April 8, 2010: Litigation Seminar at MoFo
CBLA celebrated its first anniversary by cosponsoring with Morrison & Foerster a litigation seminar on “Reducing U.S. Litigation Risk for Chinese Companies,” held at Morrison & Foerster’s New York office on April 8, 2010.
Xiaoyan Zhang, CBLA Director and a litigation attorney from Kirkland & Ellis, gave a presentation on what CBLA has achieved since its inception,
and shared with the audience various future events and initiatives that CBLA has in the pipeline for 2010 and beyond. We were honored to have Bing Xu, Commercial Consul of the Economic & Commercial Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, join us at the event. Bing gave a heart-warming speech welcoming the U.S. representatives of Chinese companies who attended the event. Morrison & Foerster partner Xiaohu Ma was the moderator for the panel discussion on how to reduce U.S. litigation risk for Chinese companies. The panel consisted of Jack Auspitz, Karen Hagberg and Joel Haims, partners from Morrison & Foerster, Lisa Butera, Vice President of Chartis International, and Ying Wang, Associate Counsel from Bank of China, New York Branch.
The panel broadly reviewed the general procedures and relevant strategies in litigation in the U.S. involving corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. In addition, the panel discussion particularly focused on certain unique features of litigation in the U.S. and the related issues, such as discovery, jury trial and corporate officers’ liability insurance. Various issues typically encountered by Chinese companies in the U.S. were also examined in depth,
followed by a lively Q&A session. The event was attended by a diverse audience, including many U.S. representatives of Chinese companies, transaction lawyers, litigators and other legal or non-legal professionals in New York. Bing Xu’s fellow consul, Xiaomei Li, also joined us at the event. The attendees all enjoyed the networking opportunities over cocktails and refreshments generously provided by Morrison & Foerster.