James Hsiao

Local Partner, Hong Kong SAR



James Hsiao is a local partner in our White Collar practice, based in Hong Kong. He has nearly 15 years of experience in regulatory, government enforcement, and compliance matters.  He also regularly advises and represents clients on complex cross-border and commercial litigation and international arbitration.

James has expertise with government enforcement actions and internal investigations involving the FCPA, fraud and embezzlement investigations, international export controls/sanctions matters and regularly advises clients on compliance risk and risk assessments.  Those include compliance audits, development of compliance programs, client trainings, and compliance due diligence.

He has advised clients in a broad range of sectors, such as energy, mining, infrastructure, finance, fintech, life sciences and technology.

Before joining White & Case, James worked at international law firms in Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles. He is a former prosecutor in Brooklyn and has spent time on a client secondment at Goldman Sachs.  James also has more than 7 years of experience working in various engineering roles at a number of technology start-ups and companies prior to law school.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong
New York
US District Court for the Central District of California
Juris Doctor
Boston University School of Law
Master of Arts
City University of New York
Bachelor of Arts
City University of New York


James' experience* includes representing:

  • a U.S.-listed life sciences company to conduct multiple internal investigations into allegations of distributor fraud, bribery, employee embezzlement, and sample misuse across a variety of jurisdictions, including Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, and South Africa. 
  • a U.S.-listed industrial conglomerate to conduct internal investigation into allegations of revenue recognition fraud and falsification of documentation in a China-based subsidiary.
  • a British life sciences company in landmark anti-bribery investigation in multiple jurisdictions (China, U.S., U.K.); conducted extensive internal investigations into China operations in connection with the same.
  • a number of individuals in a joint U.S. DOJ/OFAC/BIS investigation into alleged violations of U.S. trade sanctions by a Chinese telecom company.
  • a U.S.-listed China-based e-commerce company to conduct a financial fraud internal investigation regarding allegations of accounting and securities fraud by a short-seller.
  • a multinational U.S.-listed medical device company in connection with its DOJ-appointed compliance monitorship; represented the company in presentations with the DOJ-appointed monitor.
  • a multinational U.S.-listed company in an international arbitration at the HKIAC involving a dispute with a Chinese battery supplier.
  • an individual defendant before the SEC regarding allegations of insider trading.
  • a major British investment bank in state and federal securities lawsuits relating to residential mortgage-backed securities.

* Includes experience prior to joining White & Case


The War on Cybercrime: How Far Can You Go?, Corporate Counsel (April 2013), Co-author

Awards and Recognition

Named in ALB's North Asia Top 15 Litigators 2023

Named in ALB Asia Super 50 Disputes Lawyers in Hong Kong 2021, 2022