The firm has officially opened its office in Shanghai, led by white collar specialist Samuel G. Williamson. Mr. Williamson advises large Chinese private and state- owned entities and major multi-national corporations regarding complex litigation issues that arise in the U.S., China, other Asian venues, and arbitration centers around the world. He speaks both Mandarin and Japanese and is the only Chinese-speaking former U.S. prosecutor practicing at an international firm in China. He is supported by a team of seven associates, several of whom are Chinese nationals with degrees from top Chinese law schools, and all of whom are fluent in Chinese.
The Shanghai office does government enforcement and compliance work relating to Asia generally, with a focus on China. This includes cases involving corruption, improper anti-competitive behavior (such as antitrust/cartel issues and commercial bribery), securities and accounting fraud, and economic espionage/trade secrets. In addition to government enforcement, the Shanghai team brings experience with private plaintiff litigation in these areas and has assisted both multi-national and Chinese companies in dealing with international litigation risk and international arbitration matters involving Asian parties. With the addition of the Shanghai location, the firm now offers clients the highest quality representation in white collar defense and general business litigation matters on the ground in China. Shanghai is Quinn Emanuel’s fourth Asia-Pacific location, with other offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Sydney.