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A Day-long Conference for Businesspeople & Law Professionals

Doing business with partners in China? Understanding Chinese law is essential.

Friday, October 26, 2007
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles, CA 90095

On October 26, join top attorneys and U.S.-China businesspeople at UCLA for the inside scoop on Chinese business law. Learn how to structure partnerships and safeguard your intellectual property. Get expert advice on legal due diligence, and understand your options for resolving disputes with Chinese companies when they arise. The China Law Association at UCLA has partnered with UCLA’s Center for Chinese Studies, Anderson School of Management, the Center for International Business Education & Research, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and top law firms to provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for international businesspeople to understand crucial changes to law in China today. Come to network, learn, and enjoy!


8:30 - 9:00 am --Registration and Breakfast Buffet / Main Hallway

9:00 - 9:30 am --Introduction and Topical Overview / Room 1347

Ryan Rylee, President, The China Law Association at UCLA  Audio  Powerpoint
David Schaberg, Co-Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies   Audio


9:30 - 10:30 am --Featured Presentation: Litigation in China / Room 1347

How to Litigate a Case and Win in China   Audio   Powerpoint
1. Gordon Gao, Partner, Fangda Law Firm, Beijing
2. Xiang Ji, Partner, Fangda Law Firm, Beijing
3. Dixon Zhang, Partner, Fangda Law Firm, Beijing

10:40 am - 12:00 pm -- Concurrent Panels:

(A) Investing in Chinese Companies: Private Equity, Mergers, and IPOs   Audio
1. James Hsu, Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP: Venture Capital Financing  Powerpoint
2. Kevin Leung, Partner, Richardson & Patel LLP: Private Equity, Public Listing, and Reverse Shell Mergers  Powerpoint
3. Adam Schorr, Partner, Margolis & Tisman LLP: China’s M&A Law and Investment in Chinese Companies in the U.S.
Moderator: Michael Gisser, Partner, Skadden Arps LLP

(B) Establishing Operations in China: Partners and Business Forms   Audio
1. James Fang, Partner, Davis, Wright, & Tremaine: Structuring Your Business venture in China  Powerpoint
2. Ivan Posey, Partner, Chan Law Group LLP: Tackling Thorny Chinese Intellectual Property Issues
3. John Zhang, Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP: Vetting Your Chinese Partner and Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Moderator: Marshall Horowitz, Partner, Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP

12:00 – 12:20 pm -- Break / Lunch Served / Main Hallway

12:20 - 1:00 pm -- Luncheon Seminar: Negotiation / Room 1347

Legal Negotiations with Chinese Partners: Strategies for Effective Communication   Audio
1. Stacey Sun, CEO, Asia Pacific-USA Chamber of Commerce: Adapting Your Negotiation Style to China
2. Adam Schorr, Partner, Margolis & Tisman LLP: The Lawyer’s Role in U.S.-China Business Negotiations  Powerpoint
3. Anna Spain, Assistant Director, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations : Theory and Practice in US-China Negotiations  Powerpoint


1:10 - 2:30 pm -- Concurrent Panels:

(A) Chinese Companies Coming to America: Market-Entry and U.S. Acquisitions   Audio
1. John Zhang, Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP:  Representing Chinese Companies in U.S. M&A
2. Michael Gisser, Partner, Skadden Arps LLP: Representing China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) in the Bid for U.S. Company Unocal
3. Tom Chan, Partner, Chan Law Group LLP: Chinese Misconceptions of the U.S. Legal System: The Need to Go Native
4. Paul Lin, Of Counsel, Jones Day LLP: Legal Issues: Chinese Companies Acquiring U.S. Companies  Powerpoint
Moderator: Donald Straszheim, Vice Chairman, Roth Capital Partners LLC

(B) Hollywood in China: Film Production and IP Licensing from T-Shirts to Theme Parks   Audio
1. John Malcolm, Vice President, Motion Picture Association: Strategies for Fighting Piracy
2. Larry McCallister, Vice President, Paramount Licensing: Bringing Themed Entertainment to China
3. Peter Shiao, CEO and Executive Producer, Ironpond: Film Production and Distribution: Navigating China’s Legal-Political Environment

2:30 - 2:50 pm -- Afternoon Refreshments and Networking / Main Hallway

2:50 - 4:00 PM Made in China: Sourcing, Customs, and Supply Chain Management   Audio
1. Elon Pollack, Partner, Stein, Shostak, Shostak, Pollack, & O’Hara, LLPU.S. and Chinese Customs and Supply-Chain Security
2. Russell Wolpert, Chief Legal Officer, 99¢ Only Stores: The Changing Landscape of Sourcing from China
3. James Fang, Partner, Davis Wright & Tremaine: Certain Key Terms of Outsourcing and Supply Agreements  Powerpoint
4. Bruce Berton, Director of International Business Consulting, Stonefielf Josephson, Inc.: Knowing Who You Are Dealing With Is Not Enough: Auditing and Background-Checking a Chinese Company
Moderator: Ryan Rylee, President, The China Law Association at UCLA

4:00 - 4:10 Closing Remarks 


UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
(310) 825-8683

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About the China Law Association at UCLA

The China Law Association (CLA) at the UCLA School of Law promotes understanding of the development of law in the People’s Republic of China and U.S. law as it relates to China through events and conferences with US-China attorneys, scholars, and professionals. CLA and our partner organizations offer exciting events on US-China law as it relates to trade, investment, politics, society, culture, and media.  

CLA Leadership

CLA is led by UCLA School of Law students and alumni with experience working in China in law and business, as well as with NGOs and public interest organizations. China-focused attorneys, businesspeople, and U.S. government policymakers are among our group of program advisors. Interested parties may contact CLA Founder and President Ryan Rylee at



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