Regular readers of this blog know the Danone-Wahaha battle to be one of our favorite topics, mostly because of the myriad lessons it teaches. I wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on it and Steve Dickinson was quoted on it in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and then gave a speech on it for JP Morgan and wrote on it for the China Economic Review [link no longer exists]. We have also been known to write a post or two on it, including the following:

A lawyer I know referred to it as “China writ large” and though I do not know exactly what that means, it sounds so good I have to agree. I am guessing the good folks over at the Boulder2Beijing blog would agree also as they have written a fourteen page law journal article on what can be learned about Chinese law from the dispute. Having already graduated from law school, I have a fairly strong aversion to reading law journal articles outside of work, but I did skim this one [you will need to download it in pdf format] and it looks quite interesting and quite thoughtful. It is entitled “Wahaha as Pedagogy” and it is written by Micah Schwalb. I was particularly impressed by its diversity and depth of source material. For those with an in-depth law journal level interest in the Danone Wahaha dispute, particularly as it relates to Chinese company law, I strongly urge you to check out Mr. Schwalb’s article.

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.