I’ve been living and working in Beijing since 1999, mostly as a private lawyer with local and international law firms. As of February 2013, I moved in-house with Bentley Systems, an American software company, as their Asia Regional Counsel.
Bentley is in quite an interesting industry niche. Here is a quick window into my new world, from our web page:
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services.
If you followed that, you probably are in the infrastructure biz or related to it in some way (e.g., engineering, design, construction). If that was wholly incomprehensible, no worries (this wiki page may help).
In terms of my career in China thus far, I have covered most aspects of foreign direct investment, and my practice in recent years has been focused on technology regulatory and licensing work, intellectual property, media and entertainment, franchising and Internet-related issues.
It’s a broad area, but my private practice experience was still quite focused compared to having a general corporate practice. My current position is a mix and includes both a focus on licensing and commercial work but with broader issues, such as general corporate, HR, M&A/FDI — well, just about anything you can think of that would apply to a multinational in Asia.
I have taught FDI and IP law at Beijing’s Central University of Finance and Economics for the past four years.
I am originally from Los Angeles, but spent a lot of time in Boston prior to coming here. I have a M.A. from Johns Hopkins in International Relations, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a B.A. from Pomona College.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me questions, comments or complaints.