(April 23, 2020, Hong Kong) — Nick Turner, of counsel in Steptoe's Hong Kong office, has been named to Global Investigations Review's "40 Under 40" list for 2020. The list profiles 40 of "the next generation of top investigations specialists." The individuals practice across 13 jurisdictions and work for 40 different employers, including law firms, consultancies and major companies.
In the profile of Turner, a reference describes him as "a subject-matter expert, thought leader and attentive lawyer. His knowledge of the financial crime laws and how they impact multinational financial institutions operating in Hong Kong is unparalleled."
Turner tells the editors that significant cases he's worked on thus far have involved cross-border Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) investigations for clients in the banking, logistics and manufacturing sectors, based in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Turner remarks: "Like most lawyers, I love process, and the best part of any client investigation is learning the ins and outs of a business process and pinpointing the breakdown that led to a potential violation of law. In one case, our team gathered and analyzed several years of data and records from four continents and categorized thousands of transactions under applicable OFAC regulations. By the end, the client was well on the way to strengthening their OFAC compliance program."
Turner also states that Steptoe partner and Hong Kong managing partner Wendy Wysong has been the most important person in his career. "Wendy brought me into the legal field from my prior role as a sanctions compliance officer at a bank. She has been a terrific mentor and coach and leader in our practice. Our team in Hong Kong is one of a kind."
At Steptoe, Turner works with multinational financial institutions and corporations throughout Asia Pacific and the United States and European Union on all aspects of economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance and investigations.
The full profile can be read at Global Investigations Review (subscription required).
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