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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. 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.

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.