Strafford Publications is putting on what is looking to be an exceptional “Live 90-Minute Telephone Conference with Interactive Q&A” on China Real Estate Law.” The teleconference will take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm Eastern Time and from 2:00 am until 3:30 am, China time.
It is entitled, “Real Estate Investment Under China’s New Land Use Laws: Mitigating Complex Legal Risks, Seizing New Opportunities” and is described as follows:

As China’s population skyrockets past 1.3 billion and the demand for living and office space soars, U.S. investors anxiously seek real estate opportunities there. However, investment restrictions, land ownership rules and China’s unique culture make foreign investment complicated.
New Chinese Property Laws became effective in October 2007, providing some direction for investors. However, regulations limiting foreign access to investment in the Chinese real estate market create continuing uncertainty for U.S. investors.
Listen and participate from your telephone as our panel of real property attorneys explains the current cultural and regulatory environment for real estate investment in China, the legal risks of investing in Chinese real estate and best practices for mitigating those risks.

The following China attorneys will be on the panel:
CLB’s own Steven Dickinson.
Anna Han, with White & Case’s Palo Alto office and a law professor at Santa Clara University.
Amy L. Sommers, with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey’s Shanghai office and co-chair of the ABA’s China Law Committee, and also formerly of Seattle.
The panel will, among other things, be addressing the following questions:

How have the 2007 Chinese Property Laws altered the Chinese government’s treatment of land ownership?
What restrictions did the 2006 regulations place on foreign investments in China’s real estate market?
What are some best practices for mitigating the legal risks of investing in Chinese real estate?
Following the speaker presentations, you’ll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Don’t miss it.

Dan Harris

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

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My 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.

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

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am 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 me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus 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.