James M. Hsiao


  • JD, Boston University School of Law, 2009; articles editor, Boston University International Law Journal; Best Oralist Award, Edward C. Stone Moot Court; Moot Court Director, Edward C. Stone Moot Court; Legal Writing Fellow
  • MA (Economics), cum laude, Hunter College, 2006
  • BA (Economics and Special Honors Curriculum), cum laude, Hunter College, 2006; Thomas Hunter Honors Program


  • Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York)
  • California, 2013
  • New York, 2010
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
  • The State Bar of California
  • Law Society of Hong Kong

James M. Hsiao


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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)

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