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Jonathan K. Chang


Handles a broad range of U.S. and cross-border litigation, arbitration, white collar matters and internal investigations.

His litigation practice includes representing clients in U.S. securities class actions and other complex commercial disputes, and advising on cross-border M&A litigation frequently involving offshore jurisdictions.

His international arbitration practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and investment disputes in Asia and beyond. In recent years, he has advised clients in multi-billion-dollar arbitrations across a number of industries, including alternative energy, telecommunications and mining.

His white collar and internal investigations practice includes investigations concerning violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance, and violations of securities laws.

Jon has won multiple awards for his pro bono work and leads Davis Polk’s pro bono program in Hong Kong.

Experience highlights

  • Representing several China-based U.S.-listed companies and their directors and officers in connection with securities class actions pending in federal and state courts in the U.S.
  • Advising a China-based biotech company on a shareholder dispute filed in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, which was successfully struck out
  • Obtaining complete dismissal of billion-dollar lawsuit filed against Morgan Stanley related to a Latin American submarine cable network
  • Obtaining complete dismissal of a securities fraud lawsuit filed against Credit Suisse relating to its research analyst coverage of AOL
  • Obtaining the complete dismissal of securities fraud claims filed against Proskauer Rose LLP relating to the Alan Stanford Ponzi scheme, and related litigation in the U.S. and Antigua
  • Obtaining complete dismissal of a legal malpractice claim filed against Paul Hastings LLP relating to a secured loan transaction and subsequent bankruptcy of the borrower
  • Representing a China-based alternative energy company in an HKIAC-administered arbitration, in a dispute arising from a failed investment in Japan, and related litigation in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands
  • Representing a European telecom in an LCIA-administered arbitration, relating to a natural disaster indemnity
  • Representing a consumer retail investor in an ICC-administered arbitration, arising from a co-investor’s breach of a shareholders agreement, and related litigation in the High Court of Hong Kong
  • Advising a natural resources company on an approximately US$20 billion claim against the government of a Southeast Asian country, relating to our client’s mining contracts
  • Advising a financial institution in relation to claims arising from its purchase of a business in Indonesia
White Collar & Investigations
  • Representing the CEO of a technology company based in China on a SEC investigation
  • Conducting internal investigations for a multinational pharmaceutical company relating to FCPA-related issues
  • Frequently advising U.S.-listed companies based in China in connection with FINRA matters
  • Conducting internal investigations for a multinational medical device company, relating to import control and distributor-related issues
  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with a criminal investigation concerning its mortgage-backed securities business
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Law Society of Hong Kong – Individual Gold Award (for pro bono work), 2019, 2020 and 2022

Law Society of Hong Kong – Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, 2018

City Bar Justice Center – Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2016

J.D., New York University School of Law
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Staff Editor, New York University Annual Survey of American Law
B.A., Political Science, UC Berkeley
Law Clerk, Hon. Frederic Block, U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 2007-2008
Professional history
  • Davis Polk since 2006
Qualifications and admissions
  • Hong Kong
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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