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Max Gu

Fax +86.21.3251.8918

Mr. Gu’s practice includes cross-border business transactions, private equity investments, general corporate matters, foods regulations, corporate compliance matters and overseas public offerings.

Professional Background

Mr. Gu combines his hands-on practice experience in the United States and China, together with his extensive experience having worked in-house at a world-leading diversified healthcare and nutrition foods company as their Senior Counsel primarily responsible for nearly 50% of the company’s USD1 billion business in China.

Mr. Gu has seen business operations in China under the microscope as an in-house counsel, at which position, he was heavily involved with the regulations and enforcement of food safety issues, and received academic training in earlier years on business management. Those business experiences give him the capability of appreciating the financial/business impact of legal issues as businesses appreciate them and offering insightful on-the-ground advice regardless of whether clients are seeking to invest in China through capital movement or operate a business in China.

Mr. Gu has also been a legal advisor for Chinese companies seeking to invest overseas or to tap into the overseas stock markets.

Speaking Engagements

  • Wuxi Cleantech Seminar, Wuxi (March 2010)
  • Jilin Financial Group – Capital Market in US Seminar, Chicago (November 2009)
  • AON Food Safety Seminar, Shanghai and Beijing (August 2009)
  • Grant Thornton China Seminar, Chicago (November 2005, November 2006 and November 2007)
  • International Housewares Association – Legal Forum, Chicago (March 2006)
Cross-Border M&A / FDI
  • Advised Amazon Web Services (AWS) on its data center construction and land use right/real estate transaction in China
  • Advises a US-based gasification research institute on the construction of a demonstrative plant and joint venture project in China
  • Advises a US publically listed company in the petro-chemical industry in its regulatory compliance, restructuring, divestment, acquisition, employment and commercial matters in China
  • Represented a US aviation consulting company in their negotiation with airport authorities in China
  • Advised a US-based company on their joint venture negotiation with SOEs in China in the industry to automobile
  • Advised a US-based ocean cruise company on its business establishment, licensing/permitting and regulatory compliance issues in China
  • Advised a US-based company on their due diligence in relation to the acquisition of a hydropower plant in China
  • Advised a number of US, UK and Australia based food business operators in their business establishment and licensing issues in China
  • Represented a US sport brand in their merger and acquisition in China.
  • Represented a Hong Kong investment group in the establishment of their car dealerships of imported cars in China.
  • Represented a U.S. manufacturer of point-of-sales materials for brewery industry in their establishment of manufacturing facilities, litigation matters in China and offshore restructuring for financing purposes.
  • Represented a U.S. data mining software developer to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in China.
  • Served as senior in-house position in China for a world-leading diversified healthcare and nutrition foods company with primary responsibilities over all aspects of the company’s business operations in China.
  • Currently represents multinational corporations in the food industry in their labeling/packaging compliance projects in China as well as adversarial proceedings before the several regulatory agencies in China.
  • Represented a good number of offshore private equity funds in their investments in China through obtaining preferred shares of offshore vehicles in the industries of agrochemical products, medical devices, building materials, auto parts, consumer products and consulting services, etc.
Capital Market
  • Represented a China-based marketing solution company and a China-based automobile equipment manufacturer which sought to go public in Hong Kong.
  • Represented a China-based fine chemicals manufacturer which sought to go public in US.
  • Represented a publicly traded Chinese construction equipment company to set up assembly facilities in the United States.
  • Represented a U.S. supplier of Wal-Mart in sourcing products and intellectual property litigation matters in China.