Mayer Brown announced that partner (Henry) Hong Liu (New York) has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) list of “Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers,” which recognizes 45 people who have “made a difference navigating the ever-changing mandates of regulatory and compliance.” (View profile.)

The publication noted Mr. Liu’s significant contributions to the development of China’s securities and financial markets. In the 1990s, he served as the general counsel and director-general at the China Securities Regulatory Commission, a ministerial-level public institution which Mr. Liu described to the NLJ as “basically China’s SEC and CFTC combined.” In that role, he was the lead regulator responsible for drafting, interpreting and administering China's capital and securities market rules. Mr. Liu also headed up the group that drafted and enacted China’s first securities law, which went into effect in 1998.

Before working as a regulator, Mr. Liu advised global companies doing business in China. Now, as a partner in Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice, Mr. Liu counsels Chinese and Asian companies doing business globally on how to comply with “international norms they don’t find in their home countries yet,” the NLJ said. “I try to help them to be truly international and adopt global legal norms and follow the rules,” Mr. Liu told the publication.

At Mayer Brown, Mr. Liu’s broad practice areas include finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, investments and transactions, regulatory issues and disputes, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions involving Asia and Greater China. He plays a leading role in managing and coordinating the firm’s Greater China and Asia practice in the US and connecting Mayer Brown’s offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas.