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David A. Wolber is a registered foreign lawyer (New York) in Hong Kong and of counsel in the Hong Kong office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s International Trade, Global Financial Regulatory and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups.
David assists clients around the world in understanding and navigating complex legal, compliance, reputational, political and other risks arising out of the interplay of various international trade, national security and financial crime laws and regulations, with particular expertise advising clients on economic and trade sanctions, export controls, foreign direct investment controls/CFIUS, anti-money laundering (“AML”) and anti-bribery and anti-corruption (“ABC”) laws and regulations.
He routinely advocates on behalf of clients seeking CFIUS review, filing for trade-related licenses, responding to governmental inquiries or subpoenas, submitting self-disclosures related to potentially non-compliant activity, and dealing with formal regulatory investigations or enforcement actions.
David is recognized as a recommended lawyer for Regulatory by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
David resumed his practice at Gibson Dunn in 2022 after taking a five-year hiatus to serve as in-house counsel to two major global financial institutions. From 2019 to 2022, he served as global financial crime counsel for HSBC, located in Hong Kong, where he advised the bank globally on compliance and risk mitigation strategies associated with various jurisdictions’ sanctions, export controls, AML, ABC and national security laws and regulations, with particular focus on such issues affecting the bank in Asia. During his tenure with HSBC, David played a key role in advising and helping to guide the bank through the significant challenges posed to global financial institutions by the rising tensions in U.S.-China relations and the related proliferation of law, regulation and political action in the U.S., Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.
From 2017 to 2019, David acted in a similar capacity at MUFG Bank, serving as sole financial crime counsel to the bank and key partner to the global financial crime compliance function headquartered in New York.
Prior to becoming an attorney, he spent more than 10 years in business strategy and development roles at Big Four accounting firms and major U.S. law firms.
David earned his Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1997, where he focused on International Trade and Asian Political Economy, and his Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College in 1994.
David is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
Recent Speaking Engagements, Publications and Press
Georgetown University - 2011 Juris Doctor
Georgetown University - 1997 Master of Science
Rockhurst University - 1994 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar