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Tai-Heng Cheng

Tai-Heng Cheng

Sidley Austin LLP787 Seventh AvenueNew YorkUSA10019
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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

 Tai-Heng Cheng is a widely recognised figure in the US arbitration market where he stands out as “a very clever and articulate advocate”.


Tai-Heng Cheng chairs the New York international arbitration practice of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He has achieved numerous victories in investor–state and commercial arbitrations worldwide, as well as in US litigation and regulatory investigations.

With over 15 years of experience as an attorney, Dr Cheng has also served as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in more than a dozen arbitrations with between US$5 million and US$8billion at stake, and is a member of the arbitration panels of arbitration institutions in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr Cheng has been recognised in Chambers Global and Chambers USA for international arbitration; GAR; Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders (2017); Benchmark Litigation’s Rising Stars list; Benchmark Litigation’s “Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List”; and Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Commercial Arbitration. Awards rendered by Dr Cheng have been confirmed by US district and appeals courts, as well as by non-US courts. A US court complimented one of Dr Cheng’s awards as “thorough and well-reasoned”.

He is an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the American Law Institute and the Foreign Policy Association, and serves on the boards of several professional and civic associations.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr Cheng was a tenured professor of international law in the United States. US federal circuit and district courts have cited and relied on his scholarship as authoritative. Dr Cheng has a JSD and LLM degree from Yale Law School and a first-class honours in law from the University of Oxford.

Dr Cheng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

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