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Quinn Emanuel Continues Development of International Arbitration Practice with Sixth Partner Hire in a Year

International Law and International Arbitration Specialist Tai-Heng Cheng Joins New York Office

New York (May 30, 2012) – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced today that Professor Tai-Heng Cheng will join the firm’s New York office as a partner in its International Arbitration Practice. Cheng, a specialist in international law and international arbitration, was a tenured professor of law at New York Law School and co-director of its Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy. Cheng is the sixth international arbitration specialist to accept a position with the firm in the last nine months.

Cheng has wide experience in all aspects of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, having served as counsel, tribunal chair, arbitrator, and expert in investor-state disputes and international commercial arbitrations, under ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL, JAMS, SCC, HKIAC and ICSID rules. He is a member of the panels of neutrals of the AAA/ICDR, CPR and HKIAC. Additionally, Cheng has counseled sovereign states on public international law disputes, including state succession. He has also represented clients in international parallel proceedings, as well as in U.S. federal and state court trials and appeals.

Peter Calamari, Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel’s New York office, said, “Cheng, is another critical step in our effort to build a leading international arbitration practice. He provides needed expertise in our New York office and a critical connection to Asian markets.”

“Quinn Emanuel’s attorneys, who are among the sharpest in the world, have consistently achieved tremendous successes for their clients,” said Cheng. “The firm is a world leader in every practice area it has developed. I look forward to contributing to Quinn Emanuel’s drive to become the preeminent international arbitration practice.”

Cheng, who was born in Singapore, is bilingual in English and Mandarin. He received his legal education in the United States, England and Singapore, and has been involved in numerous matters in every continent.

In addition to teaching at New York Law School, Cheng has taught international arbitration and international law as a visiting professor of law at Vanderbilt University, Hebrew University, and City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of two books and dozens of articles on international law and international arbitration, which the U.S. Federal Circuit and District Courts have cited and relied on as authoritative. Before becoming a law professor, Cheng practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.

Cheng holds a Doctor of the Science of Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School, where he was Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow for International Law. He also holds a Master of Arts degree and a law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where he was an Oxford University Scholar.

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