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Richard Wagner

Registered Foreign Lawyer, WI

Hong Kong

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Richard Wagner

Registered Foreign Lawyer, WI

Hong Kong

Richard represents companies and individuals in disputes and investigations, many of which contain a China component. He also advises clients on foreign direct investment and on regulatory issues associated with investments in Asia.

Many of his cases have concerned novel cross-border issues and have covered a wide spectrum of substantive areas—from contract disputes concerning failed joint ventures to trade secret infringement and economic espionage, to product liability, labor claims, toxic torts, professional liability, and antitrust. He is known for testing new theories and processes, including on issues of first impression related to electronic evidence in Chinese courts, the attorney-client privilege in the context of a China-related matter, the Hague service and evidence conventions, PRC data laws, and the enforcement of US court judgments in China. Richard also serves as a Chinese law expert witness in connection with US and foreign proceedings.

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Strings of code

Publications: 26 November 2021

Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) publishes draft regulations for network data security management

On 14 November 2021, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published a consultation draft of the Regulations on Network Data Security Management (Network Data Security Regulations) for public…

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Publications: 03 November 2021

China consults on security assessments for cross-border transfer of data

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Publications: 31 August 2021

Key regulatory changes in China’s new legislation on personal information protection

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Publications: 01 July 2021

New PRC Data Security Law

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Admitted to the bar in the State of Wisconsin, 2002

Admitted to the bar in the State of Illinois, 2005

Registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong, 2021 and 2002-2004

Registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the PRC Ministry of Justice, 2016-2019 and 2011-2012


LLM., Chinese law, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, London, UK, 2008

JD, Law, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, USA, 2002

BA., Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, 1993

Pro-bono experience

  • Asylum petition for Hmong couple from Laos related to persecution for wartime activities.

Published Work

  • Proving Chinese law in the Courts of the United States: Surveying and Critiquing the Article 277 Cases, Amicus Curiae, March, 2021.
  • From the Central Sands to the Central Kingdom: Navigating Civil Litigation in China, Wisconsin Lawyer, May 2014.
  • Co-author, Permission Denied: The Curious Case of Exit Restrictions in Chinese Commercial Litigation, China Law & Practice, July/ August 2011.
  • Alternatives to Magistrate Justice: Merchant Guild Dispute Resolution and the Foreign Trader Driven Litigation and Arbitration Reforms of Late Imperial and Early Republican China, The Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 4(2) (2009): 257-290