Yi-Chin Ho is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Yi-Chin’s practice focuses on representing Chinese companies, based in the United States and abroad, ranging from multinational public companies to emerging companies, in antitrust and trade regulation, white collar and government investigations, securities fraud and investigations, class action, intellectual property and other complex, cross-border business litigation matters. She has litigated commercial disputes at all stages including arbitrations, mediations, court and jury trials, and appeals in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as before the California Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. She has specific cross-cultural experience leading complex litigation matters to resolution on behalf of Chinese companies.
A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, Yi-Chin uses her language and bicultural skills to represent Chinese businesses and investors in all aspects of cross-border business expansion plans and execution in investing in the United States, and to assist U.S. companies with foreign direct investment and conducting business in Greater China. She is a regular speaker on legal issues impacting Chinese companies.
Yi-Chin has a proven track record of successfully resolving litigation matters involving Chinese companies. Recently, she acted in the role of managing counsel representing Chinese clients in high-profile antitrust civil class action and U.S. Department of Justice investigation matters involving the automotive parts and technology industries. Yi-Chin regularly acts as outside general counsel for Chinese companies in managing and coordinating worldwide multi-jurisdictional litigation and corporate matters. Yi-Chin has also assisted Chinese clients in mediating and settling high stakes cross-border commercial disputes to avoid protracted litigation. Working in conjunction with Chinese and Taiwanese government agencies and regulatory authorities, she conducts U.S. antitrust training and compliance seminars in Mandarin Chinese to Chinese businesses and their in-house counsel.
Yi-Chin has been quoted in and interviewed by Chinese media and news outlets, including the Chinese Daily News, World Journal, Taiwan Economic Daily News, among other leading Chinese publications.
Yi-Chin was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2017 and 2018 for her work in Antitrust: Cartel and in 2017 for Civil Litigation/Class Action matters. She was also recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Women Litigators in California” in 2013 for representing Chinese companies in high-profile, high-stakes cross-border price-fixing matters.
“Calif. Ruling Should Ease Cross-Border Business Concerns,” Law360, April 2020
"California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision Barring Consensual Service by Mail on China-Based Parties," Kirkland Alert, April 2020
“Supreme Court Cautions that Companies May Not Be Able to Rely on Foreign Governments’ Interpretations of its Laws,” Kirkland Alert, July 2018
Cartels, Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions - Taiwan (3rd Ed., Global Legal Insights)
“The ABCs of Arbitrating Outside of the New York Convention,” Latham & Watkins International Arbitration Newsletter, June 2014
Recent Antitrust Training Seminars to Chinese Companies and Government Agencies:
Lecturer, “US Antitrust Law and Taiwanese Companies,” Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, Dec. 4, 2015
Lecturer, “How US Antitrust Laws Impact Taiwanese Companies,” AUO and Qisda Board of Directors Training, Aug. 6 and 10, 2015
“Industry Antitrust Regulation Practice Seminar,” Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science & Technology Law Institute, Nov. 14, 2014
Presenter, “Handling U.S. Litigations and Investigations: Challenges and Solutions,” 2017 Cross-Border Litigation Conference, August 2017 (Beijing)
“China - A Macro Overview & Business Perspective,” Wilbur K. Woo 2016 Greater China Business Conference: US-China Investment, UCLA Anderson School of Management, April 22, 2016
“What Challenges Do Chinese Investors Face Entering the U.S. Market?”, Latham & Watkins China Real Estate Forum, March 15, 2016 (Beijing) and March 17 (Shanghai)
“China Boom/China Bust: Understanding the Implications of a Chinese Slowdown,” UCI Long US — China Institute, UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, Oct. 15, 2015
“Doing Business in the US — A Practical Business Guide for Taiwanese Companies,” National Taiwan University School of Law, Oct. 8, 2015
“The Anatomy of a US Lawsuit — Litigation Considerations and Trends for Taiwanese Companies,” National Chengchi University School of Law, Oct. 7, 2015
“Regulatory, Legal & Compliance: Charting a Path to Investment Success Through Regulatory and Compliance Issues,” Wilbur K. Woo 2014 Greater China Business Conference: US-China Investment, UCLA Anderson School of Management, April 18, 2014
“Women Rainmakers — The Serious Truth About Getting and Keeping Business,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 25th Annual Convention, November 8, 2013
“International Antitrust Enforcement: Lessons For The Auto Industry,” 2013 AMPA Show, Taipei, Taiwan
“Rainmakers: The Serious Truth About Getting Business,” 2012 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Western Regional Conference, August 25, 2012
“Meeting the Challenge of Competitors' US Patent Rights — How to Maintain Access to the US Market,” 2012 AMPA Show, Taipei, Taiwan
“Doing Business in America: What Every Business Executive Needs to Know,” 2012 AMPA Show, Taipei, Taiwan
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Antitrust: Cartel, 2017–2018, and Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions, 2017
“Top Women Litigators in California”, Daily Journal, 2013
Memberships & Affiliations
Yi-Chin is active and has leadership roles in a number of Taiwanese and Chinese community organizations.
Director, Board of the Taiwanese American Lawyers Association
Member, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of California
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Admissions & Qualifications
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJ.D.1999Note & Development Editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
- University of California, BerkeleyB.A.with Distinction1995
- National Taiwan UniversityVisiting Scholar1994