Michael Xiao


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 2014
  • BA, Dean’s Honour Roll, York University, 2010


  • Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York)
  • New York, 2015
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Michael Xiao


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Michael Yangming Xiao is an associate and a registered foreign lawyer in the Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations, internal compliance investigations, and compliance risk management. Michael also has experience in international commercial arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael was a dispute resolution associate at a leading international law firm, where he assisted in a variety of multi-jurisdictional investigations and international commercial arbitrations in New York, London, and Hong Kong.


  • Conducted internal investigations related to anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and embezzlement for Fortune 100 multinational life sciences companies
  • Advised one of the world’s largest hotel companies, on a proactive internal investigation undertaken by our client linked to its operations in China
  • Conducted an anti-corruption internal investigation for a U.S.-based international animal health company
  • Advised multiple international investment banking, asset management and private equity firms on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and trade compliance due diligence for investments in Asia

Transactions completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray:

  • Advised on anti-fraud and anti-money laundering compliance with respect to an international money services business with agent locations in more than 200 countries
  • Advised a German pharmaceutical company in its internal investigation regarding potential non-compliant practices in Vietnam
  • Represented a US pharmaceutical company in a multi-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation led by the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as in related internal investigations
  • Represented an African state entity in an ICC arbitration against a Japanese construction company arising from a major infrastructure project 


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