Slaughter and May has hired investigations and litigation lawyer Wynne Mok as a partner, the firm’s second external partner hire in Hong Kong and its third ever globally.
Mok arrives from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Chinese territory, where she was a director of enforcement. In that role, she managed complex litigation and helped shape the commission’s regulatory policy.
Before taking on a role with law enforcement in 2016, Mok was a disputes partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, where she handled SFC and Hong Kong Stock Exchange-related litigation and investigations for Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies. Earlier in her career, she practiced with the Hong Kong firm Deacons and legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, which merged with Clyde & Co in 2011.
At Slaughter and May, Mok will focus on regulatory inquiries and investigations and work with the firm’s London, Beijing and Brussels offices on multijurisdictional investigations. The firm said in a statement that Mok will bring direct prosecutorial-side experience of regulatory investigations to the global team.
“This is set against the backdrop of increasing collaboration between international regulators, who are seeking to increase standards of law enforcement and good governance on a global basis,” the firm said.
Mok is the second partner-level hire Slaughter and May has made in Hong Kong. In 2014, it hired U.S. securities law partner John Moore from Morrison & Foerster. Moore, who had previous stints with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs and Herbert Smith Freehills, was the conservative U.K. firm’s first lateral ever.
In 2017, Slaughter and May made its first London lateral hire when it brought in Herbert Smith Freehills pensions head Daniel Schaffer.