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Steven Yu

Steven Yu

Hiways Law Firm


Prior to private practice, Dr. Steven Yu served at Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre, the first Chinese World Trade Organization (WTO) service body, where he advised government agencies, enterprises and industry associations on trade compliance upon China’s WTO access.

Dr. Yu started his private practice in 2003, focusing on trade law, foreign investment law (including Chinese enterprises’ foreign investments and foreign investments in China), corporate and commercial. He leads the Firm’s team representing Chinese clients to safeguard their trade and investment interest in various jurisdictions; on the other hand, he assists foreign chambers and many international companies for their interest in front of Chinese authorities as well as courts.

Dr. Yu worked in Washington-based law firms for several years. Between December 2008 and June 2011, he worked in a Washington D.C. law firm as of counsel while he was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University Law School. Due to his expertise in international trade practice, Dr. Yu is regularly interviewed by primary media at home and abroad.

In 2013, Mr. Yu was named one of the “Chinese Foreign Leading Lawyers” by All China Bar; in 2015 and 2016, he was twice awarded “Client Choice Top 20” by Asia Law Business (ALB). Most recently, China Business Law Journal named him China’s elite A List lawyers. He is a senior law and policy adviser for Jiangsu MOFCOM, and also an adjunct professor for the outstanding law schools in China, including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China University of Political Science and Law and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. He is a writer or contributor to many publications on WTO and trade law and practices.

Mr. Yu works daily in Chinese and English.

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