James M. Hsiao
James Hsiao is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. He joined Ropes & Gray’s Litigation and Enforcement group in 2014. His practice is focused on criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations as well as due diligence and compliance with anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, anti-money laundering laws and sanctions regulations. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, James practiced commercial and securities litigation in the United States.
James is a former prosecutor and has completed multiple trials to verdict. He has experience across a diverse variety of practice areas, including securities litigation, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation. James also has considerable pro bono experience, including representing a celebrity chef in a successful trademark dispute, a nun in an ongoing federal criminal appeal concerning civil disobedience, and a small gaming miniatures business in contract negotiations with a Chinese supplier.
Prior to law school, James worked in a number of technology positions, including systems and network engineering, information security, and operations management, at AOL/MovieFone, Reuters America, and numerous startups. James is natively bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.
- Conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of Fortune 500 multinational companies across different industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, internet and technology, venture capital/private equity, and finance.
- Conducted ABAC, AML, and sanctions due diligence in connection with private equity and other investments all over the Asia region, including India, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
- Assisted clients with developing and implementing ABAC, AML, and sanctions policies and procedures.
- Represented a multinational U.S.-listed company in an international arbitration at the HKIAC in a dispute involving a Chinese supplier.
- Advised a multinational U.S.-listed medical device company regarding its government-appointed compliance monitorship.
- Conducted a financial fraud investigation on behalf of one of the top U.S.-listed e-commerce companies in China.
- Represented a major British investment bank in U.S. state and federal securities lawsuits relating to residential mortgage-backed securities.
- Represented the former president of a major mortgage lender in state and federal securities lawsuits relating to residential mortgage-backed securities.
- Investigated and disabled multiple malicious software (“malware”) botnets on behalf of a major software company.
- Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a Hong Kong conglomerate in a federal lawsuit alleging alter-ego fraud and RICO.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a medical devices company related to an SEC investigation.
- Contributor, “Securities Liability of Underwriters, Accountants, and Lawyers,” Bloomberg BNA (forthcoming)
- Co-author, “The War on Cybercrime: How Far Can You Go?,” Corporate Counsel (April 16, 2013)