Biography

Tai-Heng Cheng chairs the New York international arbitration practice of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.  He has achieved 9-figure victories in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, worldwide, as well as in US litigation and regulatory investigations. 

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

Dr. Cheng is ranked as one of the top 10 arbitration practitioners in North and South America under 45 by Who’s Who Legal, and has also been recognized in Chambers Global and Chambers USA for international arbitration, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Benchmark Litigation’s Rising Stars, and Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List.  Who’s Who Legal states that Dr. Cheng “excels in the commercial and investment arbitration spheres due to ‘his strong advocacy skills, understanding of economic issues and astute case strategies.”  Chambers has reported that “the ‘formidable’ Tai-Heng Cheng receives particular praise for his ‘very good negotiating skills’ in the context of arbitral proceedings.”  A Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration tribunal issued an award praising Dr. Cheng’s presentation at the hearing as “a remarkably eloquent and intelligent address . . . with which the arbitrators of course full-heartedly agree in all respects.”  Awards rendered by Dr. Cheng have been confirmed by U.S. District and Appeals courts as well as non-U.S. courts.  A U.S. court has complemented 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.  U.S. Federal Circuit and District Courts have cited and relied on his scholarship as authoritative.  Dr. Cheng has a J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and first class honors in law from Oxford University.

Dr. Cheng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.