John Z.L. Huang, a founding partner of MWE China Law Offices (MWE China) and its managing partner, focuses his practice on creating practical, comprehensive solutions for a diverse array of multinational corporate clients. Show More
John Z.L. Huang, a founding partner of MWE China Law Offices (MWE China) and its managing partner, focuses his practice on creating practical, comprehensive solutions for a diverse array of multinational corporate clients.
Providing legal counsel in China for more than 20 years, John has handled numerous landmark cross-border transactions and disputes for Fortune 500 companies and well-known Chinese enterprises.
As the Chinese regulatory environment has evolved, John has also acquired first-hand knowledge of liaising with authorities at all levels of government. Whether related to compliance or competition issues, John has led multidisciplinary international teams in proposing, negotiating and achieving solutions for companies doing business within China.
Through handling numerous crises for companies often facing catastrophic penalties, John has developed the experience, systematic approach and legal sense necessary to navigate the difficult intersection of criminal law and compliance. In a number of cases – many of which have made national and international headlines – he has led teams in successfully responding to government raids, public relations emergencies and international political dilemmas. These cases, which are among the most challenging in the legal profession, have earned John a well-deserved reputation for providing pragmatic and effective legal solutions even in the most difficult circumstances.
John has also been nominated for, or, received numerous prestigious legal awards, including the State Council Subsidy Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of China’s legal profession.
Represented a world-leading meat-processing company in a comprehensive food safety investigation initiated by various Chinese regulatory authorities throughout the country, including several branches of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA); the case is truly unprecedented and, given the high-profile nature of the client, as well as the complexity of the issues involved (such as the proper standards to be used when testing samples), will likely have far-reaching ramifications for the industry as a whole
Represented a major US-based pharmaceutical company in a commercial bribery investigation initiated by the local Administration of Industry and Commerce (AIC)
Advised a US-based medical device manufacturer on an investigation in connection with its suspected non-compliant practices in contravention of a local Food and Drug Administration regulation
Advised a Fortune 500 US-based health care company on the formulation of its business structure in China, negotiated with numerous joint venture partners with respect to the establishment of clinics in China; provided legal services in connection with deal structure design, a US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance review, due diligence, the drafting and negotiating of all relevant agreements, and the closing of all transactions
Advised a world-leading pharmaceutical company in its filings with Chinese antitrust authorities related to its merger with another large pharmaceutical company valued at more than US$60 billion
Assisted a leading international real estate developer in dealing with certain regulatory matters, liaising effectively with government authorities such as the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, the Ministry of Commerce and the State AIC
Advised a Fortune 500 company on investigations by various Chinese tax authorities of the client’s senior management, and defended the client against allegations of criminal tax evasion
Represented one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the world in its full-scale corporate, tax and FCPA due diligence of several Chinese farm companies that it was interested in acquiring
Represented one of the world’s largest food companies in a nationwide investigation by the State Administration of Taxation
The affiliated firms of MWE China Law Offices and McDermott Will & Emery have lawyers educated and qualified in China, the United States and Europe. Together, the firms are able to staff Chinese cross-border projects with lawyers who are qualified and experienced in China and in the other country involved in the project.
John was ranked as Eminent Practitioners in “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms)” by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
John was ranked as Band 1 in “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms)” by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and 2019
In 2014 and 2015, John was named as one of Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers in Financial Services Regulatory in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers
In 2012, Chambers named John as “A Leading Individual in Corporate in China”
From 2012 to 2013, John was named as one of Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers in Regulatory & Government in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers
In 2011, John was honored with the State Council Subsidy award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of China’s legal profession.
In 2011, John was named as one of Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers in IP / Regulatory & Government in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers
In 2009, Chambers named John as “A Leading, Pragmatic, and Experienced Lawyer in China”
In 2008, John was named by Asian Legal Business (“ALB”) as one of the Hot 25 Lawyers in China
In 2008, 2007 and 2004, John was named as one of Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers in Dispute Resolution / IP in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers
In 2007, John was cited as a Leading Lawyer by Asia Law and as one of the Hot 25 lawyers in China by ALB
In 2006, John was declared Local Law Firm Dealmaker of the Year and also named one of the Hot 100 Lawyers for the Asia Pacific region by ALB
In 2005, John was selected by ALB as one of the Hot 30 Lawyers in China. John was also nominated by ALB as the Local Law Firm Dealmaker of the Year
In 2004, John was nominated by Legal Business (publisher of the Asia Pacific Legal 500), as Lawyer of the Year – an honor given only to the most successful lawyer in Asia
From 2000 to 2006, John was named as one of Asia’s Leading Business Lawyers in China
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