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Wade Weems
Lawyer
Shanghai
42nd Floor
HKRI Centre One, HKRI Taikoo Hui
288 Shimen Yi Road
Shanghai, 200041
People's Republic of China (PRC)
+86 21 3210 2189
Shanghai
42nd Floor
HKRI Centre One, HKRI Taikoo Hui
288 Shimen Yi Road
Shanghai, 200041
People's Republic of China (PRC)
+86 21 3210 2189

A former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor, Wade Weems counsels corporations and individuals with Asia ties in cross-border criminal cases and internal investigations stemming from U.S. government enforcement actions, particularly those alleging bribery or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, theft, fraud and money laundering. Mr. Weems also advocates for clients affected by export control restrictions and sanctions issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Weems offers China and other Asia-based clients a deep understanding of the U.S. federal and regulatory landscape, with a two-fold DOJ career that includes prosecutorial roles in both the Criminal Fraud Section and National Security Division. At the Fraud Section, he was involved in multiple high-profile DOJ prosecutions, including the investigation and indictment of a U.S. Navy admiral and other officers for fraud and bribery involving a Singapore-based contractor.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Weems was a prosecutor and trial lawyer with the DOJ in the National Security Division in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, where he handled highly sensitive national security cases involving economic espionage and trade secret theft, export control violations and violations of U.S. economic sanctions regimes. Prior to that, he was a prosecutor and associate general counsel for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and director of Iraq Provincial Reconstruction, Transition and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State. Earlier in his legal career, Mr. Weems was a white-collar litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Weems served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Mr. Weems clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD magna cum laude
    (Georgetown Law Journal)
    (Order of the Coif)
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, MSFS
  • Yale University, BA

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Paul J. Kelly Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Accolades

  • Investigations Award for Excellence, Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency
  • Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State
  • Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, and Joint Service Commendation Medals, U.S. Marine Corps

Select Engagements

  • Service as the independent integrity compliance monitor to a large Chinese state-owned engineering and construction corporation in connection with its debarment by the World Bank Group.
  • Representation of a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the technology sector in challenging regulatory action by the U.S. Commerce Department.
  • Advise a Middle East sovereign government on investigating alleged sanctions and money laundering violations, and executing a global strategy to prosecute and recover assets from multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representation of an executive at a Southeast Asian subsidiary of a multinational pharmaceutical company in responding to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice about alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, arising from payments allegedly made to physicians and the accounting treatment of those payments.
  • Representation of a non-U.S. head of state and U.S. corporate executive in an extradition attempt.
  • Representation of a major defense contractor regarding allegations of trade secret theft.
  • Representation of Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Lieutenant Colonel

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Sanctions" (New York Law Journal, November 2018)

Credentials

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD magna cum laude
    (Georgetown Law Journal)
    (Order of the Coif)
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, MSFS
  • Yale University, BA

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Paul J. Kelly Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Accolades

  • Investigations Award for Excellence, Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency
  • Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State
  • Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, and Joint Service Commendation Medals, U.S. Marine Corps

Engagements

  • Service as the independent integrity compliance monitor to a large Chinese state-owned engineering and construction corporation in connection with its debarment by the World Bank Group.
  • Representation of a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the technology sector in challenging regulatory action by the U.S. Commerce Department.
  • Advise a Middle East sovereign government on investigating alleged sanctions and money laundering violations, and executing a global strategy to prosecute and recover assets from multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representation of an executive at a Southeast Asian subsidiary of a multinational pharmaceutical company in responding to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice about alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, arising from payments allegedly made to physicians and the accounting treatment of those payments.
  • Representation of a non-U.S. head of state and U.S. corporate executive in an extradition attempt.
  • Representation of a major defense contractor regarding allegations of trade secret theft.
  • Representation of Asia-based business executive in a multijurisdictional investigation involving allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering.
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Lieutenant Colonel

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Sanctions" (New York Law Journal, November 2018)