Cameron Kerry, former General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, has played a leadership role in addressing many of the biggest challenges facing business today, including consumer privacy issues and the flow of information and technology across international borders. His broad practice operates at the intersection of law, technology and public policy and is informed by his years of government service and over three decades in private practice.
Throughout his life, Cam has been deeply involved in politics. During the 2004 presidential campaign, he was a close advisor and national surrogate for his brother, Democratic nominee John Kerry. The period when Cam served as Acting Commerce Secretary, while his brother served as Secretary of State, marked the first time in U.S. history that two brothers served in the Cabinet at the same time.
Emilio E. Varanini
Qihoo 360 v. Tencent: First Antitrust Decision by The Supreme Court of China
Emilio E. Varanini is a Deputy Attorney General in the Antitrust Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. He has an economics degree with general distinction from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in East Asian economies and international trade, and a law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at the University of Bordeaux in France and was selected in 2000 as a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, Transnational Perspectives of Intellectual Property and Communications, Salzburg, Austria.
Emilio is the International Liaison of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Antitrust Task Force. He has written articles on topics ranging from pass-on to intellectual property and international antitrust law as well as given lectures and keynote speeches in the United States and China. In this latter capacity, he has served as a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, teaching antitrust law, in July 2012, 2013, and 2014.
M&A in China
Yabo Lin is a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office. He counsels clients in both the U.S. and Asia on mergers and acquisitions, venture investments, capital markets, IP transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, cleantech, biotech, and manufacturing. Yabo also counsels foreign-based clients on transactions involving U.S. national security issues in connection with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (“CFIUS”).
Born and raised in China, Yabo was a licensed lawyer in China before coming to the U.S. In 2006, Yabo received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) highest honor, the Trailblazer Award, for “making substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American Community.”
Global M&A Litigation for Chinese Companies
Alexis Coll-Very is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She has extensive experience in government and internal investigations, shareholder litigation and complex commercial disputes. Alexis also frequently represents the boards of public companies. She spends significant time in Greater China, advising both U.S.-based and China-based companies on regulatory and other issues. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Legal Momentum– The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.
In recent years, her practice has increasingly focused on Asia and Alexis spends a significant amount of time in our Hong Kong and Beijing offices. She represented Alibaba in connection with shareholder litigation related to its historic $25 billion IPO
Software-related Patent Protection in China
Lulin Gao worked for many years in public office in the field of intellectual property protection in China and has been very active in the intellectual property and information technology areas. During the course of his career he has held the positions of Commissioner of the Chinese Patent Office and the founding Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office, China. He was a Senior Advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Dr. Gao is currently the honorary President of All-China Patent Attorneys Association (ACPAA), Vice Chairman of the China Internet Society (ISC) and a member of the Steering Committee of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Advisory member for International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) in Washington DC, IP Law Center of John Marshall Law School (JMLS) in Chicago.
He founded an IP specialized firm (East IP) in Beijing in 2002, which was awarded by Asia Law and Practice as one of the leading IP firms in Mainland China in 2004. He is currently PRC lawyer, Patent Attorney and Panel Expert. He has handled numerous cases in IP field including patent, trademark, copyright and domain names disputes etc. and published a series of works on patent prosecution and litigation, licensing, IPR protection, TRIPS Agreement and domain names.