Cleary Gottlieb Partner Shawn Chen Joins HSBC as Global Co-General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

February 11, 2014

Cleary Gottlieb partner Shawn Chen has joined HSBC in London as Global Co-General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement.

Shawn joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2004 after five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He became a partner in 2008. During his ten years with the firm, Shawn contributed significantly to the growth and success of our litigation and white-collar defense and securities enforcement practices. Shawn has represented clients, including major financial institutions, in litigation, government investigations, and internal investigations covering a wide range of issues relating to securities fraud, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering compliance, and economic sanctions and embargoes.

“Shawn is a skilled litigator and a truly outstanding member of our enforcement team. We are very grateful for his many contributions to the firm. While we will miss him very much, we look forward to his continued success with our client HSBC and share his enthusiasm for this unique opportunity,” said Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Leddy.

Shawn assumed his new role at HSBC on February 10, 2014.

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Recognized as one of the top litigation groups in the world, Cleary Gottlieb provides clients with creative and result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory, or criminal investigations.

Cleary Gottlieb’s white-collar defense, securities enforcement, and internal investigations practice is anchored by eight former federal prosecutors, including a former Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, three former General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, two former Directors of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, a former Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, and a former Director of FinCEN.