Yuan Zheng
  1. Counsel - Registered Foreign Lawyer

Ms. Zheng is counsel in Davis Polk's Litigation Department, currently practicing as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. She advises multinational corporations, banks and Asia-based companies in regulatory and internal investigations of alleged FCPA violations and breaches of securities, anti-money laundering and sanctions laws. She also represents clients in transactional due diligence, securities litigations and advises fintech firms in relation to regulatory compliance.

Before joining Davis Polk in 2014, Ms. Zheng spent two years in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters and four years at the International Court of Justice in The Hague working on inter-State disputes on various international law subjects. 

Work Highlights

Ms. Zheng’s work at Davis Polk includes:

Regulatory and Internal Investigations
  • Advising a leading U.S. technology company on investigations in alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in the company’s procurement and marketing operations in China
  • Representing a China-based U.S. issuer in securities fraud investigations by U.S. regulators
  • Advising a leading global technology firm regarding sales practices in China in response to U.S. regulatory inquiries under the FCPA
  • Advising a global investment bank in relation to its hiring practices in Asia-Pacific in response to anti-corruption inquiries from multiple U.S. regulators
  • Conducting internal investigation on behalf of a global professional firm into its hiring practices
  • Advising a leading private equity firm and its Chinese portfolio company to conduct an internal review of their anti-corruption and AML compliance
  • Advising a major state-owned enterprise in response to U.S. regulatory inquiries into sanctions and AML issues
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of a major state-owned enterprise’s group-wide AML, CTF and sanctions compliance policies and procedures
  • Conducting internal investigation on behalf of a global bank with respect to its compliance with U.S. sanctions requirements
  • Advising a global bank in relation to multiple regulatory inquiries by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan (ROC)
  • Conducting internal investigation concerning anti-harassment policies on behalf of a financial institution
  • Advising Chinese issuers in class action law suits
  • Advised a leading technology firm and its CEO in connection with a defamation claim
  • Representing a cryptocurrency firm in respect of unfair competition and unjust enrichment allegations
  • Advising clients in shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims
Regulatory & Compliance Advice in M&A and Capital Markets Transactions
  • Conducting anti-corruption, AML and Sanctions due diligence on behalf of private equity funds in connection with their investments in sectors such as healthcare, FinTech, information technology, media and energy and recommending post-transaction enhancement measures
  • Advising cryptocurrency and payment companies with respect to the regulatory compliance of their business activities in connection with their initial public offerings
  • Advised a global bank in relation to its investment in a real estate joint venture in China
FinTech Regulations
  • Advising a global blockchain-based payment company with respect to its regulatory and compliance risks in cryptocurrency trading, exchange and other services
  • Advising a China-based cryptocurrency exchange in relation to regulatory compliance questions
  • Advising a cryptocurrency mining company with respect to KYC/AML inquiries
  • Advising leading technology firms on licensing questions concerning virtual bank
  • Advising an international gaming company on legal compliance issues of its virtual payment tool for purchase of digital products
  • Advising a Hong Kong-based telecommunications company in respect of its consultation with the banking regulator concerning payment and virtual bank licensing questions
  • Before joining Davis Polk, Ms. Zheng worked on international legal disputes concerning territorial and maritime boundaries, human rights treaty obligations, trans-boundary environmental laws, treaty interpretation, illegal use of force and compensation for expropriation.

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2014
  • Associate Legal Officer, International Court of Justice, United Nations, 2010-2014 
  • Assistant Legal Officer, Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, 2009-2010

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • Hong Kong Law Society - Registered


  • LL.B., Peking University Law School, 2007
  • B.A., International Relations, Peking University, 2007
  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2008
    • International Law and Human Rights Student Fellow


  • Mandarin