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Entitled “Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics,” this year’s China Law & Policy conference will feature discussions related to the various legal implications of a rising China. Specific topic areas include: a comparative discussion over understanding of rules of laws in the US and China; the corporate, regulatory and IP issues facing cross-border transactions by US and Chinese business.
Reception: 09:30AM to 10:30AM.
Keynote speaker: James McManis, Co-chair of the China Program, and Fellow of International Academy of Trial Lawyer. James McManis is a partner of McManis Faulkner, a Silicon Valley trial firm ranked as one of the best law firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2015. In addition to being a member of the trial bar for more than 40 years, Mr. McManis has served on the faculty of the Intensive Advocacy Program of the University of San Francisco Law School, the Advocacy Skills Workshop at Stanford Law School, and as a lecturer at Boalt Hall, University of California (Berkeley Law). He has also taught at the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), and serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of California Berkeley Foundation.
Mr. McManis served as Special Master for the Santa Clara County Superior Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the Technical Equities cases, described as cases involving the largest securities fraud in California history. He also has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and a Special Examiner for the State Bar of California. Mr. McManis was also a member of the California State Bar’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform. He received a B.A. in History with Distinction from Stanford University, and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
(10:30AM to 11:30AM)
Lunch Break (11:30AM to 12:30PM)
Confirmed Guest Speakers:
Professor Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law. Professor Paul Goldstein is a globally recognized expert on intellectual property law, Paul Goldstein is the author of an influential four-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law and a one-volume treatise on international copyright law, as well as leading casebooks on intellectual property and international intellectual property. He has authored nine books including three novels devoted to intellectual property themes, Errors and Omissions and A Patent Lie. Some of his other works include Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox, a widely acclaimed book on the history and future of copyright, and Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business. Havana Requiem, his most recent novel, has won the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Professor Robert M. Daines, Pritzker Professor of Law and Business. Professor Daines is Co-Director of the Rock Center on Corporate Governance at Stanford. His research focuses on the intersection between law and finance, including CEO pay, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, mandatory disclosure regulations, IPOs, shareholder voting and takeover defenses. Professor Daines’ work has appeared in such top publications as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and The Yale Law Journal. His research has also been covered by The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, and other media. Before entering academia, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where he advised firms on bank and bond financings. He is also Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Kirtee Kapoor, corporate partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Kapoor advises US and China cross-border M&A and represents clients in investment, exits and joint venture around the world in both public and private companies. He represented clients in many billion-size deals, including CNOOC on its $17.9 billion acquisition of Nexenm, Tencent's investment in JD, 58 and Dianping, and Baidu's investment in Qunar. In October 2007, the New York Times listed Mr. Kapoor, along with several other of our partners, as one of the leading dealmakers on Wall Street under 40 years of age (“Facebook of Wall Street’s Future,”NYT, Oct. 3, 2007).
Christopher B. Hockett, antitrust partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Hockett is the Lead counsel in over 100 antitrust class actions in industries such as microprocessors, telecommunications, optical disk drives, memory cards, LCD-TFT displays, medical equipment and chemical manufacturing. Mr. Hockett is the global head of Davis Polk’s antitrust practice. He was Chair of the 8,500-member ABA Section of Antitrust Law from 2013 to 2014.
Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, a Paris-based international lawyer and a member of the Paris and New York bars. His practice focuses on international mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, corporate governance, and other strategic assignments. He is a registered arbitrator with the French National Committee of the ICC's Court of Arbitration.He has recently served as independent compliance monitor, appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, on a major FCPA matter. Prior to founding the firm that bears his name, Mr. Cohen-Tanugi was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2005-2007), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sanofi-Synthélabo, a European pharmaceutical group (2004), and a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (1991-2003). He has written numerous books on international affairs and is currently a visiting lecturer on Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions at Stanford Law School.
Douglas Melamed, Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law. Mr. Melamed was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation from 2009 until June 2014. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing Intel’s legal, government affairs and corporate affairs departments. Prior to joining Intel in 2009, Melamed was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale, a global law firm in which he served as a chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He joined WilmerHale in 1971. He served in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1996 to 2001 as acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division and, before that, as principal deputy assistant attorney general.
Suzanne Bell, technology transaction partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Bell handles technology and intellectual property transactions—with an emphasis on complex strategic alliances and outsourcing transactions—for a wide range of software, electronics, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, and clean technology companies. Her practice also includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and intellectual property litigation settlement agreements. Ms. Bell’s practice includes both growth and mature companies, and she has advised many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies from start-up to maturity.
Yabo Lin, corporate partner in Sidley Austin. Mr. Lin counsels clients in both the U.S. and Asia on mergers and acquisitions, venture investments, capital markets, IP transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, cleantech, biotech, and manufacturing. In 2006, Yabo received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) highest honor, the Trailblazer Award, for “making substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American Community.”
Tao Zhang, Director of IP Strategy, Huawei. Ms. Zhang’s main responsibilities range from defensive patent acquisition, strategic patent portfolio development, to IP monetization. Prior to Huawei, she was a Director of IP Licensing at Hewlett-Packard Company; lead various IP licensing programs including patent sales, patent licensing, and technology transfer. Tao had been with HP for twenty-three years, and joined Huawei in 2012.
Parker Zhang, Chief Patent Officer and Assistant to CEO, Baidu. Mr. Zhang became Chief of Patents at Baidu in 2012. He worked for Fenwick & West LLP, 2006-2010.
Jeffery Ball, scholar in Stanford Law School. A writer on energy and the environment is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. At the center, Mr. Ball heads a project exploring how China and the U.S. might deploy cleaner energy more efficiently if each one played to its economic strengths. The project focuses on the solar industry. Ball writes regularly for a variety of publications. His stories and essays have appeared in Fortune, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other places. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the environment editor and spent more than a decade writing about energy and the environment from the paper’s Detroit and Dallas bureaus.
(12:30PM to 4PM)
Place: Paul Brest Hall, Stanford, CA
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