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David K.Y. Tang

Managing Partner, Asia
Fax +1.206.370.6186
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. Euromoney’s Guide to Leading Practitioners lists him as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the area of M&A in China and Real Property. He is also included in the Best Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law.

Among his activities, Mr. Tang is on the Council of The American Law Institute, the Boards of the Blakemore Foundation and the National Bureau of Asia Research, is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and was a former Chair of the Anglo American Real Property Institute and American Bar Foundation. He 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.

  • “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
  • “Western Washington Economy Hinges on Open Door to China,” Tacoma News Tribune, 2005 
  • “Ventures in China Require Creativity,” Portland Business Journal, 2005 
  • “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 Intellectual Property Law,” International Law Deskbook, ABA Press, 1996
  • “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


  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2003–2018

Professional/Civic Activities

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

  • 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
  • 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, Task Force 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, Section Officers Conference
  • 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 Committees, Columbia University School of Law and University of Washington 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
  • 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 high technology company in joint venture with PRC State-Owned Enterprise.
  • Represent educational testing company with establishing operations in China and extending operations in Japan and Korea.
  • Represent US life sciences company in acquiring two CROs in China.
  • Represent US university with biomedical research and development agreements in China.
  • Represent foreign investment in digital media company in China.
  • Advise Asia-based private equity funds and foreign investment management companies.
  • Advise on use of off-shore structures for investment.