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Lanier Saperstein represents Chinese financial institutions and corporations in U.S. litigation and regulatory matters. Lanier is the first lawyer in the United States to require a litigant to use the Hague Evidence Convention when requesting confidential bank records from China. He has been recognized by leading legal publications for his work in international banking and for his in-depth knowledge of the Chinese financial market.

Lanier has experience in an array of matters impacting Chinese banks and other foreign financial institutions, including federal and state banking regulations, the Antiterrorism Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), federal securities laws, and the clawback provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. He also has experience with the enforcement of judgments that implicate foreign bank confidentiality or data protection laws.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Lanier successfully defended a global Chinese bank in a high-profile lawsuit alleging terrorist financing; obtained a precedent-setting decision in the U.S. for three large Chinese banks, halting an attempt to seize PRC assets in China; won a dismissal for a global Chinese bank on an issue of first impression regarding international fund transfers; won an arbitration award in China for a Fortune 500 company relating to a complex manufacturing dispute; and achieved complete dismissal of a fraudulent conveyance claim against the New York branch of an international bank on statute of limitation grounds.

Lanier has written extensively on matters affecting foreign financial institutions, and his writings have been cited in dozens of prominent law journals.

Additional Publications

Publications Prior to Jones Day

May 16, 2019
Here's why American businesses need to tune out the noise about China, 

Fall 2018
A Scurvy Ride: The U.S. Supreme Court Limits Deference in the Vitamin C Case, ABA Antitrust Magazine

April 17, 2018
The ATA: Some Sense Brought Back Into the Mix, New York Law Journal

November 15, 2017
Prizing Apart Bad Facts From Good Law, New York Law Journal

September 22, 2017
Instead of more sanctions and bombast, let’s try a smarter, nuanced approach to North Korea, Quartz Ideas

September 2017
The Alien Tort Statute, Law Journal Newsletter

August 7, 2017
Chill Out About China, CFO Magazine

July 12, 2017
The Alien Tort Statute: Still Raising Threshold Questions of First Impression, New York Law Journal

September 29, 2016
International Comity is Alive and Well: Second Circuit Defers to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws in Vacating Multimillion-Dollar Antitrust Judgment

March 28, 2016
Expansive Take on Specific Jurisdiction: 'Gucci America v. Weixing Li', New York Law Journal

December 1, 2015
The Failure of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: Where is the Cost-Benefit Analysis? Notre Dame Law Review

August 12, 2015
Op-Ed, Account Closed: How Bank ‘De-Risking’ Hurts Legitimate Customers, Wall Street Journal

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