Leon C.G. Liu focuses his practice on white-collar crime, government and internal investigations, data security and data privacy, corporate governance, anti-corruption and antitrust, export control and regulatory compliance. He advises clients in a variety of industries, including health care, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, environmental, automotive, manufacturing, food and beverage, and agriculture.
Corporations operate in an increasingly sophisticated regulatory environment, inside and outside of China. Leon helps clients overcome complex regulatory challenges in the most efficient way possible, minimizing disruption to their operations while reducing or even avoiding reputational and public relations damage.
As a highly regarded lawyer and pioneer in his field of practice, Leon has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies. His cases not only demonstrate success achieved on behalf of clients, but also the innovation needed to achieve optimum results.
Leon leads an international team comprised of PRC lawyers, non-Chinese lawyers and other experienced compliance professionals in multiple jurisdictions that advise various multinationals in China, Europe and the United States on their cross-border regulatory compliance concerns. As a seasoned practitioner with more than a decade of legal experience, Leon leverages his strong understanding of Eastern and Western cultures to assist clients in navigating the complex legal system in China.
In 2014, Leon led MWE China to win the Asian Legal Business’ Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year inaugural award. He also publishes frequently in regulatory compliance journals within legal media such as LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters and speaks on these subjects at a variety of high-profile conferences.
Prior to joining MWE China and earning his second law degree in the UK, Leon was a prosecutor in China.
Represented numerous multinational companies and domestic conglomerates in the health care, pharmaceutical, energy and other industries in connection with government dawn raids, and advised clients on proactive measures to help them achieve favorable outcomes
Guided a state-owned enterprise client through a US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation triggered by its foreign joint venture partner in an international corruption case involving PRC and US legal issues and requiring significant interactions with both jurisdictions’ governments for a final resolution of the multi-year matter
Led a multidisciplinary team in conducting a corruption, kickback and embezzlement investigation for a European client in China, leading to terminations of several managers, tax back-filing and joint investigations with customers of the client in a large-scale compliance initiative involving traditional legal services and investigations as well as forensic accounting and forensic technology
Advised one of the largest US food and agricultural companies regarding a nationwide government investigation and criminal trial in one of China’s largest and most significant recent food safety enforcement cases
Conducted more than 50 FCPA due diligence reviews for a Fortune 500 energy company on its agents and distributors in China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Mongolia
Represented one of the largest Chinese technology companies in resolving international legal issues arising out of its recent efforts to expand outside of China into the global market, which required MWE China’s services for cross-border litigations, an international criminal investigation and a new tailor-made anti-money laundering program
Designed internal policies for a US-based medical device company by creating protocols for interacting with Chinese physicians
Advised a global testing service provider on compliance with requirements from various governmental authorities, including the Ministry of Health, Customs, and the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau
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.
Leon was ranked as the one of the leading lawyers for “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms)” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and 2020
Leon was ranked as a Recognised Practitioner for “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms)” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
In 2016, Leon was nominated as one of the “Regulatory and Compliance” Leading Lawyers by China Law Practice Awards
From 2016 to 2018, Leon was listed as one of the Compliance Leading Lawyers (Domestic Firm) by LegalBand
In 2013, Leon was named one of the Top 15 Rising Lawyers in China by Asian Legal Business
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