2020 China Law Symposium

November 11–13, 2020

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Erich Andersen is the Global General Counsel for ByteDance Ltd, where he reports to the CEO.   ByteDance is the company that owns TikTok, the hugely popular short-form mobile video app with over 100 million users in the US.  He has responsibility for the company’s international legal affairs and regularly works with company leaders and external stakeholders on issues at the intersection of law and technology.   In recent months, Erich has been leading the company’s work on US national security legal challenges.

Erich previously worked at Microsoft for 24 years where he held numerous senior roles, including as Chief IP Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the Windows and Office product groups.  He was also based in Paris for three years while he served as head of legal and government affairs for Microsoft EMEA.

Before joining Microsoft, Andersen served as a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court. He began his law practice with Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington.  Erich graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986 and from the UCLA School of Law in 1989, where he served as Chief Managing Editor of the law review.



I. The Future of US-China Relations

Bonnie Glaser:

Bonnie S. Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a senior associate with the Pacific Forum. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Glaser was a senior adviser with the Freeman Chair in China Studies, and from 2003 to mid-2008, she was a senior associate in the CSIS International Security Program. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State. Ms. Glaser has written extensively on Chinese foreign and security policy. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


Yasheng Huang:

Yasheng Huang is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as an Associate Dean in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School.

Huang is currently involved in research projects in four broad areas: 1) a book project titled The Nature of the Chinese State, 2) collaboration with researchers at Tsinghua University to create a complete database on historical technological inventions in China, 3) as a co-PI in “Food Safety in China: A Systematic Risk Management Approach” (supported by Walmart Foundation, 2016-on), and 4) research on venture finance, production of scientific knowledge, work of the future in China. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in media and 11 books in English and Chinese.

At MIT Sloan, Huang founded and directs China Lab and India Lab, which have provided low-cost consulting services to over 360 small and medium enterprises in China and India. Between 2015 and 2018, he ran a program in Yunnan province to train small and medium women entrepreneurs (funded by Goldman Sachs Foundation). He has held or received prestigious fellowships such as the National Fellowship at Stanford University and the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He was named by the National Asia Research Program as one of the most outstanding scholars in the United States conducting research on issues of policy importance to the United States. He is or has been a Fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a Research Fellow at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, a Fellow at William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow. He has served as a consultant at World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and OECD and is serving on a number of advisory and corporate boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations.


Yukon Huang:

Yukon Huang is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. and a noted expert on China’s economy and its regional and global impact. He was formerly the World Bank’s Country Director for China. He is an advisor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and various governments and corporations.  Dr. Huang has published widely on US-China economic and foreign policy issues.  His articles are seen frequently in the New York Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.  His latest book is Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong (Oxford University Press).  He has a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University.


II. The Shifting Landscapes of US-China Cross-border Transactions

GangQiao (John) Wang:

GangQiao (John) Wang is of counsel at Ropes & Gray practicing in the corporate department. John has extensive asset management experience in advising U.S. and global alternative asset managers in a wide range of matters related to fund formation and capital raising, governance, compliance and internal operations. John’s experience includes advising clients on the formation and operation of private equity funds, healthcare funds, credit funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure funds, funds of funds and separate accounts. John also represents U.S. and international institutional investors (including endowments, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, funds of funds, private foundations, and family offices) in investing in U.S., European, Asian and Latin American leverage buyout, venture capital, real estate, energy, mezzanine and hedge fund investments, in primary, secondary and coinvestment transactions.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, John worked as an intern at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York City and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to studying at Harvard Law School, John worked in a law firm in Shanghai and taught Chinese law as a full time faculty member at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai. He has passed the National Bar Examination of P.R. China.


Winston Ma:

Winston Ma, CFA & Esq., Chairman of Advisory Board, OPEN MINERAL; former Managing Director, China Investment Corporation (CIC) 

Winston Ma is an investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor in the global digital economy. He is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund, for 10 years. Prior to that, Mr. Ma served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at J.P. Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

A nationally certified Software Programmer as early as 1994,  Mr. Ma is the book author of China’s Mobile Economy (Wiley 2016, among “best 2016 business books for CIOs”), Digital Economy 2.0 (2017 Chinese), The Digital Silk Road (2018 German), China’s AI Big Bang (2019 Japanese), and Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). His new books in 2020 are “The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy” (Wiley October 2020) and “The Digital WarHow China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain, and Cyberspace” (Wiley December 2020).

He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been a member of the Council for Long-Term Investing and Council for Digital Economy and Society. He is a member of New York University (NYU) President’s Global Council since inception, and in 2014 he received the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award. 


Tom Shoesmith (苏唐明):

Thomas M. Shoesmith is a partner at King & Wood Mallesons. He specializes in international M&A, cross-border investment and financing, multinational joint ventures, and commercial transactions.

As a partner in the corporate and securities practice, Mr. Shoesmith is a leading cross-border transaction expert. He specializes in cross-border transactions between China and the United States, and is particularly skilled at structuring transactions for clients in complex regulatory and political environments. Mr. Shoesmith has over 30 years-experience practicing in these areas. He has handled more than 200 cross-border M&A transactions, and complex multinational joint ventures in more than 50 countries around the world.

Mr. Shoesmith has lived in Asia for more than 20 years and practiced in China from 2003 to 2010. Since then, he has focused on foreign-related transactions in China, including foreign direct investment in China, financing in Chinese companies, and IPO’s in the US for PRC-based businesses. Mr. Shoesmith is currently based in Silicon Valley and is a frequent traveler between China and the US.

Mr. Shoesmith joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2019. Prior to that time, he was the head of the China Practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and partner of a number of well-known international law firms.

Mr. Shoesmith graduated from Harvard Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Mr. Shoesmith is admitted to practice in the State of California. His is comfortable working in English or Chinese.

Mr. Shoesmith’s representative project experiences include:

  • Handling more than 20 IPO’s in the US for PRC-based businesses, as well as structuring US businesses for Asia exits.
  • Representing underwriters in the US stock market in transactions involving Chinese companies.
  • Representing Lenovo in its acquisition of storage assets from EMC and joint venture in China, among many others.
  • Representing Tele Atlas, a Netherlands-based company which provides navigation and location-based services for map applications, in its various transactions to expand the Chinese market.
  • Negotiation services for a joint venture in its flat panel monitor manufacture program in China, involving $1 billion.
  • Advising a public corporation in the US Midwest of its acquisition of a Chinese specialty chemical company.
  • Representing a US company with a private equity background in its acquisition of a social media and document sharing company.
  • Representing Ingram Micro in its international acquisitions.
  • Analyzing and evaluating Chinese investment on behalf of investment banks and hedge funds.


Miranda So:

Miranda So is co-head of Davis Polk Asia ex-Japan and one of the key leaders of the firm’s China/Hong Kong M&A and private equity practice. She has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and investments in Greater China and across Asia.

Ms. So has acted for global and Asian companies and investment funds in their strategic mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, pre-IPO financings, joint ventures, going-private transactions, PIPEs, restructurings and other securities and general corporate matters. Her practice covers a variety of sectors, including technology, media and telecom, energy/infrastructure, consumer/retail, healthcare/pharmaceutical, and financial institutions. In connection with her M&A and private equity practice, Ms. So also advises clients on regulatory matters involving antitrust and competition, CFIUS and foreign investment reviews, and anti-corruption compliance.

Ms. So is highly recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by top tier international legal publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000. She was named “Young Lawyer of the Year” by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards in 2017.

Ms. So has held a number of advisory and public roles. She currently serves on the Disciplinary Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board and the Occupational Retirement Schemes Appeal Board. She also serves as a member of the Fisherman Claims Appeal Board (Trawl Ban) (FCAB) and the Transport Advisory Committee.

Ms. So graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees (both summa cum laude) in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Hong Kong.


III. Comparative Internet Governance and Cybersecurity

Marcelo Thompson:

Marcelo Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Law and Technology Centre at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Courses Marcelo teaches or has taught at HKU include “Law and Society”, “Legal Theory”, “Privacy and Data Protection” and “Regulation of Cyberspace “. Marcelo’s core research interests lie in the intersection between law, political theory and the study of technological change. He is interested in what new forms of normativity arising from the design of the information environment mean for the life of law and politics in the 21st century.


Paul Triolo:

Paul S. Triolo leads Eurasia Group’s newest practice, focusing on global technology policy issues, cybersecurity, internet governance, ICT regulatory issues, and emerging areas such as automation, AI/Big Data, ambient intelligence, and fintech/blockchain. He is building a cross-issue and cross-regional team that helps clients understand and assess the risk generated by the complex intersection of politics, technology innovation, security threats, and the changing global regulatory environment.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Paul served in senior positions within the US government for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on China’s rise as a science and technology (S&T) and cyber power. He provided analytic support to the president and senior policymakers, and was the lead drafter for a number of widely acclaimed national estimates on China S&T innovation and industrial policies, as well as cyberspace issues. Paul’s technical background, including a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and work experience in Silicon Valley, along with his extensive work on internet governance and policy issues in government, have prepared him to tackle the substantial challenges companies will face in cyberspace. Paul is a China Digital Economy Fellow (non- resident) at New America.

Tiecheng Yang

Tiecheng Yang is a partner at Han Kun Law Offices. Before joining Han Kun, Mr. Yang was a partner at Clifford Chance and head of its Financial Regulatory Group of China.

Mr. Yang has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on issues relating to financial services in China, including but not limited to RMB internationalization, banking, bonds (Panda Bonds and Dim Sum Bonds), securities and insurance, derivatives, structured products, Bond Connect, Stock Connect, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, investment funds (QFII/RQFII, QDII and RMB funds), US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, CRS, cybersecurity and Fintech. Mr. Yang is included on the CBLJ 2017 China’s Top 100 Lawyers List.

Mr. Yang is a member of NAFMII’s Legal Committee, NAFMII’s Repo Master Agreement Drafting Committee and IAMAC’s Legal and Compliance Committee. He is also a specially invited professor for the LLM program at Tsinghua University School of Law and Schwarzman Scholars.