Esther Zheng is an associate in the Shanghai office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department.

Ms. Zheng advises on internal investigations, compliance due diligence, and compliance programs in connection with the US FCPA; sanctions and export controls; and securities fraud; as well as the PRC anti-corruption/anti-bribery, data privacy, and network security laws.

Ms. Zheng has assisted conducting internal investigations for multiple companies, and has advised and assisted clients with regard to the establishment and enhancement of their internal compliance policy and procedures. She also assists clients in mergers and acquisitions with compliance due diligence covering assessment of anti-corruption and sanctions risks. Her expertise spans across various industries, including technology, pharmaceutical, education, manufacturing, finance, logistics, etc.

Ms. Zheng’s recent experience includes:

  • Assisting a Chinese leading internet unicorn to establish its internal compliance policy and procedures
  • Conducting internal investigations and risk assessments for a US pharmaceutical company on potential violations of FCPA, and PRC anti-bribery and medical regulatory laws
  • Assisting internal investigations for a global professional services company based in China into whistleblower allegations of potential violations of professional standards
  • Conducting a white-collar internal investigation for a multinational chemicals company on potential bribery violations
  • Assisting an internal investigation for a US-listed China-based pharmaceutical company before the US SEC and DOJ
  • Conducting internal investigations for a US-listed online education company into allegations of potential securities fraud
  • Conducting a white-collar internal investigation for a multinational building supplies company relating to commercial bribery and conflict of interest issues
  • Conducting an anti-bribery compliance due diligence on behalf of a global investment management company in relation to its first proposed investment in China in logistics and warehousing industry
  • Conducting a compliance due diligence on behalf of a Japanese private equity fund in relation to potential investment in a Chinese bicycle sharing company
  • Conducting compliance due diligence programs on behalf of a US private equity investment company in connection with its investments across Asia in telecommunication, storage, and warehousing industries
  • Conducting a third-party risk assessment for a Chinese unicorn company on a potential agent to be engaged in Bangladesh
  • Conducting and assisting several internal investigation for a China-based US-listed pharmaceutical company into allegations of potential FCPA violations 
  • Assisting internal investigations for a multinational energy company of potential violations of export controls before the US DOJ 
  • Assisting an antitrust/FCPA internal investigation for a US-listed company manufacturing automobile components
  • Assisting a FCPA internal investigation and a white-collar crime investigation for a US-listed e-commerce company
  • Assisting an internal investigation for a Chinese state-owned shipping company into potential violations of US sanctions and export control laws 
  • Advising a US packaging company in connection with its Chinese subsidiary’s labor and employment issues 
  • Advising a number of multinational companies on compliance with the PRC data privacy and network security laws

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • Master Degree in Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Bachelor of Economics, China Foreign Affairs University
  • Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.), China Foreign Affairs University

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English