Shaowei (James) Zhang focuses his practice on internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, and compliance matters in Greater China. James regularly advises multinational companies in a variety of industries on their cross-border investigations involving corruptions, fraud, food safety, conflicts of interest, and export control and sanctions, including both internal and government investigations by the enforcement agencies in the United States and China.
James has in-depth knowledge of the US Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and local Chinese anti-bribery laws, and provides practical counseling to clients based on his understanding of the enforcement trends.
James has conducted compliance due diligence for many global companies and private equity firms on their high-stake investments in China, and he is able to identify red flags and provide remedial solutions in an efficient manner, in particular in those fast-paced transactions. He also performed compliance reviews and audits for both Chinese and multinational companies, and assisted them with design, revision, and implementation of their compliance programs.
James has also assisted clients on cybersecurity and data privacy matters, including review and revisions of privacy policies, assessment of cybersecurity risks, advice on data localization and cross-border data transfer, and counseling on other cybersecurity compliance requirements.
James has frequently provided compliance trainings to clients in both Chinese and English with a focus on the FCPA and compliance matters, and he also speaks at seminars and conferences on these topics.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, James worked at other major international law firms where he developed his investigative techniques and data analytics skills. James is admitted to practice in the State of New York and passed the bar examination in China in 2009.
James speaks Mandarin Chinese, English, and Shanghainese.
University of Minnesota Law School, 2016, LL.M.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School, 2011, LL.M.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School, 2008, LL.B.