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.
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: