Christine Wong, formerly the international compliance head of Japan’s Fujitsu Ltd., has joined Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office as a partner in its investigations and white-collar defense group.
Wong spent the last five years at Fujitsu, where she also served as a vice president of the multinational technology and services company. Before that, she was a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner for two years and served for seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California.
“Given my experience both in government and in-house, I have developed a lot of skills and a lot of experience that I think can be very helpful to the diverse base of clients that MoFo has,” said Wong, noting that she was particularly attracted to MoFo’s growing investigations and white-collar practices.
At Fujitsu, Wong oversaw global investigations, supervising large internal and external teams, MoFo said in announcing the hire. She led a number of compliance programs at the company related to anti-bribery and corruption, antitrust and export control matters.
“Christine brings something unique to the table, which is significant experience in-house,” in addition to her government experience, said Stacey Sprenkel, head of litigation in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.
“I think we are very focused on growing our investigations and white-collar capabilities, both in the Bay Area and globally and making sure that we are well-positioned to support our clients and all of their compliance and investigation-related needs across different compliance topics,” Sprenkel said.
Last February, the firm brought on former federal prosecutor Joshua Hill Jr. from Sidley Austin to lead its white-collar practice in San Francisco. Over the past few months, the investigations and white-collar defense group has added a number of federal and state prosecutors and regulators on the East Coast. Additions include Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s lieutenant governor and a former federal prosecutor; John Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control; and Lisa Phelan, a former senior Justice Department antitrust official.
“MoFo has such deep bench of practitioners in the area that I think it will be a very natural way to grow my practice,” said Wong.