Opportunities and Challenges When Doing Business in China
Hawai‘i is a well-known tourism destination in China but little is known about Hawaii products. This seminar will provide information regarding opportunities in doing business with China. You will have a better understanding about your products’ market position in China. This includes the importance for Hawaii companies to understand cultural differences before entering the China market. Register here.
Ms. Han Lilli, Investment Officer, Department of Commerce, Hainan Province
Bonnie Girard has lived and worked in China for half of her adult life, beginning in 1987 when she studied at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. In 1996, after nine years in China and having worked for European multinational telecommunications companies in their China sales and operations throughout the country, she founded China Channel, the first independent consultancy providing due diligence for foreign companies coming into the Chinese market. In the years since, Bonnie, British husband and partner Roland Evans, and her colleagues in China have handled China issues for clients as diverse as Lloyd’s of London, IBM, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Brunswick Bowling.
Bonnie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been responsible for the negotiation and implementation of over $1 billion worth of contracts in China, and is a frequent speaker on Chinese business and political issues. Bonnie grew up in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, in a family long active in government, foreign service, academics, and journalism. She handles all of her personal and professional business in China in Mandarin Chinese.
President, Allelon Energy Partners
Special Advisor to Chairman, President George H. W. Bush China-U.S. Relations Foundation
Dr. Harley Seyedin is an international businessman, humanitarian, philanthropist and world renowned China expert.
Russell Leu is a U.S. qualified attorney who has resided and worked full-time in Beijing for the past 17 years. He is the Senior Partner for the International Business practice at Kingsfield Law. His China law practice includes foreign direct investment, international transactions and a broad corporate practice. His China law practice experience has also included serving as Special Counsel with the Beijing representative offices of the U.S. law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm’s China Corporate Practice Group. Prior to joining the Sheppard Mullin law firm, Mr. Leu established, and served as the managing attorney and Chief Representative of the Beijing representative office of the U.S. law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister where he focused on a broad corporate China practice. Prior to 2003, he had previously an established law practice and managed his own law firm in Hawaii for 15 years. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1984, Russell Leu had served as the attorney Law Clerk to two federal bankruptcy judges including the Honorable Lloyd King, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in San Francisco, California and the Honorable Cameron J. Wolfe, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Oakland, California.
Mr. Russell Leu is a U.S. qualified and licensed lawyer, a member of the Hawaii State Bar and is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Hawaii and in the federal courts of the District of Hawaii.