WilmerHale’s lawyers bring together premier in-country transactional, regulatory and intellectual property experience with outstanding trade, policy, regulatory and government relations capabilities that complement our clients’ commercial objectives. We work with clients operating in and newly entering the markets in China and with Chinese companies that are active in or wish to penetrate markets elsewhere. We represent clients across a broad range of industries in all aspects of their business dealings across China, including structuring, negotiating and documenting business transactions, and lead precedent-setting foreign investment transactions. With the depth and breadth of our US and European offices, we advise Chinese entities on their outbound corporate transactions (investment and mergers and acquisitions) and commercial and trade relations, particularly in obtaining regulatory approvals, structuring transactions, and defending against trade and commercial actions.
Lester Ross serves as partner-in-charge of the Beijing office. He leads a group of Chinese-speaking lawyers and staff who are widely recognized as comprising one of the strongest legal teams based in China for corporate, financial services and intellectual property work, including M&A, private equity, venture capital, foreign direct investment, financial services, life sciences, telecommunications, and technology. Mr. Ross is former Vice Chairman and General Counsel of the American Chamber of Commerce—People's Republic of China (AmCham China). Kenneth Zhou is a partner in the Beijing Office. He is a member of the Board of Governors and former General Counsel of AmCham China.
Our Beijing team was established by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Robert Novick, former USTR General Counsel. Members of the team have structured, negotiated and concluded a range of landmark agreements with China, most notably China’s intellectual property rights agreements, market access agreements, and the comprehensive US-China bilateral agreement that paved the way for China's World Trade Organization membership, covering all goods, services and agriculture in the Chinese economy.