial in-house, government, and private practice experience

10/15/2018

Christine Y. Wong

Investigations + White Collar Defense, Litigation, and Securities Enforcement

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO (October 15, 2018) – Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Christine Wong has joined the firm in the San Francisco office as a partner in its Investigations + White Collar Defense group. Ms. Wong spent the last five years at Fujitsu where she most recently served as Vice President, Head of International Compliance. In this role, Ms. Wong led the development and implementation of compliance programs including anti-bribery/corruption, antitrust and competition, and export control. Ms. Wong also has significant prosecutorial experience, having served seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of New York and in the Northern District of California. 

At Fujitsu, Ms. Wong oversaw global investigations, supervising large internal and external teams. She also has substantial trial and courtroom experience, from her years as a federal prosecutor and in private practice.

“Christine has an impressive background and a proven track record in cross-border compliance matters,” said Chuck Duross, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar Defense group. “We are confident that our clients will benefit from Christine’s broad range of experience and her further strengthening our already market-leading investigations capabilities.”

Stacey Sprenkel, head of Litigation for Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, added: “The insights that Christine brings on building out and effectively implementing a compliance program at a global corporation will be invaluable to our clients, and her experience dealing with internal stakeholders in connection with complex, global investigations will position her to provide exceptional support to companies facing their own high stakes investigations. We are excited to have Christine join the firm and become part of our San Francisco Bay Area litigation team, and our Bay Area Investigations + White Collar Defense team.”

Jordan Eth, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White Collar Defense Group, said that “Christine further enhances our ability to handle the full range of compliance, regulatory, enforcement, and litigation issues confronting our clients.” 

Ms. Wong joining Morrison & Foerster highlights the firm’s commitment to adding leading lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area market where it has long been a leader. Recent additions to the Litigation team include white-collar litigator Joshua Hill, Jr., also a former AUSA in the Northern District of California, and a group of six intellectual property litigators led by Stefani Shanberg and Jennifer Schmidt.

“I am very impressed with Morrison & Foerster’s strong focus on investigations and compliance work including a wide breadth and depth of offerings, as well as its deep bench of lawyers who used to hold significant government roles,” added Ms. Wong. “The firm has an outstanding reputation for its litigation work. I look forward to working with the remarkable team at Morrison & Foerster and having the opportunity to advise the firm’s global clients.”

Ms. Wong becomes the latest member of an experienced and effective team of former senior federal and state prosecutors and regulators at Morrison & Foerster. Over the last few months, the firm has welcomed as partners Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin E. Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, who also joined the Investigations + White Collar Defense group, John E. Smith, former director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, who joined as a co-head of the National Security Practice, and Lisa Phelan, former Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement and Washington Criminal I Sections of the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice, who joined the Global Antitrust Law Practice.

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