Meg Utterback


Areas of Practice

Meg Utterback is a disputes and compliance partner in the KWM New York office.  Meg represents Chinese and multinational companies in cross-border disputes, US litigation, international arbitration, and regulatory investigations. 

Meg has represented numerous Chinese companies in US litigation and assisted them to understand the process while helping them to devise winning strategies. Meg understands Chinese companies and culture, having come to China in 1985 and most recently resided in Shanghai for fourteen years. As a US litigator, Meg also understands the expectations of courts and counsel in the US. For US litigation matters, Meg uses teams in China and the United States with bilingual capability. Having a team that can read and communicate in Chinese reduces costs and facilitates US discovery tasks such as document production and witness preparation

She also represents US and multinational companies in cross-border disputes, often overseeing PRC domestic litigation in combination with international arbitration or US litigation. Meg has guided foreign companies in China for the past 20 years and understands the challenges foreign companies face in the China market.

Meg has represented numerous companies in investigations into bribery, insider trading, and embezzlement and related labor contract issues under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Chinese law. Meg advises Chinese and multinational clients in dealing with foreign regulators when they face problems with their overseas construction and investment projects. She also represents clients in disputes that stem from these issues.
Meg works with Chinese and multinational companies to devise compliance programs and internal controls to effectively address risk-management issues and stay current on regulatory developments in the areas of sanctions, anti-bribery, and export controls. Meg has represented companies before US regulatory agencies, including the Departments of Commerce and Treasury.

She also represents Chinese and multinational companies in arbitrations administered under the rules of the CIETAC, HKIAC, ICA, ICC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL and in litigation before US courts. Meg has been involved in a number of high-profile disputes in China and has assisted with asset tracing and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. She has written numerous book chapters and articles regarding management of evidence and the conduct of negotiations and hearing procedures for Chinese civil proceedings and China-related cross-border disputes.

Work Experience

Meg joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2010, prior to which she was a managing partner at a US firm’s Shanghai office as well as a leading partner with their international dispute practice.

She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law with honors (1991), having studied law as a graduate student at China Renmin University for two years (1985-1987) following her undergraduate degree at McGill University where she graduated with honors (1985). She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Her working languages are Chinese and English.

Legal insights

On October 15, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published its “Sanctions Compliance Guidance for the Virtual Currency Industry” .

03 December 2021

The International Bar Association (IBA) Dispute Resolution International journal at [2021] DRI.

29 June 2021

Trump issued an executive order addressing security issue to block mobile application WeChat owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd.

24 September 2020

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the US Department of Commerce has announced in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that it is seeking public comments on how it should define and...

01 September 2020

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