Rachel Hou is an Associate in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings.
Her practice focuses on anti-corruption, compliance, and corporate transactional matters. Ms. Hou has extensive experience in anti-corruption internal investigations, independent audit committee investigations of public-listed companies, corporate and compliance due diligence, designing and enhancing compliance programs, and conducting anti-corruption training.
Her clients include multinational companies in the international life science, finance, aerospace, shipping, software, and real estate industries. Ms. Hou has acted as a backbone of the team to conduct highly sensitive internal investigations for a number of clients; and her work process and results of investigations are often very important to the clients when they facing enforcement from domestic and foreign regulatory authorities. Ms. Hou is highly praised for her ability to analyze key evidence and organize the logic of important facts by the clients repeatedly.
Ms. Hou is a registered attorney in New York State. Ms. Hou passed the bar in China, but does not hold a current practicing certificate. Ms. Hou received her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Fudan University and Harvard University respectively. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
- Harvard Law School, LL.M.
- Fudan University Law School, LL.B. (Summa Cum Laude)
Anti-Bribery and Compliance
- Conducted a series of significant internal investigations on behalf of several global biopharmaceutical companies for its mainland China operations involving improper payments, books and records violations, off-label promotion, embezzlement and other compliance related issues.
- Participated in a DOJ monitorship program on behalf of a world-leading aerospace company to enhance its anti-corruption program in Asia Pacific.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an international medical device company for its subsidiary’s business operations in mainland China. The investigation result triggered the company’s DOJ/SEC self-reporting obligation under the FCPA.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a Chinese leading real estate service company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and participated in subsequent reporting to the U.S. authorities.
- Conducted periodic compliance reviews on behalf of a world-leading medical device and pharmaceutical company for its mainland China operations and participated in the ensuing investigations.
- Conducted internal investigations on behalf of a German multinational software company for its mainland China operations.
- Designed and enhanced compliance programs for a leading Chinese fund’s portfolio companies
- Represented a global investment firm in its acquisition of two Chinese private hospitals and conducted compliance reviews of their business, compliance programs and company policies.
- Advised one of the largest integrated shipping companies in China on general corporate and compliance matters in relation to its potential investment in a Chinese energy technology company and such company’s assets and facilities in the U.S.
- Conducted due diligence on potential corporate targets in mainland China for an international logistics service company associated with its acquisition of 30% of the issued shares of a Hong Kong logistics service company.
- Participated in due diligence for a Japanese real estate company in connection with its contemplated investment in a Cayman company for its warehouse operations in China.
- Conducted pre-bidding due diligence on a Dutch hydraulic equipment company’s Chinese operations.
- Advised a Germany-based software company regarding employment considerations in the termination of a senior manager in its Chinese business.
- Advised a U.S.-based company regarding labor-dispatching arrangements in China.