Through its China Initiative, Epstein Becker Green seeks to assist Chinese companies in conducting business, making investments in, and immigrating to, the United States. Epstein Becker Green is honored to have been selected to represent four of the five Chinese banks that have been granted branch status in the United States. The firm also represents companies headquartered in China in the health care and life sciences, energy, extractive, logistics, and shipping sectors, among others.
Epstein Becker Green's China Initiative evolved from the firm's work in counseling global multinational businesses based in Asia that wished to expand their operations to and within the U.S.. The China Initiative consists of a multidisciplinary team whose members regularly travel to China, have experience working with Chinese clients, and are acutely aware of the legal and business issues facing Chinese businesses today and the emerging trends that they will face in the future. Additionally, members of the China Initiative team provide advice and counsel to Chinese clients concerning labor and employment, litigation, health care and life sciences, real estate, and business law matters; have been repeatedly featured in interviews with China Central Television and Bloomberg TV-Asia; and write articles about legal issues for Chinese businesses and multinationals that have appeared in various publications, such as the U.S.-China Business Council's China Business Review.
Members of the China Initiative team regularly speak at universities and conferences in China. For example, in late 2006, the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) hosted a conference entitled "China: Engine of Growth for the 21st Century" in Shanghai to illuminate the legal issues confronting the integration of Chinese businesses into the global economy. EBG was a premier sponsor of this conference, and Epstein Becker Green's China Initiative team members gave simultaneous presentations in Chinese and English and reached out to the greater Chinese business community by organizing various subsequent public and private seminars consisting of both formal and informal presentations.
In March 2008, China Initiative team members Dean Silverberg and Jian Hang (admitted to practice law in China, New York, and the District of Columbia) spoke on important U.S. legal issues and trends at the Pacific Rim meeting of the International Lawyers Network (ILN) in Shanghai. (The ILN is an association of over 90 select law firms with more than 5,000 lawyers worldwide.) The conference was covered by local Chinese media. The three China Initiative team members, along with a prominent Shanghai law firm, then gave a presentation to local business people on how to successfully conduct business in the United States, and a team member was interviewed on a live CCTV program about legal issues for Chinese businesses in the United States and the China Initiative.
In addition, Epstein Becker Green works with Chinese trade associations and U.S.-based Chinese chambers of commerce from New York to Los Angeles to put on a series of seminars in the United States. The latest seminar, held in June 2009 in New York, was attended by more than 100 individuals and assessed business and investment opportunities in the United States during the current economic climate and under the Obama administration. Articles about this seminar appeared in China Economic Daily, Xinhuanet Beijing Review, and SingTao Daily.
Because Epstein Becker Green foresaw the need for a global network of trusted law firm affiliates, the firm founded the ILN over 25 years ago. The ILN helps Epstein Becker Green's clients to receive cost-effective and seamless legal counsel wherever their business takes them. And, although the firm has no current plans to establish an office in China, Epstein Becker Green continues to be a presence in Asia. Epstein Becker Green has developed strategic alliances with premier Chinese firms, and has partnered in educational programs and engaged in outreach to the local business community with Chinese law firms such as King & Wood, Jun He Law Offices, the Zhong Lun Law Firm, and the Jade & Fountain PRC Firm, among other leading Chinese legal practitioners.
Whether traveling to China or advising clients here in the United States, Epstein Becker Green is deeply committed to developing relationships of trust and confidence with businesses based, and companies doing business, in China and helping them to safely navigate the U.S. legal landscape.
The principal China Initiative Team Members, who are supported by their colleagues in Epstein Becker Green's five national practices, are:
Dean L. Silverberg
Robert S. Groban, Jr.