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Robert Y. Bao is an experienced international lawyer admitted to practice in P. R. China, U.S. Supreme Court, and State of California. He has been actively practicing law since 1996 in law firms and major MNCs based in Beijing, Tianjin, New York and California. In addition, he received B.S. and M.B.A. in China, M.C.S. in USA, and currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration jointly offered by HKU and PKU. He is familiar with the legal, political, commercial, social and cultural environment of both USA and China, and involved in the resolution of some crisis in between.

Mr. Bao has solid legal experience in USA and China, as well as broad commercial and technical background. His practice areas cover corporate law, trade/investment, banking/finance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property rights, international construction, real estate, immigration, litigation and arbitration. He has represented national and international clients in major litigations and complex transactions, led the legal and compliance teams of several major MNCs, and closly involved in business and operation as member of top management team.

Prior to entry into legal career, Mr. Bao was the personal assistant of an influential Hong Kong entrepreneur managing multimillion dollars investments ranging from hotel, real estate, restaurant, to night club. While closely working with the president's renowned lawyer, he found that lawyer is a career of his greatest interest.

Within the first year of his law practice in China, he was promoted to partner as a result of his outstanding achievement, the youngest partner lawyer citywide. Through his efforts in three years, his small firm grew up to a mid-size firm with two more offices opened, relocated to CBD area, and prestigious for international services.

Since 1999, Mr. Bao was assigned to New York City law firms, rendering China legal services to oversea clients as well as assisting US lawyers in US legal services. He has been traveling back and forth to handle international matters, and developed his professional network in both nations. He also served as part-time faculty member of Long Island Business Institute in New York. In 2005, he set up US office in Los Angeles.

Mr. Bao has been active in various local, national and international professional associations, including ABA, ACLA, IBA, ACC and LAWASIA. He is a frequent speaker in professional conferences and seminars, and guest for media interview on international and legal issues. His blog "Legal Rhythm" in Chinese attracted over million readers and most articles were published on the front page of major portal. He was one of the six lawyer delegates for international exchange elected jointly by China Bar and Hong Kong Bar from thousands of candidates nationwide.

Mr. Bao possesses a unique combination of knowledge in international law, business management and information technology. He passed US and China bar exam each at his first try. In the meantime of law practice, he obtained two master's degrees from evening and weekend programs, now continue his journey for doctor's degree. He founded ChinaUsLaw.com and ChinaLaw.org in spare time as a platform for international legal exchange. He also serves as part-time research fellow and guest professor at renowned law school and legal institute.

As half of his legal career was spent in law firm and the other as corporate counsel, Mr. Bao is familiar with the work style of both legal roles. In corporate service he experienced with Hong Kong, US and Chinese MNCs successively, so he has been impressed in various style and culture. While US company’s advantages usually include standardized management, open and diversified culture, and high attention to legal and compliance, in Chinese company he can more closely feel entrepreneur’s ambition, hardworking, perseverance and efficiency, also expanded his management scope from regional to global. He endeavors to absorb the advantages of various styles and create unique and innovative management method to support business success.

Mr. Bao is a fearless counsel who always has the courage to accept challenges and handle heavy burdens even in the limelight. When Chinese companies were at the height of massive US sanction, he stepped in and assumed a leadship role in coping with the crisis. With appropriate approach and communication based on his legal knowledge, social experience and cultural understanding in both countries, the companies made significant progress and achieved positive results, thus he received good comments from all relevant parties.

Mr. Bao's achievement has been widely recognized, such as High Level Talent with Foreign Study certified by China's Education Ministry, Foreign Expert certified by the state administration office, Top 10 Chief Legal Officers awarded by CACLO, Top 10 General Counsels and Most Complimented by Lawyers awarded by Legal Daily/CACC, Certified Expert of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and China Mining Association, Founding Councilor of National Corporate Compliance Commission, and member of honor societies of PKP and UPE in USA.


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