China Legal Pioneer Owen D. Nee, Jr., Joins Greenberg Traurig

NEW YORK, New York (July 8, 2011) — Attorney Owen D. Nee, Jr., who has been called a legal pioneer in China, has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Nee will serve as Senior Counsel in the firm’s New York City and Shanghai offices as a member of the Global Practice. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Nee was of counsel at Jones Day and was previously a partner at Coudert Brothers LLP.
“Owen is a legal pioneer in China, having opened the first western law firm in the country. With his knowledge of the market, he will help Greenberg Traurig clients address their expanding global needs in this complex and changing business environment,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Greenberg Traurig. “His presence here is ideal, especially given the outbound focus we see coming from China and the need for interaction and integration with our colleagues and clients there.”
Nee has created more than 100 joint ventures in China and established more than 150 subsidiaries for foreign investors. His career is a series of “firsts” in China, as he helped create the first joint venture between General Motors Corporation and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, now the largest automobile manufacturer in China. Nee also helped prepare the first U.S.-People’s Republic of China (PRC) petroleum contract and the country’s first mining concession and syndicated loan.
Established in 2008, Greenberg Traurig’s Shanghai office works together with colleagues firmwide to advise United States and international clients entering the Chinese market, as well as those with established business interests in China. The attorneys support the negotiating, structuring and documenting of client transactions both inbound to and outbound from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The firm also advises Chinese clients on transactions and other business dealings in the United States and abroad.
Nee has written three books on Chinese law for West Publications and is the author of the BNA Portfolio on Business Operations in the People’s Republic of China. He was listed in AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers from 1999-2006 and received the Legal Personality of the Year award from Asia Corporate Counsel in 2005.
Nee received his J.D. from Columbia University and his A.B. from Princeton University. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York, England & Wales and Hong Kong. He formerly served as a Captain in the United States Army, Military Intelligence.

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