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Pamela Kiesselbach

Global Practice Area Manager, Corporate Crime and Investigations

Pamela manages the firm's global corporate crime and investigations practice and advises the firm's global and regional clients on corporate crime, investigations and related issues.

Pamela specialises in large, complex, cross-border internal and regulatory investigations and advises clients on anti-bribery and corruption related compliance, sanctions and money laundering risk.

Pamela has broad sector experience, advising national and global energy majors, international and regional investment banks, companies from the pharma and life science sectors and manufacturers and clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors.

She advises companies on internal and regulatory investigations and assists clients with their compliance programmes, compliance training and anti-bribery and corruption related due diligence in the context of investments.  

Originally a partner in the firm's London disputes team, Pamela joined the Corporate Crime and Investigations team in Hong Kong in 2012 and spent just under 10 years in the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices advising clients across most Asian countries. 


  • Ranked as a leading individual for Corporate Investigations / Anti-Corruption (Singapore) Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • Clients describe Pamela as “an excellent client-oriented lawyer who leaves no stones unturned" and proclaim that “few lawyers could give better service and advice." - Chambers Global 2022, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms) – China
  • Ranked in Chambers Greater China 2023 for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms)


Pamela is a dual-qualified German and English lawyer. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 1994, Pamela worked as a German lawyer in a German law firm in Hamburg acting mostly for German corporate clients both on contentious and non-contentious matters. 

Pamela was also a senior lecturer with the College of Law for six years lecturing on English and foreign lawyer programmes. 

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • a global investment bank on a multi-jurisdictional enforcement matter involving its hiring practices in Hong Kong and China
  • the Shanghai listed subsidiary of a US multinational on an investigation in China relating to allegations that the senior management of its China joint venture engaged in fraudulent behavior involving falsification of accounts and improper revenue recognition
  • a large food processing company in Asia on an investigation of its businesses in Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines
  • a US/Australian joint venture company in Thailand involved in the construction industry with respect to an internal investigation into allegations of corruption involving its senior management and third-party distributors in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh
  • a major property development company in relation to the investigation into potential bid-rigging and corruption with respect to a major development in Malaysia
  • a global energy company in connection with an investigation of alleged anti-competitive behavior within its Sri Lankan operation
  • several multinational corporations on recovery of funds diverted to China and Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian jurisdictions as result of frauds or cyber attacks
  • several multinational companies in the financial energy, consumer and infrastructure sectors on their anti-corruption and anti-money laundering policies and compliance programmes across Asia
  • major private equity investors on anti-bribery and compliance related due diligence in relation to their investments in jurisdictions such as Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil