MWE China Law Offices

Leon C.G. Liu

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Leon C.G. Liu is a partner based in Shanghai and the co-head of the Global Corporate Compliance Group of McDermott Will & Emery. Leon focuses his practice on white-collar crime, government and internal investigations, data security and data privacy, corporate governance, anti-corruption and anti-trust, export control, and regulatory compliance. He advises clients in a variety of industries. As a highly regarded lawyer and pioneer in his field of practice, Leon has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, both western and Chinese domestic companies. His cases not only demonstrate the success achieved on behalf of clients, but also the innovation needed to achieve optimum results. Leon leads an international team of compliance professionals, in multiple jurisdictions that advise multinationals in China, Europe, and the United States on their cross-border regulatory compliance concerns and crises. As a seasoned practitioner with more than 15 year of compliance focused experience, Leon leverages his strong understanding of eastern and western cultures to assist clients in navigating the complex legal system in China. Leon also frequently publishes in regulatory compliance journals in legal media such as LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters and speaks on these subjects at a variety of high-profile conferences around the world.


Prior to joining the firm, Leon was a prosecutor in China. In 2013, because of his excellent legal reputation and a proven record of outstanding client service, Leon was recently named one of the Top 15 Rising Lawyers in China by ALB. In 2014, Leon led MWE China to win Asian Legal Business, one of the most authoritative legal publications in the Asia Pacific region, inaugural “Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year”. In 2016, Leon was nominated as one of the “Regulatory and Compliance” Leading Lawyers by China Law Practice Awards. Leon was ranked as the Recognized Practitioner of “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (PRC Firms)” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018.