Ray Liu, Esq.

Ray Liu, Esq.




Ray is a Global Partner and the Head of Dorsey’s Beijing Office. He is qualified to practice in the State of New York, and has achieved the PRC’s legal professional qualification and Securities Practitioner Qualification.

Ray concentrates on international and commercial litigations and arbitrations, primarily those involving cross-border and extraterritorial disputes. His practice areas also include cross-border M&A, PE investments, technology commerce, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment, general corporate and employment matters, financial services, banking, and insurance laws as well as cybersecurity, data privacy, and regulatory compliance. 

Before joining Dorsey, Ray worked for the Legal Department at the New York Branch of a major Chinese bank, focusing in the areas of financial projects, U.S. bank regulation, litigation management, legal processing, trademark, and fraud investigation.

Education & Admissions

Vanderbilt University Law School (LL.M., 2011), Dean’s List (all semesters), Law & Business Certificate

China University of Political Science and Law (LL.B., 2009), Outstanding Student Awards, Scholarship of Excellent Student

Oxford University, Oriel College (Summer Program in Common Law and European Law, 2007), Distinguished Award


  • New York
  • China (currently inactive)


  • Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese


Representative Work


  • Represented Fortune Global 500 companies in a wide range of corporate governance, commercial transactions, foreign direct investment, government investigation, and regulatory compliance matters. 
  • Represented CITIC Agri Fund Management Co., Ltd. and CIC Capital Corporation in their proposed acquisition of major global agribusiness assets.
  • Represented U.S. subsidiaries of Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. in their investments and project developments in the U.S.
  • Advised Minmetals Development Co., Ltd., China National Minerals Co., Ltd. and China National Metal Products Co., Ltd. on legal and regulatory issues relating to certain cross-border share purchasing and credit facility transactions. 
  • Advised Beijing ByteDance Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Jinri Toutiao”) on its cross-border commercial and IP related matters.
  • Represented the Scoular Company, a leading U.S.-based agricultural marketing company, in its acquisition of the Special Crops Division of Legumex Walker Inc.
  • Represented major Chinese insurance companies on cross-border regulatory compliance matters and PE investment transactions. 
  • Represented China Pacific Property Insurance Co., Ltd. in its recent venture capital and strategic investment in San Francisco-based Metromile, the leader in pay-per-mile car insurance in the United States.
  • Represented virtual reality and e-sport companies in Silicon Valley on U.S. business formation, corporate, IP and cross-border legal and regulatory issues.
  • Represented a leading global commercial real estate company in a global acquisition deal in Asia; managed and supervised the due diligence project concerning the PRC entities of the target group.
  • Advised mainland China and Hong Kong SAR based clients and start-up entities in business formation and corporate transaction matters in the U.S. 

Dispute Resolution

  • Represented Fortune Global 500 companies in a variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters in mainland China and Hong Kong SAR. 
  • Represented leading Chinese academics in filing an amicus brief in the high-profile “Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation” case before the Supreme Court of the United States (Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Sup. Ct. No. 16-1220).
  • Represented major Chinese banks in handling U.S. litigation, fraud investigation, anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and bank regulatory matters in the State of New York. 
  • Handled and managed one of the largest e-discovery and document review projects in China on behalf of an international bank based in China in a series of high-profile civil litigations in federal and state courts of the United States. 
  • Represented a Chinese company and its executives in a securities litigation lawsuit in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. In the first such case ever, helped the Chinese company and its executives obtain a complete dismissal of the lawsuit and also collect damages and legal fees from the lawyers who sued the company. 
  • Represented a Chinese company in breach of contract claims in a Georgia state court and won a US$12.6 million judgment on behalf of the client. 
  • Represented a major international insurance company based in China and its insureds in numerous product liability, tort liability and wrongful death cases and insurance coverage litigation cases in the United States and Canada.
  • Represented CITIC Agri Fund Management Co., Ltd. and Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co., Ltd. in handling major cross-border disputes.

News & Resources


Dorsey Legal Arcade: Video Game Industry Legal Updates Volume 1, Issue 4
The Legal Practice and Prospect to Enforce the Civil and Commercial Judgment Mutually Between Mainland China and HK
Dorsey Legal Arcade: Video Game Industry Legal Updates Volume 1, Issue 2
PRC Companies in International Arbitration: Is it costly to arbitrate in Hong Kong?
中国企业的国际仲裁(系列三):在香港仲裁 ,费用真的很高吗?
PRC Companies in International Arbitration: Interim Measures Arrangement between Mainland and HKSAR and its Practical Notes
PRC Companies in International Arbitration: Introduction and Background
Hong Kong Mainland Cooperation in Arbitration Matters
Dispute Anticipation & Readiness Team
Chemical Industry Update - March 2020
Key Things Employers in China Should Know Regarding Reopening Amid COVID-19 (II)
Key Things Employers in China Should Know Regarding Reopening Amid COVID-19 (I)
A Guide to China’s Exclusion Procedure for Additional Tariffs on the Import of U.S. Goods
The Current Running Status of Several Federal Departments during U.S. Government Shutdown
International Arbitration Basics for PRC Corp. – Questions Part I
Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co.
China Adopts Tough and Sweeping Cybersecurity Law
Closing the Gap: China’s Most Recent Efforts to Eliminate the Differential Treatment of Foreign-Invested Enterprises, co-authored with Peter Corne, Canadian International Lawyer, Vol. 10, No.1, 2014
The Amended PRC Company Law - More Flexibility in Establishing Companies (But With Conditions)

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Wins Three Deals of the Year Awards by China Business Law Journal
China Business Law Journal Names Hilda Chan and Ray Liu to 2023 A-List
Dorsey China Practices and Attorneys Recognized in The Legal 500 Greater China 2024 Edition
China Business Law Journal Names Dorsey Partner Ray Liu to 2022 A-List 《商法》提名德汇合伙人刘思锐律师加入2022年“法律精英”榜单
Dorsey’s China Practices and Attorneys Receive Multiple Legal Awards and Rankings
China Business Law Journal Names Dorsey Partner Ray Liu to 2021 A-List
Dorsey’s China Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Practices Recognized by Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Ray Liu Discusses Cybersecurity Review Measures: CGTN Interview
Ray Liu Named a Top 15 Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year
China Business Law Journal Names Dorsey Beijing Partner Ray Liu to A-List
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Comments on Recovery and Resilience of Chinese Economy Amid COVID-19
Trying to Manage Cross-Border Risks in a Volatile and Uncertain Time
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Remarks on Restarting China's Economy
Dorsey & Whitney Expands “China Initiative” Task Force
China Business Law Journal Names Dorsey Beijing Partner Ray Liu to A-List
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Comments on China’s Foreign Trade and H1 Performance
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Discusses PRC Foreign Investment Law
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Remarks on Banks Expectations of China's Economy
Dorsey & Whitney and Bank of China Cooperate on Training
Dorsey Partner Ray Liu Discusses PRC Foreign Investment Law
Dorsey Names Ray Liu as Beijing Office Head
Dorsey Opens Beijing Office

Select Presentations

  • Keynote speaker: Management of Law Firms in an International Perspective -  Lawyer Training Session at Shaanxi Provincial Bar Association, Xi'an China, October 2018
  • One of the Only 10 Representative Speakers in the Country invited by PRC State Council: 2018 “State Council’s Major Inspection” – Public Hearing event with the management and representatives of “Three Major Telecom Operators in China” (i.e., China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom), live-streamed and broadcast by all major media in China, The General Office of PRC State Council, Beijing China, September 2018
  • Keynote speaker: Coping with the US-China Trade Uncertainties – Managing Compliance Risks in the Search for Tariff and Customs Solutions, AmCham China, Beijing China, August 2018
  • Keynote speaker: Marching Ahead! - Management Mechanism and Business Development Initiatives for China Offices of International Law Firms - The 4th National Conference and Forum for “Post-80” Managing Partners of Law Firms, Shenzhen China, August 2018
  • Guest speaker:  The Theme of the New Era – Technology Development, Cybersecurity and Regulatory Environment in China, Computer and Technology Law Counsel, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN USA, April 2018
  • Keynote speaker: Algorithms & Exploitative Abuse in Competition Law, Peking University-University of Tokyo Law and AI Forum – Legal Regulation of Artificial Intelligence, Peking University Law School, Beijing China, March 2018 
  • Guest speaker:  Trends of Innovation in Foreign Law Firms in China, China Law Firm Management Summit Forum, Beijing China, January 2018
  • Keynote speaker: China Outbound Investment into Europe Legal Professional Seminar Summit, together with Prof. Zhou Hanmin, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Shanghai and other nation-renowned experts, Shanghai China, March 2017
  • New York CLE seminar guest speaker: Company Computers Under Attack: Big Dollars and Private Data Are Being Stolen Every Day: What Are You Doing About it?, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, New York City, NY USA, April 2016 
  • Keynote speaker: Understanding Chinese Law in its Historical Context, International Law Society, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN USA, April 2011
  • Keynote speaker: Introduction to the Legal System of the PRC, American Inns of Court, Nashville, TN USA, March 2011

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • China
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology
  • Video Games

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member, New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) 
  • Director, International Law School Alumni Association of the China University of Political Science and Law 
  • China’s Professional Qualification for Securities Business (PRC Securities Qualification)


Legal 500 Asia Pacific Recommended Lawyer 2022 2023 The Legal 500  Recommended Lawyer L500 APAC Recommended Lawyer 2024

  • Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in China: Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms, 2024
  • Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in China: Dispute Resolution: Litigation: Foreign Firms, 2022-2024

China Business Law Journal A-List Growth Driver

  • Named one of The A-List 2023-24: Growth Drivers, China Business Law Journal, 2023

The 2021 A-List China's elite 100 lawyers (foreign firms) China Business Law JournalThe 2022 A List

  • Named one of China's Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Lawyers) by China Business Law Journal, 2019-2022
  • Top 15 Data Privacy Lawyers of the Year 2021, ACE LEGALTECH Awards
Ray Liu, Esq.