Jack Li (Zhiqiang Li) is the Founding Partner of Jin Mao Partners, the First-grade lawyer and Arbitrator. Jack commenced the legal practicing in 1990. Jack is the Vice President of Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Arbitrator of Asian International Arbitration Centre, Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Nanjing Arbitration Commission. Jack is the legal advisor of Administrative Reconsideration Committee of Shanghai Municipal Government, the “Shanghai Conference Ambassador” and the Executive Director of “One Belt One Road” legal Research and Service Center.
Jack has written or compiled more than thirty books such as “One Belt One Road” series of books, Arena of Lawyers, Legal Practice of Multinational M&A, Foreign Economy Law and Guide to Advising on Securities.
Jack was appraised as a model foreign legal advisor of Shanghai in 1993, outstanding young lawyer of Shanghai in 1996 and outstanding lawyer of Shanghai in 2001 and Top 10 Youth of Shanghai in 2001. Jack has been identified by an international legal grading agency as one of the Asia’s Leading Commercial Lawyers for successive nine years since 2003.
Tracey Epps is a Trade Law Consultant at Chapman Tripp, New Zealand’s leading full-service law firm. Tracey has over 18 years’ experience as an academic, advisor and negotiator; including seven years as a senior advisor in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Legal Division. She was Lead Legal Counsel for New Zealand’s negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and chaired the Legal and Institutional Working Group.
In addition to her work on TPP, Tracey provided advice on all aspects of trade and investment law, including trade in goods and services, international disputes (the Australian apples dispute and various World Trade Organisation disputes in which New Zealand has been a third party).
At Chapman Tripp, she advises government and private sector clients on all aspects of international trade law. Most recently, she has been assisting eight Pacific Island governments in the implementation of PACER Plus (a free trade agreement signed between New Zealand, Australia and a number of Pacific countries).
Tracey has authored and edited a number of books and articles in the field, including, including International Trade and Health Protection: A Critical Assessment of the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Edward Elgar Press, 2008); Research Handbook on the WTO and Technical Barriers to Trade (Edward Elgar Press, 2013 – co-edited with Michael Trebilcock) and Reconciling Trade and Climate Change: How the WTO can help address climate change (co-authored with Andrew Green, Edward Elgar Press, 2010).
She teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. She is vice chair of the International Trade Committee in the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and regularly attends international conferences in the field of international economic law.
Shanshan Xu is one of the pioneers who have developed the legal practice of customs & trade compliance in China, which has won wide recognition among multinational clients and has been rated as China Best Customs and Excise Lawyer in 2017. Ms. Xu is a senior partner at Hiways Law Firm with 20 years experience and her practices cover corporate and regulatory compliance, customs and trade compliance, intellectual property, shipping and logistics, arbitration and litigation.
Tracy graduated from National University of Singapore with a Master Degree of International Business Law, together with a dual major degree of both Law and English Literature in her undergraduate phase.
She started legal practice in 2013 and specializes in corporate compliance and governance, tax, labor issues, cross-border transaction and related litigation. She has served as a legal consultant for several multinational enterprises and domestic companies.
She is a currently a committee member of Suzhou Foreign Affairs Committee of Suzhou Bar Association.
Selena practices intellectual property law in the Toronto, Canada office of Gowling WLG. She is active in both intellectual property litigation matters and patent prosecution before the Canadian patent office. She is frequently recommended for IP litigation and patents, and is the first woman to have achieved the Certified Specialist designation for patent law, granted by the Law Society of Ontario.
Selena is active in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She also serves as a chair of the professional women’s group at her firm.
Liyao was born and grew up in China, and received her education from primary school to post-graduate university in China. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (International Economic Law) and Master of Laws (Economic Law) at Chinese universities, and later commenced a Doctorate of Civil Law in Germany.
Liyao then studied law in Australia, and qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Because Liyao grew up and was educated in China and Germany, and has also studied law in Australia, Liyao understands both the civil law and common law systems. Liyao is therefore uniquely placed to provide legal and commercial advice. Liyao specializes in taxation, cross-border investment, migration, and Chinese legal matters generally.
Siong Sie is a partner in the Tax and Revenue practice. Apart from his legal qualifications, he is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant and an Associate Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia. He acts for taxpayers on all aspects of tax and revenue law including advisory and planning, audit and investigation, dispute resolution and litigation. Prior to joining Skrine, he was a treasury manager cum in-house counsel for Tesco Malaysia. He also has four years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kuala Lumpur and two years of tax practice with a local tax firm.
Pieter de Ridder is the Managing Partner of Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and a member of the Global Tax Transactions and Consulting Group. Pieter was previously based in Indonesia and Hong Kong and has over 25 years of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work.
His practice focuses on advising tax efficient structures with respect to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity, supply chain, intellectual property and real property structures into or from Asia.
Pieter regularly advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade, contract manufacturing as well as regional property investment structuring. In Indonesia, he advises on direct investment and financing matters. He also regularly advises on investment and restructuring matters into India, including tax strategies vis-a-vis India’s General Anti Avoidance Rule, and his work involves advising on and coordinating tax matters for clients doing business in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines. He is a member of the Think Tank of advisers to an Indian law firm in connection with the proposed Indian Draft Corporate Tax Code legislation.
Specialized in tax advising and planning for large multinational business groups.
She has extensive experience advising on indirect taxation, corporate income tax consolidation regime, transfer pricing and permanent establishments. Her practice also includes dealing with tax audit procedures and negotiations with the Spanish tax authorities. She has actively participated in several national and international restructuring processes.
She was assigned to the Shanghai office from November 2014 to December 2017, advising on inbound and outbound investment in China.
Charles C. Hwang is an experienced transactional tax lawyer in Crowell & Moring’s Tax Group. He has reviewed and assisted in the negotiation and drafting of merger agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, partnership, joint venture and limited liability company agreements, contribution agreements, and executive compensation agreements, and has provided tax advice in connection with many other transactions, including rollover transactions, loans, and start-ups. His representative transactions including acquisitions of publicly held corporations, restructuring and sale of distressed businesses, formation of consortia to trade financial derivatives, restructuring of international operations, and taxable and tax-free mergers and reorganizations.
Jeffrey L. Snyder is a partner in Crowell & Moring, LLP’s International Trade Group in the Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices. Jeff advises on import and export laws and has focused on emerging issues in international trade regulation, including transatlantic, multijurisdictional compliance, global compliance issues, and new technologies, such as cloud and blockchain. Jeff is a frequent speaker on international trade issues, is ranked and recognized as a leading international trade lawyer and has also been consistently recognized by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for his work in trade & customs. Jeff serves at the Jurisdictional Council Member (USA) for the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and remains a member of the International Trade Advisory Committee. He is also the General Editor of the Kluwer Law International publication, the Global Trade and Customs Journal.