Mr. Liu is an international partner of Duan & Duan. His practice is focused on M&A transactions and commercial matters affecting cross-border investment.
Mr. Liu has over 26 years’ professional experience in Greater China. Prior to joining Duan & Duan in December 2019, he was a partner of FuJae Partners for 4 years, a partner of JunHe LLP for over 8 years, the managing partner of the Shanghai office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP for over 2 years, and a senior lawyer at the Shanghai office of Sidley Austin LLP for five and a half years.
Mr. Liu has extensive expertise in corporate and commercial matters. His mergers and acquisitions work has involved Chinese State-owned, privately-owned and foreign-invested companies. He has undertaken numerous transactions relating to direct investment, acquisitions, reorganizations, tax and customs in the PRC. Mr. Liu has coordinated a number of large-scale multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions, and counseled foreign companies on the establishment of Sino-foreign joint ventures, wholly foreign owned enterprises, and PRC representative offices. Mr. Liu also represents clients in international arbitration proceedings before arbitration institutions such as Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, and advised clients on cross-border technology, trademark and software licensing. Throughout his career, Mr. Liu has represented corporate clients of all sizes across diverse industries, including IT, high-tech, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, health and fitness, chemicals, logistics, commodities trading, precious metals, and automotives.
– In 2016, Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific ranked him as an outstanding lawyer in corporate, M&A and taxation for China.
– In 2017, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers ranked Mr. Liu as the Market Leading Lawyer in the area of Corporate, M&A and Tax.
– Chambers & Partners ranked him as a Band-1 leading attorney in the area of tax in China for 2018.
– Chambers & Partners ranked him as a pre-eminent practitioner in the area of taxation in China for 2019, 2020 & 2021, 2022 and 2023.
– J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School in 1991.
– B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1983
– Member of the International Bar Association
– Member of the American Bar Association
– Member of the Indiana Bar
– Mandarin Chinese, native speaker
– English, fluent
In 1992, thanks to their overseas education and international experience of working in Europe, the US, and Hong Kong respectively, the founders of Duan & Duan sensed the business opportunity of establishing a private law firm when lawyers in China were still listed as “State Legal Workers”. With their pioneering courage and perseverance in seeking excellence, the founders of the firm applied for, and secured, a special approval from China’s Ministry of Justice for forming the first ever partnership law firm of the People’s Republic of China — one that is privately funded and owned by overseas educated Chinese professionals. They formed the firm in Pudong, Shanghai, the epicenter of economic reform and opening to the outside world.
After almost 30 years of development, Duan & Duan has now become one of the most unique and renowned full-service law firms in China, capable of continuously providing our clients with the best quality legal services. A forerunner in becoming a Chinese international law firm, Duan & Duan is in a solid leading position in providing cross-border legal services.
Duan & Duan now boasts 29 offices in and outside China, and over 1,000 legal professionals firm-wide. With its full-fledged legal service platform and well-established capabilities and expertise, Duan & Duan delivers one-stop-shop legal services and provide our clients with practical solutions.
Duan & Duan has been steadily implementing its development plan in phases, with design and milestones to accomplish in mind, and with a view to becoming an increasingly international, well-known and sizable law firm in China.