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Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis

Managing Partner, Portland Office
Fax +1.503.248.9085
Fax +1.919.831.7040

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis is the managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. She focuses her practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, post acquisition integration, joint ventures, restructuring, corporate governance and other international transactions. Shiau Yen has extensive experience working on international corporate and cross-border matters, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, including market entry, expansion and exit; governance, commercial and licensing agreements. She also handles international subsidiary management for several companies.

In addition to corporate matters, Shiau Yen has experience with executive employment matters in the Asia Pacific region, including employment agreements; transfers of employees; and trade secret, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.

Shiau Yen is also a founding faculty member of the firm’s mini-MBA program, an innovative professional development training program designed to orient associates to key business concepts that are integral to our clients’ business success.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Shiau Yen practiced as the corporate counsel responsible for all corporate legal matters pertaining to SAS Institute Inc.’s regional offices and subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region. Shiau Yen was a member of the SAS global commercial transaction legal team. Prior to practicing law, she managed the World Trade Center North Carolina, including management of international trade delegations, and advocacy on international business issues and policies.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • National District Export Council (Steering Committee Member, Pacific North Region)
  • National District Export Council Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee (Chair, Asia Subcommittee)
  • Oregon District Export Council (Chair and Member, appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce)
  • Oregon-China Sister State Committee (Member, appointed by the Office of the Senate President for the State of Oregon)
  • North Carolina District Export Council (Member, appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce, 2005 - 2011)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Cascade Pacific Council (Board Member, 2018 - present)
  • Green Empowerment (Board Member, 2018 - present)
  • International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (Member)
  • International Bar Association (former Corporate Counsel Forum Committee Member)
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Member)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Member)
  • Oregon State Bar Association, International Law Section (former Nominating Committee Member)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member, former Treasurer and Officer, and Mentorship Chair for the International Law Section)
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification
  • Technology Association of Oregon (Member, International Community)
Diversity and Inclusion
  • Eleventh and Twelfth Annual Career Strategies Conference, Corporate Counsel Women of Color (K&L Gates Representative)
  • K&L Gates Firmwide Diversity Committee (Member)
  • Women’s Leadership Alliance of Greater Portland & SW Washington (Founding Member & Advisory Council Member, 2014 - present)
  • Japan-America Society of Oregon (Women’s Leadership Council, 2018 - present; Board Member, 2016 - 2018)
  • Northwest China Council (Pro Bono Counsel)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2014 Fellow)
  • International Trade Education Minority Initiative, City of Durham, North Carolina (former Member)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (former Board Member)
Achievements and Awards
  • Certified Ambassador, Greater Portland Inc. (2018 - present)
  • Ms. Chin-Dennis was nominated for the inaugural Changing Lawyer Award at the International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, recognizing and celebrating her unwavering commitment to client service and visionary approach to the disruption of the traditional legal practice.
  • 2016 Women of Vision, Daily Journal of Commerce
  • 2016 Women of Influence, Portland Business Journal
  • 2015 Global Leader Award for K&L Gates (played an instrumental role)
  • 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2014 Fellow)
  • “Return to Work – Practical Employment Law Advice When Managing Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Financial Executives International, June 2020
  • “Finding Your Voice and Leading From Within,” University of Portland, January 2020
  • “The Pitch and Book of Business: Get the Most of the Outside Counsel and Corporate Counsel Relationship,” National Bar Association Corporate Law Section, Gateway to Success Conference, March 2018
  • “Global Leadership Forum,” API Forward Panel Discussion, October 2016
  • “How to do an Effective Pitch for Business: Mock Pitch Session for Law Firms,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) Conference Panel Discussion, September 2016
  • “How do we Tackle the Stereotypes as Asian Pacific American Women?,” Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Panel Discussion, September 2016
  • “19th Annual Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) Orientation,” Panelist, August 2016
  • “Mitigating Risks of Export,” Export Council of Oregon and U.S. Commercial Service Panel Discussion, October 2015
  • “Cross-Border Acquisitions by Private Enterprises in the Current Economic Environment: The Old Obstacles and the New Opportunities,” ABA New York Spring International Law Meeting, 2012
  • “The Top Five Tips To Help Your Clients Do Business Internationally,” North Carolina Bar Association, International Law and Practice, 2012
  • “Doing Business Internationally — A Primer for Oregon Businesses,” Oregon Business Magazine, Law Supplement, August 2011
  • “Intellectual Property Licensing and Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements,” School of Textiles at North Carolina State University, 2010 and 2011
  • “The Legalities of Doing Business in China,” National Business Institute, 2010
  • “Doing Business in China Forum,” MBA Program, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

Additional Information

Media Mentions
  • Quote, “The Remote Lawyer,” Oregon Business magazine, June 2020
  • Article, “I’ve Broken Many Ceilings," Oregon State Bar Bulletin, February/March 2020
  • Interview, “How Oregon Works: Why the law profession will be upended by AI,” Portland Business Journal, January 2020
  • Interview, “Faces of the List,” Portland Business Journal, 10 January 2020
  • Quote, “A Robot at the Bench,” Oregon Business magazine, November 2019
  • Representation of SAS Institute Inc. as international corporate counsel, specifically in international corporate governance, international subsidiary management, market entry and expansion, and addressing complex cross-borders issues
  • Representation of SAS Institute Inc. in standardization and localization of commercial agreements for use in international jurisdictions such as China, India, Hong Kong and other Southeast Asian countries
  • Representation of FEI Company (Thermo Fisher Scientific) in certain international corporate matters and post-acquisition integration in multiple international jurisdictions
  • Representation of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide in connection with corporate matters and cross-border issues, as well as management of outside counsel and international corporate governance and subsidiary management for India, Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and South Africa
  • Representation of OIA Global Logistics SCM and Oregon International Air Freight Company as international corporate counsel, including due diligence for international transactions and post-acquisition operations integration
  • Representation of a worldwide transportation, supply chain management, and packaging solutions provider in its commercial transactions
  • Representation of companies in contract management and international commercial transactions matters such as localization and standardization of form agreements
  • Representation of Vigor Industrial LLC, a Portland-based ship-building and ship repair company, in connection with its acquisition of Clackamas, Oregon-based Oregon Iron Works, Inc., a metal fabricator and systems integrator
  • Representation of Vigor Industrial LLC in connection with the private placement of equity to Endeavour Capital
  • Representation of Plexis Healthcare System in exploration of market entry
  • Representation of companies and organizations interested in market entry or market expansion and exit (deregistration/liquidation)
  • Representation of TrueBlue, Inc. in post-acquisition integration in multiple international jurisdictions (Canada, Asia, Latin America and Europe)
  • Representation of TrueBlue, Inc. in international subsidiary management matters and corporate cross border issues in multiple jurisdictions including India, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Panama, etc.
  • Representation of multiple inbound Asian investors in U.S. market entry
  • Representation of a Chinese medical device public company in investment in an Oregon company
  • Representation of a Chinese e-commerce technology company in Oregon
  • Representation of a multi-franchise restaurant conglomerate in a Chinese joint venture