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Ke “James” Yuan
Associate
Shanghai +86 21 6036 2516 jyuan@cov.com Download V-card

James specializes in handling complex white collar defense, internal investigations, and anti-corruption matters. He has represented multinational companies in sensitive investigations in China, and Chinese companies and financial institutions in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters in the United States. In particular, he has extensive experience with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Antiterrorism Act (ATA), the anti-money laundering and Know-Your-Customer provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), as well as with various transactional compliance matters, such matters related to Sino-U.S. joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. As a native Chinese, fluent English speaker, and U.S.-trained lawyer, Mr. Yuan is able to help clients navigate sensitive cross-border legal, regulatory, and cultural issues.

  • Assisted major financial institutions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and automobile corporations conducting internal investigations in China and other jurisdictions into allegations of improper payments that violated the FCPA.
  • Led counseling teams to conduct large-scale e-discovery, internal investigations and remediation for several Fortune 500 companies.
  • Represented a major financial institution in a major international anti-money laundering litigation in SDNY.
  • Advised and defended several U.S.-listed Chinese companies in delisting disputes and shareholder litigation.
  • Advised multiple Chinese companies with their U.S. transactions in real estate, financial litigation and securities matters.

Pro Bono

  • Assisting Stanford Law School China Guiding Cases Project on subsequent development of Guiding Cases issued by China's Supreme People's Court.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Stanford Law School China Guiding Cases Project, Associate Managing Editor

Previous Experience

  • Before joining Covington, Mr. Yuan worked in a major international law firm and a consulting firm’s New York offices for five years.
  • Extern Law Clerk for the Hon. Winston Kidd, Mississippi Circuit Court (2008)