Wendy Wysong

Wendy L. Wysong, a litigation partner with Clifford Chance, maintains offices in Hong Kong and Washington D.C.  She offers clients advice and representation on compliance and enforcement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Arms Export Control Act, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, and OFAC Economic Sanctions.  She was appointed by the State Department as the ITAR Special Compliance Official for Xe Services (formerly Blackwater) in 2010.

Ms. Wysong combines her experience as a former federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for 16 years with her regulatory background as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce.  She managed its enforcement program and was involved in the development and implementation of foreign policy through export controls across the administration, including the Departments of Justice, State, Treasury, and Homeland Security, as well as the intelligence community.]

Ms. Wysong received her law degree in 1984 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the University of Virginia Law Review.

Contact information:

Wendy L. Wysong
Clifford Chance
28th Floor Jardine House
One Connaught Place
Hong Kong
+852 2826 3460
+852 9280 3612 (cell)


2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
+1 202 912 5030
+1 202 290 7634
[email protected]

Recent moves in Japan towards tougher corporate compliance: Key points to know

In this article, Wendy Wysong, Peter Coney and Tatsuhiko Kamiyama examine three key governance reforms coming from Japanese legislators and what global companies need to know going forward. 'Japan Inc' is now back on the front pages with many Japanese corporations increasingly pursuing significant M&A opportunities internationally given the mature market at home and high levels of cash reserves. The corporate landscape in Japan...

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A Compliance Challenge On April 6, the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on a number of Russian individuals and entities (specially designated nationals, or SDNs). Wendy Wysong, Nick Turner and Ali Burney offer insights into how these sanctions will impact U.S. and non-U.S. persons and businesses. with co-authors Nick Turner and Ali Burney The most recent U.S. economic sanctions on Russia target 38...

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Little Movement in Latest Transparency International Rankings Transparency International published its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on February 21, 2018, showing modest improvements for most countries in Asia-Pacific. Some higher-risk countries, however, continue their downward slide in the overall rankings. We've included the Asia Pacific countries below and the full CPI is available at https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2017. with co-author Nicholas Turner The Big Picture...

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4 Considerations to Mitigate Risk Among the chief concerns of those using blockchain (and its critics) is the lack of transparency. Currently, users can unwittingly violate OFAC sanctions, among other regulations. Clifford Chance’s Wendy Wysong and Ali Burney explore how businesses can guard against the risks inherent in using blockchain technology. with co-author Ali Burney Blockchain, the technology that underpins digital currencies...

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Companies and individuals are increasingly the targets of regulatory investigations in Australia.  Local regulators have long expressed frustration at the disparity between the options available to them when compared to their overseas counterparts. However, recent developments indicate a broadening of the suite of tools available to Australian regulators and the importance for companies to stay abreast of the changes.

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Multinational companies with operations in China are preparing for the impact of China's new Cyber-security Law, in place now for four months. The Law applies to everyone who operates networks in the PRC, particularly multinational corporations. This could impact their overall IT system set-up and global outsourcing. Also left open to question is how their Chinese offices, particularly in a sensitive sector,...

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The Region Ramps Up Efforts to Combat Bribery and Corruption Countries across the region are redoubling their efforts to combat bribery and corruption through a mixture of enhanced laws and increased corporate prosecutions. This article provides a short overview of the situation in several key jurisdictions. with co-authors Tatsuhiko Kamiyama, Hyun Kim and Janice Goh Australia Increasing resources to combat corruption, proposals...

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With contributing authors Ali Burney and Nicholas Turner The Office of Foreign Assets Control has just levied a penalty against Exxon Mobil for executing several agreements with Russian oil company Rosneft. The company itself wasn’t the sticking point, though; the agreements might have been fine had they not been signed by Rosneft’s President, who’s recognized by the U.S. as a Specially Designated...

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How Much Reliance on Technology is Too Much? The last few years have seen a significant rise in regtech, technological solutions for compliance. These solutions can be hugely helpful to companies as their compliance burdens increase in scope and complexity, but they certainly don’t absolve organisations of the responsibility of fostering a culture of compliance. with contributing authors Jenni Hill, Lara Gotti...

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Landmark Decision on Criminal Liability In the ongoing, global fight against corruption, it appears the gloves are coming off. Charges were leveled against the acting director of Kassar Logistics and World Eastern International for his negligence in incorporating the companies despite evident fraudulent activity. Wendy Wysong and colleagues from Clifford Chance detail the sentence and offer advice for directors and officers worldwide....

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