International Speaker Series: James Zimmerman
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Date and Time
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, H
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The Ahlers Center for International Business welcomes:
Partner, Shepard Mullin & Former Chairman Emeritus, American Chamber of Commerce, China
"China 2013: Legal, Political and Business Outlook"
This year is an interesting year in China given the leadership transition taking place throughout 2013. The leadership changes and policy implications have had a profound impact on foreign business in China. Mr. Zimmerman will review the ongoing development of the rule of law in China and facilitate a discussion on the likely trends for foreign investors doing business in China. Recent developments with respect to a number of China’s laws and regulations affecting foreign investment approvals and restrictions, anti-monopoly and competition law, labor/employment law, taxation and customs, development of the judiciary and impact on foreign investors, and restraints on the internet and free speech will be addressed. You will learn about key trends affecting foreign business with respect to criminal and civil enforcement of China’s anti-bribery laws, state secrets laws, and privacy rules. This interactive program will host James Zimmerman, the managing party of the Beijing office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP.
Mr. Zimmerman is former chairman emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce China, which represents more than 3,000 US companies and individuals with trade and investments in China, and was elected and served as the organization’s chairman for two terms (2007, 2008) and vice chairman for two terms (2005, 2006). Mr. Zimmerman has been involved with trade-related matters for 25 years and represents US companies in a broad range of industries with respect to their joint venture investments, manufacturing investments, liquidation and dissolution of investments, mergers and acquisitions activities, regulatory compliance, customs and trade matters, labor and employment, intellectual property rights enforcement and dispute resolution matters. He is recognized as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in the categories of Chinese Law, Dispute Resolution and General Corporate Law in the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers Survey 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (published by Euromoney Publications). James is listed in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Arbitration. In addition, he is listed as a Leading Individual in the category of Corporate/M&A for foreign law firms in China in the 2004 through 2009 editions of the AsiaPacific Legal 500: The Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms. Mr. Zimmerman received his MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and his J.D. from the University of San Diego.