International law firm Reed Smith today announced the appointment of John Tan as counsel to the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. Based in Shanghai, John joins the firm following two years as China Regional Compliance Director for Pfizer (the world's largest pharmaceutical company), three years in private practice in Shanghai, and over a decade of criminal defence and criminal investigation experience in the US.
John provides valuable skills in compliance and litigation, especially in the areas of life sciences. At Pfizer, he was responsible for conducting FCPA and compliance investigations in mainland China, as well as handling responses to government investigations. Prior to his work with Pfizer, John worked for Keller & Heckman, LLP, specializing in food and drug law and advising clients on interactions with regulators in the PRC, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia. John is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, both spoken and written.
Reed Smith opened its Shanghai office in July 2011, with the appointment of Jay Yan as Office Managing Partner.
Roger Parker, Reed Smith’s Managing Partner for Europe, the Middle East and Asia commented: “We’re continuing to build our Asia practice and John’s arrival allows us to further expand our China-Hong Kong and Asia capabilities to help all types of clients doing business throughout Asia, especially in the life sciences sector.”
Jay Yan, Reed Smith’s Shanghai Office Managing Partner added: “Our clients are operating throughout the region and we now have a stronger skill set in these sectors linking our Beijing and Hong Kong offices with Shanghai. John brings us key experience, not only with FCPA and internal investigations, but a deep knowledge of the risk factors unique to the China market for drug and device companies.”
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About John Tan
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, John received his BS. from MIT in 1993 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law Centre in 1998. After graduation from law school, John clerked for the Honorable A. Franklin Burgess at DC Superior Court before joining the DC Public Defender Service, a pre-eminent public defender agency. John served as a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for five years, during which time he handled numerous bench and jury trials and argued before the DC Court of Appeals. John also overturned a client's murder conviction and life sentence on collateral challenge.
John moved to Taiwan in 2004 and has lived in Shanghai since 2005.
About Reed Smith’s Shanghai office
Reed Smith’s Shanghai office, established in July 2011, specialises in general corporate, cross-border investment, mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, financing, intellectual property, import & export control, labour issues, hotel management, and litigation and arbitration.
About Reed Smith’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Group
Reed Smith’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Group represents virtually every type of entity operating in or related to the life sciences and health care industry, including 11 of the 12 largest global pharmaceutical manufacturers and 19 of the 20 world’s leading medical device manufacturers.
About Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group
At Reed Smith, our Global Regulatory Enforcement Group is equipped to handle enforcement and regulatory issues across those regimes and disciplines, and to do so with deep expertise in numerous industries and in dealing with the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. We advise clients on regulatory compliance issues and defend clients in all aspects of enforcement proceedings, whether they be antitrust and competition, exports and customs, government contracts, securities, or civil or criminal fraud investigations or prosecutions.
About Reed Smith
Reed Smith is a global law firm, with 23 offices and over 1,700 lawyers in offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.
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