(October 29, 2008, Chicago) – Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, today announced the addition of Zack Z. Dong as Counsel in the Corporate & Securities Group, effective immediately. As a member of Reed Smith’s China team, Mr. Dong will start at the firm’s Chicago office, and will relocate to the firm’s Beijing office within a few months.
Mr. Dong had been a partner in the Indianapolis office of Baker & Daniels since 2006, where his practice focused on representing US companies entering the China market. He advised US clients on acquisitions and divestitures, technology licensing and contract manufacturing. Mr. Dong also advised US firms on how to establish a market presence, sell products and license rights in China through joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, distributorships, franchises and representative offices. He counsels clients on intellectual property rights, employment, tax, trade regulation and regulatory compliance in China. In addition, he has represented Chinese state-owned and privately held companies in negotiating and closing U.S. acquisitions and establishing operations in the U.S.
Prior to joining Baker & Daniels, Mr. Dong worked at two major law firms in Chicago.
A 1998 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, Mr. Dong received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University in 1993 and a graduate diploma from East China Normal University.
Mr. Dong has published and spoken frequently at conferences in China and the US on various aspects of China-related business, law, regulatory issues and related topics.
Mr. Dong will work closely with colleagues in Reed Smith’s offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. With more than 125 attorneys, these offices handle both corporate and litigation work for Chinese and international clients. With roots dating to 1980, the attorneys in the Hong Kong office have been recognized for their work in both M&A and Commercial Transactions, which were recently cited by Asian Counsel when it named the office “Firm of the Year” in those categories.