High-powered legal team behind Jho Low's deal with US

Former New Jersey governor led team to negotiate settlement with DOJ

Ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie (right) is leading a crack and highly-paid legal team on behalf of Low Taek Jho.
Ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie (right) is leading a crack and highly-paid legal team on behalf of Low Taek Jho. PHOTOS: STAR, AFP
A legal source close to Jho Low (right) said negotiations were going nowhere until Mr Chris Christie (above) took a more direct role some time last year and talks began with the US Department of Justice. Sources say relations between the US Departmen
Sources say relations between the US Department of Justice and Malaysia government negotiators were strained over the seizure of assets tied to 1MDB, such as Jho Low's superyacht Equanimity. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A legal source close to Jho Low (right) said negotiations were going nowhere until Mr Chris Christie (above) took a more direct role some time last year and talks began with the US Department of Justice. Sources say relations between the US Departmen
Sources say relations between the US Department of Justice and Malaysia government negotiators were strained over the seizure of assets tied to 1MDB, such as Jho Low's superyacht Equanimity (above). PHOTOS: REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

An elite and highly paid legal team, led by former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, acting on behalf of Low Taek Jho, the alleged mastermind of the financial scandal at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), negotiated the stunning settlement between the fugitive financier and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) last week.

As part of the deal, Low, who is better known as Jho Low, will end his contest to assets amounting to roughly US$900 million (S$1.2 billion) that were seized by the DOJ in civil forfeiture cases filed between 2016 and 2017 in the Central District Court of California.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 03, 2019, with the headline 'High-powered legal team behind Jho Low's deal with US'. Print Edition | Subscribe