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ACLA attending oral arguments
at the U.S. Supreme Court
   Mr. Richard Holbrook, Partner and
Mr. Jonathan Nesher, Associate at
Crowell & Moring, LLC hold breakout
discussions with ACLA on investment
laws of the U.S.

ACLA attends 2-day conference at
World Bank on multilateral
development bank projects, PPP, 
procurement, sanctions systems and
integrity compliance


The International Law Institute was privileged to have received a distinguished delegation of accomplished and technically sophisticated international lawyers selected by the All China Lawyers Association to attend conferences and training focused on matters related to international trade, investment, and commercial transactions within the U.S. and abroad.

Founded in 1986, the All China Lawyers Association [ACLA] is the bar association of the People’s Republic of China. The aim of the ACLA is to unite and educate its members to protect the dignity of the Constitution and law; to be faithful to the legal profession and abide by professional ethics and rules of conduct; to defend lawful rights and interests of its members; to enhance professional competence of lawyers; to strengthen professional self regulation in order to promote sound development of the legal profession and endeavor to build up socialist state with rule of law and to develop social civilization and progress. It has 31 provincial branches and over 330,000 individual members.

Since 2013, ACLA has organized programs funded by the Ministry of Justice of China targeted at training senior foreign-oriented lawyers who are proficient in international legal affairs. This is the first year that ACLA has cooperated with the International Law Institute to conduct such a program.

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Crowell & Moring, LLC conducts panel
discussion on Chinese investments in
the U.S., including Market
Access, Labor, Security Review,
Intellectual Property, and Taxes
  ACLA meets with the AFL-CIO to
discuss organized labor relations
in the U.S.
  Michael Bednarek, Partner at
Adams & Reese, LLC hosts a
reception for ACLA delegation.
Adams & Reese hosted Ms. Han Jun
and Mr. Yang Qing as visiting lawyers


This year’s program focused on practical issues related to: International Trade; Cross-Border Investment; Investment by Chinese entities into the U.S.; Securities and Exchange; Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering; Employment and Labor Law; Multilateral Development Organizations and MDB projects, funding, oversight, and sanctions; and Intellectual Property.

In addition to lectures, lawyers were placed in prestigious international law firms in DC as visiting layers, to better understand from their U.S. peers organizational and financial structure of those firms, their general and personnel management, training and evaluation of lawyers, law firm marketing, and international expansion strategies. Lawyers also engaged in topic discussions with experts from various practice groups within each law firm.

Firms complemented these engagements with social receptions, which further strengthened the bonds between senior level lawyers from both China and the US.

The five-week program consisted of lectures and site visits seminars presented by government officials, practicing lawyers and policy experts.


Mr. William Black - Greater Washington China Investment Center,
Mr. Samuel Mok - Condor International Advisors, LLC, and
Mr. Larry Lee U.S.-China Policy Foundation discuss experiences
of Chinese firms invested in the U.S.

Lectures detailed the U.S. legal system; qualifications for practicing law in the U.S.; international trade and investment systems WTO and BITS; trade in goods and services; regional trade agreements; subsidies, antidumping and countervailing duties; non-trade remedies, non-tariff barriers; Section 337; investigations; custom issues, trade facilitation agreements; dispute settlement mechanism; development of trade policies in the U.S., analyses of U.S. – China bilateral trade arrangements; legal framework of U.S. investment laws, national security reviews and FCPA; overview of the U.S. financial markets; capital markets and risk management; case analyses of Chinese investment in the U.S. - lessons learned and strategic investment advice; investment checklists; SEC oversight and securities regulations; US corporate regulations and structures; special state protections and tax advantages; anti-corruption, anti-money laundering; cross-border cooperation; employment law and organized labor; dispute settlement; overview of multilateral development institutions and MDB projects; PPPs; due diligence, procurement, sanction systems; integrity compliance mechanisms; intellectual property protection, trademark procedures and EPC contracts.

The program provided the delegation greater understanding of the U.S. and international transactional issues and composed dispute resolution strategies. It is our collective hope that this program marks the start of a stronger cooperation between ACLA and ILI.

The delegation was led by Ms. HAN Jun, Partner at V & T Law Firm (Shenzhen). It was further comprised of Mr. LIAN Zheng, Partner at Fujian Xufeng Law Firm; Mr. WEI Jinji, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Shenzhen); Mr. XIE Yongfa, Division Director of Law and Regulation Division at Hebei Provincial Department of Commerce; Mr. YANG Qing, Partner at Zhonghao Law Firm; Mr. TU Chongyu, Partner at The Universal Legal Corp.; Ms. JI Xuefeng, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Tianjin); Ms. YE Shuli, Partner at Beijing DHH Law Firm; Ms. WANG Yang, Managing Director at Beijing Guantao Law Firm; Mr. GESANGCIREN, Lawyer at Tibet Chomolungma Law Firm; Mr. CHEN Yuhang, Managing Director at Guangxi Shengtao Law Firm; Mr. YU Yubin, Partner at Shanghai Duan & Duan (Xiamen) Law Firm; Ms. MENG Qihong, Lawyer at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Harbin); Ms. WANG Jing, Lawyer at Beijing Zhong Lun (Wuhan) Law Firm; Ms. LI Lu, Partner at Beijing Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm; Mr. GU Chaoping, Director at Shanghai Duan & Duan (Chengdu) Law Firm; Ms. TANA, Partner at Jingshi Law Firm; Mr. MIAO Jianwen, Partner at AllBright Law Offices; Mr. ZHOU Dayong, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Kunming); Mr. YANG Zhenfa, Lawyer at Yunnan Datao Law Firm; and Ms. LI Weiran from All China Lawyers Association.

This program was supported by the expert inputs from well over 60 contributing speakers and over 35 supporting organizations. ILI respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from Crowell & Moring, LLP; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Jones Day; Dentons, LLP; Covington & Burling, LLP; Holland & Knight, LLP, Adams & Reese, LLP; Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP; Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Fox Business School, Temple University; International Trade Law Center; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Appleton Luff; Sidley Austin LLP; Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP; Cato Institute; Office of the United States Trade Representative; George Washington University; Greater Washington China Investment Center; Condor International Advisors, LLC; U.S. China Policy Foundation; William W. Uchimoto Law; United States Department of Justice; Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC.; AFL/CIO; The World Bank; United States Patent and Trademark Office; Construction Risk LLC; American Bar Association; and Nyugen & Chen LLP.

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ACLA meets with Ms. Audrey Winter at
the Office of the 
U.S. Trade Representative
[USTR] on U.S.-China trade issues
  Mr. Stuart Kerr, Counsel at the law firm
of Jones Day, with ACLA visiting
lawyers Ms. Li Lu and Mr. Miao Jianwen
  ACLA conducts meetings with the
American Bar Association [ABA]


Special appreciation to ILI Associates, Mr. HUANG Qifan and Mr. XU Zhanqi; Ms. WANG Kun and Ms. FANG Lijuan, from Beijing Future-Land Information Consulting Co, Ltd. [ILI China Representatives].

Program development and oversight by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director.



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