Mr. Hong is a partner in the Corporate group in the Shanghai office. His practice focuses on advising international companies on their direct investments into China as well as advising emerging Chinese multinational corporations on their outbound investments and other aspects of doing business abroad, especially the United States. Mr. Hong has substantial experience in cross-border M&A, intellectual property, international trade and Customs (both China and U.S.).
Trained as a commercial litigator during his first three years of practice in the U.S., Mr. Hong has always been involved in the practice of dispute resolution on both sides of the Pacific. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Hong managed a shareholder dispute intertwined with U.S. Customs compliance issues in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York, which led to a multimillion dollar settlement. In September 2013, Mr. Hong led a team of litigators in winning a jury verdict for a Chinese exporter in the U.S. District Court of Central California.
Counseling clients in a wide range of sectors such as energy, machinery (especially auto parts), apparel, cleantech, IT and commercial real estate, Mr. Hong regularly interacts with various government agencies in China at central, provincial and local levels. His practical experience on the ground and his ability to articulate and secure understanding about the needs of his international clients have proven to be invaluable in navigating the regulatory landscape in China.
Mr. Hong is a specialist in devising the most effective way, through communication, to achieve clients’ objectives, be it in the context of dispute resolution, investment or regulatory clearance. As an experienced practitioner of negotiation, Mr. Hong created a course on Legal Negotiation for LLM students at Shanghai Finance & Economics University Law School in 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Hong has published in the American Journal of International Law and Peking University Law Journal. He regularly writes legal commentaries for leading national newspapers and magazines in China.