International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP continues to expand its U.S.-China practice group across the Firm’s platform with the addition of attorneys David Cameron in Hong Kong, David Townsend in Minneapolis, Yue Matthew Ma, Ph.D., in Seattle, and Yan (Bill) Huang in Beijing.

Lanier Saperstein, New York-based litigation partner and one of the Co-Chairs of the firm’s U.S.-China practice group explained, “We are seeing a strong demand for our dispute services by Chinese companies, whether they are moving into the U.S. for the first time or they’ve been here for some time.” “It used to be that Chinese clients at times would ignore lawsuits, hoping they would go away. Chinese clients felt they might not get a fair shake in U.S. courts and it was hard for them to justify the often sizeable legal costs to their management,” observed Saperstein. “They have grown more accustomed to the U.S. market, recognizing that litigation is an unfortunate cost of doing business here. Unless and until we get some type of reform, litigation is going to be a significant part of the U.S. business landscape. Chinese clients now realize that it’s more efficient and certainly more effective to plan for potential disputes and then confront any litigation head on.”

In terms of transactions, while not making daily headlines, business continues to flow between the world’s two largest economies, and Dorsey is capturing a growing market share of that work. “There has been a dip in the number of mega deals being closed by Chinese companies in the U.S. But the flow of PE and VC investments and other types of minority deals continues,” noted Catherine Pan, a New York-based transactional partner and one of the Co-Chairs of the firm’s U.S.-China practice group. “I am pleased to report we are seeing a strong flow of transactional work,” added Pan, “due to our platform, our experienced U.S.-China group and our reputation in the legal market for doing excellent legal work.” 

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue the momentum of growing our U.S.-China practice,” Saperstein added. “These new lateral hires allow us to continue building a practice that provides high-level, high-value legal services to our China-based clients as well as our U.S. clients that have a need to learn how to work with their Chinese counterparties. Our outlook spans five years, not just the next six to 12 months.”

The new hires include:

David Cameron, based in Hong Kong, focuses on international capital markets work. He specializes in representing and advising corporate and investment banking clients on debt and equity offerings pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, including high-yield, investment grade, private placements, block trades and medium-term note programs for issuers across Asia. Mr. Cameron also has extensive experience with green bonds and Masala bonds. His recent work before joining Dorsey has included advising on the State Bank of India’s Section 4(a)(2) equity offering of US$2.3 billion, the largest-ever Qualified Institutions Placement out of India to date, JSW Steel’s US$500 million high-yield bond offering, CK Hutchison Holdings’ US$1.8 billion dual tranche Rule 144A senior note offering and Sri Lanka’s sovereign US$1.5 billion Rule 144A senior note offering.

David Townsend is an international trade and transactions lawyer with extensive experience advising clients on U.S. sanctions, export controls, customs, antidumping and countervailing duties, trade remedies, export licensing, compliance, enforcement matters and trade due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels businesses on supply chain management related to trade and corporate social responsibility laws. He has represented clients before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. courts on trade matters. He has advised clients in a variety of industry sectors, including various agricultural products, aluminum, automotive, chemicals, energy, distilled spirits, financial and other services, electronics, software-as-a-service items, polysilicon, solar products and steel. In addition, he has worked on a variety of trade policy and dispute settlement matters involving the World Trade Organization (WTO) and U.S. free trade agreements.

Yue Matthew Ma, Ph.D. advises clients on patent matters with a deep understanding of the value of patents, combining his business, technical and legal acumen. As former Director of Intellectual Property (IP) at SRI International, a research and innovation company based in Silicon Valley, and IP Analyst at several technology companies, Mr. Ma has broad experience in all phases of a patent’s life cycle, from working with inventors to making strategic decisions on patent filing to monetizing patent assets. These experiences allow him to better understand clients’ needs and value their successes as his top priority.
His practice concentrates on patent drafting and prosecution, trademark registration and counseling, patentability and freedom-to-operate studies, due diligence and IP licensing. He brings 25 years of experience in technology development, patent drafting and prosecution, intellectual property management and technology licensing. His academic training in electrical and computer engineering, coupled with prior industry experience as a scientist and engineer, affords him an in-depth understanding of a wide range of complex technologies behind his clients’ innovations.

Yan (Bill) Huang, who bolsters the firm’s Beijing office, advises multi-national clients on internal investigation, compliance audit and training in China. Mr. Huang works with companies in internal investigations of ethical violations, such as channel stuffing, conflict of interests, fake reimbursement or forgery of commercial documents. He regularly represents clients in anti-unfair competition law matters, foreign direct investment and dispute resolution matters regarding copyright and trademark.

Dorsey has demonstrated its commitment to the China practice for decades with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well members of its U.S.-China practice group spread across nine different offices. Indeed, recently retired partner and former Vice President of the United States, Walter Mondale, was an integral member of the Carter Administration, which normalized diplomatic relations with China in 1979.