Michelle Ya-Ling Gon is a partner on secondment to the Shanghai office of McDermott Will & Emery’s strategic partner, MWE China Law. Her practice focuses on compliance and regulatory matters, including anti-corruption, unfair competition, anti-monopoly and anti-fraud representations.
Ms. Gon has extensive experience in handling international transactions in a wide spectrum of practice areas across China, Taiwan and the USA. With her long term, on-the-ground experience of doing business both within and outside China, Ms. Gon provides practical advice to clients on complex legal issues. Ms. Gon often assumes the role of external general counsel for various Multi-National Companies (MNCs) and domestic clients doing business abroad on various issues.
Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery, Ms. Gon was a Principal at Baker & McKenzie Shanghai from 2005 to 2015. She has also held various roles at Baker & McKenzie including Managing Partner of the Taipei office; served as the Chief Legal Officer/Vice President of Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation; and been an International Attorney for McDonald’s Corporation, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Ms. Gon was named as one of the Top 30 Attorneys in China and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the Asia Pacific region, by Asian Legal Business in 2004. She was listed as a leading lawyer in the life sciences sector in China by Chambers Asia Pacific in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Ms. Gon is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Most of Ms Gon’s clients are large American, European or Japanese MNCs doing business in China, or large, China-based MNCs doing business globally, across a number of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, life sciences, health care, agriculture, food-related products, wine and spirits, hospitality, cruise lines, manufacturing, IT and high tech. Many of her clients are listed on the US, Hong Kong, US or other stock exchanges.
Compliance – Risk Assessment
Compliance – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - Related Due Diligence
Compliance – Antitrust
Compliance – Internal Investigations
Compliance – China Enforcement Actions
Compliance – Anti-Fraud Actions
Compliance – Compliance Training and Advice
Compliance – Review of Business Model and Revision of Contracts