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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has expertise across a range of employment matters, including as it relates to hiring and termination, the establishment and enforcement of company policies and collective bargaining. Working closely with its regional and international offices, the team is particularly effective at advising multinational employers on matters which often require co-ordinated advice across various territories. 'Exceptional and responsive' team head Lesli Ligorner  'understand the pressures multinational corporates face when operating in China' and delivers her advice 'in a practical manner that is easily digestible'. Ligorner has a niche focus in relation to work at the intersection of employment law and anti-corruption, and regularly advises clients on establishing robust procedures to comply with local anti-corruption laws as well as in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Todd Liao and Charles Mo are the main names to note within the firm's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, respectively.

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‘The firm works closely with its regional and international offices, which greatly assists multinational clients, which often require advice across a variety of territories.’

‘The exceptional Lesli Ligorner is very responsive and alert to commercial issues facing businesses. Being a foreigner herself, she understands the pressures multinationals face when operating in China and delivers her advice in a practical manner that is easily digestible. I thoroughly enjoy working with Lesli and would highly recommend her and her team to any colleague.’

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JP Morgan Chase

Gilead Corporation



American Greetings

Arthrex Corporation

Bristol Myers Squibb

Comcast / NBC Universal


Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's large, experienced China corporate team has a substantial track record in handling complex international M&A and private equity deals. Working across the Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Ning Zhang heads the corporate, M&A and private equity team in Beijing. In Shanghai, Mitch Dudek advises on the structuring, financing, acquisition and divestiture of investments throughout Greater China, while Alex Wang focuses on private equity, M&A, real estate and TMT. Maurice Hoo heads the corporate, M&A and private equity practice in Hong Kong, where Edwin Luk is global leader of the firm’s corporate and securities practice.

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They are diligent, focused, and go out of their way to think about scenarios from different angles. They have our best interests in mind, both short-term and long-term.

Maurice Hoo has been an indispensable partner to our business ever since we started using his services. He’s much more than a lawyer – he always give sound advice, which is not only based on legal perspectives but also on business considerations and practicality. We consult with Maurice on almost all business matters and he has never failed to help us.

Maurice Hoo is a very responsible lawyer, who always acts promptly, no matter which day of the year it is or what time of the day it is. Under Maurice’s leadership, his teammates are also very helpful.

Maurice Hoo is exceptional. He is an outstanding lawyer by any measure, as well as being very smart and pleasant to work with.

Maurice Hoo understands every facet of our company, partners and stakeholders, discusses everything in detail, and gives us 150%.

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

ATA Creativity Global

Shanghai Kuokun Investment Management Company Limited

Bohai Fund

China Hengshi Foundation Company Limited

BOCI Financial Products Limited

Kofu Hong Kong Holdings Limited

Meten International Education Group

Private equity: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Hong Kong office is routinely instructed by some of the world’s largest private equity funds, in connection with their China-related buyout, investment, restructuring and divestment activities. Of note, the team advises the portfolio companies of private equity clients on their exit transactions, whether in the form of IPO or trade sales.  Shanghai-based Alex Wang's broad corporate practice covers high-level PE work; and with longstanding PE transactional experience, Hong Kong office managing partner Maurice Hoo leads the PE team.

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Warburg Pincus

BOCI Financial Products Limited

Regulatory/compliance: foreign firms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's China team regularly assists with the development of compliance programmes; and on a global level, the practice acts before the DOJ and SEC in FCPA investigations, as well as before the Serious Fraud Office in UK Bribery Act and Prevention of Corruption Act inquiries. Also of note, the practice conducts investigations into alleged employee and third-party malfeasance. Focused on the financial services, technology, and life sciences sectors, Beijing-based Lesli Ligorner's corporate investigations practice is closely allied to her employment practice; and anti-corruption expert Todd Liao divides his time between the firm's Shanghai and Boston offices. Charles Mo is the Hong Kong partner to note.

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The firm: Global law firm Morgan Lewis established a new office in Shanghai in September 2016, representing a significant expansion of its services to clients with interests in China and markets throughout Asia and the world. The firm has 3 offices in China and *30 offices worldwide. Led by global corporate transactional lawyers Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao and Alex Wang the office offers clients a comprehensive range of legal services to fulfil their transactional, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, private equity, and fund formation and investment needs. Other services include advising on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, technology licensing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and labour and employment.

In January 2017, Morgan Lewis established an office in Hong Kong led by one of Hong Kong’s most respected corporate lawyers that has quickly grown to 23 lawyers. In 2015, Morgan Lewis secured a key base of operations in the thriving business centre of Singapore with the establishment of Morgan Lewis Stamford, and in late 2014, the firm significantly expanded its Tokyo office with the addition of lawyers from Bingham McCutchen. These offices joined the firm’s offices in Beijing, Almaty, and Astana in serving clients across Asia.

*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: Morgan Lewis offers more than 2,000 lawyers, patent agents, benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists – in 30 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm provides comprehensive litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property, and labour and employment legal services to clients of all sizes – from globally established industry leaders to just-conceived start-ups.

Its multinational lawyers – many of whom have practiced together in China for well over a decade – understand the issues that multinational clients encounter in China and that Chinese clients encounter abroad. Its experience strengthens its advice regarding corporate and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; real estate investments; cross-border finance; telecommunication, media, and technology matters; and technology licensing.

The firm’s local knowledge is particularly important to its regulatory services advice in respect to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to issues related to antitrust and competition and labour and employment. As the economic and regulatory landscapes in China are changing rapidly, its local knowledge helps Western clients understand and adapt to new laws and regulations, and identify business risks and opportunities.

The firm also has extensive experience assisting all sizes of state-owned and private Chinese companies as they invest across the globe. As Chinese companies merge with and acquire new companies abroad, they require not only sophisticated support in the areas of corporate and business transactions, but also with respect to regulatory advice and international dispute resolution.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Mitch Dudek
M&A Mitch Dudek
Real estate Alex Wang
Joint ventures Mitch Dudek
Cross-border finance Alex Wang
Telecom, media and tech Mitch Dudek
Private equity Alex Wang
Fund formation Alex Wang
Antitrust Todd Liao
Foreign corrupt practices act Todd Liao
Labour and employment Todd Liao
Regulatory Todd Liao
Intellectual property Todd Liao
Licensing Todd Liao
Number of lawyers : 1,884
at this office : 37
Contacts : Mitch Dudek, office managing partner