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David K.Y. Tang

David K.Y. 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. David 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: China’s Elite Lawyers (Foreign Firms) in 2018 and 2019, 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, David 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. 

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
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