Palo Alto, CA (February 21, 2006) — LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – White & Case bolstered its burgeoning China practice with the addition of Anna Han, who joins the Firm as counsel in its Palo Alto office.
Han has extensive experience advising clients on doing business in China, with a focus on negotiating joint ventures, technology licensing, joint development and all aspects of trading with and investing in China. She also has extensive experience advising Asian entities on investing in the US, including some of China’s first acquisitions in the US. In 1981, she became the first foreign lawyer to represent a US law firm in Shanghai and was a managing attorney there for many years.
White & Case, which has had a presence in China since 1978, and has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, acts for both private and public companies wanting to do business in the region. With 36 lawyers currently practicing in China, White & Case has built a formidable team on the ground that is active in the full range of deals that foreign and PRC clients are doing, be they outbound deals, the latest financing techniques in China or West Coast-flavored private equity buy-outs.
“We are very excited about adding someone with Anna’s vast knowledge of and experience with China to our Palo Alto office. White & Case already has some of the finest lawyers in China to counsel our global clients about how law and business operate there. Investment in China remains at the forefront of many of our clients’ business initiatives as they look for entry into one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and with Anna in our Silicon Valley office, we can now offer them unparalleled advice on both sides of the Pacific,” said White & Case partner William Sloan Coates, head of the Palo Alto office.
Han joins White & Case from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she has been a law professor since 1990. She teaches Chinese trade and investment law, technology licensing contracts, business organizations and legal issues of start up businesses and has served as an expert on corporate governance and Chinese law issues in numerous cases. She has also taught in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She has written extensively on China and its legal development,
including subjects such as China’s tax system, company law, franchising, intellectual property laws and dispute resolution.
“The opportunity to be part of a global law firm like White & Case, a leader on China issues, is one I look forward to,” said Han. “My goal is to enhance White & Case’s existing China capabilities by providing a resource locally to the companies in the Silicon Valley. Many companies are preparing to invest in China or are already involved there, and we can help them map out their China strategies. And as more and more Chinese companies begin to invest here in the US, my experience representing PRC entities should be helpful to them in making that transition.
Han received her JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was also recently a visiting professor. Prior to teaching, she was a partner at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen), where she opened and managed that firm’s China office in 1985.
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