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Kerr Russell attorneys featured in Detroit Chinese Business Association's November 2017 Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Kerr Russell attorneys are featured prominently in the November 2017 edition of the Detroit Chinese Business Association Newsletter.

Excerpt: "Troy, Michigan-based Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) held the first Sino-US Automotive Supply Chain Exhibition and Industry Forum where Chinese and American companies met to discuss potential cooperation, mergers and acquisitions. The forum was kicked off with a welcome dinner where company representatives all met for a dinner reception and networking session.  During the reception attendees were presented with the opportunity to meet the DCBA leadership, local officials and also participate in the signing ceremony that solidified the ongoing relationship between Michigan and the China Auto Industry Investment and Development (Wuxi) Ltd.  DCBA golden sponsors Miller Canfield and Kerr Russell received sponsor of the year awards for their unwavering support of DCBA over the years.  Commercial Consul of China Mr. Zou Xiao Ming presented the award to Shusheng Wang of Miller Canfield.  Canadian Consul General Douglas George presented the award to James Cambridge of Kerr Russell.  Before all the guests and delegation, China Auto Industry Investment and Development (Wuxi) Ltd and DCBA signed the Strategic Partners Agreement." [Michael Gibson also served on a panel at the expo.]

Excerpt: "October also marked an exciting mixer hosted by EY in partnership with the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) at EY's beautiful downtown Detroit office on Woodward Avenue. The event brought together more than twenty delegation companies and Distribution of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), which is the chief PRC organ for regulating investor responsibilities, managing state assets, including SOEs, under the supervision of the Central Government and enhancing the management of those assets. Six DCBA sponsors also presented topics that were of interest to the delegation.  Brian Gao, President of DCBA welcomed the guests and briefly introduced DCBA. ... James Cambridge [and Chaoyi Ding] representing Kerr Russell touched on US Employment Law and Michigan union issues."

James R. Cambridge has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of business law, finance, and real estate.  Jim is co-chairperson of the firm's Business and Corporate Law practice group, and leads the firm's US-China practice.  He is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Jim's clients have included private and public companies in the manufacturing, finance, real estate, retail, service, technology and transportation industries. His clients have also included professional athletes, corporate CEOs and other high net worth individuals. Jim serves as counsel for a number of businesses and handles a variety of matters such as business formations, contracts, employment, lending relationships, restructurings, real estate, buying and selling businesses and resolving troubled business situations. Jim has considerable experience in advising closely-held businesses. Jim also has experience in advising US and foreign-based companies in establishing operations in both the US and abroad.  

Jim is a past Chairperson of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and also served as the Chairman of the Legislative Drafting Committee of business and tax lawyers that wrote the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act.

Jim is frequently honored for legal excellence by his clients and other attorneys. He has been admitted as a Fellow in the Michigan State Bar Foundation, in recognition of his professionalism and community service, and he received the Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section.  He is consistently listed in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Who’s Who in American Law; and The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward/White, Inc.  Jim has been noted as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” and being among “Detroit’s Best Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters; and is rated a “Top Lawyer” by dbusiness Magazine.  He has also been named among Michigan's "Leader's in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  Jim has achieved AV ranking from Martindale Hubbell, reflecting the highest standards of legal ability, professional ethics and integrity. 

A respected attorney and author, Jim lectures and publishes regularly on business law and planning.  He has written numerous articles and books, including the highly regarded Michigan Limited Liability Companies. Jim is also a contributing author to Advising Closely Held Businesses in Michigan.

Michael D. Gibson has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of business and corporate law. A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, and also co-chairs the firm’s Business & Corporate Law Practice Group as well as the China Practice Group.

Michael represents commercial business enterprises in a range of industries, including auto suppliers, healthcare entities and construction contractors. He provides assistance with corporate agreements (shareholder, franchise, consulting, confidentiality, non-compete, employment, sales representative, severance, termination, sales terms and conditions); banking related documents; leases and purchases of real estate; joint ventures; entity formation; bylaws; corporate governance issues; license and operating agreements; securities law and SEC filings. Michael represents U.S.-based businesses as well as entities headquartered in Europe and China

A particular strength of Michael’s practice is in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including mergers with publicly traded companies, reverse mergers into public corporations, PIPE transactions, management buyouts of divisions and subsidiaries of private and public companies, the sale and purchase of family owned entities and purchase and sale of troubled companies in workout situations. His work on these projects includes entity structure, drafting of all pertinent documents, legal due diligence, securities filings and consultation with clients as to strategy and negotiations. 

Michael also works closely with individuals and corporate clients in the estate and family planning context. This includes analysis and consultation regarding usage of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate transition planning and structuring, insurance trusts, life insurance, annuities, self-canceling installment notes, and discussions with families and corporations on the practical aspects of financial tools.

Michael was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

Chaoyi Ding focuses her practice on general business and corporate law, with an emphasis on international business transactions. A Chinese National, and fluent in Mandarin, Chaoyi is qualified to practice both in the United States and in China. Her background, language ability, and specific legal acumen and knowledge enable her to provide invaluable assistance to clients operating in the realm of international business.

Chaoyi advises US clients entering China on various corporate structures such as wholly foreign-owned enterprises, sino-foreign joint ventures, and representative offices. She also advises US companies on corporate, tax, labor, import/export, foreign currency and intellectual property issues in China.

She also is experienced in advising international companies on legal issues they may face when contemplating entering the US market, such as selecting the appropriate form of entity; tax and employment law; retaining US sales representatives; establishing US offices and facilities; and buying and selling businesses in the United States.

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