William F. Marshall


William Marshall is Of Counsel to the firm in the New York office.  Prior to his return to the firm and to the United States, William has been practicing for more than 15 years in Hong Kong where he has been a senior partner and international trade practice group leader for large international firms in Greater China as well as for the Asia Pacific Region.  He has also served as the Global Supply Chain Counsel and Asia Pacific General Counsel for a large publicly-traded retail brand before returning to private practice in Hong Kong.


William’s practice focuses on regulatory advice for inbound investment and trade with China including customs controversy advice, product regulatory advice, export control and sanctions advice, and Chinese direct investment.  In addition, William has many years of experience with structuring global supply chains for international tax, indirect tax, duty and regulatory efficiency.


William has been interviewed and provided insights to major media outlets such as Bloomberg News, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Singapore Straits Times, the Economic Times of Singapore, American Lawyer Magazine, Asia Legal Business, and Hong Kong CEO Magazine.


William frequently speaks at conferences around the world on matters relating to international trade regulation, supply chain planning and structuring, and Asia business strategy.  He has been a keynote speaker at Investor conferences for HSBC in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as for Citibank’s ASEAN investor roadshow.  William routinely advises the chairman and board of directors of the world’s largest consumer goods sourcing and supply chain company, the largest luxury automotive dealer in Asia, as well as an American investment bank’s Asia private bank division.



US sanctions impact on Hong Kong Fintech, FinTech Futures (1st May 2018)

China Customs Issues Significant Revision to the Enterprise Credit Management System, Hong Kong Lawyer, March 2018

Book Chapter: Sanctions and Trade Compliance Considerations in M&A Transactions in China, China M&A, Lexology Practice Guide, January 2021


Indirect Tax Leader (Hong Kong), International Tax Review, Leaders Guide, 2016 - 2021

Who’s Who Legal, Trade & Customs, 2017 – 2019

Trade Lawyer of the Year, Asia Legal Business Awards, 2019 (short listed)


California Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California

Solicitor, High Court of the Hong Kong

Special Administrative Region, 2013


Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Juris Doctor, 2004

The Ohio State University, B.S., 1997