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Business management and development experience is a key for business lawyers. One could not instinctively aware what another thinks unless he has been in the same position. Mr. Bao's solid commercial background has enabled him to serve corporate clients better.

While being an undergraduate student, Mr. Bao started working as Assistant to President for a Hong Kong invested company with hundreds of millions dollars investment in a variety of businesses in mainland China. His first assignment was to oversee the management of an exclusive club frequently patronized by public figures. With his enthusiasm, energy and intrepidity, he survived and successfully became a part of the management team. Under intense workload, he obtained firsthand operational experience in sales, human resources, finance, risk and public relation management.

With demonstrated management skills, Mr. Bao was assigned to initiate new projects and manage early-stage operation. He realized that starting a new business is more challenging than running an existing one. Each juncture, from analysis, licensing, advertising, design, to construction, recruitment, supply and cost control, must be carefully deliberated. Many unpredictable incidents require flexible and immediate judgment calls. Within two years, he completed the establishment of Hyatt senior staff apartments, international hotels, luxury residential complex, and top restaurants and bars.

In his professional career, Mr. Bao's business management and development background has greatly facilitated his legal service to corporate clients. He provides them not only legal advice, but business strategies and suggestion. He understands that executives need take into account legal, economic and social consequence as a whole to make decisions, and their ultimate goal is to achieve business objectives. Sometimes, their best option would be giving up their legal rights, or doing something beyond their legal obligation. Many clients are very satisfied with his broad yet specialized services.

In the management of law practice, Mr. Bao has played a significant role. When he joined his first law firm, it was a small unknown local firm. After being promoted to partner, he led the firm to develop international services and became the first local lawyer gaining membership of IBA and LAWASIA. Three years later, the firm grew up to a midsize firm prestigious in international services, opened more offices, and relocated to the central financial district.

With great interest in both legal practice and business management, Mr. Bao shifted his focus to manage legal and compliance for MNCs, and has served Hong Kong, American and Chinese multinational companies successively for over 10 years. In US company, he deeply experienced its standardized and systematic management, open and diversified culture, and high attention to legal and compliance; whilst in Chinese company, he closely felt entrepreneur’s ambition, hardworking, preservation 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.

When serving as a senior leader and independent director for MNCs, also as member of Investment Committee, Risk Control Committee, Compliance Committee, Major Projects Guidance Committee, Information Security Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration and Evaluation Committee, and Nomination Committee, Mr. Bao has got closely involved in the business and operation of the company worldwide, and led an talented and efficient team which won The Company’s Excellent Team Award for years consecutively, commented by the chairman as “having brought profound and lasting changes to the company that may be recorded in the company’s history.”

Mr. Bao always pays attention to link theory with practice, and keeps learning and research to improve himself invariably. He completed graduate study and received MBA degree while working in law firm, and is pursuing for his DBA degree in a leading part-time doctoral program jointed offered by The University of Hong Kong and the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He believes in this era of knowledge explosion, it is only by constant learning and constant rethinking that individuals and businesses stay alive. He hopes to be a lawyer who knows management best, as well as a leader who knows law best.

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