David K. Cheng

David Cheng is the chair and managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s China and Asia-Pacific practice. He is qualified in both the United States and Hong Kong. He focuses on cross-border transactions, litigations and investigations, advising on issues ranging from acquisitions, capital financing (initial public offering), intellectual property protection and disputes to fraud, FCPA and SEC investigations. He has a client portfolio from all over the world: United States, Middle East, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.

What do you focus on?

With a practice in international transactions and disputes and as a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney that had litigated over 90 cases in the U.S. Federal District Courts, my focus is very broad. Examples include: (1) advising on tax and corporate structures and conducting due diligence related to cross-border acquisitions and capital financing projects, assisting clients to minimize their risks and global tax impact (as part of that process, I have also advised clients on IP, employment, immigration and other local government requirements issues); and (2) representing clients in disputes and investigations potentially leading to litigations (this can range from tax or IP disputes to fraudulent acts by employees to government investigations (such as FCPA, U.S. Department of Justice, SEC and FMC)). I have also been the independent counsel of the Audit Committee in SEC investigations for various international companies based in Asia.

What do you see on the horizon?

The world is a lot smaller than it was 20 or 30 years ago, and companies are taking advantage of this by expanding rapidly in new markets. With this growth, companies will need guidance overcoming various legal hurdles in both the domestic and the international markets. Acquisitions, disputes and investigations will continue to be issues that companies will need to deal with as expansions into new markets continue.

A Slow and Steady Approach for Nixon Peabody

Asian Legal Business | October 03, 2016

China & Asia-Pacific chair David Cheng and Global Strategies Committee chair and IP Counseling & Transactions practice group leader Jeff Costellia are quoted in this article focused on Nixon Peabody’s strategic expansion in Asia.


David K. Cheng

Chair and Managing Partner of China & Asia Pacific Practice

Hong Kong

Phone: +852 9307 3900


Phone: +86 156 2607 6649

San Francisco

Phone: +1 650 387 3948


Phone: +65 8299 3682

Fax: 866-451-0472

Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Georgetown University Law Center, Taxation, with distinction


District of Columbia

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Supreme Court

Hong Kong


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