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  • On August 26, 2010, CBLA, China General Chamber of Commerce and Sidley Austin jointly hosted a seminar on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Chinese banks and companies. The seminar was designed to address issues and provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that are of special interest to Chinese banks and companies that have, or expect to have, a presence in the U.S. Over 120 participants, including leaders and representatives from some of the largest Chinese banks, state-owned enterprises and private companies, attended the seminar. The seminar was held at Sidley’s New York office.

    (Xiaojing Li, CGCC and Bank of China) Sidley’s Managing Partner in New York, George Petrow and CBLA director Alex Yong Hao

    delivered introductory remarks. Xiaojing Li, President of CGCC and General Manager of Bank of China U.S.A., gave the keynote speech. The panel consisted of the following Sidley partners: Joseph Armbrust, William Eckland, Connie Friesen, Robert Golub, Jonathan Kelly, Richard Klingler, Robert Pietrzak, Xiaowen Qiu, Irving Rotter, Michael Sackheim, and Andrew Shoyer. Panelists discussed the general theme of the Dodd-Frank Act and addressed the potential consequences and issues most relevant to Chinese banks and companies in the finance, energy, insurance, and real estate sectors.

    (From left to right: Joseph Armbrust, Robert Golub, Irving Rotter, Richard Klingler, Connie Friesen, Xiaowen Qiu, and Robert Pietrzak) The panel discussion was moderated by CBLA director Nan-I Chen. Following the panel dis- cussion, the attendees and panelists continued exchanging thoughts and viewpoints about the Dodd-Frank Act over a delicious meal of steamed sea bass and twice-cooked pork, among

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    Seminar on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and

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    other authentic Chinese dishes. The event was successful in bringing together a major U.S. law firm with Chinese industry heavyweights in New York; it also marked yet another successful cooperation between CBLA and its institutional members. CBLA officers Esther Chiang and Mingzhang Zeng contributed significantly to the organization of this event.

    CBLA and Kirkland & Ellis co-sponsored a seminar entitled “Intellectual Property in the United States: What a Chinese Company Should Know.” The seminar was held at Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office on June 24, 2010. The panel was composed of some of the most prominent intellectual property lawyers in the country: Dale Cendali, Paul Bondor, Claudia Ray, and Edward Sadtler from Kirkland & Ellis, and Michelle Francis from the Francis Com- pany. Xiaoyan Zhang, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis and a director of CBLA, moderated the panel discussion. The topics covered by the panelists were com- prehensive and practically relevant, which included: (1) an overview of U.S. trademark and copyright law; (2) U.S. patent litigation; (3) international arbitration with respect to intellec- tual property; and, (4) intellectual property transactions. Drawing from their respective expertise in these areas, the panelists presented the basic legal framework in these areas and shared many practical tips for Chinese compa- nies.

    (Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis) The seminar generated a lot of interest, drawing an audience of nearly 100 people, including representatives from Chinese companies’ New York offices, attorneys, law students, and non- legal professionals. The speakers’ presentations were informative and engaging, and very well received by the audience, many of whom stayed around after the formal conclusion of the semi- nar to raise additional questions.

    Seminar on Intellectual Property in United States:

    What a Chinese Company Should Know

    (From left to right: Dale Cendali, Paul Bondor, Claudia Ray, Edward Sadtler, and Michelle Francis)

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    On July 27, 2010, CBLA, in conjunction with Shearman & Sterling, hosted an event at Shear- man’s New York headquarters. Guests included attorneys from various firms, law students in the city for the summer, and non-lawyers from various companies and financial institutions. Several Shearman partners spoke to the atten- dees and overviewed the diverse practices and international opportunities at a major firm like Shearman. Capital markets partner and former hiring partner Antonia Stolper spoke about how she, as a Spanish- and French-speaking American lawyer, ended up as a young partner based in Hong Kong and responsible for struc- turing deals throughout Asia. Project finance partner Greg Tan spoke about the nature of international law practice, and how a lawyer who speaks Chinese and started his career in Hong Kong ended up with a New York-based practice in project finance that is generally focused on the Americas. Finally, M&A partner Stephen Besen spoke about his experience working on deals throughout Asia, particularly about his experience working for Indian clients.

    (Greg Tan, Shearman & Sterling) After these remarks, the rest of the evening was devoted to networking. These partners, and other lawyers from Shearman, mingled with guests, and shared experiences and ideas. CBLA officer Alex Heckscher led the organization of this networking event.

    CBLA’s Fireside Chat Program is a series of

    small group discussion forums that bring expert speakers to our members and friends in a casual, zero-distance setting.

    Asia Summer Networking Event

    The Fireside Chat on July 8, 2010 featured Mi- chael McKay, a partner at Vinson & Elkins, on international project finance. Michael shared his nearly 30 years of experience in international project finance, touching upon a wide variety of issues including financing source, risk manage- ment techniques such as interest rate or FX swaps, PPA, EPC, political risk insurance, battles of consultants, to name just a few. Par- ticipants included lawyers, bankers, senior credit officers and scholars interested or experi- enced in international project finance transac- tions. The Chat, which was hosted by CBLA at a South African restaurant in Manhattan, received great feedback from participants who relished the level of interaction among the group and the depth of the discussion led by Michael.

    (Michael McKay, Vinson & Elkins, second from right)

    Mentorship Program

    On August 8, 2010, CBLA held the “Summer Cha Xu,” an inaugural Mentorship Program event held at the home of Xiaowen Qiu, a Sidley Austin partner. The topic of the afternoon was “How to Succeed as a Minority Professional.” Over Long Jing tea and afternoon tea treats, Xiaowen led discussions on some of the biggest challenges facing minority professionals in the workplace, including in promotion and devel- opment. Over a dozen attendees from law firms, banks and other financial institutions shared

    Fireside Chat Program

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    their personal experiences and discussed ways to succeed in today’s competitive environment.

    (Xiaowen Qiu, Sidley Austin, fourth from left) As part of the Mentorship Program, CBLA director Alex Yong Hao invited the Chinese J.D. students at Northwestern University School of Law to a dinner on August 13, 2010 in Chicago. The attendees discussed a wide range of issues of common interest to Chinese J.D. students. The event was organized by Jason Xianglin Wu, who recently obtained his J.D. from Northwest- ern.

    CBLA congratulates Weiheng Chen on his election to the partnership of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He will co-head the firm's China practice with Carmen Chang. Mr. Chen’s practice is focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets transactions. He has represented clients in some of the largest and most significant M&A deals involving Chinese companies in a wide variety of industries. He has also worked on a large number of private equity investment, joint venture, and restructuring transactions in China involving private equity firms and multinational corporations. In addition, Mr. Chen has advised on many high-profile securities offerings with extensive experience representing both issuers and underwriters. Mr. Chen joins the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He started his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell. CBLA congratulates Wen Huang on his election

    to the partnership of King & Wood. Mr. Huang’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, including strategic corporate investments, takeovers, auctions, “going-private” transactions and joint ventures. He has extensive experience representing PRC and foreign strategic and financial investors in a number of onshore and offshore acquisitions and investments. His industry experience includes financial institu- tions, telecommunication, manufacturing, natural resources, real estate and technology. His practice also includes corporate finance transactions covering SEC-registered securities offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S securities offerings and tender offers. He also regularly provides general corporate advice, including regular advice on corporate governance, internal restructuring and other regulatory matters.

    Community Bulletin Board

    In June 2010, the Beijing-based Jun He Law Offices opened an office in Silicon Valley. Jun He hired two lawyers from U.S. firms for the new West C