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Winston & Strawn LLP
Hong Kong

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

The ‘knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented’ practice at Winston & Strawn LLP works collaboratively across multiple offices on cases concerning trade secrets,  breach of contracts, non-competes, and other restrictive covenants. In Texas, Houston-based co-head John Keville and Sheryl Falk are noted for their respective expertise in mechanical engineering and computer forensics, while Dallas-based Tom Melsheimer is a seasoned trial lawyer with considerable experience in intellectual property, business torts, and False Claims Act litigation. Practice co-head David Enzminger , who regularly represents clients in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, and manufacturing sectors, works primarily out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Chicago-based internal investigation specialist Steven Grimes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Keville; David Enzminger; Steven Grimes

Other key lawyers:

Sheryl Falk; Cori Hochbaum; Tom Melsheimer


‘Very knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented.’

‘Sheryl Falk and Cori Hochbaum are outstanding lawyers, very hard working, detail oriented, and a pleasure to work with all around.’

Key clients



Zebra Technologies

Accresa Health

Natera, Inc.

Lean Focus

Work highlights

  • Representing M-I LLLC in a copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets case against two former employees and their new employer relating to a suite of engineering application tools for the exploration and development of oil and gas wells.
  • Advised a global medical device manufacturing company on a trade secret and information security audit to evaluate current practices and advise on best practices to bolster protections around key assets.
  • Represented Lean Focus LLC in a misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract case filed in the Western District of Wisconsin by Danaher Corporation against its former employee, Damon Baker, and his start up consulting company, Lean Focus LLC.

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Winston & Strawn LLP is extremely active in the realm of SPAC transactions in addition to Hong Kong’s takeover code and general M&A; its foremost sectors of expertise are life science, IT, retail and consumer products, healthcare and pharmaceutical and the group is helmed from Hong Kong by Simon Luk who is dual-qualified in the US and has recently been active in India and Singapore, among other jurisdictions. The firm formed a strategic alliance with Yuanda China Law Offices in June 2020, providing the practice with a holistic PRC, international and Hong Kong law offering.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Diginex Limited

Netfin Acquisition Corp.

Weiye Holdings Limited

Strong Petroleum Holdings Limited

Zhongying Int’l Holding Group Limited

China Youzan Limited

Link-Asia International Co. Ltd.

Meilleure Health International Industry Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Diginex Limited in its business combination with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Netfin Acquisition Corp. on its business combination with Triterras Fintech Pte Ltd.
  • Advised Weiye Holdings Limited in its very substantial disposal of the entire interest in its subsidiary which is a project company engaged in an urban renewal project in Huizhou city, Guangdong.

For more than 160 years, Winston has served as a trusted adviser and advocate to companies in a broad array of industries. The firm has built a law practice with tremendous breadth and a global presence across the North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, with 16 offices located in major business centres around the world.

With attorneys based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Winston’s team in Asia brings together a wealth of experience in the laws of Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, and other jurisdictions across Asia. Our attorneys stay abreast of the fast-changing legal and regulatory environment across the region, particularly in Greater China, and are adept at translating the local laws and regulations to actionable advice for international companies.

Since 2008, Winston’s Hong Kong team has been assisting public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, investors and emerging companies, in cross- border matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, investment funds, corporate governance, equity and debt capital market transactions, restructurings, and distressed acquisitions. The firm has one of the most active SPAC practices in Asia, representing promoters, underwriters, investors, and targets in the initial public offerings and business combinations of special purpose acquisition companies.

Working closely with attorneys at Yuanda China Law Offices, the firm’s strategic alliance partner in China, we offer a truly integrated offering of Hong Kong, mainland Chinese, US, and English law capabilities.

Dispute Resolution; Litigation; Compliance Steve 2292 2138
Corporate/M&A; Private Equity Simon 2292 2222
Intellectual Property Gino 2292 2218
Capital Markets David 2292 2215