Experienced Partner Joins Latham & Watkins’ Leading Corporate Risk and Government Investigations Team in Asia

Arrival of seasoned white collar and government investigations practitioner in Greater China further enhances the firm’s corporate risk and government investigations team in Asia.

September 12, 2016

  • Latham adds seasoned white collar and government investigations practitioner in Greater China, further enhancing the firm’s corporate risk and government investigations team in Asia
  • Firm has extensive experience advising clients in three significant areas driving corporate risk in Asia: FCPA/corruption, cartels/criminal antitrust and environmental matters

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Hui Xu has joined the firm’s Shanghai office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department.

Xu’s practice focuses on advising clients on complex, cross border government investigations and litigation matters in Asia. He has deep experience conducting complex internal investigations involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and Chinese bribery laws, advising clients on matters before the US Department of Justice and China SAIC regulators, performing compliance due diligence for high-profile transactions and presenting bilingual training for senior executives and management teams on compliance with the FCPA and Chinese bribery laws.

Xu has also advised on Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (“CFIUS”) reviews, international trade—including anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations and WTO disputes—Section 337 investigations, and antitrust matters. He has a wealth of experience and deep knowledge representing Chinese companies and Chinese government agencies in US regulatory compliance matters and litigation across a number of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, life sciences, manufacturing and retail.

Hong Kong-based partner Catherine Palmer, who serves as Chair of the Litigation Department in Asia and leads the Asia Corporate Risk and Government Investigations Team said: “We have seen an increase in cross border enforcement investigations against US, Chinese and multinational companies, and their executives, targeting alleged corruption, cartel activity and environmental violations. This three pronged enforcement focus by the US and China, and other regulators, presents significant risk management challenges to multinational companies operating in China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Hui’s presence in Shanghai and his substantial experience handling cross border investigations involving FCPA and Chinese bribery laws, financial crimes and other matters, further enhances our capability to assist clients dealing with multi-faceted, company threatening risks.”

Rowland Cheng, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Shanghai, said: “Hui is a highly regarded practitioner in his field and we are delighted that he has joined us in China. He has a distinguished track record advising companies, boards and executives on a wide range of ‘big ticket’ litigation. He is calm, thoughtful and tough in hotly-contested matters, and he will add important capabilities to our Corporate and Government Investigations capabilities in the region.”

Tokyo-based antitrust partner Daiske Yoshida added: “Hui brings invaluable insight and experience in handling investigations in China and this skillset is particularly valuable for our Japanese and other multinational clients with operations in Asia. I am looking forward to working together with Hui to assist our clients in addressing the significant corporate risks arising from enhanced enforcement activities throughout the region.”

Jamie Wine, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department, said: “Hui is a highly respected white collar and government investigations practitioner in China. His experience and skill set greatly enhance our strong Asia-based white collar and government investigations capabilities and add another dimension to our top tier global platform. Hui possesses a deep understanding of the risk facing clients in the region and his joining Latham marks an important step in the expansion of our litigation capabilities in Asia.”

“Latham has a terrific reputation, strong global platform and significant expertise covering the key corporate risk areas in Asia: corruption, cartel/criminal antirust and environmental. I am excited to be joining Latham’s talented and dynamic Asia-based team which is uniquely positioned to help clients address multi-dimensional risks,” Xu commented.

Xu joins Latham & Watkins from Covington & Burling LLP in Shanghai, where he was Special Counsel. Prior to private practice, Xu was a member of the in-house Legal Department at the China Chamber of Commerce under the Ministry of Commerce, where he handled international trade, anti-dumping, and WTO matters for various Chinese companies.

Xu received his law degree from the Renmin University of China in 2001. He obtained an LLM from New York University in 2005 and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.

Xu is the latest high profile hire to join Latham in Hong Kong and China, following private equity partners Simon Cooke, Amy Beckingham and Frank Sun and leveraged finance partner Gary Hamp. His move to Latham also follows the relocation of high yield partner James Burnett and restructuring partner Joe Athanas to the region from other Latham offices earlier this year. 
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Catherine Palmer, Asia Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department +852.2912.2626
Rowland Cheng, Shanghai Office Managing Partner +86.21.6101.6123
Jamie Wine, Global Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department +1.212.906.2904

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