US-China Legal Exchange Coming to DC, Boston and SoCal




The 18th U.S. China Legal Exchange will be held in the United States as follows:

December 4 – Washington, D.C. To register for the Legal Exchange in Washington, DC, please click here

December 6 – Boston, MA To register for the Legal Exchange in Boston, MA, please contact Jim Paul at or (617) 565-4304.

December 9 – Orange County, CA To register for the Legal Exchange in Orange County, CA, please click here.

Lunch and refreshments will be included in the cost of registration. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for all participants.

The program alternates between US and Chinese with the host country picking the topic which this year will be  Chinese Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Law and the Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship in China.

SoCal Details

In Southern California the exchange will be held


MON DEC 9  (8AM – 5 PM)


Did you know that all of the 11 U.S. cities with Chinese born population of 15 percent or more are in Los Angeles County?


This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities across the country to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape. High-level government officials from China, led by Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Xiangchen, will present to public audiences in Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and Orange County, CA for a full day on two areas of China’s commercial law regime:

  • Chinese Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Law; and
  • Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship in China, including Private Equity and Venture Capital

U.S. company representatives, lawyers, academics, local and state government officials, students, and other interested persons are invited to attend the Legal Exchange and participate in discussions on these topics with Chinese government officials and experts from the United States.

Under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Commercial Law Working Group, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel leads engagement with China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to promote understanding and cooperation on issues related to commercial rule of law. Since the mid-1980’s, the Commerce General Counsel and China’s Vice Minister of Commerce have co-led the U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a public exchange on recent developments in commercial law. This meeting has taken place almost every year since then and continues to be an important means to build bilateral understanding of legal topics relevant to business in each country.

2013 Legal Exchange

During the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, senior Chinese government officials will present to public audiences in Washington, DC (Dec. 4), Boston, MA (Dec. 6), and Orange County, CA (Dec. 9) on recent developments in China’s legal regimes governing

  • energy conservation and renewable energy AND
  • entrepreneurship, including private equity and venture capital.

Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Xiangchen will lead China’s delegation.

On the topic of energy,

  • Mr. Cao Bingbing, Director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, will present on China’s Renewable Energy Law; Mr.
  • An Ning, Deputy Director of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, will present on China’s Energy Conservation Law.

On entrepreneurship,

  • Mr. Wang Jun, Director at the Ministry of Commerce, will discuss China’s administration of foreign-invested venture capital and equity investment enterprises, and policy and prospects for the development of venture capital and equity investment.

The Commerce Department’s Acting General Counsel will lead on the U.S. side. During each portion of the program, U.S. experts on each topic will provide a response to the Chinese presentations and moderate a Q&A session with the audience.   Audience members, including representatives of the U.S. and Chinese business, legal, academic, communities and the public sector, will have an opportunity to engage with U.S. and Chinese Government officials, expert speakers and panelists, and other participants at various points throughout the program. Participating in the U.S.-China Legal Exchange would be beneficial for anyone interested in commercial law in China, and its potential impact on commercial activity.

2012 Legal Exchange

The 2012 Legal Exchange was held in Harbin, Beijing and Guiyang and focused on intellectual property and e-comerce issues.  See related blog post here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Should you or your organization be interested in sponsoring the 2013 U.S.-China Legal Exchange or for additional information on sponsorship opportunities please click here.

 Points of Contact
Washington, DC Brett Gerson Attorney-Advisor U.S. Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel (202) 482-5595 Northern Virginia Judy Kornfeld Senior International Trade Specialist U.S. Export Assistance Center Northern Virginia (703) 756-1703
Boston James Paul Director U.S. Export Assistance Center Boston, MA (617) 565-4304 Southern California Jim Mayfield Commercial Officer U.S. Export Assistance Center Orange County, CA (949) 246-1768