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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. 

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
  • Former Board of Governors, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • President’s Award, Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • 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)
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 a 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 food and beverage company in establishing sales, on-line sales, distribution, processing operations and labeling and regulatory issues in China.
  • Represent a resort developer with new projects and financings.
  • Advising an international NGO on registration and operations in Asia.
  • Advising a multinational company on developments and effects of US-China trade tension.
  • Represent a CRO company with regulatory compliance in China.
  • Advising a U.S. university with joint research and exchange programs.
  • Advising a manufacturing company on technology transfer issues in China.