Date(s) - 01/09/2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
925 4th Ave #2900, ,
Seattle, WA 98104
Please join us for a panel discussion with three legal practitioners experienced in China/Asia and US relations.
Our speakers, Sara Sandford (Garvey Schubert Barer), Amy Sommers (formerly of K&L Gates), and Yuping Wang (Davis Wright Tremaine) will share their experiences and professional development tips, after which there will be refreshments and networking.
About the Speakers:
Sara Sandford, principal attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer, works with clients from around the world in all stages of establishing, acquiring and operating businesses across borders. She concentrates her practice on representing Asian companies and individuals in their business activities in the United States and on advising US clients concerning business activities in Asia and throughout the Pacific Rim. In this US – China context, for example, Sara has worked with clients in the formation, implementation and dissolution stages of joint ventures in industries ranging from agricultural products to consumer goods to technology. She served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Law in 2016-17 and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Jackson School of International Affairs and the Global Business Institute at the University of Washington School of Law.
Amy L. Sommers, former chief representative of K&L Gates Shanghai, is an American lawyer whose career has focused on China-related matters. Her involvement in China goes back over 30 years, when she first started studying Mandarin. For over a decade, she resided in Shanghai, advising multinational companies on their strategic initiatives, during a period of rapid economic development, social change and maturation in China’s legal system. She is a member of the National Committee of US-China Relations and the American Bar Association, where she has held a range of roles in the Section of International Law. In 2016, the ABA Section of International Law awarded Ms. Sommers the Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law. From 2012-16, Ms. Sommers served on the board of directors of the anticorruption compliance nonprofit TRACE International, Inc. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the TRACE Foundation.
Yuping Wang, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, advises US and foreign companies on their establishment and operations in China. She helps clients develop their market entry strategy and structure their investments such as joint venture or merger and acquisition in China. Yuping assists clients in land purchases and in the development of manufacturing facilities. She advises clients on daily operational issues, covering areas such as employment matters, commercial contract preparation and enforcement, real property lease and purchase, application for special licenses, and compliance audits. Yuping has significant expertise in the hospitality, retail, and construction industries, helping clients with their investment and dispute resolution in China.