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Burke, Brian G.

Brian G. Burke


Brian Burke is head of the firm’s Asia Litigation and Investigations practice.  He has conducted investigations in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.  As a fluent Mandarin speaker, Mr. Burke has a particular focus on advising multinationals with operations in China in the areas of FCPA/anti-corruption, antitrust, shareholder litigation, anti-money laundering and other compliance and investigative matters.  Clients describe Mr. Burke as a “very, very skillful communicator, including at board level” and note that his “language and passion for Chinese culture are unique.” 

Mr. Burke acted as lead advisor to GlaxoSmithKline on the landmark bribery case against GSK in China, the first such case against a foreign company in China.  Subsequently, Crown Resorts retained Mr. Burke to help resolve the widely-publicized criminal charges against Crown employees for gambling-related crimes in China.  Mr. Burke has also represented Chinese, Japanese, European and North American clients on investigations and compliance matters throughout Asia, including McDonald’s, Olympus, LVMH, Medtronic, Roche, PetroChina, Sinopec, Volvo, Sephora, Valeo and others.

Mr. Burke has appeared before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, UK Serious Fraud Office, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and other international regulators on cross-border investigations and compliance matters.

Selected Experience

  • Represented GSK on criminal bribery case in China and related investigations by DOJ, SEC and SFO.
  • Advised Crown Resorts on criminal charges against Australian employees in China.
  • Representing Olympus Corporation on compliance and investigations matters in Asia.
  • Representing RELX Group on compliance and investigations matters in Asia.
  • Advised McDonald’s on compliance matters in relation to its sale of over 2,000 restaurants in China.
  • Represented a U.S. hedge fund employee in insider trading investigations by the SEC and SFC.

Selected Publications

  • “Dispute Resolution in China,” Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China, West Publications (2012-2013 Edition)
  • “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Regulatory Landscape and the Resulting Implications for Securities Class Action Litigation,” PLI Securities Handbook, April 2012
  • Neate and Godfrey: Bank Confidentiality (Fifth Edition) (United States chapter)
  • “Distrust Needs to be Harmonized,” International Financial Law Review, September 2010
  • “Non-U.S. Banks are Target of Recent Economic Actions by U.S. Government,” Banking Law Journal, May 2008
  • “New Enforcement Guidelines for Economic Sanctions Violations,” Banking and Financial Services Policy Report, September 2008
  • Discovery From Foreign Defendants in U.S. Civil Antitrust Proceedings, American Bar Association, International Cartel Workshop 2008


  • Fordham University, J.D.
  • Middlebury College, B.A. (Mandarin Chinese), cum laude
  • Harbin Institute of Technology (哈尔滨工业大学) Harbin, China (intensive Mandarin program)




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