Navigant appoints new Managing Director to bolster legal-tech practice in APAC

30 March 2018 3 min. read
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The specialist professional services firm Navigant has bolstered its global legal-tech solutions practice with the appointment of Kate Chan as a Managing Director to serve the firm’s Asia Pacific clientele.

Chan, who has over 20 years of multi-jurisdiction experience in cross-border investigations, joins Navigant from data-recovery and forensics firm KrolLDiscovery, where as a Regional Managing Director based in Hong Kong she led a team advising corporate entities, law firms and governments agencies across Asia on matters as diverse as litigation preparedness, electronically stored information (ESI) management, and dawn-raid training.

“Kate comes to our talented team with a wealth of experience and industry knowledge,” Navigant’s head of Disputes, Forensics, and Legal Technology, David Tortorello said of the appointment. “This addition enhances Navigant’s ability to provide our global clientele with sophisticated solutions to the unique challenges they are facing, especially in the Asia-Pacific market.”

Expanding into Asia in 2016, the Global Legal Technology Solutions (GLTS) division of Navigant, which along with bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul has primary offices in Singapore and Hong Kong – where Chan will continue to be based – offers services in risk mitigation through data management as well as providing clients with support in disputes, investigations and broader regulatory issues.Kate Chan, Managing Director - Navigant“Navigant’s expanded presence in Asia will be a key benefit to our global clients, particularly in light of increasing cross-border regulatory investigations,” the former GLTS global lead Craig Freeman said at the time. “It is important clients have the ability to review content locally due to strict data privacy rules and have access to a team that understands the local culture and local jurisdictions, and works in the clients’ own time zone.”

Tortorello added; “The addition of data management and technical capabilities in Asia is part of our strategy to leverage the platform we have built over the past several years in serving our clients’ economic expansion and regulatory challenges in the region… Our Asia-based team is well placed to understand our clients’ objectives and execute the full range of services required for complex investigations in the market.”

Navigant’s ability to address such complexities for its clients across a range of industries, including the firm’s primary focus on the healthcare, energy, and financial services sectors, will be bolstered by the addition of Chan, who with an expertise in data advisory and computer forensics technology has led local and cross-border investigations involving corrupt business practices, fraud, anti-competitive behavior and intellectual property disputes.

“Kate brings a depth of expertise to our expanding presence in the Asia Pacific region, thereby enhancing the global leadership team for our technology practice,” concluded Jim Vint, Managing Director and Practice Lead for Navigant’s GLTS, “We are excited to have her as a part of our team.” The announcement follows the appointment of Andrew Caldwell as Managing Director to Navigant’s disputes and economics practice in London earlier this month.