(Henry) Hong Liu is a partner of Mayer Brown, one of the largest and oldest global full service 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.
As a partner in the Banking & Finance practice, Henry’s broad practice areas have included finance and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, investments and transactions, 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 technologies. 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 at the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and was one of the youngest regulators in China at the director-general rank at the time. In that role, he was the lead 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, the Chinese cabinet. 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 transactions. His legal practice has included serving as a partner, chairman, and managing partner of China and Asia practices for several global law firms.
Henry was recently honored in 2015 by The National Law Journal (NLJ) in the United States as a “Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer”, one of the most respected recognitions in the profession, recognizing him for his pioneering work in advancing China’s legal systems in his early years; commending him for trails he is currently blazing in advising Asian and Chinese companies on doing business in the US and globally by assisting them in complying with international norms; and praising him for his beliefs and explorations of how global commerce and capital movements can only be efficient and effective by adopting mutually accepted principles of law.
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 the Chinese economy 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. At the 50th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 1999, AsiaWeek (Time) recognized Henry as a “Nation Builder”.
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 25 years.