Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that (Henry) Hong Liu has joined the firm in New York as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice. Previously, he was a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in New York, where he served as the leader of that firm’s financial institutions and infrastructure teams for the Asia and Greater China regions.

“Henry will be a strategically important connector between our offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas,” said Mayer Brown Senior Partner and Asia Chair Elaine Lo. “Mayer Brown’s ability to serve client needs across geographic borders is a strategic asset and competitive differentiator that will be further enhanced by Henry’s deep experience and proven skills in handling cross-jurisdiction matters.”

Richard Spehr, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office, said, “Henry brings to Mayer Brown an impressive track record of senior leadership within the Chinese government, in investment banking, and at large US law firms. His unique experience will further broaden the firm’s ability to advise US and European companies on a wide range of transactions in China and assist Chinese companies on transactions in Europe and the Americas.”

Mr. Liu has extensive experience in transactional matters for Greater China- and Asia-based companies doing outbound business to the United States and other parts of the world, including debt offerings and equity securities, financing, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, infrastructure projects and other general commercial transactions. He also advises US and foreign companies doing inbound business into Asia and Greater China, including market access, foreign investments, public and private funds, technology transfers and regulatory matters. Mr. Liu has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 global firms to emerging companies across major industry sectors and in many categories of transactions.

Regarding his decision to join the firm, Mr. Liu said, “Mayer Brown offers the strongest possible international platform and a significant presence in Asia, which are key to supporting my practice. The firm’s geographic reach will be particularly beneficial to Chinese companies I advise, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues across various practice areas in a wide range of jurisdictions.”

In the 1990s, Mr. Liu served as the General Counsel and Director-General at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and was one of the youngest officials/regulators in China at the director general rank at that time. In that role, he was the lead regulator responsible for drafting, interpreting and administering China's capital and securities market rules, and he also headed up the working group drafting and enacting China’s first securities law. He also served as a key member of the stock issuance examination board appointed by the State Council, the Chinese cabinet.

Mr. Liu’s investment banking background has included serving as a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston in the early 2000s, playing an important role in a variety of China- and Asia-related M&A and other financing transactions. His legal practice has also included serving as a partner, chairman, and managing partner of China and Asia practices for several global law firms, representing clients in various industries in all major categories of transactions.

Twice honored with the “Asia Star Awards” by BusinessWeek as China’s national policymaker for his role in the Chinese economy and Asia affairs in 1998 and 1999, Mr. Liu also received the “Global Leader for Tomorrow Award” from the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1999. At the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 1999, AsiaWeek recognized Mr. Liu as a “Nation Builder”. He earned an LLM degree from Harvard Law School, a JSD degree from Peking University Law School, and an MBA from Oxford University.