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. A fluent Chinese speaker, Nicholas is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. He is also the holder of a Physical Security Professional qualification.
Nicholas began his career in Shanghai assisting multinational firms develop brand protection and enforcement programs and has been involved in some of the largest trademark infringement and enforcement actions in history. His IP experience also includes the management of several high-stakes patent infringement investigations that resulted in favorable legal outcomes for clients. Evidence obtained by Nicholas has been presented at the United States International Trade Commission as well as at arbitration tribunals in North America and Asia. He also specializes in the collection of notarized evidence for submission to courts in mainland China. As well as leading incident-driven investigations, Nicholas helps clients proactively protect their IP and trade secrets by conducting security reviews of offices and manufacturing sites, monitoring grey market activity, and conducting background investigations into prospective employees who will have access to trade secrets.
Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Nicholas was the head of investigations in a global risk consulting firm where he managed multiple engagements across the Asia-Pacific region. These included investigating complex theft of a commodity at a manufacturing site in South East Asia; an investigation in Hong Kong into an employee suspected of having a beneficial interest in a subcontractor that was referred for criminal prosecution; and a digital forensics investigation into the theft of a client’s prototype design prior to commercial production and product launch.
Nicholas is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (“SAIS”) in international economics and international relations. Nicholas has also studied politics and economics at Renmin University in Beijing.