Calvin serves as the managing partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office. He leads a regulatory enforcement and investigations team that covers the Asia-Pacific region. He is an international disputes and investigations lawyer who has been repeatedly recognized by legal directories for his expertise in two distinct practice areas: corporate investigations and international arbitration (and related litigation). Calvin has been based in Singapore for the past decade, but he previously practiced for many years in New York, London, and Hong Kong. He also worked for a prominent international arbitrator, Jan Paulsson, in Paris.
Calvin’s team is recognized and ranked in leading legal directories, such as Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, for its investigations and white-collar crime expertise.
Chambers Asia-Pacific reports that the team “has abundant experience with various types of investigations in the APAC region” and is “comfortable handling complex and sophisticated matters.” The team further draws praise in Chambers Asia-Pacific from a client for its “deep understanding of risks, and practical solutions to resolve the matter,” while another client comments that “I especially like their problem-solving skills. Most law firms find problems; Reed Smith takes the next step to problem-solve. Their answers are very effective and to the point.” The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific cites similar client praise, including that “Reed Smith has a top-class white-collar crime practice. I consistently get practical and actionable advice on difficult issues arising from the company operating in challenging jurisdictions,” that “[t]his team is extremely innovative and is always able to come up with a solution,” and that “[t]he team is very knowledgeable and responsive. Advice given is always carefully considered and holistic, taking into account clients’ concerns.”
Calvin has led numerous internal investigations and regulatory enforcement and compliance matters across the Asia-Pacific region, including in China, India, Southeast Asia (such as Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand), Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Many of these matters relate to an inquiry or probe by a government agency or regulator or involve companies that are under monitorship. Calvin has extensive experience advising on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption and bribery laws, securities and accounting fraud, misuse or misappropriation of proprietary data, and related governance and corporate compliance issues.
Chambers Asia-Pacific lauds Calvin as “highly intelligent” and “experienced,” as well as “technically strong and well versed in various markets,” and cites clients “who appreciate his ability to find alternatives when faced with difficult situations,” who find him “commercial and client-focused,” and “calm, calculated and level-headed during times of pressure,” as well as advising clients in a manner that is “attuned to business and commercial realities.” This is echoed in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, where clients report that he “dispenses practical legal advice thoughtfully, sensitive to the commercial needs of the clients” and “is sharp with legal issues.” He has been recognized by Euromoney’s Expert Guides as an “expert” in white-collar crime.
Calvin has also been recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific have repeatedly cited his “substantial arbitration experience,” “combination of commercial and investor-state arbitration expertise,” “considerable international experience,” and “keen cross-border expertise.” Additionally, Calvin has been recognized for his arbitration expertise in The Legal 500, Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration,” Euromoney’s Expert Guides as a “Rising Star” in international commercial arbitration, Benchmark Litigation: Asia Pacific as a “local disputes star” in international arbitration, and Global Arbitration Review as “a name to know.” Best Lawyers has also repeatedly recognized him in its “Arbitration and Mediation” category.
Calvin has significant experience handling complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, as well as U.S. litigation matters involving Asia (including depositions and complex discovery issues).