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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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: 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, Alex Wang, Eddie Hsu, and Cindy Pan, 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
Corporate Eddie Hsu
M&A Mitch Dudek
M&A Eddie Hsu
Real estate Alex Wang
Real estate Cindy Pan
Joint ventures Mitch Dudek
Joint ventures Eddie Hsu
Cross-border finance Alex Wang
Cross-border finance Eddie Hsu
Telecom, media and tech Mitch Dudek
Telecom, media and tech Eddie Hsu
Private equity Alex Wang
Private equity Cindy Pan
Fund formation Alex Wang
Fund formation Cindy Pan
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