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Hugh Scogin

Hugh T. Scogin, Jr.

Senior Counsel

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  • Harvard Law School, 1982, J.D.
  • University of Chicago, 1975, M.A.
  • Inter-University Language Center, Taipei, 1974
  • College of Charleston, 1972, B.A.
  • University of Reading, 1971

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York


  • English
  • Mandarin
  • German
  • Japanese

Hugh focuses his practice on mergers & acquisitions and corporate transactions involving East Asia, particularly China, and on the international activities of Chinese enterprises. For more than 25 years Hugh has advised clients on China-related mergers & acquisitions, foreign direct investment, technology transfer, business operations, securities, and employment and dispute resolution. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators of CIETAC. Since first practicing in Beijing in 1985, Hugh has been one of the pioneers of the China law field and has extensive practice experience in both Beijing and Shanghai.

Also generally recognized as one of the foremost U.S. academic authorities on Chinese law, Hugh has taught Chinese law at several leading law schools in the United States and abroad, including as a member of the faculties of Yale Law School and the New York University School of Law. He has published two books and numerous articles on Chinese law, as well as books and articles on Japanese law, German law, and international business. Hugh's many other books and articles focus on contracts, corporations and international business, and have appeared in books published by Stanford University Press and Zhonghua Publishing Co., Beijing, as well as leading Law Reviews and Asian business journals. Some have been republished in Chinese and Japanese translations. Additionally, Hugh has consulted with many Chinese organizations on legal reform.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • Dewey Ballantine LLP
    • Corporate Partner, Beijing office
  • Coudert Brothers LLP (Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe from September 2006)
    • Senior U.S. partner in the Beijing office, Hugh handled corporate and M&A matters for clients in a wide range of industries.
  • Bryan Cave LLP
    • Of Counsel – Supervised the China practice group in its corporate and M&A practice. 
  • Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
    • Associate – Beijing, New York. China practice, U.S. corporate and M&A
  • Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
    • Associate – New York. Securities regulation, corporate.

Professional Affiliations

  • Panel of Arbitrators, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) 
  • Board of Advisors, Peking University School of Transnational Law 
  •  Board of Advisors, Beijing Legal Aid Foundation 
  •  Registered Foreign Lawyer, Law Society of England and Wales