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Joyce (Qinyu) Xiang
Lawyer
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3285
Hong Kong
ICBC Tower, 6th Floor
3 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2127 3285

Joyce (Qinyu) Xiang represents clients in a variety of industries in internal investigations, government enforcement defense matters, cross-border litigation and complex commercial dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Ms. Xiang practiced at an international law firm, where she focused on U.S. government enforcement and regulatory matters.

Ms. Xiang is a native Mandarin speaker. She passed the Chinese bar examination in 2008.

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • New York
  • Passed the National Judicial Examination in the People's Republic of China

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, LLM
  • East China University of Political Science and Law, BL

Languages

  • Mandarin
  • Shanghainese

Select Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of a major multinational company in an internal investigation regarding possible fraud and FCPA issues stemming from their operations in Asia.
  • Internal investigation of the China office of a leading multinational medical business corporation in connection with non-compliance allegations.
  • Representation of a blockchain company in Hong Kong in responding to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoena issued in connection with an investigation into an initial coin offering (ICO).
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
  • Representation of 20+ employees of a major global real estate and entertainment development company with operations in Asia in relation to an internal investigation into possible Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
  • Representation of manager at a China-based ATM manufacturing and maintenance company in an investigation conducted by the SEC and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into possible FCPA violations.
  • Representation of the China CEO of a Fortune 50 company in an internal investigation into possible violations of the FCPA.
  • Representation of former China-based employee of an investment management company in an FCPA investigation being conducted by the SEC arising out of the SEC sovereign wealth fund sweep.
  • Representation of six employees of a major regional corporation in regard to an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Commerce Department, and Office of Foreign Asset Control involving potential violations of U.S. sanctions laws.
  • Lead counsel in defending John Pacilio against charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud, and spoofing arising from trading activity in commodities futures markets.
  • Representation of a former precious metals trader based in Singapore in connection with an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice into potential violations of U.S. antitrust and securities laws related to precious metals trading during the trader's employment at a major European financial services company.
  • Representation of two Taiwan-based employees of a multinational bank in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation related to the alleged dissemination of confidential research information.
  • Representation of four employees of an international bank in an investigation of the implementation and operation of the bank's anti-money laundering transaction monitoring system.
  • Representation of an Asia-Pacific based company in an investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York into potential anti-money laundering compliance issues.
  • Representation of a businessman based in Hong Kong in connection with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into alleged insider trading.
  • Representation of a Chinese national named as a defendant in an insider trading case brought by the SEC.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong-listed Chinese company in an investigation conducted by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) regarding a potential violation of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance by one of the company's senior executives.

Commercial

  • Representation of one of the world largest “unicorn” enterprises in a high-profile shareholder dispute which involves jurisdictions such as Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Mainland China.
  • Representation of various shareholders of China Zenix Auto, a China-based commercial wheel manufacturing company incorporated in BVI and listed on the NYSE, in a shareholder dispute in the BVI against a U.S. institutional investor in respect of allegations arising from a proposed restructuring of China Zenix.
  • Representation of the investment banking arm of a leading Chinese bank in planning and pursuing a cross-border enforcement strategy against a Chinese real estate development group and its guarantors with respect to a private note worth US $50 million which resulted in a successful restructuring.
  • Representation of a leading Chinese investment bank to recover its US $40 million investment in secured notes against the issuer and guarantors related to a Hong Kong listed group.
  • Representation of an employee of a China-based mobile data services provider in a New York-venued patent infringement dispute brought by a China-based competitor.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based entity with operations in China in a UNCITRAL arbitration in Hong Kong against a Chinese company arising out of an asset purchase and sale agreement.
  • Representation of a Chinese real estate corporation in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a large Korean bank arising out of financing arrangements for the acquisition of property in China, with US $380 million+ in dispute.
  • Representation of a large Chinese conglomerate in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Singapore arising out of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the construction of a power plant in Latin America, with US $700 million+ invested in the project.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

  • Representation of a chemical company in connection with developing and implementing a comprehensive asset tracing and recovery plan relating to a US $900 million+ verdict rendered in its favor.
  • Representation of Hong Kong hedge fund to monetize US $150 judgment entered on senior high yield note with proceedings in the Netherlands, the US, and other jurisdictions.
  • Representation of PRC electronics manufacturer to defend against efforts to enforce nine figure USD judgment entered in US district court in jurisdictions around the world.

Insolvency

  • Representation of a client in nine figure USD audit negligence claim against a major accounting firm based on fraud and misconduct in connection with Hong Kong company.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Member
  • Chinese Business Lawyers Association, Hong Kong, Vice President
  • Ladies in Litigation and Arbitration, Hong Kong, Member
  • East China University of Political Science and Law Alumni Association, Hong Kong, Vice Secretary General

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Emerging Anti-bribery Risks for MNCs Operating in China" (Practising Law Institute — The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments in 2014, March 2014)
  • Speaker, "Investigating Corruption in China — Finding Balance" (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law Seminar, March 2014)
  • Speaker, “CSRC and SEC: In Search of a Path Forward” (Chinese Business Lawyers Association, Inc., February 2013)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • New York
  • Passed the National Judicial Examination in the People's Republic of China

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, LLM
  • East China University of Political Science and Law, BL

Languages

  • Mandarin
  • Shanghainese

Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of a major multinational company in an internal investigation regarding possible fraud and FCPA issues stemming from their operations in Asia.
  • Internal investigation of the China office of a leading multinational medical business corporation in connection with non-compliance allegations.
  • Representation of a blockchain company in Hong Kong in responding to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoena issued in connection with an investigation into an initial coin offering (ICO).
  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
  • Representation of 20+ employees of a major global real estate and entertainment development company with operations in Asia in relation to an internal investigation into possible Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) violations.
  • Representation of manager at a China-based ATM manufacturing and maintenance company in an investigation conducted by the SEC and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into possible FCPA violations.
  • Representation of the China CEO of a Fortune 50 company in an internal investigation into possible violations of the FCPA.
  • Representation of former China-based employee of an investment management company in an FCPA investigation being conducted by the SEC arising out of the SEC sovereign wealth fund sweep.
  • Representation of six employees of a major regional corporation in regard to an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Commerce Department, and Office of Foreign Asset Control involving potential violations of U.S. sanctions laws.
  • Lead counsel in defending John Pacilio against charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud, and spoofing arising from trading activity in commodities futures markets.
  • Representation of a former precious metals trader based in Singapore in connection with an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice into potential violations of U.S. antitrust and securities laws related to precious metals trading during the trader's employment at a major European financial services company.
  • Representation of two Taiwan-based employees of a multinational bank in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigation related to the alleged dissemination of confidential research information.
  • Representation of four employees of an international bank in an investigation of the implementation and operation of the bank's anti-money laundering transaction monitoring system.
  • Representation of an Asia-Pacific based company in an investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York into potential anti-money laundering compliance issues.
  • Representation of a businessman based in Hong Kong in connection with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into alleged insider trading.
  • Representation of a Chinese national named as a defendant in an insider trading case brought by the SEC.
  • Representation of a Hong Kong-listed Chinese company in an investigation conducted by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) regarding a potential violation of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance by one of the company's senior executives.

Commercial

  • Representation of one of the world largest “unicorn” enterprises in a high-profile shareholder dispute which involves jurisdictions such as Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Mainland China.
  • Representation of various shareholders of China Zenix Auto, a China-based commercial wheel manufacturing company incorporated in BVI and listed on the NYSE, in a shareholder dispute in the BVI against a U.S. institutional investor in respect of allegations arising from a proposed restructuring of China Zenix.
  • Representation of the investment banking arm of a leading Chinese bank in planning and pursuing a cross-border enforcement strategy against a Chinese real estate development group and its guarantors with respect to a private note worth US $50 million which resulted in a successful restructuring.
  • Representation of a leading Chinese investment bank to recover its US $40 million investment in secured notes against the issuer and guarantors related to a Hong Kong listed group.
  • Representation of an employee of a China-based mobile data services provider in a New York-venued patent infringement dispute brought by a China-based competitor.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based entity with operations in China in a UNCITRAL arbitration in Hong Kong against a Chinese company arising out of an asset purchase and sale agreement.
  • Representation of a Chinese real estate corporation in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a large Korean bank arising out of financing arrangements for the acquisition of property in China, with US $380 million+ in dispute.
  • Representation of a large Chinese conglomerate in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Singapore arising out of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the construction of a power plant in Latin America, with US $700 million+ invested in the project.

International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery

  • Representation of a chemical company in connection with developing and implementing a comprehensive asset tracing and recovery plan relating to a US $900 million+ verdict rendered in its favor.
  • Representation of Hong Kong hedge fund to monetize US $150 judgment entered on senior high yield note with proceedings in the Netherlands, the US, and other jurisdictions.
  • Representation of PRC electronics manufacturer to defend against efforts to enforce nine figure USD judgment entered in US district court in jurisdictions around the world.

Insolvency

  • Representation of a client in nine figure USD audit negligence claim against a major accounting firm based on fraud and misconduct in connection with Hong Kong company.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Member
  • Chinese Business Lawyers Association, Hong Kong, Vice President
  • Ladies in Litigation and Arbitration, Hong Kong, Member
  • East China University of Political Science and Law Alumni Association, Hong Kong, Vice Secretary General

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Emerging Anti-bribery Risks for MNCs Operating in China" (Practising Law Institute — The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments in 2014, March 2014)
  • Speaker, "Investigating Corruption in China — Finding Balance" (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law Seminar, March 2014)
  • Speaker, “CSRC and SEC: In Search of a Path Forward” (Chinese Business Lawyers Association, Inc., February 2013)