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.
Data Security and Privacy
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.
During Ron’s two-decade career at the Department of Justice (DOJ), in the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, he handled a number of high-profile prosecutions. He played a key role in the prosecution of United States v. Chao Fan Xu, a racketeering, money laundering, and immigration fraud trial against former Bank of China managers that resulted in convictions on all charges and for which he received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy. Ron also defended their appeals to the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the convictions. Ron has previously distinguished himself as an appellate advocate, previously receiving the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney based on his work as a member of the Office’s criminal appeals section. In addition, Ron was a seasoned cyber-crime prosecutor who handled complex multi-jurisdictional cases, including significant contributions to the investigation and prosecution of the large-scale transnational bank customer fraud in the “Phish Phry” investigation, which the Attorney General recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, and the “Firehacker” investigation of hack-for-hire websites, which resulted in website takedowns and arrests in the United States, Romania, India, and China.
Experience Working with China and Other Asian Law Enforcement
Ron has more than 10 years of experience dealing with criminal enforcement matters in China and Asia. Ron’s work began with his service as DOJ’s sole representative in the US Embassy in Beijing as Resident Advisor. From that time, through his subsequent work over the following seven years on corruption, money laundering, digital privacy, and other cases with DOJ, Ron worked directly with Chinese central and provincial law enforcement, prosecution, anti-corruption, and justice officials. In addition to the Bank of China case, he also worked on the investigation resulting in the US arrest of the former spouse of a fugitive Sinograin official. As a cybercrime and intellectual property crimes prosecutor, Ron worked on hacking, counterfeit goods, and trade secret investigations and prosecutions directly involving conduct in China and helped coordinate US and Chinese law enforcement cooperation in a number of investigations. Since leaving the government, Ron has remained in contact with Asian law enforcement, including testifying in a criminal case in Taiwan on US criminal procedure.