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Robert Y. Bao's Biography

Robert Yuming Bao was admitted to practice law in China in 1996, California in 2004, and U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, also the VP/CLO and Independent Director for publicly listed multinational companies, and part-time instructor, professor and research fellow in US and China. He has extensive legal experience as partner of law firms and leading counsel for renowned MNCs based in Beijing, Tianjin, New York and Los Angeles, represented clients in a great number of major litigations and complex transactions, supported fast-growing global business and operation in over 70 countries, closely involved in commercial and strategic decision-making, and played key role in satisfactory resolution of major trade sanctions.

Mr. Bao also possesses broad commercial and technical background, received BS and MBA degree in China, Master of Computer Science in USA, and enrolled in Doctor of Business Administration program jointly offered by Hong Kong University and Peking University. His practice areas cover corporate law, trade/investment, banking/finance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property rights, international construction, real estate, immigration, litigation and arbitration.

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

Within the first year of his law practice in China starting from 1996, he was promoted to partner as a result of his outstanding achievement particularly in international services development, likely being the youngest partner lawyer in the city. He is also the first local lawyer gaining membership of the international organizations such as IBA and LAWASIA. Through his joint efforts in three years, the small firm grew up to a mid-size firm with more offices opened, relocated to CBD area, and prestigious for international services.

In 1998, Mr. Bao became one of the four Chinese lawyers attending California Bar's Annual Conference and the LAWASIA's IPR Weekend in San Francisco by invitation. In 1999, he was among the six lawyer delegates for international exchange jointly selected by China Bar and Hong Kong Bar out of thousands of candidates nationwide. Later that year, he was assigned to New York City, providing Chinese legal services to overseas clients as well as assisting US lawyers in local legal work. Meanwhile he also served as part-time faculty member of Long Island Business Institute in New York. In 2005, he set up his office in Los Angeles after obtaining California license. Since 2006, he spent most of time in China to lead and manage corporate work for American and Chinese MNCs.

Mr. Bao has been active in various local, national and international professional associations, including ABA, ACLA, IBA, ACC, LAWASIA, and the local associations of California, Beijing and Tianjin. He is a frequent speaker in professional conferences and seminars, and guest for media interview on international and legal issues. His Chinese blog "Legal Rhythm" attracted over million readers and most articles were published on the front page of major portal.

Mr. Bao possesses a unique combination of knowledge in international law, business management and information technology. He passed China and California bar exams each at his first try with short self-study. In the meantime of law practice, he obtained two master's degrees from evening and weekend programs, and continues 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 served 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 half as corporate counsel, Mr. Bao is familiar with the work style of both legal roles. In corporate service he experienced with Hong Kong, American 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. He successfully handled many cross-border transactions, litigations and arbitrations with various risk types across five continents including Asia, North/South America, Europe and Africa. When Chinese companies were at the height of massive US sanction, he stepped in and assumed a leadership 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 with awards and honors 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 for two consecutive years by CACC, Certified Expert of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and China Mining Association, founding Corporate Councilor of National Corporate Compliance Commission, and member of honor societies of PKP and UPE in USA.

Mr. Bao's selected clients include News Corp, Cisco, ZTE, Motorola, AkzoNobel, Standard Chartered Bank, Oversea Chinese Bank, China Investment Bank, Hong Kong South China Group, Jereh Group, Sanyuan Foods, ExxonMobil, Rockefeller University, 21 Century Realty, ReMax Realty, Lucent Technology, Lehman Brothers, Connecticut Board of Education, and celebrities, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately in 2020, Mr. Bao, like Lucas in the film The Hunt, suffered massive and torturous cyberbullying following a wrongful accusation, brutal defamation and overwhelming fake news under the abusive MeToo movement in China (The Li Xing Xing Incident). The top Chinese authority eventually found he is innocent and didn’t pursue an indictment after harsh and prolonged investigation, nevertheless to relieve public sentiment over the heat of unleashed and distorted chaos and the tension of US-China bilateral relation, his Chinese law license, renewed after his submission of US passport, was canceled due to his US citizenship, and then he was deported with such unrelated and confusing pretext triggered by human flesh search. As a result he has to separate with his old parents probably for life, break his successful career and doctorate study, and delay filing lawsuit to uphold his right. For more details please visit www.LiXingXing.org.

Despite of being the victim of such an unprecedented disastrous incident, Mr. Bao is willing and ready to overcome the challenge, and making his best effort not only to revive his life and career, but also to uphold the dignity of the law and justice. He has reopened his law office at the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, and continued his services to local and international clients with his over twenty year professional knowledge and experience.


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