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Henry Hong Liu

Henry Hong Liu

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(Henry) Hong Liu is a partner of Mayer Brown LLP, one of the largest full service global law firms, with offices in major economic and financial centers around the world. Based in the firm’s New York office, Henry plays a leading role in managing and coordinating the firm’s Greater China and Asia practice in the US. As a leader of the firm’s US-China practice initiatives, he is instrumental in connecting our offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Henry’s broad practice areas have included banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, investments and transactions, and regulatory and disputes with a strong emphasis on cross-border transactions involving Asia and Greater China. Henry has extensive experience representing Asia- and Greater China-based companies conducting business in the United States and other parts of the world, including in such industries as financial institutions and investment entities, real estate and infrastructure, aviation and transportation, energy and resources, and manufacturing and technology. He also advises US and foreign companies doing business in Asia and Greater China, including in market access, direct investments, public and private funds, capital markets, technology transfers and regulatory matters.

In the 1990s, Henry served as the General Counsel and Director-General of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). In that role, he was the lead professional regulator responsible for drafting, interpreting, and administering China's capital and securities market rules. He headed up the working group for 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. He is regarded as having made significant contributions to the development of China’s securities and financial markets.

Henry’s investment banking background has consisted of serving as a managing director of investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in the early 2000s, where he played an important role in a variety of China- and Asia-related M&A and other financing and business transactions. His legal practice has included serving as a partner, chairman, and managing partner of China and Asia practices for several global law firms.

In 2015 Henry was honored by The National Law Journal (NLJ) in the United States as a “Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer”. Henry was twice honored with the “Stars of Asia Award” by BusinessWeek as China’s national policymaker in 1998 and 1999 for his role in China’s economic and legal reforms and in the Asia Financial Crisis. He received the “Global Leader for Tomorrow Award” from the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1999. AsiaWeek (Time) recognized him as a “Nation Builder” in 1999.

Henry earned an LLM degree from Harvard Law School (as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics), a JSD degree from Peking University Law School, and an MBA from Oxford University (as The American Standard Companies Fellow in Management). He has been licensed as a New York and international lawyer for more than 25 years.
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