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.
Publications Prior to Jones Day
May 16, 2019
Here's why American businesses need to tune out the noise about China, CNBC.com
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
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
- Northwestern University (J.D. 1997; Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology; First Place, Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Legal Scholarship; Finalist, The Adlai E. Stevenson II Award for Best Brief); London School of Economics (M.Sc. 1994); College of William & Mary (B.A. 1992)
- New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and Northern District of Oklahoma
- Recognized as an "international banking expert" by The Washington Post and as a "China specialist" by The National Law Journal