Ronald Cheng handles both anti-corruption and data security and privacy matters and is co-located in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He is one of very few Mandarin-speaking attorneys with experience in both US and Chinese criminal law enforcement.
Ron served over 22 years at the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. During that tenure, he argued more than 35 cases before the Ninth Circuit, including two en banc, and served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in roughly 20 federal felony jury trials.
Ron performs investigations for and advises multi-national companies, primarily regarding their operations in Asia. His experience includes handling investigations regarding corruption allegations in mainland China and Southeast Asia, as well as alleged contractor fraud in the Philippines.
Ron also advised an entertainment production company regarding FCPA issues in a project with a Chinese partner and counsel for an executive in South Korea on the legal repercussions arising from evidence provided to South Korean authorities by the US in its criminal investigation.
He frequently represents individuals undergoing internal corporate, Department of Justice, and financial and banking regulatory investigations involving alleged FCPA violations and financial trading exchange fraud. Ron writes and speaks extensively on FCPA and anti-corruption issues in the US, China, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong.
Ron handles data security matters involving a variety of breach situations, including business email compromises, distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, and internal compromises.
His experience includes advising US companies regarding business email compromises resulting in the fraudulent transfer of funds overseas and a South Korean online distributor regarding cross-border data transfer issue.
Ron has spoken in the United States, South Korea, and Hong Kong on data breach planning, the US and Chinese approaches to data privacy regulation, and coordination with law enforcement and maintains a blog on Forbes, in which he writes on data privacy and corruption issues. Ron also contributed to an analysis of China’s proposed Cyber Security Law.
- Columbia University, J.D., 1988; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1985-1988; current developments editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 1987-1988
- Yale University, B.A., 1985: summa cum laude, distinction in the major, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions :
- Hong Kong (registered foreign lawyer)
Court Admissions :
- US District Court for the Central District of California
- Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Professional Activities :
- Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, US District Court for the Central District of California, 1988-1989
- Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1989-1990.
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