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Evan Chuck is the Head of China for the firm. He is also the Shanghai Office Liaison and Chief Legal Representative in China for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, having previously served as the managing partner of the firm’s Shanghai office for more than seven years and leader of the firm's international trade practice group.  His California office is located in Santa Monica, California.

Evan is advising multinationals in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, particularly with respect to tariffs imposed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 affecting global supply chains.  Evan has more than 25 years of international trade experience, including advocacy before U.S. government agencies and Congress.  Evan was one of the lawyers representing U.S. industry challenging the constitutionality of the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA"). Evan is also working with his Shanghai colleagues to advise on Chinese tariff and non-tariff barriers that impact multinational businesses operating in China.

Mr. Chuck represents U.S. companies that offshore or outsource their design and manufacturing needs to firms throughout Asia – including China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines and India.  He also represents industrial contract manufacturers in negotiating agreements with original equipment manufacturers and distributors in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.  He has experience in a broad range of industries, including semiconductor assembly and testing, electric generation (coal and solar), GPS, healthcare, medical device design, advertising services, industrial goods and commodities (metals) and architecture and engineering design services.

Mr. Chuck also represents well-known luxury and sports-related brands growing in the Asia-Pacific region. He has represented  well known brands in the cosmetics, apparel and accessories, food and beverage, hospitality, and luxury department store segments in their expansion into China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Care for Children, U.S. Board of Trustees Member
    • Named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers for 2005-2017
    • Named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers for 2005-2017
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Professional Affiliations

    • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Conference of Delegates to the State Bar of California (Executive Committee, 2002-2004)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
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Representative Experience

  • Represent the private equity owner of FAO Schwarz in the re-launch of its iconic toy store brand in China, with flagship stores planned in Beijing and Shanghai as well as 30 smaller FAO Schwarz stores and shops in 200 department stores across China.
  • Advised multinational companies seeking Chinese investment into funds aimed at investment in "trophy" entertainment properties worldwide and provided advice on Chinese foreign exchange restrictions limiting the ability of Chinese funds to become available at closing
  • Represented Neiman Marcus in its investment into Glamour Sales, a Hong Kong company with a discount "flash" e-commerce website in China for the purpose of developing Neiman Marcus' luxury e-commerce and retail business in the People's Republic of China
  • Advising an international cosmetics company on PRC regulatory requirements, particularly with respect to China's food and drug regulations, product labeling rules, and China Customs regulations impacting duty-free sales in designated airports
  • Represented Worldwise, Inc. in the restructuring of its Chinese and Hong Kong operations in connection with the sale of the interests of its primary private equity shareholder, Capstreet, to Mistral Equity Partners.
  • Handled the disposition of Chinese assets in Terex's Corporation's recent multijurisdictional sale of its mining business to Bucyrus International, Inc. for a total of $1.3 billion
  • Advised a U.S. publicly traded pharmaceutical benefits management company in establishing operations in Singapore, Hong Kong and China in order to participate in China’s $124 billion healthcare stimulus program
  • Represented a manufacturer of GPS-enabled cell phone in its expansion and licensing of certain state-controlled technology as part of its entry into the domestic Chinese market.
  • Represented a Hong Kong-based private equity fund in an investment in a tripartite joint venture and parallel offshore fund focusing on real estate and infrastructure investments in greater China
  • Represented an Indonesian Chinese company as an investor in a Taiwanese-sponsored limited partnership focusing on infrastructure investments in greater China
  • Represented a U.S. entertainment company in development of a 8,000 square meter (approximately 86,000 square foot) flagship retail megastore in Shanghai
  • Advising an Italian luxury goods manufacturer on streamlining its supply chain and labeling issues in China
  • Advising a German footwear company on its anti-counterfeiting strategy in Asia
  • Representing a multinational construction equipment manufacturer in the development and build out of a new manufacturing facility near Shanghai
  • Negotiating design and construction contracts on behalf of the Huntington Library with Suzhou, China-based architectural design and construction firms in connection with the development and construction of one of the largest classical Chinese botanical gardens to be built outside of China
  • Representing a major U.S. entertainment company on cross-border issues relating to its bid to develop and operate a $2.4 billion integrated resort, casino and television production complex in Southeast Asia
  • Representing Eastern European investors in acquisition of certain historical buildings in Beijing
  • Advising the management team in the buyout of a distributor of Indonesian tires by one of China’s largest tire manufacturers
  • Designing and implementing a cost-savings program for a U.S. industrial construction materials manufacturer involving the transfer of U.S. manufacturing operations to a maquiladora factory in Mexico
  • Structuring off-shore entities and operations of a U.S. semiconductor equipment manufacturer to take advantage of low cost labor and financial incentives in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and South Korea

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Chuck regularly participates as a guest lecturer in programs sponsored by the American Law Institution-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), the National Asian Pacific Bar Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers. Recent presentations include:

  • "Key Considerations for Cross-Border Transactions in Asia," Asia Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) Conference, Los Angeles, Calif., April 17, 2018
  • "Opportunities and Risks in International Transactions," BC Atlanta CLE Seminar, March 9, 2018
  • "Considerations in Cross-Border Transactions With Asia, Especially China," Bryan Cave Denver CLE Seminar, November 2, 2017
  • E-Commerce Workshop, American Association of Exporters & Importers and Foreign Trade Association’s 2017 Western Regional Conference, Los Angeles, Calif., January 30, 2017
  • “Market Entry Legal: Playing a Defensive Game on Today’s Legal Risks,” GetGlobal conference, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 20, 2016
  • “China eCommerce – Cross Border at a Whole New Level,” The U.S. Commercial Service's Discover Global Markets: Pacific Rim Consumers Conference, Orange County, Calif., Oct. 30, 2015
  • “Global Business Expansion: Key Strategies for Conducting Business in Foreign Jurisdictions,” The Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Roundtable, Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 29 and 30, 2015  
  • “Examining Trade and Regulatory Issues When Moving Goods and People Across Borders,” Going Global with Bryan Cave webinar series, June 24, 2015
  • “Regional Insight: Asia,” American Association of Exporters and Importers, 92nd Annual Conference, June 16-18, 2013, Washington, D.C.
  • "Expanding Beyond North America: Key Considerations, Core Issues, and Proven Strategies When Entering Into or Accepting Payments From New Markets,” American Conference Institute, International & Cross-Border Payments 2nd Annual Forum, June 13-14, 2013, San Francisco
  • “International Trade and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights,” Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, April 8-9, 2013, Los Angeles
  • “Intellectual Property Rights Protection When Doing Business In China,” China: New Year, New Opportunities, World Trade Center Kansas City, February 11, 2013, Kansas City
  • “BRIC Countries Impact on Trade,” American Association of Exporters and Importers, 90th Annual Conference, June 5-7, 2011, New York
  • “Lessons Learned: Doing Business in the Asia/Pacific Region,” Asia/Pacific Business Outlook, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, March 28-29, 2011, Los Angeles