Wataru Kawai

Wataru Kawai

Senior Associate

Email wataru.kawai@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +65 6302 7146

Fax +65 6538 7077

LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin, German, Japanese

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Wataru is a highly adaptable, experienced and collaborative lawyer focusing his practice on corporate investigations, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation in the Asia Pacific region.  His practice covers a wide geographic area across Asia Pacific (most notably Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan and China).

He has counselled clients on a wide range of matters covering bribery and corruption, corporate fraud and white collar crime, money laundering, sanctions, anti-trust and competition, contentious regulatory, data privacy, and international arbitration across a number of sectors including financial services, energy and natural resources, life sciences and healthcare, diversified industrials and TMT.

Wataru is English law-qualified and speaks four languages. He has previously worked in the Hogan Lovells offices of London and Tokyo; he is now based in Singapore.

Education and admissions


Graduate Diploma in Law, The University of Law, 2012

Chinese Studies, University of London, 2010

B.A. (Hons), University of Warwick, 2009

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Court admissions

England and Wales

Representative experience

Advising a major telecoms client in relation to a U.S. FCPA cross-border corruption investigation in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, U.S. and Australia.

Advising a Japanese construction company in relation to a US$200m thermal power plant international arbitration dispute under the SIAC arbitral rules.

Advising a global bank in an investigation relating to its exposure under a high profile multi-billion dollar commodity financing fraud in Qingdao, China.

Acting for a UK based investment bank in an LCIA arbitration in a US$44m dispute concerning inventory financing fraud in Singapore and China.

Acting for a NASDAQ-listed clothing retailer in relation to debt claims against manufacturers in Hong Kong and Korea following investigations into vendor relationships in Vietnam.

Advising a global automotive  and engineering manufacturer in relation to third party corruption risks and reputational due diligence in Singapore.

Advising a global e-commerce company in relation to corruption and anti-money laundering due diligence with respect to an acquisition in Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

Advising a global, Fortune 500 water and energy multinational in relation to an investigation for fraud committed by current and former employees in Indonesia.

Advising a major international shipping company headquartered in Taiwan on a cartel investigation and a US Department of Justice subpoena response.

Advising a medical devices manufacturer in relation to its anti-bribery and corruption policies and procedures across Asia including Indonesia.

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