Melody is a white-collar and complex disputes partner with Fangda Partners in Beijing.
An experienced trial lawyer and negotiator, Melody is often called upon to assist with cross-border criminal litigation and investigations in China. Melody provides advice and counsel to US and European multinationals on a wide variety of PRC regulatory and criminal investigations, including those related to environmental crime and anti-corruption.
Melody was trial counsel for ConocoPhillips in litigation stemming from the Penglai oil seepage incidents of 2011, obtaining verdicts dismissing all claims. Melody was also recently involved in a high-profile smuggling investigation for a major European multinational, reaching a decision of non-prosecution from the authorities in China. Additional examples of Melody’s work include acting for a well-known public relations company in a criminal probe conducted by China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and a special prosecution unit.
Melody is an industry leader in the area of PRC data compliance and has been involved in some of the highest-profile lawsuits and investigations where PRC state secrecy has been invoked. In addition to her advocacy work, she has been appointed as an expert witness in numerous foreign proceedings (eg, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore) on various Chinese law issues.
Melody received her LLB in law from Beihang University in Beijing and earned LLM degrees from Queen Mary, University of London; and Northwestern School of Law in Chicago. She also has a certificate in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
Melody is a listed arbitrator with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and an active member of the HKIAC’s Women in Arbitration. Melody speaks English and Mandarin.