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Jonathan K. Chang
Counsel - Registered Foreign Lawyer

Mr. Chang is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. He represents clients in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory enforcement, arbitration and civil litigation matters. His recent matters include representing financial institutions in connection with investigations concerning sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance, market manipulation, and securities fraud related issues. Mr. Chang regularly advises clients concerning investment disputes and also has extensive experience representing clients in U.S. courts at the trial and appellate levels in connection with securities fraud, complex commercial and professional liability litigations.

Work Highlights

  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with an investigation concerning sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance led by the U.S. DOJ, Department of Treasury and New York Department of Financial Services
  • Representing the CEO of a technology company based in China in connection with a SEC investigation.
  • Representing a natural resources company in arbitration with the government of a Southeast Asian country in connection with mining contracts
  • Advising a financial institution in connection with an investigation conducted by the Japanese SESC concerning alleged market manipulation
  • Advising an energy company in connection with a dispute relating to investments made in Armenia
  • Advising a telecommunications company in connection with a dispute relating to investments made in Tajikistan
  • Advising an insurance company in connection with a contractual dispute arising out of the disposition of a Taiwan-based asset
  • Advising a private equity firm in connection with allegations of accounting fraud occurring at an investee company
  • Defending a New York-based law firm against allegations that it committed professional negligence in connection with an internal investigation of a China-based medical technology firm
  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with a criminal investigation concerning its mortgage-backed securities business
  • Defending Proskauer Rose LLP in connection with securities fraud and professional negligence lawsuits filed relating to the Alan Stanford Ponzi scheme, including obtaining the complete dismissal of securities fraud claims in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • On behalf of Morgan Stanley, obtaining complete dismissal at summary judgment of a long-running lawsuit arising from the construction and financiering of under-sea fiber optic cable
  • On behalf of Paul Hastings LLP, obtaining complete dismissal of a legal malpractice action filed in New York that related to an underlying secured loan transaction
  • On behalf of Credit Suisse, obtaining complete dismissal of a securities fraud lawsuit relating to its research analyst coverage of AOL

Recognition

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

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2006
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Frederic Block, U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 2007-2008

Contact

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Hong Kong Solicitors
    The Hong Kong Club Building
    3A Chater Road, 18/F
    Hong Kong
    P: +852 2533 1028
    F: +852 2533 4328

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • Hong Kong Law Society - Registered

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, UC Berkeley, 2002
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2006
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Staff Editor, Annual Survey of American Law

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin