In 1978, Mr. Liu began studying law at Peking University Law School. He was one of the earliest students to study law after the Cultural Revolution. In 1986, he became an Assistant Professor at Peking University Law School specializing in international business transaction. At that same time, he also worked as legal counsel for a number of Chinese national corporations and foreign enterprises. In 1986, Mr. Liu traveled to the United States, and in 1988, after graduating from the University of Florida with his LL.M. in Taxation, he then joined Jenner & Block in Chicago as a Chinese law consultant. While with Jenner & Block, Mr. Liu advised on international transactions and litigation for both American and Chinese clients.
In 1997, Mr. Liu returned to China and joined JunHe. Since then, he has represented a large number of multinational corporations and prominent individuals in arbitration and litigation matters - including several cases before China’s Supreme Court. Most recently, Mr. Liu has represented Michael Jordan in his naming rights infringement case against a prominent PRC sport company. In the past decade, Mr. Liu has trialed over 100 cases as the chief arbitrator at China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”) and served as a member for CIETAC’s Expert Committee.
Also since 1997, Mr. Liu has advised a large number of foreign-invested companies on matters of direct investment, general corporate work, and M&A. In particular, Mr. Liu has advised many foreign private funds on investments into China. He has also advised on the establishment of many domestic private RMB funds. He has also been involved in compliance matters including internal audits and government investigations.
With respect to arts related matters, Mr. Liu headed the team in charge of all legal matters for The Three Tenors Forbidden City Concert in 2001 and the Rolling Stone Licks World Tour (China) in 2003.
Mr. Liu authored a number of academic articles in China and he co-authored Chinese Economic Law, a legal textbook published by the Peking University Press as well as International Commercial Arbitration in China: History, New Developments, and Current Practice, 28 The John Marshall Law Review 539 (1995). He is a co-translator of the Chinese version of International Contracts, published by Columbia University’s Parker School of Comparative Law.