Christopher K.Pelham (Chris)

Of Counsel

Shanghái + 86.21.2201.8000 Los Ángeles +

Chris Pelham is a former Assistant United States Attorney who serves international clients with dispute, regulatory, litigation, and internal investigation needs in China and East Asia. Chris is one of only a small number of American former prosecutors who are based in mainland China. From his location in Shanghai, Chris provides Chinese and East Asian clients with immediate insight into, and advice about, the U.S. litigation and criminal systems. He also provides U.S. and European clients with insight into current business and legal issues in China.

Chris represents multinational companies involved in commercial disputes in Asia. His engagements have included disputes over breaches of contract, copyright infringement, trade secrets theft, and fraud, both in U.S. federal and state courts and in arbitration. He also represents Chinese and Asian clients with pending investigations before U.S. prosecutors. Chris's work has included highly sensitive matters such as money laundering and health care fraud.

Chris also assists U.S. and European companies with compliance and anticorruption issues in China and East Asia. He helps clients investigate allegations of embezzlement, conflicts of interest, and commercial and public bribery involving their employees, contractors, and joint venture partners.

Chris previously served eight years with the United States Department of Justice. He tried 10 felony cases before federal juries, submitted at least 10 different appeals briefs, and orally argued before the United States Court of Appeals on four cases.

Chris has been active with several Los Angeles-based nonprofits, including School on Wheels and the L.A. Center for Law & Justice, as well as with Stepping Stones in Shanghai.


  • Chinese financial institution secures early dismissal of breach of contract case filed in New York Supreme CourtJones Day helped a Chinese financial institution secure an early dismissal of a breach of contract case that plaintiffs filed in New York Supreme Court.
  • Telecommunications joint venture defends against enforcement measures that were brought following cross-border arbitrationJones Day represented a telecommunications joint venture in defending against efforts to enforce a partial arbitral award against it in Chinese courts.
  • U.S. fashion retailer reviews internal reports of alleged kickbacks and alleged misconductJones Day reviewed internal reports of alleged kickbacks and alleged misconduct raised by a client’s supplier, and helped the client carry out remedial measures following review.
  • Chinese financial institution responds to subpoena for records in major U.S. investigationJones Day represented a Chinese financial institution in a matter relating to a significant U.S. government investigation.
  • U.S. energy service company conducts internal investigationOn behalf of a U.S. energy service company, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation into allegations of employee misconduct including allegations of unfair treatment and breach of internal data privacy policies.
  • U.S. healthcare product company conducts internal investigationOn behalf of a U.S. healthcare product company, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation into issues of kickbacks and improper expenses related to the client’s subsidiary.
  • U.S. design company conducts internal investigation into anonymous complaintsJones Day assisted a U.S. design company by conducting an internal investigation into anonymous allegations regarding the management and operations of the client's Chinese factory, including issues of conflicts-of-interest and corruption.
  • International power management company investigates China-based employee's misconductJones Day assisted an international power management company with an internal investigation into the conduct of a China-based employee, including allegations of corruption and self-dealing in connection with a state-owned end-customer.
  • Logistics company obtains pre-appearance dismissal from tort action in U.S. federal courtJones Day represented a logistics company in a civil tort dispute in federal court. The plaintiff alleged the carrier was tortiously liable for the transportation of substances that harmed the plaintiff. Jones Day and local counsel negotiated the carrier's dismissal.
  • Global industrial manufacturing company revises compliance programJones Day assisted a global industrial manufacturing company in revising its third-party compliance policies and controls.
  • Global services company investigates allegations of corruption in its China operationsJones Day assisted a global services company investigate allegations of corrupt payments in its China sales operations.
  • Shenglong Technologies reaches settlement against former broker in U.S. district courtJones Day represented Ningbo Superim Shenglong Technologies Co., Ltd. and its parent company, Yinyi Group Co., Ltd. in U.S. district court against Shenglong's former broker in a factory acquisition.
  • Global energy equipment manufacturer conducts internal investigation into trade secret theft in Latin America and ChinaJones Day helped a global energy equipment manufacturer investigate allegations of trade secret theft in its Latin America and China operations.
  • HNA settles trademark infringement action relating to musical workJones Day represented Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd. ("HNA") in a trademark infringement action relating to the use of a musical work.
  • Hyster-Yale acquires 75% of Zhejiang Maximal Forklift TruckJones Day advised Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in its $90 million acquisition of 75% of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Limited from KNSN Pipe and Pile Company Limited.
  • Automotive parts company conducts internal investigationOn behalf of an automotive parts company, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct, self-dealing, and bribery related to the client’s subsidiary and distributor.
  • Ponencias

    • March 30, 2017
      International Corporate Compliance, Governance, and FCPA Enforcement in the New Administration
    • October 20-21, 2016
      California Minority Counsel Program – 27th Annual Business Conference
    • October 19, 2016
      Data Privacy Laws and Their Impact on Bribery Investigations and Third Party Audits: Strategic Insights for Cross-Border Transfer of Sensitive, Confidential Information
    • August 26, 2016
      Batson v. Kentucky: 30 Years of Progress and Challenges
    • March 31, 2016
      Batson v. Kentucky, 30 Years of Progress and Challenges
    • January 27, 2016
      Litigation Hold: When and How to Preserve Evidence During Investigations and Litigation
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