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In late August, Chinese technology company ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against President Donald Trump over an executive order in which he prohibited U.S. entities from transacting with ByteDance on national security grounds. To challenge the government’s order, ByteDance tapped Covington & Burling, which has a strong reputation in regulatory and enforcement practice as well as media and communications law.

ByteDance is one of many Chinese companies that are finding their ambitious global expansion plans in serious jeopardy as Sino-U.S. relations worsen. But as Chinese companies struggle with unpredictable—and unprecedented—political headwinds, their American lawyers are busier than ever. And the Chinese do not hesitate to go for the best.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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