Firm Profile > Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP > Beijing, China

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
BEIJING 100020

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP 'understands how to convey information to clients viewing Chinese law through a US lens'. Lesli Ligorner and her team are 'knowledgable and trustworthy', and advises a broad range of employment and compliance issues 'efficiently and holistically'. Todd Liao and Charles Mo are the main names to note within the firm's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, respectively.


Super fast response and always acts as a partner with client’s best interest at heart‘.

Very involved with each step of the matter‘.

The team is extremely responsive and knowledgeable about current developments in the law and enforcement trends, which continue to change rapidly in China‘.

The lawyers think strategically and deliver concise and practical advice. Where clients need to make decisions based on the advice they outline, they provide risk-based and strategic analysis, which the clients particularly value in their external counsel‘.

Key clients

American Greetings

Arthrex Corporation


Bristol Myers Squibb

Comcast / NBC Universal



Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China

Gilead Corporation

JP Morgan Chase

Kroll Associates


Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's M&A lawyers in China have extensive experience in advising Chinese and global clients on complex, significant and high-value transactions in China and neighbouring Asian jurisdictions; they also act in outbound deals into the US, Europe and elsewhere. Shanghai-based Mitch Dudek focuses on all aspects of corporate, real estate, and finance transactions, and Todd Liao is another key contact; other highly regarded advisers are Beijing's Alex Wang and Maurice Hoo in Hong Kong. Hao Su joined as partner in Beijing from Clifford Chance LLP.

Key clients

Anta Sports Products


GCL-POLY Energy Holdings

Cainiao Network Technology Co

China Hengshi Foundation Company

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's private equity offering is led by Maurice Hoo in Hong Kong and was recently strengthened through the hire of financial regulatory specialist Helen Fok from Simmons & Simmons. Also based in Hong Kong, Ning Zhang acts for both international and Chinese funds across a broad range of transactions, and Connie Cheung who assists private equity and venture capital investors, as well as privately held companies, on investments and divestments in the Greater China region.

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Sequoia Capital

Hillhouse Capital

Permira Capital

The Carlyle Group

Fortress Investment

Credit Suisse

Bank of China International

Oaktree Capital

TRG Capital

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's China team handles a wide range of issues surrounding anti-corruption and regulatory compliance. Lesli Ligorner in Beijing advises on corporate investigations, FCPA and local anti-corruption compliance, and discrimination and harassment policies; and Shanghai's Todd Liao assists with a range of FCPA matters involving China and throughout the Asia Pacific region.


Pragmatic and responsive‘.

The firm: From the firm’s *30 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis attorneys provide comprehensive litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services in all major industries. The team encompasses more than 2,000 legal professionals, including lawyers, patent agents, employee benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists who work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising start-ups.

Greater China: Morgan Lewis’ capabilities in Greater China have been carefully shaped to meet the complex needs of the most sophisticated clients. The firm’s lawyers – almost all of whom are native Chinese with extensive practical experience operating in China – have worked for many years both on behalf of and even inside global companies, advising on structuring and overseeing transactions and operations in the US, Latin America and Europe, as well as in China and other parts of Asia. The firm also increasingly applies a globally-grounded set of disciplines to assist leading state-owned, as well as emerging privately owned Chinese companies whose businesses are expanding into the United States, Europe, and other parts of Asia (including Central Asia and Russia).

*Its Beijing and Shanghai offices operate as representative offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in Association with Luk & Partners.

Areas of practice: The Beijing office is a key location for Morgan Lewis clients in Asia. The firm’s lawyers in China specialise in FCPA investigations and training, government regulatory approvals, compliance, and investigations in front of different government agencies. As China continues to grow in prominence as a world economic powerhouse, the firm’s lawyers in Beijing will leverage their market knowledge with the Morgan Lewis global network to create a significant business advantage for clients doing business in China and in the region.

With a focus on inbound mergers and acquisitions, investments, and general corporate and regulatory matters in China, the firm advises Chinese companies on outbound expansion into the United States, Europe, and Japan. Sectors include life sciences and healthcare, food and drugs, media and technology (including Internet, cloud, and mobile industries), consumer goods, financial services (including banking, the burgeoning ‘non-banking financial institutions’, private equity, and investment management), and energy and infrastructure.

Department Name Email Telephone
Venture capital
Private equity
Mergers and acquisitions
International tax planning
Corporate transactions
Intellectual property creation and protection
Technology partnering
Intellectual property litigation
Antitrust investigation and litigation
Number of lawyers : 1,884
at this office : 19
Contacts : K Lesli Ligorner, office managing partner