Areas of Practice
  • Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua)
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Spanish
Practice-Specific Experience
  • School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London BA Chinese (Hons)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, L.L.B (Hons)
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Barrister (nonpractising), Hong Kong SAR
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
China Central Place, 29th Floor, Tower 2
79 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025
TEL: +86 10 5834 1199
FAX: +86 10 5969 6099

Susan Munro is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and head of the firm’s Beijing office. She has advised financial institutions, multinational companies and investment funds on China-related business and investment matters for more than 18 years. She regularly assists clients with China market entry and exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments and has extensive experience of the Chinese chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, energy, semiconductor, food, apparel and software industries, as well as the financial services sector.

For the past 15 years Ms. Munro has conducted numerous China-related Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and SEC investigations in China and throughout Southeast Asia. She is one of the few experienced fully bilingual investigators based in China and regularly assists clients with development and implementation of anti-corruption compliance policies and programs.

Ms. Munro has been active in Hong Kong and China-related arbitrations for several years and has represented clients in disputes before various international arbitration commissions. She regularly advises clients involved in cross-border litigation involving Hong Kong, China, the UK, the US, and other jurisdictions.

Ms. Munro also has deep experience of the Chinese labor and employment environment and regularly advises clients on structuring labor relationships, terminations, mass layoffs, and ethics matters. She also has extensive experience of advising on protection of intellectual property in China and enforcement of IPR.

Ms. Munro was educated in England and Hong Kong. After graduating in Chinese, she pursued post-graduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai as a British Council Scholar and is fluent in Putonghua (Mandarin). She trained at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the Bar of England & Wales and to the Bar of the Hong Kong SAR, where she practiced as a barrister in the Hong Kong courts. Before joining Steptoe, Ms. Munro worked for a large US law firm in Shanghai for ten years. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and is licensed by the PRC Ministry of Justice as a Registered Foreign Lawyer and Chief Representative of the firm’s Beijing office.


  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China, 2012-2018
  • Chambers Global, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China, 2015-2017
  • Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: China, 2012-2014
  • China Law & Practice, Lawyer of the Year: Regulatory & Compliance, 2015

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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Arbitrator, Shanghai Arbitration Commission
  • Member, ICC Court of Arbitration Commission on Belt and Road Initiative