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Lester Ross

Partner

Partner-in-Charge, Beijing Office

Ross, Lester

Lester Ross concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, financial services, project finance, energy and environmental law matters and capital markets. He has represented both foreign and local companies and has particular experience advising on China’s regulations, regulatory compliance and audit protocols.

Practice

Mr. Ross has represented foreign companies in agricultural, automotive, chemicals, energy, environmental, financial, high-tech, pharmaceuticals, publishing and service industries in their strategic expansion in China. He also has extensive experience representing foreign banks and corporations in the United States. He has extensive experience in environmental law, advising foreign companies on China's emerging RoHS/WEEE regulations, environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance and the preparation of EHS audit protocols. He has represented clients in trade investigations, dispute resolution and regulatory matters in China.

Publications

Mr. Ross is the author of Environmental Policy in China (Indiana University Press 1988) and co-author of Environmental Law and Policy in the People's Republic of China (Greenwood Press 1987). He has contributed chapters to Business Law in China (ICC 2009); The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (University of Washington Press 2000), Managing the Chinese Environment (Oxford University Press 2000), China Joins the World: Progress and Prospects (Council on Foreign Relations Press 1999), Taiwan and International Trade and Investment (Oxford University Press 1994), Doing Business in China (Juris Publishing binder), Government Policies and the Misuses of Forest Resources (Cambridge University Press 1988), Policy Implementation in China (University of California Press 1987) and other books on Chinese law and business. He has written articles in such periodicals as The China Quarterly, University of British Columbia Law Review, Antitrust, China Law & Practice, International Financial Law Review, International Trade Law and Regulation, International Tax & Business Lawyer, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, East Asian Executive Reports, Environment and Comparative Political Studies.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers Asia Pacific 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the practice of Corporate/M&A: China-based (International Firms) 
  • Listed as a leader in China for the practice of Corporate/M&A in the 2008-2013 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers
  • Selected as one of Asia's top business lawyers in each edition of AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers since 2004. He is recognized in a variety of areas including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and project finance.
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the world's leading emerging markets practitioners for his work in environmental law in Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best

Publications & News

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April 21, 2014

MOFCOM to Publicize Administrative Penalties for Illegal Implementation of Concentrations

To increase the incentives for compliance in the name of transparency of law enforcement, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) has decided to publicize its decisions to penalize companies which fail to notify concentrations that meet the regulatory thresholds for notifications under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (the “AML”).

April 4, 2014

Reforms to China's Company Registration Law

Both the amended Company Law and the amended Registration Regulations took effect on March 1, 2014. These reforms create a simplified and more capital-efficient registration system with respect to registered capital and regulatory requirements for companies in China.

March 28, 2014

SAIC Announces Beginning of Revision Process to Anti-Unfair Competition Law

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has announced that it has formally begun the task of revising the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL). SAIC's Anti-Monopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau held the first revision session in Beijing on February 28.

March 27, 2014

Lester Ross Elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of AmCham China

Lester Ross, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Beijing office, has been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham China).

February 20, 2014

China Establishes Expedited Preliminary Merger Review Procedure

Companies subject to a merger notification obligation in China have long been frustrated by the extensive delays beyond the 30-day Phase 1 period even for simple, non-controversial transactions.

January 9, 2014

China’s New Anti-Corruption Policies in the Health Care Industry

November 15, 2013

Laying the Political Groundwork for Continued Economic Reform: The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee’s Third Plenum

On Tuesday, China’s Third Plenum—a major conclave of top Communist Party (“CCP”) officials—concluded with the publication of a Communiqué announcing general statements about policy priorities and specific structural changes to the CCP, designed in part to affirm and advance economic reforms with a target date of 2020.

October 4, 2013

Prospects for Further Market Access and Protections in China: US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Developments

July 1, 2013

Administrative and Civil Litigation under the Anti-Monopoly Law

A chapter by Lester Ross and Kenneth Zhou, published in China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: The First Five Years, Chapter 19, pp. 317-333.

April 26, 2013

China Clears Glencore's Acquisition of Xstrata Subject to Remedies

Professional Activities

Mr. Ross is Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors and former general counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce – People's Republic of China and former chair of the Board of Advisors of the International Montessori School of Beijing.

Fluent in Mandarin, Mr. Ross has been a visiting scholar at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing and studied Chinese at Taiwan National University. He has conducted field work in China under the sponsorship of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1990

PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1980

MA, University of Michigan, 1972

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

Languages

Chinese (Mandarin)