Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law

Sailing Through Uncertainties – Views from Practitioners on Legal Issues Affecting Businesses in the Wake of China-US Trade Tensions

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Presented by the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section
In collaboration with the International Law Section and the Intellectual Property Law Section



Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Registration
1:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Program Presentations
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Hosted Networking Reception

The St. Regis San Francisco
125 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

MCLE Hours: Earn 3 Hour MCLE Credit

As the U.S. and China remain locked in negotiations over ways to resolve trade tensions, what is the impact of trade war on U.S. businesses investing in, trading with, or doing business in China? For those companies that operate across borders pursuing commercial interests in the China market, what are the legal challenges, how to navigate the fast-evolving legal landscape, and how to effectively minimize legal risks in China-related transactions?

This conference is an ideal opportunity to hear from the views of several highly experienced practitioners from Fangda Partners, a leading Chinese law firm, who have steered clients through the legal challenges in the China market. The topics covered in the conference include the latest developments in M&A, the complexities of China-related antitrust issues, China’s changing IP laws, and the most effective strategies for resolving disputes in China. Please join us for a practical insight into the tools, trends, and opportunities for overcoming the legal barriers of doing business in China. A Meet & Mingle networking reception will be hosted after the program.

Panel 1 – China M&A: getting the deals done

  • Impact of geopolitics, protectionism and competition policies on cross-border M&A
  • Impact on the Foreign Investment Law, recent developments in the CFIUS review process, and their effect on antitrust approvals
  • Current landscape of China M&A: what deals in which sectors are getting over the line and how can foreign investors participate?
  • Agreement with Chinese counterparties: contractual provisions, governing law and enforcement

Panel 2 – Demystifying the mystery: China-related disputes and investigations update

  • Successful litigation strategies in China
  • New developments in the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards
  • New procedural mechanisms available to create leverage in cross-border disputes
  • Heightened enforcement environment in China
  • C-Suite considerations in handling cross-border investigations in China

Panel 3 – China’s changing IP laws: responses to trade negotiations

  • New developments in enforcement of IP in China, including the new IPR Court of the Supreme People’s Court and new IP administrative law enforcement authority
  • Changes to requirements in cross-border technology transfers
  • Proposed amendments to Patent Law
  • New options available to foreign companies looking to enforce their IP rights: interim judgments, punitive damages and trade secrets


Fangda Speakers:

Chen Bao, Partner
Michael Han, Partner
Jason Ma, Partner
Peng Tan, Partner
Melody Wang, Partner
Sherry Yao, Partner
Derrick Zhao, Counsel      
Dixon Zhang, Partner
Jonathan Zhou, Partner

Guest Speakers:

Katharine Bostick, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd.
Wei Chen, Vice President and Associate General Counsel,, Inc.
Fei Deng, Partner, Edgeworth Economics, L.L.C.
Qianwei Fu, Partner, Zelle LLP
Jonathan Lamberson, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Section Vice-Chair:         Qianwei Fu, Partner, Zelle LLP

Co-sponsor:       Fangda Partners

Registration:      Free; onsite MCLE registration. 

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