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Partner Ron Cheng Quoted in MLex on Cooperation Agreement Between Hong Kong, Mainland China

March 10, 2017

O’Melveny partner Ron Cheng was quoted in the MLex article “New Arrangement Enables Faster Exchange of Evidence Between Hong Kong, Mainland China in Commercial, Civil Litigation” published March 9, 2017. The piece details a new legal arrangement that facilitates the exchange of evidence between a court in Hong Kong and a court in mainland China.

Cheng told MLex that, “Companies with cross-border litigation will want to give consideration to the arrangement, given that it describes a process with endorsement by the governments in Hong Kong and the mainland.” 

Previously, when a Hong Kong litigant wished to obtain evidence from mainland China, they had to submit a written request, which subsequently passed through various administrative organs in Hong Kong and mainland China, and finally to the relevant mainland Chinese courts, Cheng explained. 

"It could take a long time before a litigant could get an answer from the authorities,” he said in the article.

Cheng, who is co-located in O’Melveny’s Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices, handles both anti-corruption and data security and privacy matters. He served over 22 years at the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he argued more than 35 cases before the Ninth Circuit.