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David K.Y. Tang

Managing Partner, Asia
+1.206.370.7617
Fax +1.206.370.6186
+852.2230.3538
Fax +852.2511.9515

Mr. Tang is the Managing Partner, Asia for the firm and his law practice concentrates in the areas of foreign investment, cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, and real property related transactions. He has more than 30 years of transactional experience in the Greater China market. Mr. Tang was managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP from 1995 – 1999, a predecessor law firm to the formation of K&L Gates LLP. He was named in the China Business Law Journal’s A-List of 50 Elite Lawyers for the China Practice and is also included in Best Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law.

Among his activities, Mr. Tang served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2002 – 2008 and as its Chair from 2006 – 2008. He currently chairs the American Bar Association Task force on Trade in International Legal Services.

Publications
  • “Tied to Your Desk? Blocked at the Door? Changes in China’s Visa Policies for Foreigners,” Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Alert, 2013
  • “Group of Thirty Issues Roadmap for Financial Reforms,” Public Policy Alert, 2009
  • “China Passes New Labor Contract Law in Effort to Achieve Its Goal of Maintaining a ‘Harmonious Society’, ” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 2007 
  • “Expansion of China’s Outbound Investment Rules Regulating the Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) Program,” Asia Alert, 2007 
  • “In 2006: Seize Economic Opportunities with China,” Puget Sound Business Journal, 2006
  • “The China Game: The Obstacles, Challenges and Rewards of Doing Business in The People’s Republic of China,” Corporate Legal Times, 2004
  • “American and International Proposals for Facilitating Electronic Commerce,” Oxford University Press, 1999
  • “Special Concerns of Foreign Investors in Sophisticated Real Estate Transactions,” PLI 1998
  • “International Joint Ventures,” Negotiating and Structuring International Business Transactions, 1994
  • “Foreign Investors as Joint Venture Partners,” Foreign Investment, 1990
  • “Economic Trade and Organizations in China,” Doing Business in China, Matthew Bender, 1989
  • “Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises,” Journal of Chinese Law, 1988
  • Various Newspaper Op-eds and Letters to Editor

Professional/Civic Activities

 
Policy
  • Former Chair and Board, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
  • Member, Asia Society, Hong Kong
  • Advisor and former Chair, American Bar Foundation, Chicago
  • Former Board, National Committee on United States-China Relations, New York
  • Board and former Chair, Washington Council on International Trade, Seattle
  • Former Board, National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle

Legal
  • Former Council, The American Law Institute
  • Former Chair, Anglo-American Real Property Institute
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Euromoney Guide to World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers
  • Former Board of Governors, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • President's Award, Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Former Board, ABAW Scholarship Fund
  • Faculty, Practising Law Institute, ALI-ABA, American Conference Institute and various Bar programs
  • Former Board and Treasurer, Legal Foundation of Washington

American Bar Association
  • Chair, Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services
  • Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
  • Standing Committee on Membership
  • Rules and Calendar Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • House of Delegates
  • Asian Law Initiative
  • Former Chair, Multi-jurisdictional Practice Committee
  • Special Committee on the Common Law 
  • Special Committee on the Future of the Legal Profession (1996 - 1999)
  • Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (Chair 2001 - 2002)

Civic Activities
  • Board, Blakemore Foundation
  • Former Chair, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Visiting Committee, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Former Chair, Higher Education Working Group
  • Member, Committee of 100
  • Former Board, University of Washington Foundation
  • Former Chair, Trade Development Alliance
  • Former Trustee, Lakeside School (Chair, Schools Committee)
  • Former Board, Seattle Art Museum
  • Former Chair, The Evergreen State College
  • Former Board, Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Former Board, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Former Chair, Epiphany School
  • Former Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington Law School

Bar Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
Asia
  • Represent a cruise company with regulatory and commercial issues in establishing operations in Asia.
  • Represent a U.S. university in establishing a branch campus in China.
  • Represent major U.S. foundation in application for Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor status for the right to invest in equity and debt in the China market and registration as foreign non-government organization.
  • Represent a technology company in establishing a data center in China.
  • Represent an educational testing company with establishing operations in China and extending operations in Japan and Korea.
  • Represent a U.S. life sciences company in acquiring two CROs in China.