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Oliver D. Welch, a partner in the Hong Kong office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and White Collar Defense and Investigations Departments. Mr. Welch has extensive experience representing clients throughout the Asia region on a wide variety of compliance and anti-corruption issues.
Mr. Welch’s practice focuses on internal and regulatory investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He regularly counsels multi-national corporations regarding their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls, and assists clients in drafting policies, procedures, and training materials designed to foster compliance with global anti-corruption laws. Mr. Welch frequently advises on anti-corruption due diligence in connection with corporate acquisitions, private equity investments, and other business transactions.
The Corporate Investigations and Anti-Corruption team in Asia is regularly recognized as the leading practice in the region in publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. In the 2021 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific, a client was quoted saying “I consider Gibson Dunn to be one of our go-to firms for difficult, complex or sensitive compliance matters. The team is absolutely first-rate; from senior partners to junior associates, they are consistently outstanding and have great, real-world experience.” Another client said the team is “responsive, multilingual and well-staffed” and applauded its ability “to handle multiple matters at the same time in the emerging markets.”
Prior to joining the Hong Kong office, Mr. Welch practiced in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he represented a managed care organization in a consolidated MDL proceeding involving claims under RICO, ERISA, and the Sherman Act. Mr. Welch also represented clients during Congressional investigations. Mr. Welch received his law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Welch managed a regulatory affairs department at a global food and cosmetics company, where he had primary responsibility over product registration and regulatory compliance in North America, Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia.
Mr. Welch speaks Korean.
Recent Professional Speaking Engagements
“Global Anti-Corruption Risks and Risk Management,” LexOmnibus Course, Hong Kong, September 27, 2019.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Framework, Case Studies, and Best Practices,” Faculty of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, September 17, 2012.
“Anti-Corruption and Risk Management,” LexOmnibus Law CPD Course, Hong Kong, September 5, 2012.
“Public Corruption: Legal Framework and Enforcement Trends,” Brigham Young University Management Society, June 1, 2012.
“Public Corruption: International Legal Framework and Enforcement Trends,” Faculty of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, October 19, 2011.
University of Michigan - 2009 Juris Doctor
Brigham Young University - 2006 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong