Gerhard’s practice focuses on corporate and M&A. He has an outstanding track record advising international clients in all aspects of complex cross-border M&A transactions. Furthermore Gerhard also participates regularly in international arbitration proceedings as both an arbitrator and a counsel in more than 135 actual cases.
After training as a bank clerk he studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Geneva/Switzerland, Tübingen and Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1981). Gerhard has been a partner at Gleiss Lutz since 1987. Gerhard was admitted in New York State and SDNY/EDNY 1983, to the US Ct. App. for the Federal District 2007, US Supreme Court 2009 and US Ct. App. for the Second Circuit 2010. He was also admitted as Foreign Attorney in Brussels/Belgium 1987. Gerhard has been a Professor at the University of Tübingen since 1997. He is a Life Fellow of The American Bar Foundation and Honorary Phi Delta Phi.
He is a member of the New York State (NYSBA), American (ABA), International (IBA) and Inter-Pacific (IPBA) Bar Associations (Council Member At-Large Europe), The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, German and American Societies of International Law, International Law Association (German Branch – International Securities Regulation Committee), German (DIS) and Swiss (ASA) Arbitration Associations, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCArb), AAA International – ICDR Panel of Arbitrators, SIAC (Singapore), DIAC (Dubai) International Arbitrator, KCAB (Korean) Panel of International Arbitrators, CIMA (Spain) International Arbitrator’s List, RCICA-Panel (Lagos), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur) Arbitrator and Mediator, Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) and Commercial Arbitration Court in Hungary.
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.
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.