US/Southeast Asia Trade and Enforcement Issues: What’s Next?

US/Southeast Asia Trade and Enforcement Issues: What’s Next?

Venue : ZOOM

Event Start Date : Wednesday 03 March 2021

Event End Date : Wednesday 03 March 2021

Event Start Time : 10:00 am

Event End Time : 11:30 am

Registration Start Date : Friday 19 February 2021

Registration End Date : Wednesday 03 March 2021

Please note that this event is not CPD accredited!

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Allen & Gledhill and Skadden are pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion analyzing potential Biden administration policies regarding U.S. trade, national security and enforcement, and the effects these directives might have on U.S.-China trade and businesses in Singapore, the wider Southeast Asia region and India. We will also review the implications of the U.S. government’s responses to developments in the entire region.

Moderated by Elsa Chen from Allen & Gledhill, the panel will include Skadden attorneys who previously served as senior U.S. government officials, as well as Allen & Gledhill attorneys and advisors who have significant experience regarding matters in the region.

Discussion topics will include:

  • U.S-Asia Trade Relationships: A review of U.S. trade policy involving Southeast Asia, India and China, and the effects of U.S.-China trade tensions on the wider trade and geopolitical landscape, including opportunities that may arise for other countries in the region.
  • Export Controls and Other Trade Policy Tools: What are the implications of the expansion of the U.S. government’s Entity List regarding export controls, OFAC sanctions and the executive orders issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act?
  • National Security/CFIUS: How will increased scrutiny and security reviews affect Southeast Asian companies, including those with links to China? An update on the investment, cybersecurity and national security sectors.
  • DOJ Enforcement: An update on Asia-focused enforcement activity in the U.S., including the “China Initiative,” the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and cases of money laundering and financial crime.
  • The Impact of Global Geopolitics and COVID-19 on Singapore and Southeast Asia: How will the current geopolitical outlook shape policy on trade and international business through trade, financial relations, and technology use and transfer?



Chuan Leong is Senior Adviser in the Firm’s Competition & Antitrust Practice as well as the Public Policy Practice. Chuan Leong’s key areas of interest and expertise are in the application of market analysis and micro-economics, particularly in regard to sectoral regulation of monopolies and externality pricing, in the field of transport policy and market efficiency. He has been involved in the privatisation of key government sectors such as the utilities and telecoms sectors in Singapore and also the structuring and use of Public Private Partnership projects such as the Sports Hub.


Aaron is a commercial litigator with a particular expertise on employment, white-collar, regulatory and compliance and corporate governance matters.

Aaron is the Co-Head of the Firm’s White Collar & Investigations Practice, and has an active practice in matters involving fraud, insider trading, money-laundering, corruption, securities, market misconduct, import/export and mutual legal assistance matters.  He also regularly advises on corporate investigations and inquiries relating to employee misconduct, fraud and corporate governance-related issues. He also regularly acts in major corporate and commercial disputes for private and public listed companies as well as major financial institutions.


Mr. Leiter has significant experience navigating national security reviews before CFIUS and negotiating complex mitigation agreements across the full range of business sectors, having represented corporations, private equity, venture capital and sovereign wealth funds. He also has assisted clients in matters involving the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency, export controls, aerospace and defense, government services-related mergers and acquisitions, and government contracting. In addition to his transaction practice, Mr. Leiter has extensive experience with all aspects of cybersecurity based on his previous private sector experience and through serving in senior national security positions in the federal government in which he oversaw numerous legal and operational aspects of cybersecurity. He routinely works with clients on issues that include cybersecurity preparedness, breach response, and board and corporate leadership counseling.



Ms. Liu has significant experience in issues involving economic sanctions, export control, national security, anti-money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act, financial regulatory matters, government procurement fraud and public corruption, including involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

From 2017-20, Ms. Liu served as the Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, leading the nation’s largest U.S. attorney’s office. In this role, she oversaw matters of national and international significance involving corruption, fraud and national security. In particular, she obtained resolutions with several international banks for violating U.S. economic sanctions; an international aerospace company on a nearly $4 billion settlement for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. export control laws and regulations; and numerous federal contractors and grantees, including former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, for violations of the False Claims Act.

During her career, Ms. Liu was a partner at two international law firms, handling government investigations and civil litigation. Ms. Liu has been recognized as a top 25 lateral hire of 2020 by The American Lawyer and as a White Collar Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. In addition, she has been featured in Global Investigations Review’s Top 100 Women in Investigations and named to Chambers USA.


Ambassador Gerrish returned to Skadden in 2020 after serving as the deputy U.S. trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Industrial Competitiveness. In this role, he formulated and implemented U.S. trade policy for the regions and issues under his purview, led critically important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world. In addition, he was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of intellectual property and innovation. Ambassador Gerrish served as lead negotiator for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement and played a key role in the negotiation or renegotiation of several other major trade agreements, including the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. From April 2018 to May 2019, Ambassador Gerrish also served as acting president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he developed and implemented major policy initiatives, including an increased focus on programs to aid small businesses.




Elsa is Co-Head of the Firm’s Competition & Antitrust Practice, and its Public Policy Practice. She regularly assists clients on complex antitrust matters, including merger control, global cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Elsa’s public policy experience ranges from policy drafting, advocacy, and assisting on legislative changes. Proficient in Mandarin, she frequently assists clients on Chinese transactions as she reads and writes Chinese.

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