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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan Continues China Expansion with Addition of Litigator Xiao Liu from Skadden


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan Continues China Expansion with Addition of Litigator Xiao Liu from Skadden

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SHANGHAI and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is pleased to announce that Xiao Liu will join the firm as a litigation partner in the Shanghai office.

Xiao, who has law degrees from Harvard, Peking and Cambridge Universities, is admitted to both the bars of China and New York, and has deep experience representing Chinese clients in commercial disputes in federal and state courts in the U.S.  Among his many successes, he has helped the following Chinese companies achieve dismissals of complaints filed against them in U.S. litigation matters: Weibo, Jumei International, Youku Tudou, AirMedia, VIPShop, NQ Mobile, and ChinaCache; he has also been involved in achieving multiple precedent-setting summary judgment and trial victories in U.S. courts.  He also represents foreign companies as a liaison in Chinese litigation.

In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Xiao represents Chinese companies and citizens in U.S. government regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as foreign companies who have come to the attention of Chinese regulators as liaison counsel. He has conducted numerous internal investigations for multinational companies from diverse industries regarding their business operations in China, particularly under the FCPA.

Managing Partner John B. Quinn said:  "We think Xiao is the leading international litigator of his generation in China and that his experience in the commercial litigation and government enforcement arenas, as well as his sterling academic credentials, make him unique among lawyers practicing in China today.  We know Xiao will provide invaluable advice to our clients in China and Chinese companies in disputes around the world."

Sam Williamson, Managing Partner of the firm's Shanghai office added:  "I have been fortunate to know Xiao for many years and have been constantly impressed by his legal abilities and the value he provides to his clients.  We have had numerous cases together, and each time my reaction has been, 'I wish this guy was on our side.'  I can't describe how pleased I am that that is now the case."

Xiao Liu said:  "Quinn Emanuel has the top global litigation force in the world. I believe it will provide the best platform for me to grow both my practice and the firm's as well: helping Chinese businesses resolve U.S. disputes and government enforcement actions, and helping multinational companies navigate the unique challenges of operating in China."

Xiao received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, he earned his L.L.M. from Cambridge University, and his L.L.B. from Peking University Law School.  Xiao completed a half-year internship with the Chinese Supreme People's Court and practiced for multiple years in New York with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, before relocating to China five years ago.  Recently, Xiao was lauded by Chambers & Partners as a "rising star" in the China market for his "expertise in FCPA investigations and enforcement matters" and selected by China Law & Practice as a finalist for its upcoming 2018 Rising Star of the year award.  Xiao is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English.

Quinn Emanuel is a 780+ lawyer business litigation firm—the largest in the world devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration with 22 global office locations.  Firm lawyers have tried over 2,600 cases, winning 88% of them.  When representing defendants, Quinn Emanuel's trial experience gets better settlements or defense verdicts.  When representing plaintiffs, Quinn Emanuel lawyers have won over $60 billion in judgments and settlements.  Quinn Emanuel has also obtained five 9-figure jury verdicts, thirty-four 9-figure settlements, and fifteen 10-figure settlements.  FTI Consulting named Quinn Emanuel the biggest litigation firm in the world.  The American Lawyer named Quinn Emanuel the top IP litigation firm in the U.S. and the firm as one of the top six commercial litigation firms in the country.  Four times in the last 5 years, we were voted as one of the four "most feared" firms by General Counsels at Fortune 500 companies — the lawyers they "least like to see" on the other side.  The UK legal periodical, The Lawyer named us "International Firm of the Year."  Law360 selected us as Antitrust, Appellate, Banking, Class Action, Insurance, Product Liability, IP, White Collar, and Trials "Practice Groups of the Year."  Managing IP twice recognized us as having the "Best ITC Litigation Practice" and honored us with the "Patent Contentious West" award.  Legal Business has named us "US Law Firm of the Year" three times, and our German offices have been named both IP Litigation and Patent Litigation Firm of the Year by JUVE, Germany's most prestigious legal publication.  Global Investigations Review, a leading legal periodical covering global white collar investigations, named us the "Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year."  Global Arbitration Review named us the 11th best arbitration practice in the world. Further information is available at

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