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Keliang (Clay) ZHU

Locations:Silicon Valley
Title:Silicon Valley Office Managing Partner
Tel:+1 925 399 5856
Fax:+1 925 397 1976
Working Language: Chinese/ English
Mr. Keliang "Clay" Zhu's practice specialties include cross-border litigation, international merger & acquisition, and corporate compliance including export control in the U.S. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree and has practiced law in the U.S. for more than twenty years. He is one of the very few Chinese American lawyers who is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. He used to serve as a senior legal counsel to the World Bank and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization on their projects in China. He was the organizer and one of the lead counsel in a historic lawsuit that sued President Trump and successfully stopped his WeChat ban in 2020. He currently is the Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley Office.
Representative Matters
  • Cross-border Investments
  • Represented Citic Bank in the acquisition of Lexmark by Apex Technology (US$3.6 billion)
  • Represented Shanghai Fukong Interactive Entertainment (a publicly-traded company in China) for its sale of major technology assets in the U.S. and the U.K. (US$500 million plus)
  • Represented Smoore International (a publicly-traded company in Hong Kong) for its business expansion and investments in the U.S. (US$200 million plus)
  • Represented Andon Health (a publicly-traded company in China) and its U.S. subsidiary iHealth Labs in their investments and corporate operations in the U.S. (US$100 million plus)
  • Represented MLily (a publicly-traded company in China) to establish and invest in multiple manufacturing factories in the U.S. (US$150 million plus)
  • Represented an investment fund of a major state-owned enterprise in acquiring majority shares in one data analytics software company in the Silicon Valley (US$100 million plus)
  • Represented a Singapore subsidiary of a major state-owned enterprise in the acquisition of a shale oil technology company in Texas (US$100 million plus)
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Advised Air China for its cargo operations regarding export control and trade compliance in the U.S.
  • Advised China General Nuclear Power Corp for its export control and financial sanction compliance in the U.S.
  • Advised China Three Gorges Corp for its export control and sanction compliance in the U.S.
  • Advised Shenzhen Investment & Holding Co’s Silicon Valley operations for its comprehensive compliance and solutions in the U.S.
  • Advised Jiangsu Original Force Digital Technology Co for its securities law compliance, cross-border taxation, and due diligence in the U.S.
  • Advised multiple chip design and research firms in Suzhou for their export licenses and related compliance matters in the U.S.
  • Advised a governmental investment fund from Shenzhen for its compliance with CFIUS regulations in the U.S.
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Represented WeChat users in a historic lawsuit that sued President Trump and successfully stopped his WeChat ban in 2020
  • Represented several hundred Chinese EB-5 investors in multiple class actions that recovered significant funds from regional centers and immigration funds in the U.S.
  • Represented Tomtop and several other major online retailers against Amazon for payment disputes in the U.S.
  • Represented Guangzhou Wanbao Group in several product liability cases in the U.S.
  • Represented China Sinoma in breach of contract cases in the U.S.
  • Represented Genertec Universal Medical in a contractual and payment dispute case in the U.S.
  • Represented several major state-owned banks in debt collection and foreign judgment enforcement cases in the U.S.
  • Others
  • Served as outside corporate legal counsel for more than twenty companies in the Silicon Valley covering industries such as software, computer chips, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and bio-pharmaceuticals
  • Set up venture capital funds and private equity funds for international investors including legal structure design and securities law compliance
Education Background
  • Willamette University College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) (2000)
  • China Youth University of Political Sciences, Bachelor of Law (1996)
Professional Qualifications
  • Admitted by the California State Bar and the Oregon State Bar

  • Admitted by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit