Roy (Ruoweng) Liu

Roy (Ruoweng) Liu

Washington, D.C.

Email roy.liu@​

Phone +1 202 637 4837

Fax +1 202 637 5910

LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin Chinese

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Recognized by Chambers and WorldECR, Roy Liu is adept at helping clients navigate companies through a variety of complex long-arm U.S. regulations on international trade and investment.

His areas of practice include U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, reviews and investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and anti-money laundering (AML).

He is a key author of the U.S. section of the much acclaimed International Trade and Commercial Transactions Global Guide published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

Roy has appeared in numerous articles on trade law in both English and Chinese publications, such as Politico, WorldECR, China Trade News, China Business Law Journal, Asia Times, Intelligeast, and the Tulane International Law and Comparative Law Journal.

Roy is an internationally recognized professional on U.S. investment and trade regulatory issues related to China. Roy has represented both U.S. and Chinese companies 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 (also known as "U.S. blacklists" in China), obtaining CFIUS clearance for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving Chinese investments, and mitigating FCPA and AML risks unique to China.

While at Stanford University Law School, Roy was on the Stanford Law Review and was selected as an articles editor.

Awards and recognitions


International Trade/WTO (International Firms) (Expertise Based Abroad) (China)
Chambers Global


2017 Young Practitioner of the Year – Highly Commended
WorldECR Award

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

Representative experience

Assisting a major Chinese telecommunications company with issues arising from settlement agreement with the U.S. government and monitorship appointed by the U.S. government.

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

Obtained CFIUS clearance for the acquisition of a U.S. electronics company by a major Chinese asset management company.

Assisted a major Chinese-owned financial institution with a U.S. anti-money laundering investigation.

Assisted a major U.S. importer of tires from China with a U.S. Customs audit and claims for additional duties.

Obtained CFIUS clearance for a major Asian oil and gas company for its investment in a major energy project in the United States.

Assisted numerous Chinese companies with mitigation of U.S. export controls risk and penalties in connection with their public listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Conducted a comprehensive FCPA investigation in China for a global pharmaceutical company that has extensive operations in China.

Procured U.S. export and deemed export licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles technology developed in the United States.

Negotiated compliance representations and warranties and conducted related due diligence for several cross-border transactions involving Fortune 500 companies.

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