Davis Polk Welcomes U.S. Enforcement and Litigation Partner Patrick Sinclair in Hong Kong

Davis Polk today announced that Patrick Sinclair will join the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department. He will be based in Hong Kong and will focus on white collar criminal defense matters and government and internal investigations.  

The addition of Mr. Sinclair further extends the depth of Davis Polk’s distinguished practice in Asia and reflects the firm’s continued commitment to the region. He joins leading Hong Kong litigators Martin Rogers and James Wadham, who launched Davis Polk’s enforcement capability in Asia in 2013 and have expanded the practice significantly on the back of continuing growth in Asia-centered enforcement and investigations matters.

Mr. Sinclair has more than a decade of experience representing U.S. and international corporations, audit committees, banks, individuals and government entities in corporate criminal investigations. He comes to Davis Polk from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner in the government enforcement group in Hong Kong. He has handled a range of matters, including with respect to the FCPA, export controls and sanctions, anti-money laundering, whistleblowers and market manipulation. Mr. Sinclair regularly leads internal investigations for multinational corporations in Asia, and has represented a number of individuals who have been the subject of inquiries from U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the SEC, CFTC and other U.S. regulators.

From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Sinclair was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section in 2013. In recognition of his achievements at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sinclair received the U.S. Attorney’s Excellence in Criminal Litigation Award, as well as commendations from the SEC, FBI and U.S. Treasury.

“In today’s increasingly global regulatory and enforcement environment, having a full-service litigation practice in Asia – with U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong law capabilities – is strategically important to our clients,” said Thomas J. Reid, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner. “Our balance of practice in Asia offering both corporate and litigation advice under U.S. and Hong Kong law drives substantial synergies. We will continue to develop our position as a uniquely elite international firm in the region with leading practices in capital markets, M&A and litigation.” 

“Patrick is a highly skilled and well-regarded litigator who brings significant U.S. enforcement and investigations experience to the firm,” said Davis Polk litigation partner Martin Rogers. “We are delighted to welcome him. He will significantly help us extend our lead amongst the U.S. firms in having very strong combined U.S., English and local litigation practices here in Hong Kong.”

Patrick Sinclair said, “Davis Polk is among the finest law firms in the world, known for excellence across the board. I have long admired the firm’s litigators, both in the U.S. and Hong Kong, and am excited for the opportunity to help grow the global enforcement practice.” 

About Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is a global law firm with offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers. For more than 165 years, our lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, FinTech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk has more than 900 lawyers in offices located in New York, Northern California, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. 

About Davis Polk’s Global Enforcement and Litigation Practice

Davis Polk’s global enforcement and litigation practice – anchored by teams in New York, Hong Kong, London, Northern California, Paris and Washington DC – offers clients a unique platform that combines our experience and reputation in cross-border regulatory enforcement and complex litigation with an integrated team to support clients around the globe.

We regularly represent overseas clients in U.S. proceedings and both U.S. and non-U.S. clients in foreign jurisdictions, and we have managed enforcement and litigation issues across Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Major international companies and financial institutions regularly turn to us to handle a range of global regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, arbitrations, internal investigations, commercial disputes, and civil and criminal court proceedings. We work side by side with companies to develop effective compliance programs, prepare policies and procedures to control risk, investigate potential misconduct, deal with regulatory authorities in multiple jurisdictions and devise strategies for remedial action.