Included in the “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigation lawyers under the age of 40, Timothy has lived and worked in Asia for years. He represents multinational and Chinese clients in a diverse group of industries and is regarded as a guru on topics of importance right now in Asia like cross-border litigation and investigations of violations of anti-corruption laws. You’ll hear him talk about just why his work and life in Asia are so rewarding and why asking whether the West or Asia is winning the innovation race misses the point of the important cross-pollination taking place.
Timothy Blakely Biography
Timothy Blakely is head of Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong Litigation Department and a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice group. Mr. Blakely’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations and complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. He represents companies and individuals in government investigations, regulatory proceedings, internal investigations, international arbitrations, securities class action lawsuits, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and other complex dispute-related matters. Mr. Blakely also advises clients about U.S. trade sanctions and embargoes (OFAC) and other compliance issues. Mr. Blakely has represented multinational and Chinese clients in various industries, including telecommunications, biotechnology, publishing, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.
Mr. Blakely also is a member of the firm’s FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force. He conducts internal investigations throughout Asia of potential violations of anti-corruption laws, leads pre-acquisition anti-corruption related due diligence and post-closing remediation, and regularly provides advice, counseling, and training to clients about FCPA and anti-corruption related issues.
As a Hong Kong solicitor, Mr. Blakely has been instructed by clients in key contentious proceedings before Hong Kong courts, regulators, and statutory tribunals. He has advised clients in investigations by regulators including the Securities & Futures Commission, and in proceedings before the Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board.
Mr. Blakely recently was named to Global Investigation Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40. He is a regular speaker and writer on topics including international anti-corruption matters, cross-border shareholder litigation, government enforcement and investigations, international arbitration, and risk mitigation.
Mr. Blakely graduated, magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 1996, with an A.B. in Government. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Senior Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his graduation from Penn, Mr. Blakely served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Blakely was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.
Mr. Blakely is admitted to the bars of California, New York, and Maine, and is a solicitor in Hong Kong.