McGuireWoods, a leading global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices in the U.S. and Europe, has entered into a strategic alliance with FuJae Partners, a newly launched Shanghai-based law firm registered in the People’s Republic of China, to serve companies based within and outside China by providing ready access to leading lawyers in China and around the globe. With the strategic alliance pact, the two firms have agreed to work with each other closely in strategic markets (including China).

FuJae was launched by Richard Yao, David Dingfa Liu and Guangming Liu. As of December 1, 2015, it will provide legal and business counsel to state-owned and private Chinese companies and foreign companies doing business in China. Before launching FuJae, Richard and David were partners with JunHe, one of China’s most prestigious firms. Guangming spent over 12 years as an intellectual property specialist at JunHe before joining HuiZhong, where he was a partner.

The partners of FuJae, which launched the new operation with a dozen legal professionals, are highly accomplished international lawyers. Richard Yao, a corporate/M&A attorney and partner with JunHe for 11 years, focuses on U.S. and European companies doing business in China and on outbound investment by Chinese state-owned and private enterprises. He received his LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) and spent nine years with Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining JunHe. David Liu, a corporate/tax partner with JunHe who received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, focuses on U.S. and European companies doing business in China. Prior to joining JunHe, where he was a partner for more than eight years, he was with Coudert Brothers, Sidley Austin and Bryan Cave. He is one of the top-ranked Corporate/M&A and Tax lawyers in China, according to Chambers Asia and Chambers Global. Guangming Liu, an IP/IP litigation partner with HuiZhong, focuses on trademark strategy, IP litigation and compliance. He received his LL.M. from Chicago Kent Law School and spent over 12 years with JunHe prior to HuiZhong.

About McGuireWoods

McGuireWoods LLP, a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices worldwide, is widely recognized for its legal excellence, business savvy and client focus. For five consecutive years the firm has been one of the most recommended for service excellence in BTI Consulting’s annual survey of General Counsel of Fortune 1000 companies. It was recognized by The American Lawyer with a prestigious Global Legal Award for the acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. – the largest buyout ever of an American company by a Chinese firm. And it is currently recognized by Law360 as a White Collar Practice of the Year. The firm’s public affairs affiliate, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, offers infrastructure and economic development, strategic communications and grassroots advocacy, and government relations solutions. For more information, visit