Spanning the Globe in the Midst of Trade Tensions: The Challenges Facing In...

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In a very unpredictable business and economic environment, top in-house counsel at multinational companies is being called upon to play a greater role. Meanwhile, the very intrusive and prescriptive legal and regulatory environment, which has grown substantially due to the global trade tensions, is driving how businesses operate and the decisions they make. Learn how to mitigate the risks, shape the strategy and steer international business in the right direction from top in-house counsel of companies with significant presence in both of the US and China. This is a great opportunity to gain insight about legal dealings in the midst of trade tensions for in-house/outside counsel, law students, and any legal/business professionals.

Food and drinks are provided, courtesy to King & Wood Mallesons.

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Ben Wang – Former VP and Chief IP Counsel of ZTE Tx

Roger Shang – Senior Legal Director of Alibaba Group

Sheri Tang – Director of Legal Affairs of SF Motors Inc.

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Alan Seem - Partner of Jones Day


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Ben Wang is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and a registered US patent attorney. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, having advised local and international technology clients on innovation development and IP protection on a global scale. His practice spans the spectrum of patent procurement, litigation, licensing and portfolio management.

Until April 2019, Ben served as VP and Chief IP Counsel for ZTE TX in the US, where he provided strategic and tactical guidance relating to IP licensing and litigation issues for the company. Prior to joining ZTE TX, Ben established Unilever’s patent group in Shanghai from the ground up, and subsequently led the group for over five years, building patent portfolio, managing patent litigation and advising on legal and IP policy issues for various business units in China and across the globe. Before relocating to China, Ben had been practicing law in the US for over ten years, working at top law firms in New York, Washington DC, and California. He has served as IP counsel for clients ranging from small startup ventures to large Fortune 500 conglomerates.

Ben obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University, Master’s degree from Harvard University, and Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. Ben externed for Chief Judge Archer at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and clerked for Judge Turner at the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington DC. Ben taught intellectual property law as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and gained experience in European patent practice by working at a German law firm in Munich.

Roger Shang is Senior Legal Director of Alibaba Group. He jointed Alibaba in 2008 as its first Chief Patent Counsel and oversaw the development of its patent program. He is now based in Alibaba’s San Mateo office and works on international patent portfolio development, IP licensing and technology collaboration, open source and NPE defense matters. Prior to joining Alibaba, Roger practices patent law at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Knobbe Martens LLP. He grew up in Shanghai, China and received his J.D. Degree from NYU.

Sheri Tang is Director of Legal Affairs of SF Motors, Inc. dba SERES, a Silicon Valley based technology company building technology that will empower intelligently electrified vehicles of the future. SERES is founded by a major Chinese OEM in 2016. Sheri joined SERES in August 2016 as its first in-house counsel and has worked alongside the engineers to develop a strong portfolio of electric powertrain system, battery technology and autonomous driving technologies while providing strategic guidance in an uncertain legal environment ranging from cyber security and data sharing of connected cars, export control, foreign investment regulation, to global IP strategy, homologation, labor and employment issues for a unionized work force, safety regulations for electric and autonomous vehicle, tariff, and environmental compliance. Sheri is a native of Hangzhou and believes in the power of connected and autonomous cars and the need for vehicle electrification for a greener future.

Alan Seem is a Banking, Finance and Securities partner in the Silicon Valley office of Jones Day. His primary areas of focus are SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings, venture capital investments, and mergers and acquisitions. Alan also regularly advises management and boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters, including SEC/stock exchange compliance and disclosure-related matters. He is also a frequent speaker on a variety of securities and corporate law-related subjects. Prior to joining Jones Day, Alan was the Beijing Office Managing Partner and Head of the Asia Capital Markets Group of his prior firm, and spent 16 years in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. He remains active in the China practice of Jones Day after having moved to the Bay Area seven years ago. Alan speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese fluently and is a member of the bar in New York and California.

Alan has led the U.S. and Hong Kong IPOs of dozens of China-based companies, in a variety of industries, including biotech (Simcere Pharma and Nuokang Biopharma), fintech (China Rapid Finance), social media (Weibo, Renren and BitAuto), gaming (Giant Interactive), semiconductors (SMIC), education (New Oriental Education and TAL Education), and others.

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