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Roy (Ruoweng) Liu

Washington, D.C.

Roy (Ruoweng) Liu
English, Mandarin Chinese
Practice Group

Roy Liu focuses on navigating global traders and investors through a variety of complex U.S. regulatory hurdles. His areas of practice include U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, reviews and investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations. Roy has vast experience in regulatory due diligence and notification requirements in cross-border M&A transactions.

Roy was ranked as a "highly recommended" international trade attorney by WorldECR in July 2017 and was a featured lawyer of a major editorial on the U.S.-China trade relationship published by the China Business Law Journal in May 2017. He has published a number of articles on trade and trade law in both English and Chinese in journals and news outlets such as the WorldECR, Asia Times, Intelligeast, and the Tulane International Law and Comparative Law Journal.

Roy is a recognized professional on U.S. investment and trade regulatory issues related to China. Roy has represented U.S., Chinese, and other companies both before U.S. government authorities and, in cooperation with Chinese lawyers, before Chinese government authorities. He has experience dealing with challenging issues such as those related to the Entity List and restricted parties lists (aka "U.S. blacklists" in China), obtaining CFIUS clearance for M&A transactions involving Chinese investments, mitigating FCPA risks unique to China, customs valuation for intracompany sales, AML compliance issues for banks and casinos, and anti-dumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) safeguard actions against companies operating in China.

While at Stanford University Law School, Roy was an articles editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Representative experience

Assisted a major publicly traded Chinese manufacturer with a U.S. export and sanctions enforcement action and removal from the Entity List.

Conducted FCPA investigations in China for a global U.S. pharmaceutical company.

Procured CFIUS clearance for a major Asian oil and gas company in connection with a major energy project in the U.S.

Assisted a major U.S. tire importer with a U.S. Customs audit and claims for additional duties.

Procured U.S. export and deemed export licenses for UAV technology developed in the United States.

Negotiated trade/anti-corruption provisions and conducted related due diligence for several cross-border transactions involving Fortune 500 companies.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2009
  • B.A., Williams College, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


2017 Young Practitioner of the Year – Highly Commended

WorldECR Award

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Will the Real Country of Origin Please Stand Up?

Published Works

Staying Home: The Rights of Renters Living in Foreclosed Properties

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