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Nicholas Blank

Managing Director
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Nicholas Blank is a Managing Director in Nardello & Co.’s Hong Kong office. Nicholas has lived and worked in the Greater China region for more than 20 years, managing a wide variety of investigations, including those pertaining to conflicts of interest, corruption, and intellectual property theft. He is often positioned on the front line of investigations and has particular expertise leading whistleblower-initiated internal investigations that meld human intelligence collection, digital forensics reviews, and overt interviews.

In addition to his expertise in China, Nicholas has extensive on-the-ground experience in India, Vietnam, and South Korea, where he has assisted companies and investors with numerous due diligence, internal compliance, and fraud investigations. He recently undertook inquiries in India to assist a client engaged in a high-stakes activist investor dispute. While in South Korea he led a review that identified multiple employee fraud schemes designed to funnel money from our client’s construction project. Nicholas has experience conducting interviews, managing document reviews, and guiding clients through crisis situations that occur within numerous corporate structures ranging from listed companies to state-owned enterprises.


Representative matters
  • Nicholas led an investigation on behalf of a transnational public lending institution that revealed that employees of a Vietnamese state-owned enterprise had not disclosed their ownership of several businesses that provided subcontractor services to projects that received loans from our client, in violation of their loan agreement.
  • On behalf of a potential investor, Nicholas led a due diligence investigation into an Indian conglomerate listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Although not mentioned in English media, targeted searches of Hindi-language newspapers found allegations that the group received preferential treatment from a municipal government department that oversaw one its public infrastructure projects. The favoritism sparked controversy among locals who complained that excessive payments to the company had depleted the government’s coffers. In addition, source inquiries determined that the conglomerate’s founding family, who still held a significant stake in the listed company, maintained high-level government contacts, including with senior officials tasked with monitoring public companies in India.
  • Nicholas launched an investigation into whistleblower claims at a multinational company that a senior manager had been bribing suppliers with funds derived from fraudulently over-priced invoices. Through his work, which included interviews with employees and a digital analysis of the manager’s company-issued computer, Nicholas uncovered evidence that not only corroborated the whistleblower’s claims, but revealed the manager had been pressuring junior staff to participate in the scheme on his behalf.


Just the Facts
  • MA, International Economics and International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • BA, History and Philosophy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Coursework in Politics and Economics, Renmin University of China
  • Chambers and Partners 2023 Litigation Support Guide: Band 1
  • Chinese (fluent)
  • Japanese (intermediate)
  • Korean (beginner)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
  • Physical Security Professional

Nicholas Blank

Managing Director

29 Wyndham Street Central
Suite 701
Hong Kong
T: +852 3628 3950


Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce December 17, 2019 Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Profiles Managing Director Nicholas Blank


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