Dora Wang advises multinational corporations in a broad range of industries on complex cross-border litigation and commercial dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance matters, government and internal investigations, and employment disputes. Dora regularly works with companies on matters involving Anti-Corruption laws (US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, and local anti-corruption requirements), antitrust/competition laws, cybersecurity and data privacy laws, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, compliance audit and policy formulation and implementation, anti-money laundering legislations, and contentious employment matters such as labor arbitration and collective bargaining negotiations.
Dora routinely represents multinational clients in international dispute negotiations, and counsels clients on responses to government investigations in China, the United States, and Europe. She also regularly conducts internal investigations and compliance trainings for US, European, and Chinese multinational companies in both English and Mandarin with native proficiency.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Dora had a distinguished career in government in the US and Asia, where she counselled top government officials on international negotiations, crisis management, and regulatory matters. In addition, Dora also worked with major international law firms in the US and China, and was involved in US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, as well as US federal court proceedings and cross-border civil litigation.
With US litigation and client advocacy experience, Dora’s practice combines an in-depth knowledge of the legislative and legal developments with a keen understanding of the business environment in Greater China to provide practical and effective strategic counselling to clients. She is also well-versed in eDiscovery technology, often employing advanced eDiscovery and investigative techniques to conduct cost-effective and efficient discovery of evidence for cross-border litigation, internal audits, and investigations.
Dora is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on FCPA, cybersecurity and data privacy, antitrust/cartel, cross-border investigations and other regulatory and compliance topics in both Chinese and English. She has published articles in various legal or industry journals affiliated with the American Chamber of Commerce, GTDT, and China Law and Practices, among others. Dora was shortlisted as a Rising Star in Regulatory & Compliance at 2015 China Law and Practice Awards.
US-based global manufacturer of industrial electronic components with dominant market position: investigated allegations involving (1) US antitrust issues, (2) conflicts of interest, (3) unfair competition, (4) noncompliance with product-related regulatory requirements, and (5) anticorruption compliance concerns; advised and supervised the communication with a key competitor who was the whistleblower to ensure that the communication was limited to legally permissible topics and scope; employed cutting-edge eDiscovery and investigative methods to uncover crucial evidence that resulted in solid findings of employee misconduct; and advised the client on disciplinary actions against the wrongdoers; advised the client in responding to a regulatory investigation in relation to product and import compliance requirements.
US-listed technology and software company (Fortune 100): investigated suspected bribery and kickbacks of the client’s sales teams and business partners in connection with several large contracts valued at tens of millions of RMB involving a prominent public sector end-user; and advised the client on compliance remediation of a key business partner as a monitor of the business partner’s internal investigation and implementation of remediation measures.
US-listed global medical device manufacturer: investigated allegations of manipulation of sales accounting procedures involving 40 people across multiple business functions; conducted fast-paced, precision eDiscovery of 35 custodians to uncover evidence surrounding the allegations and enable the client to take evidence-based disciplinary actions against responsible employees; and prepared remediation advice with respect to the company’s compliance culture and internal controls weaknesses based on investigation findings.
US-based global manufacturer of highly specialized synthetic products with a dominant market position: successfully mediated and resolved a highly contentious, large-scale strike and blockage of business operations by employees of the client’s Chinese joint venture; and advised the client regarding strike management strategies, mitigation of security and reputational risks, legal exposure, and commercial and employment-related contractual liabilities.
Chinese subsidiary of a US-listed, global manufacturer of industrial technologies, environmental, and life science and diagnostics: advised the client on resolving a number of highly contentious labor arbitrations instigated by a former general manager who had significant control over the company’s operations, finance, and assets and incited other employees to engage the company in intractable commercial and employment litigation so as to hinder the company’s closure proceedings.
German-based global transportation and logistics software company: advised the client on multijurisdictional dispute resolution strategies to resolve the lawsuit filed by a former general manager and minority shareholder alleging unpaid IP royalties, infringement of minority shareholders’ rights, unfair competition, and regulatory issues in relation to its subsidiary and products in China.
US-listed global financial services corporation: conducted an internal investigation into the delay in the licensing of an individual whose immigration status was misrepresented in China; advised the client on cross-border legal implications and potentially serious liabilities caused by the employee’s engaging in restricted business without a license and exposed significant internal controls weaknesses; and advised the client on remediation with respect to its HR and compliance procedures, as well as interdepartmental reporting and communications.
European-based multinational pharmaceutical company with worldwide operations: conducted an investigation into suspicions of channel stuffing, improper payments, and provision of entertainment to healthcare professionals and hospitals, as well as illegitimate sponsorship activities by employees of the client’s Chinese joint venture; and advised the client on remediation and mitigation of the company’s multijurisdictional compliance risks with respect to its business activities in China.
US-listed technology company (Fortune 100): conducted an investigation of the client’s local subsidiary and determined that there were a host of local, FCPA and UK Bribery Act violations in connection with a key distributor whose employees defrauded the company in several multimillion-dollar transactions with important public sector end users; and identified serious deficiencies in the distributor’s internal controls that created loopholes for employees and business partners to engage in egregious kickback and bribery schemes in violation of the company’s anticorruption policies and relevant laws in multiple jurisdictions.
US-listed global entertainment conglomerate: advised a US-listed global entertainment conglomerate in connection with compliance policies and procedures for the joint ventures to be established with state-owned enterprises for a high-profile public project.>
China-listed technology company with worldwide operations: represented the client in a series of high-stakes, cross-border negotiations with several major global business partners for the purpose of resolving a highly contentious commercial dispute also involving local authorities; conducted an independent investigation into allegations of theft of trade secrets and commercial bribery; advised the client with respect to compliance audit and with respect to competition laws, anticorruption laws, data protection laws, trade secrets laws, laws concerning evidence, legal privileges, cross-border legal aid and seizure of company properties, employee discipline and termination, compliance review and remedial measures, and responses to government dawn raids and investigations; and advised the client on remedial measures and enhanced compliance trainings to strengthen its global compliance program from both the corporate governance and the employment management perspectives.
Multiple global leading luxury goods retailers: advised the client on mitigating compliance risks, complying with regulatory requirements, and formulating policies with respect to anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing requirements (AML/CTF) in addition to potential FCPA implications in connection with the company’s business operations in Greater China.
Multiple global pharmaceutical and medical device and energy companies: provided full-range regulatory and compliance advice in relation to operating in China; advised on drafting China-specific anticorruption policies as a part of the global policy review, third-party due diligence process and documentation, compliance risk management with respect to distribution channels, drafting distributor and subdistributor agreements in order to comply with FCPA, UK Bribery Act, and local anticorruption laws. These matters require both business acumen and legal expertise with respect to contract negotiations, knowledge of the application and regulatory enforcement of the anticorruption laws, and a keen understanding of the client’s and its third party’s obligations under its proposed and executed contracts in relation to their global compliance obligations.
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Judicial Extern to Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Recommended, Labor and Employment: Foreign Firms, China, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
Shortlisted, Rising Star in Regulatory & Compliance, 2015 China Law and Practice Awards
Best Brief Award and Regional Quarterfinalist, National Moot Court Competition
Semifinalist, Van Oosterhout/Baskerville Moot Court Competition
Advocate, National Moot Court Team, The University of Iowa College of Law
Member, Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Head research assistant and co-author to Professor Burns H. Weston, The University of Iowa College of Law
Fellowship Recipient, American Bar Association (ABA) Fellowship Award
Member, Berkeley Honors Society
Outstanding Service Award & Commencement Speaker, University of California at Berkeley